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Summer Picnic Recipes | A Moveable Feast

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Take advantage of the warm weather and cook up a menu of our favorite al fresco foods for a summer picnic. Plus, a guide to some of our favorite picnicking spots around New England.

Ginger limeade is a cool treat on a warm day.

Ginger limeade is a cool treat on a warm day.

Ham-and-Cheese Stuffed Bread

Ham-and-Cheese Stuffed Bread

Ginger Limeade

Ginger Limeade

Watermelon Salad with Mint & Feta

Watermelon Salad with Mint & Feta

Garlicky Cheese-Crusted Corn

Garlicky Cheese-Crusted Corn

Blueberry & Nectarine Open-Face Tart

Blueberry & Nectarine Open-Face Tart

Trails and bridle paths lead to natural wonders.

Trails and bridle paths lead to natural wonders.

In Beverly, Mass., the lush greenery of Long Hill’s “Little Garden,” one of the estate’s many outdoor “rooms,” makes a perfect spot for summer picnicking in sun or shade.

In Beverly, Mass., the lush greenery of Long Hill’s “Little Garden,” one of the estate’s many outdoor “rooms,” makes a perfect spot for summer picnicking in sun or shade.

The croquet lawn (foreground) looks down into the Little Garden through a hoop of clematis.

The croquet lawn (foreground) looks down into the Little Garden through a hoop of clematis.

All photos/art by Keller + Keller

Picnicking is both nostalgic and completely of the moment. You pack up the old family picnic basket on a whim. It’s summer–carpe diem! It allows a civilized immersion in nature, forcing you to slow down, make an effort, set the scene. And although science hasn’t proven this fact, we all know that food tastes better outside. Anyone who has awakened to the smell of coffee and pancakes cooked over a campfire can attest to this.

With all that in mind, I’ve created a fresh summer menu you’re welcome to eat anywhere but that’s particularly friendly to the demands of al fresco dining. The main course–bread stuffed with ham, cheese, and scallions–is eminently portable; the grilled corn and watermelon salad are both delicious at room temperature; and the blueberry-nectarine tart is simple and rustic, a special finish without much fuss. Pack some ginger limeade in a thermos and you’re ready to hit the trail.

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