Enjoy a Themed Picnic this Summer
This month, The Village at Odenton Station Blog is focusing on picnic-friendly recipes. June is the perfect month to head to your favorite picnic spot here in the Odenton, MD area and enjoy dining alfresco. We encourage members of our apartment community to pack up your favorites or try one (or all) of these themed picnic ideas this summer.
Go all out and indulge in a Jane Austen-inspired picnic, complete with a tablecloth and tea service. Cucumber sandwiches, berries, and scones with clotted cream fit nicely into this picnic. If the idea intrigues you, you’re not alone. Read how Anika Mehta pulled it off: How to Have a Regency Tea Party Picnic, in her blog, Hello Giggles. Bite from the Past is the perfect place to find suitable picnic food for your outing.
Italian — A Taste of the Mediterranean
What’s more Italian than pasta? Build your picnic around a pasta salad, be sure to bring along some freshly grated Parmesan to sprinkle on top. Add some olives — definitely Italian, with many varieties to choose from — a cheese board, and a meat board. We suggest using cured meats such as prosciutto, speck, and salami. A nice loaf of ciabatta or focaccia bread adds a hearty touch to your Italian picnic. End with the classic cannoli for dessert — pastry and cheese never tasted so good. Bon appetit!
Ole! Hello Mexican Picnic Food
Though not common, chili makes excellent Mexican picnic fare. Plan ahead to keep it hot, using a thermos, until you’re ready to eat. Another idea is to take along a portable picnic stove and warm up tamales or taquitos, which are easy to eat with your hands. Elote (corn on the cob grilled or boiled in the husk) is delicious with added condiments such as salt, chili powder, butter, or lime juice. Adding a Mexican salad featuring lettuce, beans, and of course cilantro and avocado, is a nice way to round out your meal.
Where is your favorite place to picnic in the Odenton area? What kinds of foods or themes do you like for a picnic? Let us know in the comments. We hope you enjoy your summertime dining experiences.