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Picnic season is coming
Vol. 12 No. 5

Pretty, easy, and delicious: Caprese Skewers, above, drizzled with Stella Cadente Olive Oil Basil Crush Oil.

Pleasing different tastes is simple with a charcuterie board, and there are so many options with Fabrique Délices products: thinly sliced cured meats, sausages, patês, cornichons, olives, and crunchy bread -- et voilà!

Cowboys like salsa, too, and they have their own take on it. Try Cowboy BBQ's recipe for Salsa Cowboy-Style, above, made with their Corn Salsa.

Toss some sriracha-marinated chicken breasts on the barbecue and make a simply delicious sandwich, above, with the addition of a mayo-sour cream dressing, and Sonoma Brinery's aptly named Outrageous Bread & Butter Pickles.

Mendocino Mustard's recipe for Potato Salad with a Little Kick is so good, it's much more than picnic food. So many healthy components: green beans, arugula, walnuts, and of course, Mendocino Mustard.

Even if your picnic day is cloudy (or foggy--California), this Edamame Salad, above, made with Zena's SASS will be like a ray of sunshine. Vegetarians in your group--and everyone else--will love this colorful and tasty salad.

Kale Salad with Garlic-Anchovy Dressing uses Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Clif Family Napa Valley, along with an unusual, tasty combination of kale, cabbage, apples, and pecorino cheese.

Deviled eggs are traditional picnic food, and they are especially amenable to innovations, such as the Unbeetable Deviled Eggs, above, made with one of the varieties of pickled vegetables from Pacific Pickle Works.

Picnic season

Memorial Day is right around the corner, the traditional start of picnic season and all sorts of outdoor activities. Enjoy it with these products and recipes!

Chips just naturally go on picnics, and Chirps Chips, above, are perfect to snack on, especially if you're hiking to your picnic spot. They're made from high-protein cricket flour, are soy, grain and gluten-free., and kids love 'em!

The Workout Brownie Chocolate Chip Bar is one of the premium quality cricket protein bars from AVAIL Bars. The superfood ingredients, above, will give you all the energy you need for your outdoor activities.

The crispy texture and vibrant color of these Kale Chips, above, are complimented by being tossed with Caged Heat Cocktail Syrup, a tart, aromatic, seductively spicy cocktail syrup that makes delicious cocktails--and Kale Chips. Made by NickelDime Syrups.

One option is to put out a selection of Sonoma Syrup Co. Simple Syrups with soda and let everyone make their favorite. Another is to serve Lime Cucumber Soda , above. (Gin is optional.)

For a grown-up, sophisticated beverage that is made from California wine grapes, but it not alcoholic, the best is Vignette Wine Country Soda. Individual bottles in Chardonnay, Rosé, and Pinot Noir. 750 ml bottles in California Brut and Pinot Noir.

Don't be fooled by the way-cool flask -- Jittery John's makes some serious cold brew coffee. Shown above, New Orleans Style and Espresso Blend. This coffee is made with fair trade, organic coffee beans, in many varieties and size bottles to create the perfect coffee beverage.

Designated drivers, young people, and those who simply would like a nonalcoholic beverage, will be delighted with Top Hat Provisions Lime Cordial. Equally good with soda water or your favorite spirit, as in the classic Lime Cordial Gimlet, above.

Be sure to stop at one of the Kara's Cupcakes stores in the Greater Bay Area to purchase these adorable mini-cupcakes for your picnic. An assortment lets everyone try more than one flavor, such as these, above: Raspberry Drizzle, Java, Meyer Lemony Lemon, Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Velvet.

Every picnic has to have what is arguably the all-American cookie, Holly Baking's Classic Chocolate Chip, above, as well as their Chocolate Chip & Walnut, Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.

D'Vine Crush Fruit and Nut Bites with wine flavor profiles, are made to mirror the notes of a particular wine varietal: Corkscrew Cherry Pinot, Toasted Barrel Chardonnay, Noble Rot Rapture Port, and Bountiful Bubble Citrus Cuvee.

Pumpkin bread? It's not just for fall anymore! Especially when it's the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread from 2 Sisters Baking Company. Slather the slices with cream cheese or eat them on their own, they are a healthy choice that kids (and adults) love at any time of day.

Laceys from Desserts on Us are two feather light, toffee wafers sandwiched with smooth dark or milk chocolate. The Chocolate Almond is two crunchy almond wafers with velvety dark chocolate. The Milk Chocolate Macadamia, above, is two rich macadamia wafers with smooth milk chocolate.

I call them Sticky Buns because I want to eat them all day long. At Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station, you can not only get the best Sticky Buns, but all sorts of sweet and savory pastries. Plus you're on the California Coast. Sweet! (Bovine Bakery has a second location in Petaluma as well.)

The light, crisp flavor of Kokomo Culinary Verjus is refreshingly delicious in their recipe for Kokomo Verjus Mint Sorbet, which can be made either in an ice cream maker or in the freezer.

Grown-up Caramel Corn, perfect to be enjoyed with a glass of red wine, from The Art of Caramel. All-natural, air-popped corn, blanketed in light caramel, flavored with fresh gourmet ingredients and premium liquors.

Picnicking in the backyard? Then treat both kids and grownups to Key Lime Pops, above, made with Wallaby Organic. Easy to make and very easy to eat!

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