I love the summer — there are picnics and backyard events, and there’s always an excuse to pack up some goodies to share with friends. Every Thursday, we venture out to a local concert. At this point, food is a contact sport — people bring little tables, great flatware, fine wines and cheeses. I like to think I bring the best treats. Here’s what’s on the menu for tomorrow night: fresh mozzarella and basil crescent rolls. Easy, easy: preheat the oven, unwrap the rolls, lay a slice of cheese, a few basil leaves, roll’em, bake ’em as directed. Done.

For the grab and go dance party that follows: apple cinnamon scones and lemon, blueberry scones. Preheat the oven. Chop an apple. I used the oldest, most bruised apple that everyone was passing over in the fruit bowl. Pop open a package of Cinnamon Chip Scones, slice lengthwise in half. Put some apples in, Put the top on. Pinch the edges. Roll in oatmeal or raw sugar. BAKE. Cool. Dance.

The lemon blueberry scones are based on the same idea, but I took a really old jar of lemon curd from the back of the fridge.  Preheat. Pop open some blueberry scones, slice lengthwise, spoon a bit of curd to the bottom half, put the top half on and pinch the oven, and BAKE. Cool. Really cool, ’cause the curd get’s HOT. Dance more. Last week is was buttermilk biscuits with homemade raspberry jam.

I’d love to hear some more suggestions — are there family favorites at your picnics?

everything you need!

Sliced apple on bottom half of scone.

Roll the pinched scone in sugar or oatmeal for crunch!


Buttermilk biscuits +raspberry jam

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