Call everybody out for a relaxing afternoon of sipping and nibbling in fresh air and natural lighting. Today is International Picnic Day, celebrated annually on June 18.
Picnics were once formal affairs. Victorians donned their finest frocks and consumed feasts of elegant edibles from delicate dishes. Today, picnics are casual, folks can dine in comfort with relative ease.
The who and where of your picnic planning will set the tone for your portable menu. Will it be a romantic interlude or a social gathering with friends and family? Will you spread your blanket on the grounds of a park or the sands of a beach? You generally want to choose foods that pack easily and require no cooking at the designated site.
Sandwiches are traditional picnic fare, and with a carefully chosen selection of cold cuts and cheeses, you can assemble some impressive variations. Salads are also good choices, from three-bean side salads to main dish pasta salads. Other foods that can be enjoyed slightly chilled or at ambient temperatures include deviled eggs, fried chicken and grilled salmon or tuna. For dessert, offer fruits, cookies or muffins.
When packing for your International Picnic Day outing, do not forget the napkins, corkscrew and cutlery. Oh, and just ignore the six-legged uninvited guests that never fail to crash a picnic.