Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Picnic, Ann Arbor Style

Enjoy a holiday celebration on the lawn

With warm weather beckoning us out, and a long holiday weekend ahead, this is the perfect time to have a spring picnic. Enjoy fresh foods available at locally-owned stores around town. Ann Arbor boasts a variety of markets and corner grocery stores, offering shoppers an abundance of fine dining. Whether you’re celebrating the holiday weekend with a picnic in your Ann Arbor home’s backyard, or visiting one of the many Ann Arbor area parks, this simple menu will get your weekend off to a great start!

For an easy picnic menu, start with a fresh-baked baguette, available at Zingermans Bakehouse. While you’re there, pick up some magic brownies and a bag of the tastiest graham crackers you’ve ever eaten. These graham crackers would take s’mores to a whole new level!

Select some baby lettuce and a bundle of fresh basil from the Ann Arbor farmer’s market, and swing by Morgan and York for a bit of fresh feta cheese. While you’re there, browse their wine selection and pick up a bottle of bubbly for your picnic. Bonus: Morgan and York is offering free crepe making classes this month. A rotisserie chicken from Sparrow Meats in Kerrytown will round out your meal. Going meat-free? Hummus and roasted vegetables will make your meal special. Round up a bottle of quality ranch dress, or make your own.

For a special sweet treat for desert, visit Cake Nouveau in downtown Ann Arbor for one of their amazing cupcakes. White chocolate raspberry cupcake, anyone?

Tear the lettuce and basil into small bite-sized pieces, and place in a large bowl. De-bone the chicken and place the chicken (or vegetables), ranch dressing, and feta cheese into the bowl. Toss the salad together, then slice the baguettes, spread them with hummus, if you like, then fill the bread with a generous mixture of the chicken salad. This meal is easy to pack up and take to one of Ann Arbor’s many parks, or tastes just as nice enjoyed right in your own backyard.

Enjoy the fresh flavors of locally-grown food as you take a moment to relax and enjoy an afternoon in the sunshine.

Photo courtesy Flickr: Norma Desmond

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