Thursday, June 14, 2012

Foodie Friday: Summer Lunch

Welcome to Foodie Friday!
I'm so happy to see you.
Lunch is ready, simple, summery fare on the lawn.
Won't you join me?
I love to assemble picnic items. I began with a yellow-and-gray vintage tablecloth, a black tole tray, and a wire beverage caddy. I used a lidded jar for the salad--a great way to transport food (and it will keep the bugs away). I mixed French glassware with paper plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery.


A peek at the caddy--love the swirls and loops.

I made an apple-walnut salad and a raspberry vinaigrette.
These jars can be found in all sizes. Aren't they just perfect for potato salad, lemon bars, muffins, relish, and even fried chicken?

Ham and cheese croissants are easy,
and they taste so fresh on a warm June day.

When I think of picnics, I imagine the outdoor teas in English novels--huge baskets, a wash of green lawn and shrubs, and Wedgwood-blue sky . Here in Tennessee, the sky is just the same but with with different botanica:
a purple butterfly bush, red roses, shrubs.

Are you ready to eat?
 Happy recipe hunting!

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  1. What a pretty outdoor picnic! Everything looks so good. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful day!

  2. You, too, Diann! I hope everyone has a great Foodie Friday!

  3. This is gorgeous. Everything looks delicious. I need to make the apple walnut salad, just as soon as I find one of those jars.

    Happy weekend, Michael.

  4. I hope you are feeling better! That picnic looks fabulous, love the yellow tablecovering!
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. Everything looks great! I would love to join you. :) Thank you for hosting the link-up. Good day!

  6. I hope you are feeling better this week. What a lovely picnic you've prepared.

    My Cornish Hens with Mustard & Herbs that I brought today are fabulous served at room temperature over arugula or watercress and would be a lovely addition to a picnic.

    Thanks so much for hosting Foodie Friday. Have a wonderful weekend and happy Father's day to your hubby.

  7. LOVE your salad~ it's bound to be doubly delicious served served from that jar! That plus your caddy & tole tray take picnicking to new heights! Thanks for having me this week :)

  8. A picnic is a great idea! Everything looks delicious! Thank you for hosting!

  9. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

    I never could quite figure out how the Victorians scrunched themselves on lawns in corsets. Really? I can barely due it in capris!!!! (Well sitting is ok but not so much a graceful gettin up.)

    HOW did they do it? Explains why is so many shots you see garden tables and little metal chairs, perhaps?

  10. Michael Lee, I love a pretty picnic and yours is fabulous. Love the idea of using that covered crock as a server. Beautiful food!
    Hope you are feeling better and back to your normal self.

  11. Everything looks scrumptious! My mouth is watering.

    Today I've linked up my Easy Creamy Coleslaw.

    Have a great weekend!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

  12. I love your outdoor setting, Michael Lee!! I'm totally in love with your tray!! Your picnic loves wonderful and food in jars is so fun!! Thanks for hosting.

  13. Yum! Would love a serving of each for dinner tonight. Hope you are feeling much better.

  14. Lunch looks so inviting. Hope you are feeling well. Thank you for hosting.

  15. The salad sounds great and love it in the pretty jar:@)

  16. What a beautiful picnic! Thank you so much for hosting!

  17. We had an indoor picnic this week because it's just too hot here. Your caddy is perfect for a picnic. Your salad Looks delicious. Love the idea of using the lidded jar. I hope you're feeling better.

  18. What a beautiful picnic! It looks so elegant and delicious, I wish I could just step into those pictures :-) Thank you for hosting!

  19. Thanks for hosting. What a beautiful looking picnic, and love, love, love the glass jar for the salad - that's an inspired idea, and one I will definitely be using when summer barbeque and picnic season comes again to my end of the world.
    Sue :-)

  20. You have such attention to detail. I love the wire beverage holder, plus the lidded glass jar for holding a salad. Practical and perfect for presentation.

  21. Oh, I love the idea of salad in the glass jar! How fun!

    I'm sharing 5 Effective Ways To Stay on The Whole Food Path, a video on How To Make Aioli in a Flash, and The Most Overlooked Thing To Remember to Stay Healthy.

    Have a great day!

  22. what a delightful lunch! i love the way you served the salad! beautiful! thanks for hosting!
    this week, i'm sharing my Fennel Tacos in Homemade Quinoa Shells! They're Gluten Free, Vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly! Thanks again!

  23. There's nothing better than eating outdoors in the summer! We try to do it as much as possible (bugs permitting).

  24. I like your idea of a summer picnic! Very well thought out, light and full of pretty details.
    Watermelon is a must... and your watermelon looks delicious!
    Thanks for hosting, Michael.
    I read your book and it was fabulous! What a great and fun read! You have such a knack for pulling me into your story! Congratulations!

  25. Glad to see the flu is over and you're able to enjoy the great outdoors. Thanks for being the best host ever!

  26. What an inviting picnic! Thanks for hosting!!

  27. Oh, that salad in a jar is a fantastic idea!

  28. Beautiful picnic. If only I had the time to sit outside in our beautiful Virginia weather for lunch daily...
    Ham and cheese croissants is such a simple idea. Great to take an easy sandwich and make it different by using a croissant rather than good ol' sliced bread.
    Thanks for sharing :)