6/18/19 Newsletter: Summer Actually Starts Today

It’s officially picnic season! The perfect time to toss a blanket and some snacks in your bag and head to an optimal locale to relax and enjoy the outdoors. But, throwing the most epic picnic does require a bit more planning — don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We can’t guarantee you won’t meet up with a few ants along the way, but we swear you’ll be prepared for anything if you follow our handy guide. [Swirled]

Life Hack Of The Day: Picnic Edition

Keep your bottom dry by placing a cheap shower curtain or plastic tablecloth under your picnic blanket.


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Food + Drink

Today is International Picnic Day and the perfect excuse to head outside, dine al fresco and enjoy the summer air. It doesn’t have to be fancy, we’re happy with a good book, great company and a picnic basket full of snacks. Whether you’re packing a basket of sweet treats, or craving cheese and charcuterie, we got you covered. Read on to pack the perfect picnic basket for your taste. [Swirled]

Recipe Of The Day: Bring the heat to your picnic or potluck with a twist on a classic — Jalapeño popper pasta salad. OMG. No bland pasta salad here that’s for sure and it’s so simple to make. Cook a box of elbow pasta until al dente. While cooking, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, pepper and garlic powder in a large bowl. Drain the pasta and let it cool a few minutes, then add it to the mayonnaise mixture. Stir well and mix in jalapeños, green onions, bacon and shredded cheese. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. [Spicy Southern Kitchen]

A quick tip from yours truly: No backyard barbecue is complete without some sweet and juicy grilled corn on the cob. If you pick up your ears from the grocery store or farmers market, soak them in water for 20 minutes before grilling and keep the husks on. Even as the papery husks begin to blacken, the kernels are safe inside.

Do you have a kitchen tip to share? Let us know: [email protected].


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