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29 Dishes to Bring to Your Next Picnic

The Serious Eats Team 13 comments

With summer in full swing, there's no better place to be than outside. Forget the pool. Forget the beach. Gather up your favorite checkered blanket, a bottle of water (or wine, if you're feeling adventurous), and a few of these picnic favorites and head to the park for some al fresco noshing. More

35 Recipes for Your Summer Picnics

The Serious Eats Team 2 comments

Last week we took cold fried chicken to our picnic feast. But there's plenty more we could pack in the picnic basket. Classic potato salad, pasta salads with peas and pesto, deviled ham sandwiches, and much more. More

Serious Entertaining: Picnic Recipes for a Concert in the Park

Serious Entertaining Erin Zimmer 6 comments

Anyone else pumped for concerts in the park this summer? Is there anything better than picnicking with friends on a blanket on a warm summer night? Here's a nibbles-centric menu for the evening picnic with plenty of graze-able foods that can be easily shared with whoever's on the blanket. More

Where to go for an Impromptu Picnic near New York's Great Parks

New York Max Falkowitz 16 comments

We're itching to spend a lazy afternoon in our favorite parks—ideally with a nosh from somewhere nearby. Here are some of our favorite portable bites for impromptu picnics in the New York parks we love. More

A Picnic in the Park: Recipes for Your Basket

Will Levitt 1 comment

Anyone else headed to the park for a show during these summer concert series? Sometimes all you need is a good loaf of bread, a hunk of cheese, and a bag of grapes. Other times, you're looking for something a little more inspired and real-dinner-esque. Finding the right foods to bring along isn't actually that simple. You want something that won't spoil, be too messy, or require much beyond your hands and plastic utensils. More

Karen DeMasco's Blueberry Hand Pies

Sweets Karen DeMasco Post a comment

In my opinion, a pie is just too messy to be eating at a picnic. Pies are the perfect summer dessert, but they are difficult to cut and serve, awkward to transport, and they require using a plate and a fork (also a napkin, because summer pies can be seriously drippy). But these blueberry hand pies are truly portable. More

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Picnic Provisions

Caroline Russock 3 comments

Last week in on our Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we asked all of you to break out the picnic baskets and share your favorite take-alongs for dining al fresco. What are your best room-temperature recipes? The no-fuss ones that should be enjoyed while lazing on checkered blankets and taking in the scenery. As usual, our Cook and Tellers were ready with plenty of picnic-perfect ideas; here's a look at some of favorites. More

Desserts For Your Picnic Basket

Sweets The Serious Eats Team Post a comment

Pies and tarts and crumbles are great, but if you're headed to the beach or the park or even just a huge cookout, you don't want to bring out plates and serving spoons; you want something that can be gobbled up straight from the platter. So we've rounded up some grabbable, snackable treats for your holiday picnic basket—no refrigeration or forks required. Enjoy! More

What's the Best Picnic You've Ever Had?

J. Kenji López-Alt 25 comments

I thought I was putting together a mean picnic. Until last week, when I experienced a picnic that left me thoroughly humbled. Let me walk you through the recipe. More

How to Make a Portable Picnic-in-a-Briefcase

Robyn Lee 2 comments

For all those times you want to bring a little piece of vegetation and scenery around, designer Paige Russel at Design*Sponge has the thing for you: The Green Space Travel Case, made of an old briefcase fitted with turf, a wildlife scene, an ice pack, and your lunch.... More

Healthy & Delicious: Lemon Basil Pasta Salad

Serious Eats Kristen Swensson Sturt 22 comments

On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Take it away, Kristen. Last week, I posted about Avocado Chicken Salad, a moist, generally delicious summertime concoction that avoids... More

Best Brooklyn Picnicking Spots

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

Isn't a meal so much better on a blanket with petunias staring you down? Brooklyn Based reminds us that it is with this roundup of the sweetest spots to picnic in Brooklyn (and one in Long Island City). They include... More

Sack Lunch: Fairytale Picnic

Serious Eats Robin Bellinger 3 comments

In the fairytales and adventure stories of my childhood, the first thing a character had to do before she embarked on a journey, whether she was a princess or a milkmaid, was pack a small but sustaining bundle of bread... More

My Favorite Potato Salad Recipe

Serious Eats Ed Levine 11 comments

I've been making potato salad for a friend's July 4th picnic for a zillion years now, and until now I haven't come up with a definitive potato salad. But this year, I am going to make my slightly altered... More

Picnic Tips for Northern California

Harold Check Post a comment

This week's San Francisco Chronicle offered up a dozen brightly colored pieces on summer picnicking, which you can find here, tied up in a bow. From a speed tour of Sonoma's picnic-friendly wineries and the nearby Jimtown Store to a leisurely loll in Mission Dolores Park with an excursion for the delightful ice-cream concoctions of Bi-Rite Creamery (where the line frequently extends out the door, down the block, and half way to the park). If you don't live in San Francisco or aren't interested in a new picnic venue, you'll still find a nice list of picnic recipes—with options from fattoush with grilled lamb to three kinds of potato salad. In San Francisco, this long weekend will likely present the... More

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