The Best Picnics Are Made at Home

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Go to picnic hot spots — parks, beaches, outdoor concerts and the like — and see what people are carrying. Mostly, it’s bags of store-bought food, not coolers of home-cooked. While grab-and-go counters of picnicky food are almost universally mediocre and exasperatingly expensive, I do understand the temptation to outsource. The weather is hot, you might not feel like cooking in the first place and, in addition to actually making the food, you have to pack it, transport it and ensure that it’s still edible by the time it reaches its final destination.

The recipes here are built to last, so you don’t have to worry about timing. Not only are they hardy enough to hang out in the fridge for a while, but many also benefit from that resting time, like the classic French “bathed bread” sandwich and salads featuring sturdy ingredients like lentils, green beans, seaweed and chicken.

Read the rest of this column and get the recipes here.

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  1. Fredrik said...

    Nice recipes, indeed! next picnic will be spent with delicious home cooked food. Never really thought about not bringing store bought food. Surely I live a healthy life, but I’ve never just brought home cooked food. Thanks for sharing this!


  2. I agree that mostly at concerts for instance you see people with snacks that they purchased at a convenience store. And mostly I do believe that that is out of convenience (no pun intended). It is just easier and less time consuming. Their heads are off on the upcoming show and not on cooking. Your recipes are outstanding, but most people just don’t seem to really care about eating healthy food…..

  3. Andrew said...

    Nothing can compare with the freshness of home prepared picnic dish. We are huge advocates of clean, in-season produce paired with lean proteins.

  4. Whitney said...

    love this – thank you for sharing. This time of year is perfect for picnics! 🙂

  5. Kim said...

    great post!

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