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The Picnic Rule I Totally Disagree With — Family Vacation

"There is one firm … requirement" of the picnic, M.F.K. Fisher wrote in her delightful 1957 essay, The Pleasures of Picnics: It "must be eaten outdoors." In case you didn't get that, she adds, for emphasis, "al fresco, en plein air."

With great deference to Ms. Fisher, I must, however, disagree. This is not to say I don't love a good summer spread under the shade of a years-old tree as much as anyone — I do! Ants, grass stains, and all. In fact, I love picnics so much that I simply can't reserve them for natural settings. No, my requirements for a picnic are much simpler.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Brisket Sandwiches — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Imagine pillowy-soft Hawaiian rolls piled high with slices of tender beef brisket and sweet pineapple, all topped with a crunchy cabbage slaw. Are you hungry yet? These tasty little sandwiches can be yours for the eating as a weeknight dinner or for your next party or tailgate. All it takes is a piece of brisket, some pantry staples for a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce, and a long stint in a slow cooker. Eat these outside on the patio because these sandwiches get messy in the best possible way.

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Recipe: Strawberry Slab Pie — Strawberries: A Field Guide

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Strawberries don't have to work very hard to earn a place as one of our favorite berries of summer. They are the first to arrive, tend to be the most affordable, and really know how to work the spotlight with very little help. So when you're ready to take your fresh munching to the next level, make this slab pie dreamed up by cookbook author Yossy Arefi.

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How To Make Banoffee Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Banoffee pie, as in "banana toffee pie," strikes an amusing balance between buttery rich sweetness and everyday fruit flavors. This playfulness is exactly what makes it extraordinary. This no-bake pie cuts into a buttery cookie crust full of a creamy brown sugar-flavored toffee filling. Just try saying that three times fast! Topping the sumptuous toffee filling with seemingly ordinary bananas and barely sweetened whipped cream brings balance back to every bite. Be assured this is still one seriously sweet dessert, but one that leaves a wake of ardent admirers in its wake.

Learn how to whip up a picture-perfect crumb crust and a sweet toffee filling, and make the best banoffee pie you'll ever have with this recipe.

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Why You Should Order Your Drink Without Ice at the Hotel Bar — Family Vacation

When you're traveling with kids, you're at the whim of little-people schedules. Days revolve around meal times and activities that allow the kids to run around and burn off energy. By the time your mini-mes (finally!) nod off, you're probably ready for some grown-up time — and by grown-up time, I mean nice, cold cocktail time. The day is done, it's time to relax, and that drink is your oh-so-deserved reward.

But, here's the dilemma: How can you enjoy a proper cocktail while still keeping an eye (and ear) on the little ones?

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A Genius Cocktail Tip for Parents on Vacation — Family Vacation

When you're traveling with kids, you're at the whim of little-people schedules. Days revolve around meal times and activities that allow the kids to run around and burn off energy. By the time your mini-mes (finally!) nod off, you're probably ready for some grown-up time — and by grown-up time, I mean nice, cold cocktail time. The day is done, it's time to relax, and that drink is your oh-so-deserved reward.

But, here's the dilemma: How can you enjoy a proper cocktail while still keeping an eye (and ear) on the little ones?

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