So, one of our loves at the Barn (aside from books and cats) is food! At any given point in the day, one of us is probably dining, snacking, munching, or, at the least, enjoying a cup of coffee. Since our passion is your passion I thought we’d give you some easy and delicious ideas for picnic lunches to bring and enjoy.
How about a fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese salad. Simply take some fresh cherry tomatos and chop up some fresh basil and mozzarella. Mix it together with a bit of balasmaic vinagarette, olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of lemon. This stays very well for a couple of days and is really refreshing on a hot day!
If you’re thinking more along the lines of sandwiches try a Thanksgiving leftover wrap. Start with a whole wheat or spinach wrap and put in some sliced turkey, cranberries (or cranberry sauce), some quick turkey stuffing, and romaine lettuce. Put on a bit of mayo if you like, you can spice it up with some cayanne pepper or garlic. Wrap it all up and you’re good to go.
One summer favorite is, of course, potato salad. I like to keep things easy so grab some red potatos- the skin is thin enough you don’t need to peel them and boil them up. Towards the end of boiling the potatos throw one or two eggs for the last 4 or 5 minutes. Peel the eggs and mix in some mayonaisse, parsley, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Add in a tad of mustard for a bit of flavor and cut the potatos up into bite-sized pieces and mix all together.
Store bought lemonade has nothing on this homemade recipe. Buy half a dozen lemons and juice them (or buy a bottle of fresh lemon juice). Put a pot with just a couple cup of water on low on the stove and pour in a cup of sugar (add more or less as you wish). Once the sugar has melted in pour the mixture into the lemon juice and simply add cold water until desired amount is reached. Try a bit of ginger root grated and mixed in as well if you want a little zest. Just a helpful hint-as you add more sugar the lemon taste will become more pronouced.
If you’re looking for a healthy, cool dessert cut up your favorite fruits. Our suggestions are grapes, cantalope, strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, watermelon, and raspberries. Put some whipped cream or cool whip on top and you’re good to go.
We hope to see you soon with your picnic baskets in tow. Just remember, it might be safer to eat if you bring a treat for our cats! If you guys have any favorite recipes feel free to share them with us in person or on our facebook!