July is an excellent time for National Picnic Month. The fresh air stirs the appetite, and garden vegetables and fruits make outdoor eating easier.
Picnics hearken back to mid-18th-century al fresco French dining. A bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese and fruit made for an instant meal under the sky. The word picnic is derived from the French word piquenique.
Whether we pack meals for tailgating at sporting events, an afternoon get-away or a weekend of camping, picnics provide an excellent way to enjoy the company of friends and family away from home.
It’s important to keep the meals simple and focus on the company. Sandwiches, finger foods, and beverages may seem plain, but it’s more about spending time with each other and being in nature.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try any of these great recipes in your picnic basket. Any of them are great if making a picnic for Independence Day.
- Turkey Bacon Wraps
- Super Sandwhiches
- Easy Loaded Brownies
- Easy Broccoli Salad
- Shrimp Mushroom Pasta Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Salad
- Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
- Ultimate Family Sandwhich
- Moms Homemade Devilled Eggs
- Fall off the bone Baby Back Ribs
The American Bakers’ Association founded National Picnic Month in 1952.