Family Picnics In The Park


An introduction to a Love Your Parks Tour Story assigned by Ruth Milstein, author of the Gourmand award-winning cookbook, “Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine.”


Ruth Milstein, author of “Cooking with Love: Ventures Into the New Israeli Cuisine” shares tips on Family Picnics on Big Blend Radio, and sends Big Blend editors / radio hosts / travelers Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith on a special Love your Parks Tour Story Mission.


On phase one of our Love Your Parks Tour we traveled full time for 3 years. A good deal of our dining experience was a picnic in the park. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, that park was our dining room for the day – no matter the season. We’d load up on sandwiches and salads from a local deli, along with fresh baked goods, and other delectable regional sips and bites. We’re talking a true taste of place in a setting that either connected us with the community or provided a respite in a natural setting. From watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes National Seashore to delighting in snowflakes lightly gracing the desert in Saguaro National Park, and basking in the wildflower glory of Mount Rainier National Park, the experiences were varied and awesome – and we can’t wait for more!

Enjoy our Big Blend Radio interview with Ruth, where we talk about picnics and our new story series featuring family picnic destinations across the country.


Picnic Foods:

– Most Importantly – Keep Hot Food Hot, and Cold Food Cold!

– Finger food is great for picnics, because you don’t have to pack extra cutlery.

– Small sandwiches are good; your guests can choose what to eat. Arrange sliced cold cuts on plates along with healthy breads, hard-boiled eggs, and a variety of vegetables. Tomatoes, lettuce, onion, cucumber, all washed and sliced ahead should be stored in air tight containers. Don’t forget grated cheese, mustard and mayonnaise.

– Bring a variety of seasonal fruits, washed and stored in air tight containers in a cold place.

– Puff cheese pastry is wonderful for the morning with coffee.

– Chocolate/cinnamon cookies or bite size cake can be enjoyed with hot or cold drinks in the afternoon.

– Take candy and a variety of sweets for the kids.

– Bring plenty of water, juice and ice.


– Bring an assortment of light red and white wines to go with your picnic food. Fun wines to bring are red blends and Beaujolais, as well as your favorite white wine varietals such as moderately priced viognier, riesling, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc, as well as sparkling wines.

– Bring seltzer water for those who want to make spritzers.

– Always drink responsibly!


Remember to bring the following items:
– Paper cups, plates and utensils, as well as napkins and paper towels.

– Blankets and pillows.

– Folding chairs and tables with table cloths.

– First aid kit.
– Trash bags. Please the location clean and have fun!

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