One of the many gorgeous sunsets we’ve seen while eating dinner on our pool deck of downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, Florida.
- The less utensils you need the better. Finger food is always a good choice but if a fork is required, try to make a dish that won’t require a knife as well. It’s hard to cut food on your lap, unless you find a nice picnic table!
- Pick food that doesn’t fall apart and create a mess. You wouldn’t want to get stains on your new white pants now, would you?
- Choose food that can be kept at room temperature without spoilage, a change in flavor or texture. Will the food become soggy? Discolored?
- Choose dishes that are easy to pack and will transport well. For example, I tend to prefer vegetable salads over green salads, which can wilt and are delicate and need to be dressed on the spot, thus creating another container to bring.
I’ll never forget watching The Food Network’s Claire Robinson creating a food for an outdoor concert. What a disaster. She started off with a goopy, white bean dip with celery in glass jars. GLASS JARS. For the Hollywood Bowl. Which is made of cement. Kick one of those suckers over and you’ve got a mess, injuries and possibly a lawsuit! Besides, glass isn’t allowed by pools and is heavy to carry, which is why I prefer plastic at picnics. I like the snap lids on plastic containers that will seal in liquids even when they are turned on their side. White bean dip in glass jar for picnic: FAIL.
Forget about those old fashioned sickly sweet macaroni salads from when you were growing up! This modern pasta salad includes Israeli couscous, steamed kale, toasted pine nuts, preserved lemon, lemon basil and extra virgin olive oil. Delicious and healthy!
These grilled red pepper, zucchini, fontina cheese and fresh spinach sammies on ciabiatta kept their crunch at room temperature. I wrapped each half in deli paper and secured with a pic for easy transport and handling.
The rest of the crew has until May 22 to post, so the round up will be up with a link after that! Ciao for now, darlings!
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