• Freeze your picnic bag or wine carrier, and it will keep your vino cold for hours.
• Go green with reusable, eco-friendly plates, flatware and cloth napkins.
• Whether you favor an old-fashioned wicker hamper, an L.L. Bean-style canvas bag or a basic cooler, you’ll need something to tote that picnic.
• Bring a cutting board, sheathed picnic knife, corkscrew, a tablecloth or blanket, a trash bag and antibacterial gel for “washing” hands.
• Choose side dishes that can be prepared the day before. In addition to having more flavorful food, you’ll have no need for any messy food prep on the day of the picnic.
(Contact Carole Kotkin: food(AT)MiamiHerald.com. She is manager of the Ocean Reef Club cooking school and co-author of” Mmmmiami: Tempting Tropical Tastes for Home Cooks Everywhere.”)
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