Picnic Love

May 10, 2012

Picnic Love


"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~Henry James

Many of us in Ohio live for the spring and summer months where we can enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. Cookouts and picnics make any weekend ideal, bringing together friends, food, and fun. Any basic backyard can be transformed into a gathering spot or a simple bench or patch of grass can turn into a romantic picnic spot for two.

HideAway Country Inn not only has a full bistro and restaurant, but the inn also prepares picnic lunches on grounds or on the back patio. Past menus have included cheese & crackers, fried chicken, summer salad, and a bottle of sparkling wine creating a relaxing and enjoyable environment. Have the inn prepare any picnic basket that suites you or try creating some of the homemade dishes below.

PESTO CHICKEN ROLLS Season and grill chicken cutlets. Brush lavash or any other wrap-type bread with pesto; layer with the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula; roll up and cut on the bias.

GUACASALSA Mash an avocado (it won't get brown) into some salsa, even jarred if necessary. Don't forget chips.

EGG SALAD SANDWICH Hard-cook some eggs; slice them. Sauté some spinach with oil and garlic until quite dry; chop. Make mustardy sandwiches with baguettes, rolls or any bread that can absorb some oil.

PITA SALAD Toss toasted pita with olives, parsley and mint, salt and pepper, bits of chopped-up lemon (rinds and all; preserved lemon is even better), chopped seeded tomatoes, chopped seeded cucumbers and chopped red pepper. Take olive oil for last-minute dressing.

BERRY POUND CAKE Cook a couple of pounds of berries with some sugar and a little water until they break down. Layer in a plastic container with slices of good pound cake. Pour any remaining juices on top. You might want some cream.

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