May 1, 2008


By Natalie Mitts

Summer is the perfect time for picnicking. Grab a date and get going! Head to the Provo temple, Rock Canyon Park or Kiwanis Park. Bring a book of short stories or a children's book and take turns reading to your date. Lay down a tarp and then put a blanket on top of that to keep from getting damp. Most of all, enjoy the food. Here are some picnic essentials: French bread, meat, sliced cheese, crackers, potato salad, washed grapes, cubed watermelon, cookies, lemonade, water, cups, plates, forks, napkins and a trash bag.

Freeze water bottles the night before so they stay cool throughout the afternoon. Pack food in a cooler for insulation, or if you plan on eating right away, find a cute picnic basket. Cool down with Chef John's Strawberry Lemonade. After eating, take a short nap, find images in the clouds or play Frisbee.

Strawberry Lemonade
6 servings

1 quart fresh strawberries
3 cups cold water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 cups club soda Blend the top four ingredients in blender. Add club soda and pour into glasses and garnish with fresh mint.