RECIPE TO PREP A PICNIC

RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT PICNIC:

A seasonal salad served cold, or barely warm. We also made an on-site caprese. (This is all from the farmer’s market: 2 ears of corn, shucked, 3 tomatoes, diced, 1/2 lb green beans, halved, and minced garlic, all braised in butter + a bit of vegetable stock. Finish with lemon juice + red pepper flakes + salt and pepper. Delicious cold.)

The perfect location. Labyrinthine + deeply magical + with the deep scent of roses wafting throughout.

A deep basket to hold everything (including four bottles of contraband rosé.)

Mixtapes your boyfriend gave you and a cutting-edge portable sound system.

Plenty of charcuterie, cheeses, fruits, spreads, and crackers.

An adorable dog.

She is gorgeous. This looks like the beginnings of a very promising black velvet painting.

If you live in Portland, proper picnic attire means always being dressed for inclement weather, i.e. waterproof rain jacket.

With summer almost being over, the urge go picnicking has died down. I spend more time daydreaming about lamb stews + a roaring fireplace. But if you haven’t done a proper picnic at least once this summer, find a grassy spot + stay for at least five hours. Don’t forget to bring enough tapes.

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