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Chopped! Let's do a picnic of chopped salads.

  • Sep 20, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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For our first event, let's go to the redwoods for a friendly version of Food Network's Chopped where we'll choose from a variety of ingredients to make inventive and/or classic Chopped Salads.

The classic Italian chopped salad is a hodgepodge of small-dice food -- chopped up romaine, red onion, bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, olives, beans, salami or cheese, really whatever Grandma had on hand -- dressed with olive oil and vinegar, s&p. Good, yeah, but I think the Mountain Cooks can take the chopped salad idea and run with it!

The plan: each of us will bring prepped and chopped vegetables and other ingredients to contribute to our own "mystery basket of ingredients." At the park, we'll create several different salads from what we've brought, whisk up vinaigrette or other dressings, and enjoy!

Are you already thinking of combinations? Need ideas?

The venue: Park entrance fee is $10 per car. The picnic areas in H.C. Redwoods State Park are in a pleasant, sun-dappled setting with redwood picnic tables, a charcoal grill grate, close parking, and real restrooms. The tables are on hard-packed dirt, lots of leaves and fallen trees. See for info about the park and its rules.

The salad stuff: let's each bring at least 4 different  ingredients. I recommend we add comments to tell each other what we will be bringing so we don't end up a lot of duplication. Please pre-prep. Washing and chopping is not something you want to do on site.

Other food to bring: We'll also need dressing ingredients, like oil, vinegar, or surprise us. Bread would be a great go-with. The grill is small, but available for anyone who wants to bring meat.

Drink: Bring a beverage for yourself or to share.

Other stuff: If you need special tools or equipment, please bring them. Bring folding chairs for comfort. As your host, I'll supply the basics (plates, cups, utensils, napkins, tablecloths, ice, bowls for mixing salads, charcoal, and other stuff I think we might need). 

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  • Rosanne D.

    Looking forward to Saturday's Meetup. We should have great weather!

    I'm considering bringing some Mexican-inspired ingredients like black beans, jicama, maybe corn, and a bottle of Chipoltle olive oil. If the selection doesn't look good in the store, it will be something else, but that's my thinking as of now.

    See you all there!

    September 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Rosanne, likewise! Not involved with the lavender farm off HWY 17, but plan to go to their lavender harvest event if they hold one this year!

    September 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Rosanne: Very excited to join your group and thank you for the membership! I'm volunteering all day at the Skyland Church Harvest Festival on Saturday Sept. 20th, and will miss your potluck. I look forward to participating in the future events.

    September 3, 2014

    • Rosanne D.

      Looking forward to meeting you at a future event. Are you involved in the lavender farm off Hwy 17 by any chance?

      September 3, 2014

  • Rosanne D.

    I posted a photo of the picnic area for this meetup. Pretty place!

    August 9, 2014

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