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Bitches Who Picnic: Chicken Curry Wraps & Cucumber-Watermelon Salad

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What’s the picnic equivalent of glamping? While I struggle to think up a comparable term, allow me to tell you about the glam picnic (glamic? piclam?) that I recently hosted.

Because there’s little better than drinking rosé outside with your girlfriends, I decided it was necessary to plan a midsummer’s picnic. And, because nothing I do is ever done half-heartedly, it was to be a lovely little picnic indeed.

To help with the hostessing, I called up my friend Tristin, who is always up for entertaining girlfriends and typically tolerant of my whimsical conceptions.

“I’d like to have a picnic—with floral arrangements and a color scheme,” I explained via email.

“But, of course,” she replied. “I’ll get to menu planning.”

I had loads of fun finding and ordering picnic accoutrements. I ordered a lovely picnic basket from Shop Terrain, complete with hard plastic dishes and silverware and a holder made for a bottle of wine on the outside. For the picnic blanket, I used a Turkish towel that I picked up in Morocco. But the style is very popular right now—you can find them in boutiques and online.

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For the paper and plates, I ordered gold-and-white striped plates and scalloped cups from Paper Source, pink-and-white striped straws from Amazon, and Tristin picked up gold plastic utensils and pink napkins. The polka dot coasters are from Kate Spade.

As no glamorous picnic is complete without floral arrangements, I filled my mason jars with coral roses from Urban Stems, which were conveniently delivered to my home before I arrived home from work.

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As I’m not a terribly gifted cook, I’m usually in charge of wine and dessert at social functions and book clubs—and this picnic was no different. In addition to the set-up, I brought oodles of my favorite summer beverage, Whispering Angel rosé from Chateau d’Esclans.

Tristin regularly hosts lovely dinner parties, so she was prepared with the perfect picnic menu. She made chicken curry wraps and watermelon feta salad—enough for a dozen ladies. The dishes kept well, transported easily, and tasted delightful. The chicken curry wraps were gratifying without being too heavy, and paired surprisingly well with the rosé. The recipes are below.

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As I had limited time to prepare, I also ordered cookies from Captain Cookie DC—a popular food truck that delivers happiness in circular form around town. Like the roses, the cookies were delivered to my door while I was at work, saving me time and energy.

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Captain Cookie is my go-to for birthdays and special occasions, as the enormous cookies are moist, hearty, and comfortingly delicious. I ordered a mixed dozen: chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin. It was a close tie between chocolate chip and peanut butter for the crowd favorite.

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A dozen of our girlfriends arrived to our dropped pin in Meridian Hill Park, and we were able to catch up on our summer travels while drinking rosé. Thankfully, we had plenty of bug spray. It was a great evening, with great food and even better company.

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We hope you pull together your own end-of-summer picnic. Make the most of longer days, warm weather, and rosé season. Here are the recipes, courtesy of Miss Tristin.

Cucumber, Watermelon & Feta Salad

Ingredients:
– 1 watermelon
– 4 English cucumbers
– Juice of 1 lime
– 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
– 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves

Instructions:
1. Chop up watermelon and cucumber into squares
2. Toss watermelon and cucumber in lime juice then add the feta and mint leaves
3. Voila! Enjoy

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Tristin’s Chicken Curry Wraps

Ingredients:

-3 split (1/12 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
-Olive oil
-Kosher salt
-Freshly ground pepper
-1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
-1/3 dry white wine
-1/4 c. chutney
-3 TBSP curry powder
-1 1/4 c. medium- diced celery ( about 3 large stalks)
-1/4 c. chopped scallions, white and green parts ( about 2 scallions)
-1/4 c. raisins
-1/4 c. currents
-1 c. whole roasted, salted, cashews, chopped
-6 burrito size tortillas or 12 fajita size tortillas

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Put the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the chicken in pieces.
3. For the dressing, combine the mayonnaise, wine, chutney, curry powder, and 1 1/2 tsp. salt in a food processor and process until smooth.

4. Combine the chicken with enough dressing to moisten well. Add the celery, scallions, and raisins, and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Add the cashews for the chicken.
5. Fill the center of each tortilla with chicken mixture, wrap, and enjoy!
*Adapted from Ina Garten: Barefoot Contessa

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