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This Week's Question:
Do the AJ's Experts have advice on to plan a successful picnic?

AJ's Expert Answer:
* Focus on simple foods that are self-contained, easy to eat (avoid runny sauces or greasy items) and are palatable at room temperature (sandwiches, wraps, kabobs, muffins, cupcakes, madeleines, etc.)

* If serving protein foods, keep them bite-size to avoid the need for cutting; bite-size pieces could then be coated with a thick sauce or glaze (Tonnato, Remoulade, Hoisin, etc.) that will not have a tendency to drip

* Chilled soups are light, refreshing and can be enjoyed right out of a mug

* Using a cooler with wheels is convenient not only to transport food and beverages safely, but provides a stable work surface as well. Plus ice or frozen blue 'cold packs' will keep your food and beverages at the right temperature

* Don't forget disposable cutlery, a sharp knife (wrapped in a towel fastened with rubber bands for safety), a small cutting board and condiments (salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, sugar, etc.)

* Avoid stemware for wine/champagne; they will topple over easily. In Europe, most people drink wines in small tumblers in a casual, family setting

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