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Summer Country Picnic Menu with Recipes

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Summer Country Picnic Menu with Recipes

Recently I taught a cooking class featuring locally grown foods. As it is presently late spring/early summer in New Jersey there is not a whole lot of abundant produce, but with the help of my local community supported garden, some tidbits from my own organic garden, a little of this and a little of that I was able to create a menu inspired by the idea of a summer picnic in the countryside. No need to travel far, however, as these recipes will taste just as delicious with your feet up on the back porch railing or in your city apartment with the air conditioner cooling you down.

When preparing my classes the first thing is to come up with a menu that will appeal to a wide range of palates. Consideration for dietary restrictions requires recipes that can be adapted without much difficulty. Ease of preparation and time restraints play into the planning, but with whole grains, locally grown, a few extra steps can be needed to bring the dish to a satisfactory conclusion. I will make note of cooking alternatives as we go along so as not to discourage you from trying the recipe. Here is the menu that will travel well in a cooler, and spread out on a picnic blanket will look like a photo shoot for a food magazine. I hope you enjoy it all.

Bread, Cheese, Wine
Crisp loaf of French Country Bread
Assortment of local goat or sheep cheese
Almond Feta Cheese (vegan)
Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir

Picnic Spread
Young Vegetables with Aioli Mayonnaise
Flat Bread Panini with Chevre or Soy Cheese
Country Wheat Berry Salad

Fresh strawberries and blueberries with Coconut ice cream and Black Current Vinegar

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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8:59PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Wonderful, many fabulous ideas.

12:56PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011


3:40AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011


11:32AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

thanks for the article...

1:51AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Thank you. I like cheese.

And this is in the vegan section, because some of the cheeses are vegan, and you can substitute many of the ingredients for vegan choices.

8:47AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011


3:34AM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

gotta have some ,,,

2:08AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Thank you Delia, your recipes look real good.
But why put this post in the vegan section when cheese is an ingredient in some of the recipes!

5:17PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011


6:18AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

Wonderful article, thank you

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