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The North Providence Breeze 06-13-2018

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | JUNE 13-19, 2018 AT HOME 5 Picnic season is here LINCOLN – I love a good picnic and I'm confident that you will too if you use these simple ideas and think not only "out of the (picnic) box," but "fresh and new." Yes, your run-of-the-mill ham sandwich will fill your belly, but a few extra touches will make a picnic memorable. Picnics have been glorified throughout the ages in such classics as Jane Austin's "Emma," with the famous scene of the picnic on Box Hill. At the turn of 19th century, picnics were a cultural way to com- mune with nature by eating out of doors. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term picnic origi- nally meant "A fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions; now, a pleasure party including an excursion to some spot in the country where all partake of a repast out of doors; the participants may bring with them individually the viands and means of entertain- ment, or the whole may be provided by someone who 'gives' the picnic." Whether the scenes are portrayed in the classic 1955 movie "Picnic" or in cartoons such as "Yogi Bear" – where Yogi and BooBoo are forever scheming to steal someone's picnic basket – there's something enticing, romantic and just plain fun about packing a picnic lunch in a wicker basket and heading for the country, park or beach. It adds excitement to an otherwise routine day. For me, some of the best times are more spontaneous road trips that incorporate food and/or wine. "It's all about the food," I say. Many local wineries offer a place to sit to enjoy a small picnic and a sample of their wines; some provide entertain- ment on weekends too. Be as elaborate as you want. I once saw a card table set up with white linens and placed overlooking the water at Lincoln Woods. There were tall white candles lit and two chairs placed to watch a sunset. It made me smile as I walked by and wondered if it was a wedding pro- posal. One time, my husband planned a lovely ride and dinner out in our motor home. I was told it was a sur- prise and to just enjoy the ride. He would answer none of my questions on this weeknight. We drove down to the ocean, he parked overlook- ing the sea and proceeded to cook and serve me baked stuffed shrimp in the RV, with all the sides, dessert and a bottle of wine. My friend Sue used to pack a pic- nic lunch and lay out a blanket for her three daughters to enjoy a spe- cial lunch. It did not matter to them if it was served on the living room floor on a rainy day or out in their own yard. The delight is in the planning and surprising someone special. Show up at your spouse's place of work, or maybe a friend's house with a sur- prise lunch and picnic treats. You'll get more from the effort than you even expect. Whether you're going to the park, beach or on a hike, here are some simple tips and tricks. • One of the best tips for picnic/ cooler packing is to fill the entire cooler space. A full cooler keeps colder longer. Put your dishes and flatware into a reclosable plastic bag, then use it to transport the trash later. If you bring it in, take it out. No need to litter! • Pack it cold: Start by putting ice packs into the bottom of your basket or cooler. Frozen plastic water bot- tles work well and once they melt you can drink the water. Keep the most perishable foods nearest to the bottom, closest to ice packs. • Food to pack: Salads and sand- wiches are the easiest and most transportable foods for picnics. Anything between bread and/or tor- tilla wraps are the easiest to eat. • Add mayonnaise at the pic- nic, not before, as the mayo tends to break down the proteins in the sandwich and shortens the safe eat- ing time. To avoid needing utensils choose make-ahead foods, hand-held single servings are best. The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON Prosciutto Melon Skewers Ingredients: 1 med. size ripe cantaloupe, seeded (make about 20 balls with melon baller) 20 mini fresh mozzarella balls 10 slices prosciutto, sliced length- wise 8-inch wooden skewers balsamic vinegar fresh basil leaves Directions: Thread a melon ball, folded slice of prosciutto, basil leaf, and moz- zarella ball onto skewers. These can be prepared ahead, put in a plastic reclosable bag and gar- nished just before serving. Just before you're ready to enjoy, lightly drizzle balsamic, add some finely cut basil leaves and serve. Garnish with a few whole leaves of basil. Note: The same can be done using grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil, pepperoni and an olive oil and balsamic drizzle. See PICNIC, Page 6 ACROSS 1. Glowering 7. Sports equipment 13. Relief organiza- tion 14. Go against the flow 16. A public pro- motion of some product or service 17. Premier League's Spurs 19. Of I 20. Tears down (Brit.) 22. One point north of due east 23. Sandwich shops 25. American spy 26. Medieval stringed instrument 28. Self-immolation by fire ritual 29. Pearl Jam's debut 30. Panthers' Newton 31. Press against lightly 33. __ Squad 34. Eminem hit 36. Violent seizure of property 38. Native or inhabi- tant of Asia 40. Loudness units 41. Knotted anew 43. Daddy 44. Folk singer DiFranco 45. Women from the Mayflower 47. Metric capacity unit 48. Couple 51. A way to coat 53. __ and Diu: Indian territory 55. French river 56. Asteroids 58. Investment mea- surement (abbr.) 59. India and Nepal border river 60. Santa says it three times 61. Hungers 64. Linear unit 65. Speech 67. Taking forcefully 69. Places to be 70. Amusing behavior DOWN 1. Adult female 2. An alternative 3. Rituals 4. Native American people 5. High school exam 6. Respect 7. Tanned 8. Kilometers per hour 9. Ancient Israeli city 10. Periods 11. Electron volt 12. Smallest interval in classical West- ern music 13. Metric weight unit 15. Occupies 18. __ and flow 21. Responsive to physical stimuli 24. One who presses into thin sheets 26. Jogged 27. Automobile 30. Punished 32. Belonging to a bottom layer 35. Japanese delicacy 37. Soda 38. Algonquian lan- guage 39. Legislators 42. Father 43. Needed at the ATM 46. Baltimore foot- ballers 47. __ Tomei, actress 49. Expands 50. Person (Indone- sian) 52. Related 54. Where wrestlers work 55. American com- munist leader 57. Creatively tell 59. Separatist group 62. Edgar Allan __, poet 63. 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