Cookbook

FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Planning the Perfect Picnic

Planning the Perfect Picnic
When you think of a picnic, do you conjure up idyllic visions of wicker baskets, red-checked tablecloths, and a baguette, cheese board and bottle of wine arranged artfully beside you while you lounge peacefully by the side of a lake? In reality, your last picnic may have involved bug bites, squashed peanut butter sandwiches, and collapsing paper plates. Take heart, though -- you really can have a storybook-perfect picnic! All it takes is a little planning.

The Picturesque Picnic. A picnic just isn't a picnic without a charming cloth to spread out on the ground. A colorful, inexpensive tablecloth, sheet or blanket will make your picnic a delight to the senses, not to mention more comfortable, as you enjoy your cloth's wonderful ability to keep dirt and bugs off of you and out of the food. Instead of dragging along that boring old paper ware on your picnic, pick up a set of nice-looking, reusable plastic plates and cups. If you don't have a wicker picnic basket, let the kids decorate a large, sturdy box with contact paper and markers. Keep your tablecloth and special plates in your basket so you'll be ready to picnic whenever the sunshine and green grass call to you.

Be Picnic-Equipped. One of the most indispensable gadgets to bring along on a picnic is a deluxe pocketknife. In addition to a knife blade, it should have scissors, a corkscrew and a can opener. When armed with one of these, you can handle any food or drink that needs slicing, peeling, trimming or prying open. If you do somehow find yourself stranded in the great outdoors with a lovely chunk of Cheddar and no knife to cut it with, just whip out your wallet: any plastic card can double as an impromptu cheese knife! For convenient cleanup of hands and faces, bring baby wipes or dampen several paper towels and put them in a resealable plastic bag. You'll also be glad you remembered a couple of extra plastic bags for garbage and dirty dishes (just don't get them mixed up!).

Perfect Picnic Food. Choose foods that don't require many utensils for serving or eating once you're settled onto your picnic blanket. Ideally, you should be able to eat most picnic foods with your hands, although we do advocate grabbing a few forks to enjoy your favorite salad. There is certainly something very charming about a blanket holding a cheese knife and a tiny cutting board arranged with wedges of brie and gorgonzola. For all the other food, though, try to do most of the necessary slicing at home -- it's much easier to do in your kitchen (or to have the deli do it) than to attempt slicing meat, cheese, bread and watermelon for 6 people using a pocketknife. Desserts are best when already in individual portions, like cookies, brownies and cupcakes.

FYI: HOW-TO'S, WHAT-TO-DO'S & ANY-HOO'S # 28

cleaning with baking soda
FYI: You can also freeze whole limes and lemons *LINK*
FYI: Yes, you can freeze whole avocados.
FYI: 10 Bizarre Home Cures That Work (or so the article says)!
FYI: 2 - Posting a Recipe Photo
FYI: 3 Lifestyle Habits to Reduce Risk of Alzheimers!
FYI: 5 Ways to Create Healthy Recipes
FYI: 5 Ways with... Aspirin
FYI: 8 Foods that Fight Fat
FYI: :zzz78 Ways to Know if You Drink TOO MUCH Coffee! *PIC*
FYI: Alcohol and Substitutions
FYI: Baking Pan Substitutions
FYI: Baking Pan Substitutions (by Volume)
FYI: Bananas
FYI: BBQ-ing Tips
FYI: Boiling the Perfect Egg :rectnt *PIC*
FYI: Brining vs. Marinating
FYI: Casserole Tips*
FYI: Cast Iron
FYI: Changing Cookie Texture
FYI: Cleaning Concoctions
FYI: Cleaning Made Easy
FYI: Cleaning Tip: Dried Blood Stain on Carpet :rectnt
FYI: Coke
FYI: Common Cooking Equivalents
FYI: Common Cooking Substitutions
FYI: Common Cooking Substitutions 2
FYI: Common Foods Poisonous to Dogs
FYI: Common Household Items Can Make Great Cleaners
FYI: Common Household Things That Can Save You Money
FYI: Convert Oven Recipes to Slow Cooker
FYI: Cooking Low-Fat Crock Pot Recipes -tips
FYI: Cooking Substitutions
FYI: Cooking Tips
FYI: Demerara and Coarse Sugar, etc info..........
FYI: Fixing Kitchen Flops
FYI: Floor Care
FYI: GARLIC - Safe Methods to Store, Preserve and Enjoy
FYI: Golden Mountain Sauce
FYI: Grills and Grilling
FYI: Helpful Hints (1A)
FYI: Helpful Hints (1B)
FYI: Helpful Hints (2A)
FYI: Helpful Hints 2
FYI: Helpful Hints 3
FYI: Helpful Hints 4
FYI: High Fiber Tips and Food List
FYI: Homemade Hand Sanitizers
FYI: Homemade Wasp Traps (& precautions)
FYI: How to Convert Recipes to Lowfat
FYI: Jello
FYI: Know Your Pork Ribs
FYI: Natural Pest Repellents & Killers
FYI: Non-Reactive Utinsils
FYI: Odd Home Remedies
FYI: Ovens and Cleaning
FYI: Pantry Paramedic
FYI: Picnics and Camping
FYI: Preserved Lemons *PIC*
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - A Firm Foundation for the Food Pyramid
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Apples and Honey
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Breakfast in Bed for Beginners
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Christmas and New Year's Parties
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Corned Beef
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Don't Forgo the Dark Meat
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Easter Party
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Eat Fish for a Healthy Change
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Extraordinary Salads Every Day
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Fast, Fun Foods for School Days
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Get the Scoop
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Halloween - Fun with Tricks and Treats
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Hard Boiled Eggs
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Holiday Food Hits the Road
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Host a Fiesta
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Incorporate Fresh Produce into your Meals
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Keep Warm this Winter
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Kick Off Cookout Season in Style
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Mastering the Grill
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Mastering the Grill - Food Safety
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Mixes in a Jar and MORE!
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Perfect Holiday Meal
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Planning the Perfect Picnic
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Slow Cooking
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Thanksgiving - 1 A Stress-free Day Starts Now!
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Thanksgiving - 2 Simple Touches to Make it Special
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Thanksgiving - 3 A Few Last Minute Pointers
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Thick and Chunky Chowders
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Tomato Tips and Squash Suggestions
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Valentines Gifts From the Heart
FYI: Recipe Note Tips - Winter Squash in Every Way
FYI: Secrets to Baking Light....
FYI: Spice Substitutions
FYI: Stain Removal from Clothes
FYI: Storing Fresh Ginger
FYI: Surface Cleaning Tips
FYI: The 3 Secrets of the Dome *PIC*
FYI: The Healthy 100 : Tips for Healthful Eating
FYI: Tips and Hints
FYI: Tips and Hints 2
FYI: Tips and Hints 3
FYI: Tips and Hints 4
FYI: Tips on Cleaning the Bathroom
FYI: Tips to Easy Meals
FYI: To get rid of Ants...
FYI: Transitioning to a Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
FYI: Transitioning: Baking without eggs... *LINK*
FYI: Transitioning: Where do vegans get their protein? *LINK*
FYI: Turmeric On The Brain
FYI: Upgrade your beef to PRIME *LINK*
FYI: Wart Remover
FYI: Wart Remover (Banana Peel)
FYI: Wash Baseball Caps in the Dishwasher
FYI: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
FYI: sıɥʇ sı looɔ ʍo= *LINK*
Re: cleaning with baking soda *LINK*
Terms & Techniques
Terms and Techniques
Tips on using Bounce & ChapStick
vinegar - coca cola- baking soda -borax tips