Sunday, September 7, 2014


this is a double your pleasure picnic! for the record, picnic, by dee dee stovel and picnic!, by edith stovel, are the same book... who knew! i thought perhaps her daughter wrote a sequel... no worries, i was happy to indulge in 2 picnics!

as i mentioned before, when reviewing picnic! on monday, this book is chalk full of picnic ideas, i was happy to embrace the california wine country picnic, courtesy of the oakville grocery! to make it all that much more spontaneous and enjoyable for me, i did zero cooking, i just grabbed the picnic basket, my trusty traveling california cutting board, a couple of grape plates and out the door we went~

hop in, we are off for some fun!

i loved grabbing our picnic on the road, it was a crowded wine country sunday, but we had our own special little spot we know about in st helena all to ourselves. we relished the breeze under the deep shade of the pergola.

i was thrilled to grab grilled artichokes, roasted garlic, freshly made sourdough, local artisan creamy cheese, chicken and pasta salads, a medley of olives and 2 huge bar cookies choc full of apricots, chocolate and other wholesome goodies. even though this is wine country we chose to stay sober with peppermint lemonade and grapefruit with ginger.

refreshed and fueled, we are off to enjoy our california wine country day~

stop in and see whats cooking, or NOT, with the novel bakers and guests today~


  1. That's my kind of picnic with goodies loaded up from Oakville Grocery, with a bottle of vino of course! We've stopped in on each of visits to Napa at OG to grab up some noshes. I wonder if they suffered much damage from the earthquake?...all those barrels and bottles smashed I saw on the news was so distressing to see.
    Your pergola picnic spot looks wonderful along with your grilled artichokes and other goodies. I love that dappled light highlighting your salads and food. Thanks for taking me along, I'm always up for a picnic in the wine country :)

  2. Jain, This is my idea of a relaxing day -- no cooking but still excellent food. That scenery is gorgeous and the nice thing about being a native is knowing the secret, uncrowded places to stop. I'll be looking for peppermint lemonade! It sounds delicious. Linda

  3. I love that grocery store! Is all that somewhere near where I'm going to be!

  4. Just goes to show you that you don't need great plans to have a wonderful picnic. A spontaneous thought can turn into the best day. Just grab and go...love it!