PICNIC WAS originally a 17th century French word, picque-nique, based on the verb piquer, meaning “pick” or “nab,” and the rhymed word -nique, meaning “trifle.” Over the centuries the term came to mean a meal eaten outdoors, and was shortened to “picnic.” Bring a date and take your picnic back to the Gallic roots of the word by adding in some French-inspired Texas cuisine.
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TEXAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD
• 8 pickled okra, whole
• 1 cup seedless watermelon, cubed
• 3 ounces raspberry jam
• 1 pound thin-sliced roast beef
• 1 pound thin-sliced brisket
• 7 ounces red grapes on the vine
• 1 pound cheddar cheese, cubed
• 1 cup honey toasted pecans
• 2 cups garlic pita chips
Arrange ingredients on a cutting board and enjoy!
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