Summer Time is Picnic Time

I have a friend who’s quite an amazing woman – she blogs about food – and food history, in posts chock-filled with fun and facts. And not only that! Each summer Louise has a picnic. A huge picnic! We each have to choose a letter from the alphabet then bring some food matching the letter. My letter this year, is V. V for Valentine? Oh! No, that’s in February. V, for our picnic! ~ for the foods I’ll carry to our picnic tables and the blankets tossed on the flat ground near the imaginary lake, will be Vegetable Things of Spring Salad . . . Veal Shank with Risotto . . . and Viennese Chocolate-Cherry Torte. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Olive oil, bacon fat (oh yes), prosciutto, Spring onions and dandelion greens rough-cut . . . all tossed over medium high heat in a skillet with the sugar snap peas then salted and peppered and doused with apple cider vinegar, to keep it real. This is my Vegetable Things of Spring Salad.

I’ll put up the recipe for the veal shank at the end of the post!

Here is the Viennese torte recipe. It’s a bit messy – I’ve had it around since forever ~

If you’re visiting me for the first time here, you’ll notice that most of my posts don’t have food photos or recipes. That’s because I do that sort of thing on the facebook page linked to this blog. If you’re still hungry after the picnic, the door is always open to visit there!

Now here are my co-conspirators in this picnic thing. It looks like we’re going to really party . . . uh . . . hearty????!!! Um hmm.

A- Almond Joy Pie

http://moderndayozzieandharriet.blogspot.com/2010/06/almond-joy-pie-for-picnic.html

B- Baked Beans

http://grubandstuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/picnic-worthy-baked-beans.html

C-Chocolate Picnic Cake

http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/06/chocolate-picnic-cake.html

D-Dutch Funnel Cake

http://sporadiccook.blogspot.com/2010/06/dutch-funnel-cake.html

E-Easy Blender Chicken Pie

http://simplerecipes.me/?p=2166

F-Five Bean Salad

http://moveablefeastscookbook.blogspot.com/2010/06/culinary-history-101-five-bean-salad.html

G-Granola Bars

http://baskersfunfoods.blogspot.com/2010/06/picnic-game.html

H-Herb and Cheese Pasta Salad

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/2010/06/herb-and-cheese-pasta-salad-for-picnic.html

I-Incredibly Fruity Raspberry Cakes

http://raspberryandchipotle.blogspot.com/2010/06/international-picnic-day.html

J-Jeweled Picnic Bars

http://rochellesvintagerecipes.blogspot.com/2010/06/jeweled-picnic-bars.html

K-Kaltschale

http://petrafoede.de/blog/2010/06/29/aus-omas-kueche-kaltschale/

L-Long Island Lemonade Cocktail

http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com/2010/06/long-island-lemonade-cocktail.html

M-Mushroom Tart

http://gherkinstomatoes.com/2010/06/27/anatomy-lesson-rustic-mushroom-tart/

N-Nut Roast

http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com/2010/06/going-on-picnic-with-nutroast.html

O-Olive Nut Bread

http://comfycook.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/olive-nut-bread-and-time-to-play/

P-Pomegranate Mousse Cake (absolutely worth the wait, as I’m sure yours is:)

Q-Quiche

http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2010/06/q-is-for-quiche-lets-play-game.html

R-Raspberry Chocolate Macarons

http://annesfood.blogspot.com/2010/06/raspberry-chocolate-macarons.html

S-Spicy Glazed Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs

http://hisperfectpromises.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-time-for-picnic-game.html

T-Turkey and Pear wraps w/ Curried Aioli!!

http://girlichef.blogspot.com/2010/06/im-going-on-picnic-and-im-bringing.html

Well, I’m off to the picnic . . . must visit everyone to see their stuff close-up and personal! And thanks once again, Louise – it’s always a pleasure to visit with both you as you, and you as Picnic Mistress at Dainty Delights from Diverse Directions @ Months of Edible Celebrations.

http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com

xoxo

Oops! Almost forgot – here is the always-worthy Elizabeth David’s recipe for Veal Shanks . . .

P.S. Last minute additions! They look lovely.

P-Pomegranate Mousse Cake (Chef Dennis) @ More Than a Mouthful

http://morethanamountfull.blogspot.com/2010/06/caponata-international-picnic-day.html

U-”Unoriginal Whole Foods Salad Bar” (Mae) @ Mae’s Food Blog (Mae “threw” this post together just this morning, sweet heart that she is.)

http://maefood.blogspot.com/2010/06/unoriginal-whole-foods-salad.html

February 14, 1914 7AM New York, NY Dear Valentine,


To Miss Blanchard from ‘A Secret Admirer’. At least at the Seminary one can eat chocolate!

This week’s posts will not be all Valentines. So let this be the one. I send all of you in seminaries (or not) thoughts of many delicious chocolates – I’m not certain what varieties our postcard girl has in her heart-shaped gifted box, but they do look lovely, and of course chocolates are the food for this day!

One does wonder what happened to Miss A.E. Blanchard, seminarian . . . . could it be?