Why this post today? Well, I always look forward to his column on Wednesdays in the NYT, but today he had his most brilliant piece yet (that I've read, anyway). Get this (all you non-cooks are like, yawn, or else we already lost you at the Tzatziki post): "101 20-Minute Dishes For Inspired Picnics." I love a picnic almost as much as (OK, more) than I love Mark Bittman. And he has given us 101 really, really good ideas for picnic dishes (have I mentioned I read a lot of recipes around here?). Now, notice I did not call these recipes, because they really are just ideas with basic guidelines....no measurements or precise instructions. And I just love his sarcastic tone:
"54. Make a cheese ball: Mash together equal parts good grated Cheddar, crumbled blue and cream cheese, maybe thinned with a little sour cream. Shape into a ball and roll in fresh chopped herbs and/or hazelnuts. Take Triscuits. You think people won’t eat this?", and
"91. Cook fusilli or other cut pasta; rinse in cool water, but don’t bother to chill. Combine with chopped seeded tomatoes, cubed fresh mozzarella, chopped basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. (Good with olives, too.) Do not call this pasta salad, because pasta salad is no good, and this is."
I am so excited to plan some picnics this summer. Beginning with one in our yard. Tomorrow. More on that later.