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Go outside and enjoy the nice weather before fall leads quickly to winter, and our seasonal hibernation starts all over again. Take a day to relax and soak in the views in a nearby park, or simply set up a picnic in your backyard — either way, food will be the centerpiece of the day. Picnics are a great way to gather with friends and family, but large groups mean more cooking. We’ve all been there. It’s the 11th-hour crunch when you start to realize you just might not finish all the work you planned.make-ahead recipes that will help you manage your time and your expectations.
Holly Clegg’s 8-Layered Greek Dip
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Dips make for perfect picnic fare. This Mediterranean-inspired version features hummus, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and pecans. Just serve with pita chips and enjoy!
Farro and Grilled Corn Summer Salad
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Making salads ahead of time can be tricky. Lettuce wilts and nobody likes soggy ingredients, but salads with hearty grains and vegetable bases instead of greens mean you can mix them up the day before without worrying about droopy greens.
Angela Carlos is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter, and tweet @angelaccarlos your favorite make-ahead recipes.