THIS WEEK'S WINNER:
Beef banh mi sliders by Felicia Lee: In her moving and beautiful entry, Lee writes about how her mourning in a foreign country -- China -- for a woman she barely knew -- her grandmother -- led her to eat, in an unexpected place and at a moment of particular vulnerability, a meal that put life, death and her trip into a new perspective.
AND NOW FOR THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY WINNERS:
In the American History category:
Buffalo sliders by Lucy Mercer: In a fascinating post, Mercer explores her family's personal connection to the great American burger, by telling the story of her great grandmother, the delightfully named Minnie Hamberger. Hamberger was part of a generation of German immigrants who helped turn the now-legendary combination of ground beef and bread into a quintessential American dish.
In the Melting Pot category:
Silk Road lamb burgers by Linda Shiue: Shiue delves into the history of Asia's Silk Road to create a Chinese lamb stir fry-inspired burger whose ingredients include cumin, scallions, onion and chili -- a dish that, as she puts it, Marco Polo would have loved.
AND NOW FOR THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
The best picnics are often the impromptu ones, the ones that start out with a chunk of cheese, a bottle of something to drink, and all of a sudden, it's you and a couple of your favorite people spending the rest of the afternoon-into-evening on the grass, wondering why you would ever need anything more.
But there's a lot of love to be given to picnics with plans and baskets, and everyone's got a friend with a killer picnic basket treat: some kind of salad that just keeps getting better through the day, cold fried chicken, a punch packed in a cold thermos, a brownie that's always the first thing to disappear. So this week, what's the dish you would always want in your picnic basket?
Be sure to tag your posts: SKC picnic
Scoring and winning
Scores will be very scientific, given for appealing photos, interesting stories behind your submissions, creativity, execution and blanket-worthiness.