Weekend Cook and Tell: Picnic

Welcome once again to the Weekend Cook and Tell. Every Wednesday we peruse the food sections of various national newspapers and come up with an article or recipe to inspire a weekend cooking project. We want all of you to cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos.

This week's idea comes from Florence Fabricant of The New York Times. Ms. Fabricant shares ideas for putting together a picnic for 4 spending under $50. Ms. Fabricant's picnics are based around cured meats, cheeses, and prepared foods, easily assembled and transported. Here is some of her picnic advice, "You can’t go wrong with meze, antipasto, flatbreads and quiche. Canned or smoked seafood are also fine, as is grilled or fried fish. Vegetable-based cold soups are easy to eat. For sweets, the less fragile the better."

This week's challenge is to have a picnic! You meal can be either store bought or homemade, spend as much or as little as you like. Sandwiches eaten at the park or a beachside barbecue. Dining outdoors is the only hard and fast rule of this challenge. Of course a picnic basket and a checkered blanket wouldn't hurt.

Keep us posted over the weekend and let us know what is going to be on your menu and where you are planning on picnicking. Show us your photos on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title) and tell us about your recipes in Talk with comments on this thread! If you'd like to blog along from home, leave a link to your Cook and Tell blog post in the comments. Next Wednesday we will be posting a round up of your photos and recipes. We can't wait to see what kind of al fresco eating experiences this weekend is going to bring!


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