I am making that boo-boo face...the one with the pouty lower lip. All of the exciting parties that were lined up for the weekend were cabashed by a nasty upper respiratory. Sooo, making my lemons into lemonade (sheesh...I would so much rather have the slices floating in a vodka and tonic right now!), this post is about a virtual picnic.
Louise, of the amazing blog, Months of Edible Celebrations has invited me to a virtual picnic and I chose the letter Z for my contribution. Please stop by her blog not only to see the other picnic fare, but to wish her a happy birthday too.
I am going on a picnic and I will be bringing some really cool Z things...this is one reason why...
From the garden, summers bounty always includes an abundance of zucchini, and from that zucchini I always make zucchini bread.
The cookbook featured above, from the Pennsylvania Farm Women has no less than 10 recipes for this summer-time treat. You can read about it in this post.
As you can see in the mosaic above, a zucchini bread made with walnuts and sprinkled with powdered sugar is often served in our house. It is one of those simple party foods that most people can identify with.
In addition, I will bring to the picnic this amazing summer squash tart that stars of course the zucchini. I learned to make this in a cooking class at our local Taste and Technique cooking school. It starts with a simple store bought frozen puff pastry dough. You bake the dough flat (which means you have to poke it thoroughly with a fork before you bake it). With the pastry on a baking sheet, you spread your favorite tomato jam, or pesto sauce, or what ever you like on it, fan the zukes and summer squash over the top and bake for around 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Crumble some lovely goat cheese over the top of the tart and voila, you have a scrumptious addition to your picnic.
Thanks so much to Louise for inviting me to her picnic...it has been a fun diversion from the runny nose and hacking cough that I am currently contending with.
Personally, I think all of the delicious picnic food will be even better if packed in this fabulous picnic hamper...I love that shade of blue! I found this on Kaboodles web site.
An update to the picnic...here are the links to the other participants and their amazing additions...this is some fantastic picnic!! Thank you Louise...you are a wonderful hostess♥
A- Artichokes Steamed and Dressed with Mayonnaise
D-Dunkin' Donuts ~ With Maple syrup & Honey Frosting
F-Frosty Summer Salad with Cranberry, Pineapple & Beets
G-Goat Cheese Mixed green Salad with Cocoa Nibs
K-Key Lime and Ambarella Juice
L-Limoncello Pine Nut Biscotti
M-Mini Meringue Kisses
P-Paletas de Chabacano y Manzanille (Apricot-Chamomile Popsicles)
S-Strawberry & Kiwi Chocolate Tart
T-Thai Fish Cakes in Pita Pocket
W-Watermelon With Fresh Mint and Lime