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A Picnic in the Park: Recipes for Your Basket

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picnic Tips for Northern California

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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