Oh picnic foods!! And I only wish it was picnic weather here in Puget Sound!
I thought I had picnics "down", until one day when Bill and I took my Mom and my Aunt to Goleta Beach for a picnic. We had all our fancy stuff, nothing wrong with that, but next to us, on the grassy area before the sand and ocean, was standing, alone, next to one of the built in grills, an older hispanic woman, who was placing, of all things, turkey necks on the grill -- and LOTS of them! She had salt and pepper shakers setting out also, but that was it!
We looked at her and she smiled at us. And that moment forever changed my life. There we were, my Scandinavian family, with our expensive rib eye steaks to grill and there she was... with cheap turkey necks! As we began our respective picnics, her family began to gather from the beach --- there must have been 15 of them, and many beautiful children (her grandchildren).
By the end of the picnic, I so longed to ask her for one of those turkey necks, which she had grilled carefully and meticulously, with only salt and pepper for seasonings and which we had been smelling the aroma of for hours. I have never seen a family enjoy a picnic at the beach with so much love and energy. I learned a lot that day. Oh yeah, our rib eye steaks were good, but they lacked something....
So, my favorite picnic food, grilled at the beach: turkey necks! You would be surprised how awesome they are, especially, if grandma grills them slow and low... for hours... while the family plays and plays...
Great post.... picnic foods. Now I just need to be at Goleta Beach and not here in the drizzling rain making 15 bean soup on a cold June 1st!