Did you know that July is National Picnic Month? Today we are joined by Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate sunshine and summer days, good food and laughter. There’s just something about picnics that help us to make wonderful, life lasting memories. Looking back over the years, I have such great memories that come to mind when I think of picnics.
When I was a kid, my father worked for a company that was very family-oriented. Every Christmas, all of the kids would come in one door and get in a long line. At the end of the line was Santa himself waiting to have a chat with every single child. After speaking to him, the kids would then go around the corner to discover the entire lobby of the main building filled with toys, wall to wall. Every kid would go home with their pick of a toy that day.
But in the summer there was always a huge company picnic. Our town had a river that ran right through the middle of it and there was a big park that the company actually owned and would host all sorts of events there. For the company picnic it was a day of fried chicken and potato salad, water gun fights and friendly games of softball. I remember the pride I felt when I was old enough to join in on the softball game and play alongside my dad on his team.
When I became an adult the picnics continued for our growing family. Though the company changed from “the company” to army companies – the joys of summer, fun and friends remained the same. One year we had a company picnic held at our commander’s home. They had rented one of those giant blow-up slides that you set up in the grass. Well, it was summer in North Carolina and was of course hot as can be. Suddenly one of the soldiers had a great idea and ran up the stairs with the water hose. Instantly the fun had gone to a whole new level. The 25 foot slide was now a water slide – and there weren’t just kids going down it, but soldiers flying down it on their bellies and crashing into the mud, laughing as they went. It was such a great day. Of course hours later, half of the backyards around were completely flooded, but no one cared. It was a blast, and a time we will never forget.
Another very memorable picnic that I had the joy of being part of, was a church picnic up in Alaska. Of course you always have a great selection of salads, grilled meats and wonderful desserts at any picnic. But this being an Alaskan picnic there were great recipes highlighting the wild game that is so prevalent up there – salmon pasta salad, halibut tacos, moose burgers …and even maktak.
I have talked about maktak before, but in case you are wondering, maktak is bowfin whale (and also spelled muktuk.) How many times in your life can you say that you had the opportunity to eat whale at a picnic?
Down here in Alabama, our picnics tend to be much tamer in their ingredients, but the memories and fun are universal.
I love to share cool desserts at picnics and a great way to serve those desserts is in jars. The jars can be stuck down in a cooler or tub of ice and require no serving spoons. You just grab a jar and dig in.
Today I am sharing my version of a southern classic – Banana Pudding.
To begin, in a saucepan combine 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisk these together.
Pour in 2 cups of milk and turn the stove on to medium heat. Stirring continually, bring the mixture up to a gentle boil, and let it bubble for one minute.
Add in a teaspoon of vanilla and a tablespoon each of bourbon and butter. Whisk until it is all mixed in. Remove it from the heat and set aside for now.
Cut 2 bananas into thin slices. In your jars, layer vanilla wafer cookies and banana slices, then spoon some of the pudding over the top.
Repeat the layers until you have about an inch of space at the top.
Cover the jars with the lids and refrigerate overnight.
When you are ready to serve these at your picnic, top them with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and dried banana chips.
When you have a picnic, you have to have a good selection of beverages to take along. I would recommend Gallo Family Vineyard’s Pink Moscato or the Chardonnay. Pink Moscato is one of my new favorites…with hints of peach and berries. If your guests prefer a white wine, the Chardonnay is ideal with its citrus and vanilla. I chose these two wines because they are both light and summery – and because they both come in the mini bottles. They are perfect for tucking into your picnic basket or cooler to take along on your outing in the sun, and no corkscrew needed.
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Check out this post from Gallo Family Vineyards today on their website for the picnic theme!
Check out all of today’s Sunday Supper picnic recipes!
- 10 Deviled Egg Variations by Sunday Supper Movement
- Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce by Soni’s Food
Picnic Main Dishes:
- Baked or Grilled Tandoori Chicken Legs by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- BBQ Pulled Pork Picnic Sandwiches by Family Foodie
- Creamy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- French Ham and Butter Sandwich (Jambon Buerre) by Shockingly Delicious
- Grilled Honey Chicken Kabobs by Life Tastes Good
- Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches by Feed Me, Seymour
- Kimbap (Korean ‘Sushi’) by Curious Cuisiniere
- Picnic Sandwich Torte by Palatable Pastime
Picnic Salads and Sides:
- BLT Panzanella Salad by Casa de Crews
- Cold Chinese Peanut Noodles by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Lemon Chicken Penne Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Mason Jar Salmon Nicoise Salad by Simply Healthy Family
Picnic Sweets and Desserts:
- Banana Pudding Cups by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Blueberry Crumb Bars by Alida’s Kitchen
- Blueberry Peach Snack Cake by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Key Lime Cheesecake Crumb Bars by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Lemon Meringue Pie in a Jar by Desserts Required
- Simple Strawberry Pie by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Southern Fried Apricot Hand Pies by Magnolia Days
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- ½ c sugar
- 3 Tb cornstarch
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 c milk
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 Tb bourbon
- 1 Tb butter
- 2 bananas
- vanilla wafers (about 2 cups)
- whipped cream
- banana chips
- caramel sauce
- To begin, in a saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk these together.
- Pour in the milk and turn the stove on to medium heat. Stirring continually, bring the mixture up to a gentle boil, and let it bubble for one minute.
- Add in the vanilla, bourbon and butter. Whisk until it is all mixed in. Remove it from the heat and set aside for now.
- Cut the bananas into thin slices. In your jars, layer vanilla wafer cookies and banana slices, then spoon some of the pudding over the top.
- Repeat the layers until you have about an inch of space at the top.
- Cover the jars with the lids and refrigerate overnight.
- When you are ready to serve these at your picnic, top them with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and dried banana chips.
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.