Yesterday’s summer recipes post would be incomplete without the followup, “101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics,” published a year later. These picnic recipes may be even less complicated than the dinner recipes, but they’re all clever deviations from the usual fare. Again, here’s what Bittman has to say:
But at some point, you may get the urge to vary the menu a bit. With that in mind, Iâ€™d like to make a few â€” or, actually, 101 â€” suggestions, ranging from snacks to dessert. With a little shopping, a little effort, and 20 minutes or less for assembly, you can create the kind of carry-out food that will put the local prepared food shops to shame while saving you a small fortune. No matter how faithful you are to your old favorites, Iâ€™ll bet you will find something intriguing here.
I’m dubious about the cold pizza with fresh lemon, but I’m definitely giving some of these ideas a try.
Since you’re named “summer” and “picnic” articles in Bitmann’s “101” series, let me mention two more, which are of similar utility: 101 appetizers (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/19/dining/19mini.html) and 101 simple meals (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/dining/18mini.html). I don’t know of any others, but I’d be interested in hearing about it if they exist.
Thanks for the links. I’m printing them out and adding them to my recipe binder.