Friday, February 6, 2015

Picnic Under TheTrees (Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread)

Last Saturday, I made an errand list and accomplished every item on it before the snow started falling.  I also had an inside "to accomplish" list just in case of a weather event such as we had.  That would be snow, ice, wind and snow.  Let me say that I am not counting the days until spring.  I like winter.  When one knows what to expect, it is easy to prepare for and accept.  So far, we've had one of the furnaces go out.  Super Bowl Sunday brought a power outage.  Now the back walkway from the house to the garage would challenge a gold medalist speed skater.  Jan Karon, Rosamunde Pilcher, Tamar Adler, Jeanette Walls and Diana Abu-Jaber are here to keep me company.  We'll be fine!!

In rummaging through the freezer, I found four lovely slices of a seeded pumpernickel bread.  I pulled out cream cheese and what vegetables were in the crisper and made us picnic fare for lunch.
When I looked at the photo, it reminded me of eating outside on a sun-dappled cloth under a tree.



Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread

8 ounces cream cheese softened
Mix of green onions, sweet red pepper, carrot and celery, about 1/4 cup each, cut in small dice
(or use your own combination)
Onion salt and garlic salt to taste

Cut the cream cheese in 1/2 inch chunks and scatter in food processor
Scatter the vegetables over the cream cheese and process to your desired consistency

ENJOY!

24 comments:

  1. That does, indeed, look much like a dapply picnic! And the recipe is fabulous---I'm about to have my usual lunch of tomato, cottage cheese and seasoned salt, and think I'll take an extra few minutes to grate a carrot and mince a rib of celery. What a lovely treat. I usually have mine with Premium Sour Cream & Onion crackers.

    A tall glass of peach iced tea will complete the Summer lunch, and there's even a bright ray of sun through the kitchen window, despite the snow on the ground.

    rachel

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  2. What a great idea to have a picnic in the dead of winter. I don't know how you do it. I made my husband promise we I would never have to be cold again and so far, he's kept his promise. Sounds like one of the keys is to know what to expect.
    Sam

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  3. It's tough to be creative enough to avoid feeling the cold, but a picnic with a checkered tablecloth to boot sounds like the way to go!

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  4. That's one good picnic! And who could be better company than Rosamunde Pilcher! It would be a wonderful thing if she were still around and doing her thing, I'd love it! I don't like cold weather, but it all could be worse and I know what to expect, just like you say. It makes me appreciate the good weather here the rest of the year!

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  5. It does look bright an cheery:)
    I too like winter very much!

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  6. Yum---wonderful 'winter' picnic---which would be delicious anytime of year!!!!! Glad you enjoy winter--and know what to expect, even though every year is a little different from the previous one. This year the Northeast is getting the brunt of snow---and my friend in Northern Minnesota is upset since they haven't had MUCH snow at all... One never knows!!!!! Here in my area of TN, we have gotten almost NO snow at all this year (which grieves me)....

    Stay warm and just ENJOY.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. I DO agree!! As long as we get warned and can get to the grocery store first. I do not mind the cold either. The only thing I don't like is less light. You have had a much rougher winter than we have, that's for sure. You DID kind of have a picnic!! I love cream cheese!!

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  8. Your dappled light in February is very nice indeed! Looks like a great meal too-enjoy:@)

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  9. A winter picnic ... how fun.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  10. I left Chicago just in time and didn't get caught in the snowstorm like I did last year. Love your idea to serve picnic food when its freezing outside, Bonnie. As long as the refrigerator is well stocked I don't mind being snowed in.

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  11. I don't mind the snow as long as I don't have to go anywhere. Whenever I see flakes falling ( which hasn't been often this winter) I cross my fingers for a snow day! It got up to 50 this week and it felt so good I would have welcomed a picnic! Your vegetable spread would be perfect in any weather. :)

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  12. I think a little cream cheese is just what I need to get me through the next cold, cold week. I may puree some pears to mix in and a little ginger. I think that and a big cup of coffee will make my snowy Monday.

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  13. Love your winter picnic Clever idea, Bonnie, and you used up all your bits from freezer and fridge...resulting in a yummy dip!

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  14. beautiful shot and yes, it looks like a picnic.. I don't recognize your friends but am thinking they are either authors of books or movies to watch.. both of which would make me happy.

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  15. You are way tougher than I am…I can't wait for spring. Your springtime picnic enjoying the warmth of the sun on green grass instead of looking out at the 5 feet of snow we have on the ground now with lots more coming sounds great to me. :)

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  16. I have to admit Bonnie, last Sunday's snow day was the perfect day to stay inside get bizzy in my kitchen. That being said, I would like temps in the 50s please! :D

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  17. This sounds amazing Bonnie!! I love this recipe!!

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  18. Love that sunshine on your picnic!! ;) You adapted to the situation with style and grace. blessings ~ tanna

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  19. Bonnie, I too am a winter person, but though we have had some very low temperatures....no winter precipitation (as the meteorologist like to call it). I would love to have one good snow day before the season turns on me. I love the veggie dip. We are trying to eat healthier at school. This would make a wonderful treat to share. Enjoy the winter....love your attitude. Bonnie

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  20. Doesn't a picnic under a tree sound wonderful right now? I recently had a craving for veggies and dip which we normally only have in the summer. What a great combo with the pumpernickel! I really don't mind winter either. Our family and all our friends are here so we're very busy. I also get lots done in the house during the winter. Projects I'd never get done in the warmer months. We do have to be careful at this time of year with the thawing and freezing. Baby steps :)

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  21. That sounds wonderful! It really does look like a picnic. I do love autumn and winter but for some reason this year I have had enough. I'm drawn to anything that reminds me of warmer weather.

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  22. The color of the spread is very enticing...and the idea of all kind of vegetables in a bite just sound delicious!
    Enjoy your week :)

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  23. sounds like the perfect way to enjoy such great food. I love the vegetable spread. I am going to have to try that

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  24. What a great way to spend a winter afternoon! I love home-made veggie spreads (and don't have a recipe) that my friends always make and offer. So much better than the stuff in the stores! Thank you for the recipe and I hope that you're staying warm!
    Roz

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