Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic Kick Off plus Giveaway!

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Summertime is in full swing!  I love this time of year and enjoy spending as much time outside as possible.  I look forward to every Saturday heading to the Farmer’s Market for a bouquet of fresh flowers and local produce.  For many of us the weekends are spent enjoying cookouts with friends, catching up with relatives at family reunions and holiday celebrations like the 4th of July which is next week.

I have teamed up with other food bloggers to kick off the Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic.   We look forward to sharing with you delicious summer picnic recipes, perfect for all your summertime entertaining.

Let me introduce these incredible food bloggers that will be sharing their mouthwatering recipes this week.

Cook the Story
It’s Yummilicious
White Lights on Wednesday
{i love} my disorganized life
Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Sweet Remedy
Big Bear’s Wife
Cravings of a Lunatic
Katie’s Cucina
The Tasty Fork
Scarletta Bakes

To get the party started, I will be co-hosting a Twitter party today at 4:30pm EDT with author and Southern Living contributing editor Rebecca Lang where will be chatting about 4th of July recipes and entertaining ideas.  Join in the conversation using hashtag #FlavorsofSummer, or you can register ahead of time HERE.  There will be some great prizes too, so don’t miss out.

I have some of my favorite picnic recipes that I can’t wait to share with you starting tomorrow. 

Let’s kick off this picnic with a GIVEAWAY! 


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Info about the prizes:   Start celebrating the Flavors of Summer and enter below for a chance  to win 1 of 7 prize packages.  Each prize package includes a $50 Visa gift card,  an “I Love Avocados” t-shirt, the newly released cookbook “Summer Thyme” from  blogger Jennifer Dempsey, fresh Vidalia onions, and squeezable herbs from  Gourmet Garden.   The prize winners will be announced during our Virtual Picnic PinChatLive on Wednesday July 3rd, 4:30-5:30pm Eastern on The Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic Pinterest Board. Come to the board for an hour of PinChat Fun and find out if you won. You’ll also see questions pinned to the board. Every time you answer a question found on a pin, you’re entered to win yet another amazing prize. See you on Pinterest! (Note: we will also contact winners by email).

Please join me, the other amazing food bloggers and our amazing sponsors as we go on a week long virtual picnic! 

Info about the sponsors:
Celebrate Sweet Vidalia Flavors of Summer with the great tastes of fresh Vidalia Onions, Avocados from Mexico, Gourmet Garden Herbs, Johnsonville Italian Sausage, mangos, watermelon and Stemilt Cherries. Great food and good friends make everyday a party to remember so start entertaining and visit www.flavors-of-summer.com for recipes, coupons and entertaining tips.


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  1. My favorite picnic recipe is a very simple dip that always goes quick. Place a package of cream cheese in the dish you will serve the dip in the microwave until it softens enough to spread it over the bottom.(but not completely melt). Next, I spread a can of Hormel Turkey Chili (I prefer the no beans) over the cream cheese. Then sprinkle a bag of shredded cheese (your choice, I use the Mexican Blend) over the top and place it in the microwave just long enough to melt the cheese. Then top with diced tomatoes, green onion, or anything else and serve hot with tortilla chips. Super cheap, easy & yummy 🙂

  2. A summer fresh fruit salad with peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, banana and grapes is always so refreshing and healthy too!

  3. My newest favorite is shrimp boil kabobs. They are made with baby new potatoes, corn on the cob, shrimp, and smoked keilbasa. You alternate ingredients on a skewer and grill them, they are basted with a butter, Old Bay seasoning, and Tabasco mix. So delicious. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

  4. I love to make salads full of quinoa, black beans, veggies, herbs, sometimes chicken, and some type of mayo/sour cream/mustard dressing!

  5. We never really have picnics but the twice I’ve ever hosted one, I made the traditional picnic fare: egg salad sandwiches, sticky wings, fruit soda and muffins. So good!

  6. My favorite picnic recipe is just putting together a simple greek pasta salad with fresh green peppers, fresh chopped zucchini, roasted red peppers, chopped red onion, marinated artichoke hearts, sliced black olives, crumbled feta cheese and fresh herbs.

  7. Oh, what a fun prize package! I work outside and crave salad-y, fruity, coool things in the heat.

  8. To me, no summer picnic is complete without watermelon, and a neat way to eat it is pre-seeded, in a fruit salad (rather than big yummy sloppy slices, when you can spit the seeds without offending anyone–LOL).

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