Pack A Picnic

Posted at: 06/20/2018 12:48 PM
Updated at: 06/26/2018 9:40 AM

Golden Fig owner Laurie Crowell chatted about her favorite picnic must-haves for a relaxing summer outing at the lake. 

Pesto Pasta Salad
1 lb cavatappi
1/2 c pesto
1/2 c parmesan cheese
3 c quality mayo
1 lb frozen petite peas
squeeze of fresh lime juice 
zest of 1 lime
kosher salt and pepper
1. Cook pasta according to directions, rinse with cold water to stop cooking. drain in colander
2. Mix up pesto, mayo, lime juice and zest.
3. Stir 3/4 mayo mixture into, drained, cooled pasta
4. Check seasonings and adjust if needed.
5. Stir in frozen peas before leaving on your picnic
Chocolate Sea Salt Rice Krispie Bars 
1/4 c butter
10 c miniature marshmallows (divided)
1 tb vanilla bean paste
6 c crisped rice cereal
chocolate salt
Butter a 9x13 pan and set aside
In large bowl pour 6 cups crisped rice cereal and 2 cups of the marshmallows. Set aside
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat. Once melted, continue stirring until it turns a deep amber color (about 5 minutes) Remove from heat immediately once deep amber color has been reached.
Stir in vanilla bean paste and remaining 8 C marshmallows. Place back on low heat if necessary to melt mallows all the way.
Using a rubber scraper (to be sure you get all the good stuff!) pour butter/marshmallow mix over cereal in bowl and quickly stir to coat. Stir in remaining 2 C marshmallows
Press into prepared pan and shake chocolate salt over the top.
Press down with parchment or a buttered hand to compact cereal.
Let rest 1 hour before cutting.