With over 300 days of sunshine, Colorado is the perfect picnic state! Whether it is in Denver at Jazz in the Park or in the mountains on a hike, Coloradans are always enjoying the great outdoors. Here a few ways to elevate the traditional picnic. RECIPE: Salad in a Jar
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Salad Ingredients:
  • handful fresh spinach or spring greens
  • 1/2 cup fresh cherries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • handful raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parrano cheese
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 tbs brown mustard
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • juice of two lemons
  • 1 tbs dried herbs of your choice (I used oregano)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • ground sea salt to taste
Preparation: 1. Add all dressing ingredients to a quart mason jar and shake to combine 2. Add the cherries and chopped cucumber to the bottom of the jar (this allows them to marinate and not get the other ingredients too soggy) 3. Top it off and add in your fresh greens, raw walnuts and Parrano cheese 4. Cap up the jar and with ribbon or burlap, attach a fork. Now, it is ready to be packed up for your picnic.  
RECIPE: Fruit, Cheese and Herb Skewers
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  Ingredients:
  • Basil leaves
  • Parrano Cheese
  • Blackberries
  • Mint leaves
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
Directions: Blackberry Skewers: 2 basil leaves, 2 Parrano cheese pieces, 2 to 3 blackberries Raspberry Skewers: 2 mint leaves, 2 Parrano cheese pieces, 4 raspberries Strawberry Skewers: 1 large basil leaf, torn in half; 2 strawberries; 1 Parrano cheese pieces Blueberry Skewers: 1 large basil leaf, torn in half; 6 blueberries; 2 Parrano cheese pieces
  RECIPE: Raspberry, Mint and Lime Infused Water Fresh raspberries pair beautifully with sliced limes, and mint adds a refreshing kick. Serve this over ice for a cold, sweet, tart beverage the whole family will love. Ingredients:
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 small bunch mint
  • 1 pint raspberries, lightly smashed
  • 2 quarts filtered or spring water
Directions: Add the lime, mint, and berries to a 64-ounce Mason jar or pitcher. Pour water over top and chill for several hours. Serve over ice.
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