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This Mother's Day, take Mom on a picnic

Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Entertaining

Usually this time of year, kids both young and young at heart are racking their brains to come up with the best way to surprise their mom on her special day.

Is love best expressed with flowers or a box of chocolate? Is it done with brunch reservations at a chichi restaurant? Or should it be her day off from all the mothering duties.

For those who like to cook, the best gift is often to prepare an entire meal made from scratch. It’s personal, and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It just needs to demonstrate — quite deliciously — that you’re willing to go the extra mile to show your love and appreciation.

Just about everything tastes better when eaten al fresco in the sunshine. That goes for whether it’s sandwiches dished up on a card table on the deck, fried chicken served on a blanket in the backyard or all the fixings for a cookout carried to a picnic table at a local park.

Our menu for the celebration hits on all the basics — a refreshing beverage, finger-friendly entree and sweet dessert.

It’s easy enough that kids could help Dad or a teenaged sibling to make it. If you’re lucky like me, and your mom lives just around the corner, it’s also perfect for boxing up to leave on her doorstep if she's self-isolating. Throw in a bunch of handpicked flowers — lilac bushes are blooming like crazy in my neighborhood — and that’s a celebration.

 

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VEGGIE LOVERS PESTO PASTA SALAD

PG tested

This easy make-ahead salad is colorful, crunchy and nutritious. Even picky kids and spouses will enjoy it.

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