Just In Time For National Picnic Day
Say hello to dining outdoors! April 23 is the National Picnic Day!
Picnics are a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of nature and time together free from distractions.
The picnic dates back to mid-18th century France where outdoors dining simply included a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, cheese and fruit. The French word is “piquenique” which sounds very much like the American word picnic.
We also use the word “al fresco” to describe outdoor dining. This phrase has an Italian origin. The Italians now use a different phrase to describe outdoor dining and al fresco is used as a reference to being in jail.
Life on the Blanket
For your next picnic try my Baked Chicken recipe.
This recipe was my mother’s specialty. Back in the 60s we used to take road trips to visit family in Mississippi. Because these were the days before the proliferation of fast food, my mother baked chicken and packed it in a cooler for our 10-hour car trip.
Lunch was a highlight of the trip. We would stop at a roadside park and enjoy a lunch of baked chicken and potato salad. It was better than any hamburger ever could have been.
The chicken is dipped in a mixure of melted butter and a packet of Good Seasons salad dressing mix, rolled in crushed cracker crumbs, then baked.
It is super fabulous hot out of the oven and delicious eaten cold roadside.
Be sure to be stove side when these beauties come out of the oven. My family used to argue over who got to eat the crumbs from the baking sheet. It’s just as tasty as the chicken.