Monday, August 1

Roasted Vegetables with Appenzeller, Arugula & Pesto Baguettes

If this were a friends episode it would be called "The One Where Adam and Meghan go on a Picnic." 
Pic-a-nic Basket!
If this were a friends episode, we would get to the park and Adam would get stung by a bee (again!). And then he would be allergic. But not the deathly kind of allergic, the kind where you just get really swollen. But we would be really far into the woods, so by the time we got to the car his face would be giant and purple. He would encounter some people who would make some funny comments about his face and then we would have to bring Jagger to the hospital with us. And Jagger would get into something while we were there. Maybe while we were in seeing the doctor, he would walk to the other side of the curtain and eat all the food from the lunch bag of the man sleeping on the other side. He is in the hospital because he just got giant a mole removed and is under anesthesia. It turns out that he is our neighbor who hates Jagger already, because he barks at his cat. We would make an effort to leave quickly before our sleeping neighbor awakes. The episode would end with Adam and Meghan, many hours later, having a candlelit picnic in their living room later that night. Their neighbor would stop by and recount to them how his lunch had disappeared and Adam would keep scratching while he was there and it would make the neighbor suspicious. Then he would leave and in true sitcom form, it would be romantic and there would be wine.

But that's not really what happened (mostly because in real life Jagger can't be in hospitals). In real life, we had a pleasant morning with delicious food and great company. And Jagger enjoyed himself too. It was all very sickening and adorable. AND I LOVE PICNICS!

In addition to the items listen above, I also brought along some of these scones since I wanted a brunch-type vibe. I also threw in a container of assorted olives and peppadews. I like to eat lots of different things .

Peek-neek stuff and sunflowers :)
These appetizers/small bites are fantastic to bring on a picnic. Many different components served separately that are meant to be assembled. They compliment and balance each other well, but each is also great on it own. It's a really easy spread (SO EASY) and you can either build small sandwiches or just have a smattering of different things (I love that word). Or both! Appenzeller is a really great and flavorful cheese that pairs really well with arugula. Pesto adds a nice touch.

Soundtrack: Cage the Elephant - Self-titled

Roasted Vegetables with Appenzeller, Arugula & Pesto Baguettes 
(Serves 2 or 3 as a meal or 5 as an appetizer)

For this spread you will need:

1 block of Appenzeller Cheese, cut into slices
2-3 handfuls Arugula
1/4 c. Pesto
1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal
Roasted Veggies (See below)

Arrange everything separately. Encourage mixing and matching to create different sandwich combinations! Yum!

Roasted Vegetables

1 medium zuchinni, sliced on a diagonal
1 small red onion, cut into wedges
1-8 oz package of baby carrots or carrot sticks
1 tbsp EVOO
1 tsp fresh rosemary
1 tsp fresh oregano
1 tbsp fresh thyme
salt & pepper
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350. Toss vegetables in oil, rosemary, oregano, & thyme. Season with salt & pepper to taste (just a sprinkling of each).

Spray a 9x11 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread vegetables evenly in dish and bake for 45 minutes, or until vegetables are completely softened, stirring every 10-15 minutes. 

Allow to cool & serve cold.

Fraiche Vegetables

Add some flavor...
Bam! Delicious!
Gorgeous day in b-e-a-utiful Fairmount Park!

"Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company,
For you in my respect are all the world:
Then how can it be said I am alone,
When all the world is here to look on me?"
Portable food.. sigh

Uh, what?

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