We are a family of foodies. We appreciate the nuances of fabulous fine dining, but we also relish a quiet evening at home with soup by the fire. Happily, this time of year offers up countless possibilities for another kind of ‘dining experience’. To this, I give you….
Picnic - A meal eaten outdoors, as on an excursion (could involve a hike) an occasion when you take a meal with you to eat outside in an informal way, or the food itself
|our picnic in beaune, france|
I’m sure you see where we’re going here, either way you’re eating outdoors. And this generally conjures up just a bit, however small, of a festive atmosphere. We’ve just finished May and June is upon us. It’s a good time of year to enjoy some fresh air while enjoying your meal!
|concert under the stars (craig, mom, me, dad)|
But a porch doesn’t have to be the setting, al fresco is wonderful and memorable on a tiny deck, a patio that needs some work (candlelight glow makes all things prettier!), or on a level patch of lawn under a tree – or use a beach umbrella if you don’t have a tree! Think about outdoor cafés…there’s a great energy about them that makes a meal more like a little event. And most of us tend to feel relaxed and pleased about eating that tuna on rye outside.
|me (cailen) & cate|
Al fresco should, in my mind, be nicely elevated to include dishes, flatware and glasses. Not that you’re setting the table for four courses, but just that you use tableware that is non-disposable. Just plate up your meal inside if that works best (no platters or side bowls to wash later) and carry out your yummy repast with your favorite beverage. If you feel more inclined, and there are more than just a couple of people, platter up and take everything out. You’ll have more to do in cleanup, but it’s nice to have your food on the table when you have guests. And, don’t forget the candles.
|my aunt, erin (my cousin) & my uncle|
|picnic in beaune, france|
Bon Appetit! and my best to all, Janet