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Thomas Marow
« on: May 21, 2010 12:59:38 PM »

So, it's warming up here in Maine, and Sam (my long distance bf) is coming to visit. The last time he came it was too cold for a picnic at 'our' spot, but the weather is going to be perfect this time. There's only a few things- he's picky(er than I am) when it comes to food, and we'll have to do a double picnic- one for lunch and dinner. For the first picnic it'll be lunch at our spot (the lighthouse), and then dinner in the park watching Shakespeare. I'm stuck at coming up with food ideas, so I thought I'd offer it up to you guys.

He doesn't like: Fish, jalepenos, any sort of peppers, olives, bean sprouts, alfalfa, and pickles (I love them, personally)

I'm a pretty experienced cook, and love to try new things- which is why I didn't want to go the usual sandwhich route. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010 02:04:17 PM »

maybe something like shredded bbq chicken in tortillas?

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2010 05:46:28 AM »

How about doing some fancied up wraps for the lunch?

You can use the wrap bread availiable in many groceries or large tortillas. Add lunch meat, chese, veggies, and a dab of dressing. Roll up and wrap with plastic wrap. They are easy to make up a day ahead. Be careful of putting too much tomato though. They can sog out a wrap.

Add in a pasta or green salad as a side. Voila and fancier pic nic lunch!

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2010 03:44:50 PM »

My boyfriend is also called Sam and I make him a picnic for his birthday every year.  It's coming up (on monday) so I've been coming up with a menu.  He likes all the things you mentioned, save the fish, because he's allergic, but I'm not a fan of olives or pickles (or mushrooms) so I usually pack smaller portions of those, because they're his favorites.

Things that have gone over really well in previous years are sun tea or home made iced tea, a thermos of soup (it was roasted red pepper, but any kind will do) with fresh bread, a baguette with some really nice cheese like a brie or a camembert and fruit, lemon vodka shrimp, cold roasted vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, asparagus...)with some marinated artichoke hearts and prosciutto, potato salad. 

We're both foodies, so I tend to get pretty elaborate with my birthday picnics, but nice simple ones are fun too.
Here's what I would do for a double picnic with a slightly picky eater:

Lunch: Good fresh bread, either home made or from a bakery, two of your/his favorite cheeses, perhaps a thermos of soup, cherries and strawberries, roasted veggies or a salad, and iced tea.

Supper: Cold chicken served with a pasta salad, green beans, a Waldorf salad, a half-bottle of wine (you can get wine in cans too, now!) or a bottle of beer each, provided it's legal, or lemonade, and his favorite kind of cookie for desert.

For the chicken, I like to marinade chicken thighs in plain (not vanilla) yogourt mixed with cumin, parsley, cardamom, and corriander, then grill them on the barbecue.  Just make sure to oil the grill before turning it on...

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010 04:26:09 AM »

pie is good, we always try to have at least one pie at a picnic (our last picnic had a savoury pie)
wraps are also good
pasta salads

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