Picnicking: 3 Must-Haves for Dining al Fresco

City dwellers are escaping to the great outdoors for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After self-quarantined for over four months, the new rage is to prepare healthy meals at home and head for greener pastures, well actually just a little patch of paradise on the terrace, in the community garden, on the apartment rooftop, at the local park, etc.

Here are several hot items to help you serve up the best picnic fare.

The All-Clad XL AutoSense Grill is the newest grill from their line of counter top appliances. The automatic sensor technology detects the thickness of steaks, chicken breast, pork chops, etc. It then adopts the proper cooking time according to the desired temperature. An indicator light will signal when the food is rare, medium or well-done. Another feature from All-Clad is the grill can defrost food directly from the freezer.

For a picnic, I recommend kebabs made with cubed chicken breast marinated with lemon, rosemary and garlic. Add red, green and yellow bell peppers, red onion, button mushrooms and either pineapple or seedless grapes to each skewer.

The All-Clad Grill is the perfect addition to NYC apartments for year-round sizzle and grilling.

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My family and friends are not soda drinkers. I personally loathe the sugary beverages with the exception of ginger ale on occasion. However, seltzer with a wedge of lemon is one of my favorite beverages. Drinkmate is a carbonated drink maker and I’ve become obsessed with *sparkling * just about every liquid in my refrigerator from fruit juice to spring water to powdered sports drinks that are high in electrolytes for hydration. The Drinkmate counter-top carbonator is easy to use and makes refreshing bubbly drinks.

For a picnic, I recommend a Sparkling Wine Spritzer Cocktail. Purchase your favorite white wine such as a Riesling or Sav Blanc blend. Sparkle the wine in the Drinkmate bottle and chill. When ready to serve, add ½ oz of Chambord to each flute glass and then pour the sparkling wine and garnish with a fresh strawberry or lemon twist. Cheers!

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Transporting your meal to the garden, rooftop, park, wherever, couldn’t get more organized and easier with The Kent Picnic Basket for Two by Scully & Scully. This whicker basket is based on the English-style double-lid willow basket and comes with place settings for two people. It contains everything you need including a fleece blanket and all contents are properly secured in individual compartments. The basket has wine glasses, forks, knives, spoons and napkins. For serving it has a corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers, a cheese knife with cutting board, a wine duffel bag and two food storage containers.

Shop here: Scully & Scully

Enjoy the warm weather and get your picnic on.