Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Perfect Summer Picnic

Summer is our favorite season- the weather is hot and we have plenty of free time for hanging out in the park with a picnic. The perfect picnic brings together friends and family in a fun setting to enjoy great food and drink. We like to have a wide variety of things to eat from bread & cheese to deli meats to side salads to dessert and drinks. As they say, variety is the spice of life!

To help you create the perfect summer picnic menu, we fired up the FoodPair search engine and found a handful of great recipes from across the Web.

Easy Cheese Plate Appetizer
A great cheese plate has a variety of cheeses and tasty accompaniments.
Ingredients: Drunken Goat Cheese, Manchego Cheese, Flavored Crackers, Blackberry Jam, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese Plate
Another great option is to pair meats and cheeses. Manchego is delicious!
Ingredients: Manchego Cheese, Serrano Ham, Olive Oil, Black Pepper

Ham and Brie Sandwich
A delicious sandwich on a baguette is a great picnic option.
Ingredients: Baguette, Black Forrest Ham, Brie Cheese, Mustard

A Dilly Potato Salad with no Mayo
This potato salad skips the mayo so you don't have to worry about it.
Ingredients: Red Potatoes, Green Beans, Olives, Celery, Onion, Vegetable Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Salt, Dill Weed, Mustard

The Lady and Sons Peach Cobbler
For dessert, try this delicious cobbler from Paula Deen.
Ingredients: Butter, Sugar, Self-Rising Flour, Milk, Peaches (Canned or Fresh), Cinnamon, Vanilla Ice Cream or Fresh Whipped Cream (for serving)

Let's get cooking!

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