A Pretentious Beach Picnic in a Jar

Summer-time is vacation time. I recently enjoyed a short trip to the beautiful beaches in the state I now call home, so I will return to our regularly scheduled programming shortly. Before heading out to enjoy sand, sun, and surf though, I was sure to pack a cooler with a few home-made items so that I could enjoy a pretentious picnic on the beach (because for some reason, the thought of a snooty picnic with appropriately paired Chardonnay greatly amuses me).

We packed all of the food in jars, two of the recipes coming from the great Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table (I really love this cookbook–not pictured were the cheez-it-like crackers from this book we also made and brought on the trip). In one jar is cured salmon–incredibly simple to prepare, a beautiful red color, and surprisingly refreshing beach-food. In another, we had the matching olive oil cured potatoes, the next, some quickly pickled ginger spiced cucumbers, and in the last jar, a corn salad with bacon, sungold tomatoes, and cilantro. All together, very refreshing and definitely something I would do again.

I hope you’re staying cool in this heat wave and I’ll be back with more recipes soon!

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5 Responses to “A Pretentious Beach Picnic in a Jar”

  1. Monique Says:

    Love the jars on the beach..and your photo with your beautiful daughter.You both look so happy…Your new state is lovely.

  2. KarenP Says:

    Lovely picnic!

  3. Julia Says:

    We used to do that when our children were small. Now they are all grown and two have a child each. But our beach pinics were usually had fried chicken, potato salad, or coleslaw or burgers and potato chips.We would fix a jug of tea and have some sodas for the kids but I would drink the tea. Enjoy the time with your children while they are young, it is very rewarding. Now our days are dealing with a a broken a/c unit for 3 days till we can get a new one installed.

  4. bellini Says:

    This is my kind of picnic Mike.

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