Sunday, July 3, 2016

Picnic Picks

Picnic perfection.

These are the only squirrels you want appearing at your picnic.

I'd love to have a super cute English outing with the Anorak picnic pouch packed in my Goododering pannier

I wish everyone a warm Fourth of July with bright clear skies good for viewing fireworks and having picnics! I hope you can ride your bikes to a prime festivity-having-location. I won't be able to do so, but I'm going to get some use out of my picnic pannier this summer for sure. Here are my suggestions for a picnic-friendly fête:

Bruschetta + good bread
Panzanella or anything called "salad"
Google "orzo"
Assemble-on-site sandwiches, like sausage with peppers (see below)

Carmela Romanello's Sautéed Summer Peppers
from I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic
minced 1 red onion, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into semicircular chunks
pinch dried oregano
3 bell peppers (1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow), cored, seeds and pith removed, cut into strips
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 large tomatoes (or 2 plum tomatoes), seeded and cut into chunks
1/4 cup torn basil leaves
freshly ground pepper

Heat olive oil in large saute pan or Dutch oven over medium heat and saute garlic and onion with the oregano until the onion is soft and translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add peppers and 1 teaspoon salt and cook partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes. Add tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt; continue to cook another 10 to 15 minutes until the peppers are very soft. Test for seasoning and serve with torn basil leaves and freshly ground pepper.

Serve with Italian sausages, barbecued if you're lucky enough to have outdoor space. Otherwise, grill them on the stove.

Yields: 6 servings

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