I’m majorly in the mood for a late summer picnic! We have a great park nearby where we live and in the center is a great pond for swimming and nice little “beach” too. I picnicked there with my good friend and our kids before school let out, and I haven’t been back since. My kids go there several times a week with my husband – lucky kids! I’m ready to go a few more times before it gets cold out. A picnic is the perfect excuse to go. My other good friend, Becky, and I are teaming up to share picnic-friendly foods. She made some pretty darn amazing Quick Pickled Cauliflower (made with everyone’s favorite hot sauce!) And I’m sharing one of our favorite quick lunches that is perfect for picnics – Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches.
A few months ago, I found the most amazing gluten-free rolls I’ve ever tasted in my life. I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few things and was ravenous. I was grabbing some bread for my kids and I noticed some new-to-me rolls in the gluten-free section. I snagged a few bags to keep in my freezer because I noticed they were big enough to make sandwiches and when I squeezed the bag, they bounced back. Most gluten-free baked goods don’t do that. I tore open one of the bags as soon as I got to the car and took a huge bite. It wasn’t one of those times where I was so hungry anything tasted good – you know how that is? This time it was like I was hungry, but the rolls stopped me dead in my tracks and I realized they were spectacular. Basically, I love these rolls so much I buy a bag whenever I’m at Whole Foods. But I think my fellow gluten-free peeps in Boise have caught on because they sell out all the time. That was the case one particular day when I went in specifically for those rolls. I was so bummed because I had some smoked salmon in my cart (more gushing about that in a second) and really wanted to have a salmon sandwich when I got home.
I had no idea that Kim and Jake’s also made peasant bread. There were a few loaves on the shelf and given how good the rolls are, I decided to give it a try. HOLY MOLY. Their bag made me laugh because it says something like, “Get a tissue handy. You’re gonna need it when you taste how good this bread is.” Not a lie. BEST gluten-free bread ever. (And I special order GF bread from San Francisco sometimes. Ha!) So my lunch became Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches – all inspired by that spectacular bread. (more…)