Wild Things

A Children’s winter picnic, from Food writer Nancy Skodack of Roanoke, Texas.

Food writer Nancy Skodack of Roanoke, Texas, interviewed children ages six to eight about their personal preferences. This research led her to concoct a fantasy picnic for six with fare that travels easily, tastes terrific, and can be eaten with a minimum of muss and fuss. Skodack suggests a mulled grape cider and a flaky puff pastry stuffed with beef and melted cheese, given a thumbs-up by her own four children. Pumpkins (or squash) makes a natural package for a chilled smoked turkey salad and are a fun food container for young eaters. Cornnut crunch, a combination of corn, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and bagel croutons, has the appeal of junk food but without the junk. A colossal iced oatmeal-raisin cookie — easy on the cook because there’s just one to make — is the after picnic reward.


Cornnut Crunch Recipe
Beef Blankets Recipe
Smoked-Turkey Salad Recipe
Colossal Cookie Recipe
Mulled Grape Cider Recipe

Serves 6

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