Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday at the {picnic} Table

In no way, shape, or form is it picnic weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Over the last couple of weeks, though the sun has peeked out now and again, we have had frequent thunderstorms, lightening to go along with it, an onslaught of huge hail, and torrential rains. Summer? Hardly.

But in keeping with the theme this month at Tuesday at the Table, I do have two picnicy recipes to share, both of which have gone with us on many family outings over the years. The first is an easy, packable sandwich; the other a chocolatey, fun dessert. Both do well made ahead a bit, but do need a place in the ice chest as you adventure out.

Turkey & Pesto Foccacia Sandwich
1 large loaf foccacia bread
1/2 # smoked turkey breast, sliced
1/4 # provolone cheese
7 ounces prepared pesto

Split foccacia in half horizontally. Spread pesto on bottom. Layer turkey and cheese. Add top of foccacia. Cut in squares to serve. (I always put all the sandwiches back in the bag the foccacia came in - easy serving once you get to your picnic site.)

Black Bottom Cupcakes
8 ounces cream cheese, soft
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 6 oz. package chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flour -- sifted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup water
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon vinegar

Place cream cheese, egg, sugar & salt in a bowl. Beat well & stir in chocolate chips; set aside.

Beat all remaining ingredients until blended. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full. Top each with a heaping teaspoon of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven & cool. (Makes 18)

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  1. Those Black Bottom Cupcakes are very tempting....don't suppose they're low calorie??

  2. Both look yummy, although I'd maybe switch out the turkey for some tomatoes in the first one (not really being a meat fan, oh, and being a particular hater of turkey ;o) )

  3. Oh, both those recipes look so delicious! Thanks Debbie!

  4. I agree - both look delicious! I make focaccia and use the leftovers for sandwiches for the boys but never thought if making it for my own picnic. With basil growing in my garden I could whip this up in no time. :) Thank you!

  5. Jeeze Debbie, I think I just drooled all over my keyboard. The cupcakes I would eat for breakfast right now with my coffee. Excellent idea on the foccacia bread sandwich. I think that will be my lunch today.
    Now, what are you having for dinner?

  6. OH.MY.STARS!!! I gotta clean the drool up now :) Talk about yummy! I may have to sneak a batch of these!! Thanks! :)

  7. Yum! Those sound and look delicious!

  8. ooh these both look so yummy! We've been having temps 100+ so not picnic weather here either. I'm already dreaming of fall even though it's months away. Sigh. At least I can comfort myself with a batch of these cupcakes!

  9. From Gina!

    This recipe lives up to the name:
    To Die For Blueberry Muffins Recipe - Allrecipes.com

    I make these often for family and friends. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, a snack or to take on a picnic.


  10. Wow, these look delicious, Debbie. I have a terrible weakness for cupcakes, and these look right up my alley...