Hearty And Simple Fare For Your Wintertime Picnic


Got a case of the winter blues? Dig out your favorite picnic basket and pack it full of tasty treats for a winter picnic! A winter picnic doesn't have to be outside; consider taking your food to a gazebo at the park, a local gallery, or in a cab while you cruise the city on your lunch hour. There are some cool spots to enjoy a picnic that won't leave you sitting on the ground!

So pack your basket with all that you need for your wintertime picnic:

Hearty, fresh breads. Visit your favorite bakery for bread that is tasty enough to be eaten with just a smidge of salted butter; add some thinly sliced radishes, watercress, and pepper for a French-style sandwich. Choose hearty potato buns to pile high with your favorite meats, cheeses, and pickled vegetables.

Lots of protein. Let everyone at your winter picnic make their own sandwich the way that they like and simply bring a good selection of antipasti fixings for guests to enjoy. If anyone at your gathering doesn't eat gluten or carbs, they will still be able to eat cold-cuts, assorted cheeses, and olives. Pick these up at a delicatessen or grocery on your way and they should be fine to be served at room temperature during your picnic.

Something to whet your whistle. A picnic becomes something special when you bring a bottle of sparkling wine; bring mango or raspberry puree to prepare a delicious Bellini for each guest. Got to return to work after lunch? Infuse sparkling water with mango chunks or fresh berries for a tasty refresher that travels well.

Fresh or dried fruit. Check your favorite grocery store for their selection of winter fruit; often, this is the season for apples, pomegranates, and some berries. Buy dried fruits, like cranberries, blueberries, and pineapple, if the fresh produce at the store seems to be lacking.

A sweet finish. You will definitely want to end the picnic with something sweet; consider bringing some fancy chocolates, truffles, or dipped berries for a special treat. Plus, this makes clean-up a lot easier than if you bring a whole cake or sticky brownies to the picnic.

Break up the monotony of winter with a fun and flavorful picnic. Pack a basket with these goodies, grab a blanket, and find a cozy spot to break out the food! This is a wonderful way to restore and rejuvenate during a long lunch on a particularly stressful or hectic work-day. Check out companies like Klosterman Baking Company to get started.


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