We did something today that we haven't done in ages…. Or ever, actually.
We forced the puppies into the back of the car and went on an outing.
They haven't been in the car since they were spayed last fall….
We want to go visit our friend in Spain, and the puppies get to visit their mom, brother, granny and great-uncle.
They need to get in the car in order for us to do that.
They're still reluctant.
They also need a bit more socialization. Their world currently consists of about a dozen humans and one other dog.
We should probably expand their horizons.
But maybe not just as Sunday morning church lets out…..
More about that next week.
Today it's about the picnic.
Well, picnics in general.
The best thing about picnics is the salads.
As it's the beginning of summer – and picnic season, here are a few of my favorites:
French Potato Salad
Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
This is a lightly dressed potato dish, with lots of tarragon and chives.
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 tbs snipped fresh chives
- 1 tbs snipped fresh tarragon
- 1 tbs olive oil – the good stuff
- 1 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
- 1 tbs beef stock
- In a medium bowl whisk olive oil, vinegar and stock.
- Add chives and tarragon and let sit to blend flavors while potatoes cook.
- Slice the potatoes for salad, in small, bite-size pieces.
- Heat a medium saucepan half full of water over medium high heat.
- When water is boiling, add potatoes and cook just until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 10 – 12 minutes.
- Remove from heat and drain well.
- Add to dressing and stir gently.
- Let rest to absorb flavors, stirring gently occasionally, allowing to cool. Serve.
Italian Picnic Pasta Salad This is the first pasta salad I ever made, way back in the beginning of time, and it's still my favorite.
Brown Rice Pilaf Salad First make the Pilaf with any rice you like…. Double the recipe and use half or the salad.
Quinoa Pilaf and Lentil Salad The same works with the Quinoa Salad – it's summer, cook once; eat twice!
Polenta Salad Similar to an Italian Bread Salad but made with cooled polenta, cut into cubes.
Tangy Coleslaw A great cabbage salad made with a zesty dressing – no mayonnaise or dairy, so it travels and keeps well.
Based on the classic, old-fashioned version, but updated a bit.
Go forth and Picnic!