Posted by zheen | Posted in Holidays | Posted on 03-07-2011
Having a picnic is a great way to celebrate Independence Day with your friends and loved ones. Since everybody has no work for it is a holiday, this is the perfect day to catch up with your family and friends during a warm and sunny day. Not only Independence Day, but also picnic is proven the best way to celebrate any occasions. However, keeping your food and family safe will be your main concern followed by the best dishes you will prepare for the picnic.
Step One – Plan the Occasion
Planning can assure you and your family a perfect July 4th Theme picnic. In planning stage, you can choose the best food that can be related in Independence Day like foods that have red, blue and yellow colors or star-shaped foods. Think of foods that are easy to carry and manage so that even the venue is far, the quality of foods will not be affected.
Step Two – Keep it simple as possible
As much as you want to be creative in your new recipes, just make sure it is simple but fun to look at. An Independence Day theme must be composed of colors white, red and blue food ideas. Cakes and cookies can be easily decorated with these colors. Blueberries and strawberries on your white cheesecakes is a good idea of trifle that has all the colors. Trifle is an excellent picnic dessert for it can be kept in your cooler and can be prepared ahead of time.
Step Three – Use Local Products
One way of showing your patriotism is using your locally produced products. This way, you are already supporting the American farmers and your economy. Just make sure that all ingredients used are grown and produced in United States.
Step Four – Simple foods can be done creatively
Some people say that using hard-boiled eggs, cold cuts and pasta salads are the usual and simple meal you can bring in your picnics. However, using these ingredients may not be boring, just use your creativity with it. There are many recipes made up of these ingredients but can give a delicious and appetizing results.
A pasta salad, for example, can be made interesting by making different varieties for it. The best part of it all, these salads can be made in bulk and any leftover can still be eaten even days after the picnic. Just make sure to refrigerate the pasta salad the whole night before the picnic and when transporting, keep it in a tight canister placed in the cooler.
Another example is Cajun chicken wraps. It can be prepared ahead of time then kept chilled in your cooler. Make sure to pack all your foods properly so that exposure to bacteria can be prevented.
Step Five – Always Keep your Food Safe
One mistake that people commit when having an Independence Day Theme picnic is that they do not store their food properly. This may cause food poisoning. Follow the proper guidelines in storing and transporting foods for picnic.
It is important to remember that if you have any food that contains mayonnaise like your pasta salad, make sure to keep it in a single serving containers so that those that is not yet ready to be eaten can stay cool in your cooler.
Now that you are ready for you Independence Day Theme Picnic, try this recipe, which your children and friends will surely enjoy.
RED, BLUE and HOT WINGS
A sure fire to spice up your celebration with this all-time favorite finger food. The red currant jelly and the red curry paste will lend a combination of sweet heat to this all-American classic meal, plus the traditional dip of blue cheese.
ketchup or barbecue sauce
red currant jelly
red curry paste
chicken wings; halved
blue cheese dip; can be homemade or
■ Pre-heat the oven to 450oF. With your aluminum foil, line the foil in your baking sheet that was coated with cooking spray.
■ In a saucepan that is heated on a medium-high heat, mix soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, garlic, salt barbecue sauce and red currant jelly.
■ Bring it to a boil with occasional stirring until all sugar has been dissolved.
■ Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the juices of the lemon together with the curry paste.
■ In a separate bowl, set aside at least ¼ cup of the glaze mixture
■ By using tongs, dip the chicken wings making sure that the whole chicken has been coated with the glaze
■ Place it on the baking sheet
■ Bake the glazed chicken for 30 to 40 minutes or until it is cooked through
■ Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush the chicken once again with the reserved glaze.
■ This can be served hot or cold with a beer.
■ It is best to use blue cheese dressing as dip.
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