A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou, in this case your handsome hunk, are all you really need for a romantic supper picnic. Make the bread a little special; add some cheeses, marinated cold chicken and salads you feed each other with your fingers. And don't forget dessert. By the time you're finished, the sun will have set and you'll be hungry for other evening activities.
Mix the cream cheese, chopped herbs, lemon juice and grated Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. This filling is light so it won't slow you down for post-picnic snuggling. Cut the loaf of bread in half horizontally and spread with the cream cheese mixture. Put back in the refrigerator so the cream cheese hardens again, then cut it in narrow slices. Wrap it in parchment paper as you would a gift and place it in zippered plastic bags.
Offer a plate of cheeses as an appetizer with the cream cheese bread. Guys have bigger appetites and while you don't want him satiated, you do want him satisfied. Place the sliced cheeses on a small wooden cutting board, then wrap it with plastic wrap.
Cut the chicken breast from the roasted chicken. Remove the skin. Cut the breasts into 3 inch strips 1 inch wide. Marinate at least an hour, up to overnight, in Italian salad dressing. Add the 2 drumsticks to the marinade in case one of you is extra hungry. Lay lettuce leaves in the bottom and up the sides of a plastic food storage box. Shake off the excess dressing and arrange the chicken strips on the lettuce. The lettuce makes the chicken look pretty and shows you care. The chicken is messy to eat, which is part of the fun.
Put the tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers in the blender with the tomato juice. Blend the ingredients until the vegetables are pureed. Add a few drops of hot sauce to taste and a squeeze of lime. Put the mixture in the freezer until it's slushy and starting freeze through. Place in a Thermos. By the time you arrive at your picnic location, the soup will still be icy cold and ready to eat.
Cook whole baby red potatoes until they're soft enough that you can puncture them easily with a fork. Toss the potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice and parsley. Spear the potatoes with toothpicks to feed to each other.
Pack sugar cookies, fresh huge strawberries, a bowl of whipped cream and chocolate sauce for dessert. Don't forget the wine. Champagne and strawberries are luscious together.
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- Food that looks good tastes better. Arrange the food attractively in the serving containers.
- Keep cold foods cold with ice packs. You don't want to ruin the romance with an upset tummy.
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