There's nothing like a late summer picnic to squeeze the last bit of that kicked back feel out of the season.
But say, "Nope!" to soggy sandwiches and cardboard-ish packaged cookies. Making the best foods to bring outside isn't just better tasting - it's a huge part of the experience.
For the lakeside picnic we hosted recently, I focused on using fresh, seasonal foods. Tomatoes from my garden and beets and blackberries from the farmer's market were center stage in the recipes I used, and I thought I'd share them with you.
You know, just in case you want to get yourself and your loved ones outside for a last hurrah of the summer!
I'm calling this insanely delicious little number a Buffalo Cheese Tart, even though Simply Delicious Food, where I got the recipe calls it a Caprese Tart. To-may-to, to-mah-to - either way, it's super simple to make and it looks and tastes divine!
I put some of the incredible cheese Vermont Creamery sent me to great use with this recipe. We all know really good cheese is so much better for cheese plates, but it's amazing what a huge difference it makes for cooking too.
And by the way, the ah.maz.ing rose´ Buttonwood Grove Winery sent us was the best wine ever with this tart!
It may look like some kind of organic spa treatment, but this Roasted Beet Hummus from our fave Half Baked Harvest is so, so yummy. It's the perfect way to get a dose of that brilliantly colored super food. Beets are a super food, aren't they? If not, they should be!
I hope you'll make the most of these late summer days that seem to be flying by with a delicious picnic meal like ours.