Picnic Recipes and Games

Winter Picnic Recipes

While we traditionally think of a picnic as a warm weather, summer activity, a winter meal outdoors can be an unexpected treat. Savoring a hearty soup and a mug of hot chocolate in the park is the perfect way to chase away the winter blues. Don't forget to bundle up with a coat, muffler, and a warm blanket.

To banish the chill of the cold winter air, little is more welcoming than homemade French onion soup. While it is delicious by itself, it can be turned into a substantial meal with the addition of grated Swiss cheese and cubes of toasted French bread. For transporting to a picnic, keep soup in a large Thermos. Serve in either bowls or mugs.

No other beverage is quite as satisfying during the winter months as hot chocolate. Who could possibly refuse the delicious aroma and taste of a cup served with fresh whipped cream or a handful of marshmallows?

French Onion Soup
Serves 4

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon flour
3 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
1 cup water
cup red wine
Salt
Pepper
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
6 slices (1/2 inch thick) French bread

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut bread into small cubes and place onto a baking sheet. Place bread in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Heat butter and oil in a 4 quart pan over medium heat, add onions, and cook stirring occasionally until soft and caramel-colored, but not brown (approximately 30 minutes). Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes to brown lightly. Pour in about 1 cup of the broth and stir. Add remaining broth, water, and wine. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with cheese and toast cubes.

Hot Chocolate
Serves 4

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups water
cup sugar
6 cups milk
Pinch of salt
Whipped cream or marshmallows


In a large saucepan, heat chocolate and water, stirring until chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in salt and sugar. Heat to boiling and reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in milk; cover and heat through but do not boil. Serve with either whipped cream or marshmallows.




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