We are smack dab in the middle of picnic season!
Greetings, Club Members! We seem to have come through Memorial Day and Fathers Day and here we are, on the back side of a warm and sunny month. These bright, breezy days just beg for picnics.
Maybe you have a porch or a deck where you enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon iced tea. Maybe your picnic table lives on your lawn or patio. MAYBE your family relishes the idea of packing a cooler or basket and trotting off to a nearby park or driving to a campsite or lakeside just to have a meal and enjoy the great outdoors.
The issue with picnic food always has to do with food safety. We are warned from every corner about the dangers of meat and mayo and other foods growing bacteria that can make us sick. I heard about a wonderful sammie you can build in your very own kitchen and your family may just make it a tradition. Hearing about this treat made my mouth water!
Here is a winner for YOUR summer picnic:
1. Simply take 1 whole loaf of bread, unsliced and cut it in half from end to end. This leaves you with a bottom crust and a top crust.
2. Drizzle oil on the cut sides of each half of the bread *Mother Connie’s preference is olive oil but you use what YOU like.
3. Layer tuna, sardines or salmon; lettuce or spinach; tomato slices; slices of onion; rings of peppers; ripe olives; cooked, drained beans – whatever you like on your sandwich or whatever you find in the fridge.
4. Season the whole works with salt and pepper or any spices that make your family’s hearts go pitty-pat. You can also sprinkle your favorite vinegar over the whole business.
5. Replace the top of the loaf – you will have a “Dagwood” high sammie…Wrap it in foil and put a cutting board over it. Place a couple of cans from your pantry on the board. This will squeeze the whole loaf and all the ingredients, causing the oil to ooze into the bread and marinate the veggies. This will ensure that your mouth will fit around it when it is sliced into single servings. It will take a couple of hours to work the magic.
6. When your sammie is built you can pack up some fruit and a jar of lemonade, tea or water with your eating utensils. By the time you are ready to eat, your bread and vegetables will be ready for you to enjoy. And there will be no stress regarding food safety!
*Above all, remember that there are no hard and fast rules. Use what you have and what your family likes. If it’s peanut butter and bananas, that’s quite fine. Maybe you prefer bacon over tuna and it’s available. It could be such a thing that you have leftover meat from a previous meal; you could PRESS that into service. *PUN INTENDED…It’s summertime/picnic time, after all. No need to stress about the Kitchen Police looking in on you.
The whole idea of food is to nourish the body. Foods we enjoy and fresh foods nourish our soul, too. And sharing picnic meals while enjoying the company of those we hold dear nourish us in ways that transcend this earthly experience!
Have yourself some fun, people! Never mind you are on a tight budget or living on a dime or using an EBT card from SNAP or WIC. Fun can be had with food commodities or things from a food pantry, too! Indoors or outdoors, we all need to s t r e t c h our food budgets! It just takes a bit of planning, sprinkled with a little imagination.
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PS/Carol, one of our most faithful contributors to the good of the Club sent this message: “…if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the documentary “FOOD STAMPED.” It profiles a young couple’s journey to live on a Food Stamps budget, yet healthfully. I borrowed it from my library. Perhaps you can, as well.” GOOD TIP, GANG. Thanks, Carol!