By Lori Powell
At last, you've all come together. It's a warm afternoon, and you're lounging on a blanket spread on the lawn or swinging your bare legs off the end of the raised porch, sipping a frosty iced tea, surrounded by family ties: young and old, a closer-than-close cousin and an aunt you haven't seen since high school graduation. To be sure that your next large outdoor family party yields a scrapbook's worth of memories, we created a classic menu -- grilled chicken, salads, garlic bread, and shortcake -- that would be perfect for a picnic in a Norman Rockwell painting yet is light enough to keep you on the move, playing badminton with and grabbing hugs from those whom you love best.
When filled with seasoned chopped mushroom or mint pea puree, the bite-sized baby squash look like overflowing mini pumpkins. Mint adds a refreshing flavor to the smooth pea filling, and small mint leaves are a festive garnish.