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pack up the fun for a perfect picnic

These recipes are from my book, SIMPLE STUNNING PARTIES AT HOME.

Radicchio and Carrot Slaw:

This wonderful slaw is a great twist on classic coleslaw. If you like your slaw crunchier, make it just before the party.

2 heads radicchio, cut in half, then sliced thinly
2/3 cup mayo
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon dried fennel seed
3/4 cup roughly grated or julienned carrots
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
salt and pepper

In a large mixing bowl, toss all the ingredients together. Serve chilled.

Manchego Jalapeno Cornbread

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 ounces manchego cheese, grated
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pickled sliced jalapenos
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400. Grease an 8 inch baking pan. Combine the cornmeal, flour, tow-thirds of the manchego, the sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Mince 1 tablespoon of the jalapenos and combine with the milk, oil, and eggs in a small bowl. Mix well. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Pour into the prepared pan.

Lay the remaining jalapeno slices on top of the batter and sprinkle with the remaining manchego. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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