Outdoor Entertaining

14 Speedy Spring Dinners for When You Want to Be Outside

April 15, 2016

I'm not going to tell you that a newborn baby and the first truly perfect day of spring are the same. I'm not and they're not.

But I'm also not going to tell you that they're very different: Both are long-awaited. Both are beautiful. You never know when they're going to arrive. And you definitely don't want to be caught by surprise.

Do as the expectant do: Pack a bag—well, a picnic basket—full of everything you'll need (plates, blanket, bottle o' wine, corkscrew, napkins... check!). Put it by the door. And when the perfect, perfect spring day arrives, waste no time: Make one of these speedy dinners, grab your basket, and get out there!

What are your picnic essentials? Share what's in your basket in the comments.

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