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Who doesn’t love a picnic? Eating outside, enjoying a beautiful spread of scrumptious dishes, and often listening to a live concert is the best way to celebrate summer. In Denver, there are several venues that host outdoor concerts – the Denver Botanic Gardens, Hudson Gardens, and City Park to name a few. My husband Robert and I try to go to several each summer. Frankly, for me (just like my mom!) it’s all about the food. It doesn’t have to be fancy – just portable, easy to eat off your lap, and featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. I put together this menu last month with recipes from my cookbook “Fresh Tastes”, and everyone loved it! Placing the salad and the soup in individual mason jars makes it convenient to carry and easy to serve. The best part – it can all be made the day before!

Tomato Shortbread with Olive Tapenade, p. 26
Cucumber Leek Vichyssoise, p. 56
Layered Salmon Salad with Avocado-Lime Yogurt Dressing, p. 90
Anise Bread, p. 224 (or purchased baguette)
Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars,  p. 254

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