International picnic day
June 18th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Ditch the great indoors and dine al fresco. June 18 is International Picnic Day!

We’ve given you and do’s and don’t of picnicking, along with some helpful planning tips, and told you what to drink.

Now here are some dishes that are portable and picnic friendly.

No mess no fuss
Dishes that are messy just don’t work for a picnic, you’ll spend more time cleaning up than actually enjoying yourself. Stick to dishes that are self-contained like wraps instead of sandwiches. Instead of putting a sauce on whatever you’re eating prior to picnicking, take it along separately and have people dip. Skewers also work great for picnics and can be served as snacks, dessert or a full meal. Instead of fussing with a salad, skewer veggies and salad ingredients.

Keep it simple
It’s a picnic, no one is expecting a three tiered cake and perfectly seared steak. Break elaborate meals down into components that can be enjoyed al fresco without a knife and fork. Bite sized food like meat balls, pigs in a blanket and mini mozzarella balls are easy to snack on and don’t require more than a napkin. Meats and cheeses can also be arranged within a container with some crackers so that everyone can help themselves without too much effort.

Fake it
Who says you have to cook for a picnic? These days grocery stores offer a variety of prepackaged food that’s perfect for picnicking. Subs or sandwiches from the deli section go perfectly with a pre-made potato salad. Take out from your favorite restaurant is also an option. If you’re a regular, tell them you’re picnicking and they might help pack the meal accordingly. And the best part? Cleaning up is as easy as throwing everything away or recycling.

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  1. Weeds

    Everyday is a picnic in my world. Sometimes ants show up. Most times family and friends outnumber the ants.

    June 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm |
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