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Picnicking, whether in a park or on a mountain, is a summertime rite of passage. Step up your game with these memorable recipes and crafts, no matter how long you’ve got to pack the basket.
Worth Planning For: We can’t stop singing the praises of Martha’s game-changing fried chicken recipe, which requires a long bath in ice water before a spicy buttermilk brine. Once the waiting’s over, though, it’s the ultimate make-ahead picnic main.
The Quick Hit: You won’t find an easier entree than a large-format submarine. Even with several homemade components, our antipasti sandwich comes together in 25 minutes. If you’re really strapped for time, try Martha’s favorite ham and Swiss.
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Worth Planning For: This complex, confetti-esque coleslaw -- which can be made ahead and dressed just before serving -- proves that vegetables can be party food.
The Quick Hit: Look to potato salad, another picnic and potluck staple. This version takes only 30 minutes and, lacking mayo, holds up well in the great outdoors.
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Worth Planning For: The base of this herb-infused lemonade must be boiled and chilled ahead, but the results are well worth the effort. (Check the liquor laws before you set up camp; lavender lemonade makes a tempting all-ages substitute.)
The Quick Hit: These grown-up lemonade cocktails can be made on a dime -- or as fast as you can squeeze lemons. The secret: superfine sugar, which will fully dissolve when stirred into your drink.
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Worth Planning For: Picnics call for mess-free finger food wherever possible. Blackberry crumb bars turn berry crumble into a portable treat.
The Quick Hit: We can think of few occasions that don’t call for chocolate-chip cookies -- and this dough doesn’t even need to be chilled before it’s baked.
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Worth Planning For: This homemade lawn game -- think bowling meets horseshoes -- is a winner with partygoers of all ages.
The Quick Hit: Classics like Red Rover and Duck, Duck, Goose never go out of style -- and you’ll find that the nostalgia factor delights even the most plugged-in guests.
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