Carrot and Beet Salad with Toasted Pepitas

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This bright salad of beets and carrots will bring color to your picnic blanket—just make sure not to use your best white sheets! View recipe here.
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Vicksburg Potato Salad

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Eudora Welty was known for novels and short stories, but she also wrote about food. Here's her recipe for a "wickedly hot" potato salad. View recipe here.
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Edamame-Style Green Chickpeas

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Maria Robledo

Fresh green chickpeas—not the dried ones you usually find—are excellent prepared like edamame: simply boiled and tossed with sea salt. View recipe here.


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Blackeyed Peas With Apple Smoked Bacon and Jalapenos

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This traditional Southern dish can be served with bread or just eaten as a salad. View recipe here.
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Chipotle-Black Bean Dip

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A spicy-smoky dip to eat with soft or crispy tortilla wedges or a selection of cut-up vegetables. View recipe here.
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Artichokes Marinated in Wine, Olive Oil, Lemon, and Garlic

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Artichokes join fava beans in this appetizer. It's not only great at the picnic table but will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. View recipe here.
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Scallion and Herb Bread With Cornmeal

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Aglaia Kremezi


This rustic, crust-less Greek pie, or "bread" as the name implies, is an easy and filling snack. View recipe here.
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Braised Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Pecorino

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This green, which is actually descended from a wild herb and related to turnips, makes an ideal topping for rustic breads or crackers. It's especially good served at room temperature. View recipe here.


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Tomato-Mint Marmalade

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A recipe developed while the author was living in San Francisco, this California-style marmalade goes well with fresh mozzarella and crackers, or with leftover grilled meats. View recipe here.
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Roast Chicken

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This basic roast chicken recipe, adapted from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, makes a great main event and pairs well with a number of the other sides and snacks in this menu. Make it ahead and serve chilled. View recipe here.


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Bulgur and Arugula Salad

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At least one grain salad is a must for outdoor eating. Paired with nutty arugula, bulgur, the tabbouleh standby, gets new life. View recipe here.
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Baked Muffalettas

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Regina Charboneau


Allegedly invented in the 1920s at Salvatore Lupo's Central Grocery in New Orleans, this French-Quarter favorite will star at your table, too. View recipe here.
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Brownie and Banana Caramel-Custard Trifle

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This trifle is a bit involved to make, but once you sit down to serve it, requires little in the way of preparation or presentation. With bananas, walnuts, and chocolate competing for attention, you can't go wrong with this scrambled up sundae. View recipe here.


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