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How to Prepare the Perfect Summer Picnic

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[howdini - get yourself a guru] Are you looking for new ways to spend quality time with your family? [Adrien Sharp for the Kraft Kitchens] One of my favorite things to do on a nice summer day is to go on a picnic. Bring a football, maybe a kite, and everyone gets a chance to enjoy the outdoors and each other for an afternoon. Hi. I'm Adrien Sharp for the Kraft Kitchens here with some great ideas for what to serve and how to pack your next picnic. Let's start with the food. Sandwiches are the original hero when it comes to food that travels. But just because they're portable does not mean they have to be predictable. With just a very few simple steps, you can create your own masterpiece. [Kickin' Chicken Wrap] This is the Kickin' Chicken Wrap, perfect for eating outdoors. The kick comes from the chipotle flavored mayo and the jalapeno American cheese. All you need to do is spread your mayonnaise on the bottom, add the cheese, next with the chicken, the lettuce, and the celery. That's all there is to it. [Tuscan Club Sandwich] This one is the Tuscan Club on a nice ciabatta roll. It's made with shaved oven roasted turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and here comes the Tuscan part: sun-dried tomato and basil cream cheese on the top half of the ciabatta and some Italian dressing on the bottom half. And to go with these great sandwiches, I've made some terrific side salads. [Crunchy Bacon Coleslaw] This one is coleslaw, and it's extra crunchy with crispy crumbled bacon and chopped salted peanuts. And rounding things out, we have a very easy pasta salad [Easy Pasta Salad] made with rotini, vegetables, reduced fat Parmesan, and to complete it, some Light House Italian Dressing. And for the dessert, the ultimate packable: pudding snacks. Now, you want everything to be fresh-tasting and safe to eat when you picnic, so you will need a cooler. No need for a fancy one. This plastic one on wheels does the job just fine. It's all in how you pack it. You need to keep things cold, but making sure they don't get all smooshed together is pretty important too. Nobody likes a crushed club. So let's back up, and I'll show you exactly how I packed this picnic today. [rewinding sound] On the bottom, I put all the heavy stuff. You have your bottles of water, your soda, 100% juice for the kids. I even freeze a few of the juice pouches and water ahead of time to melt slowly, so even at the end of the day there's still something cold to drink. Then I lay down one of these ice blankets. These do double duty by keeping things cold and separated. Salads and pudding go in next, followed by another ice blanket. And then last but not least the sandwiches. And I put the third ice blanket right on the top. Now, if you don't have ice blankets, you can use gallon size freezer bags and fill them with ice cubes. The key is to make sure they're sealed tightly. And do not put those on top of the sandwiches. So there you have it, the great American picnic. Look for many more portable recipes and tips for summer fun on Howdini. I'm Adrien Sharp from the Kraft Kitchens for Howdini. [chimes jingling] [www.howdini.com]

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Duration: 2 minutes and 45 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Howdini
Views: 76
Posted by: howdini on Jun 18, 2010

It's gorgeous outside. Time to plan a picnic! Adrien Sharp for the Kraft Kitchens shares some great ideas for what to serve and how to pack up a great meal that travels.

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