3 things – picnic foods

We’re just days away from Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial kick-off to summer. I’ve always loved this three day weekend as it not only indicates the days of sun, sand and water are upon us, but it also heralds the beginning of outdoor parties and picnic foods. So this Monday, let’s fire up the grill and play a round of 3 things – the picnic food edition:

Hot dogs or Hamburgers? I always go for a hamburger over a hot dog. And as a vegetarian my go-to pick is Morning Star Grillers – they are scrumptious when cooked over an open flame!
Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Hands down, potato salad. It’s one of my favorite sides!
Your summer party drink of choice: I can always go for a cold beer, but my summer favorite is the Party Palmer. It’s a refreshing combination of lemonade, ice tea and vodka and the perfect drink for a summer celebration. Check out the recipe here!

Your turn – cut and past the following into the comments and join us in playing 3 things!

Hot dogs or Hamburgers?
Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad?
Your summer party drink of choice:

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Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.

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Written by Tyna Werner


  1. Avatar of lucylemonade

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Veggie burgers win over veggie dogs for me, but my real favorite grilled item is grilled asparagus!

    Potato Salad or macaroni Salad? Potato salad is delicious.

    Your summer party drink of choice: Summer Shandies. I like to mix mine instead of buy the premixed bottles. I usually pick Blue Moon and mix it with lemonade.

  2. Avatar of Stef Andrews
    Stef Andrews

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Hamburgers all the way. I’m craving ones that have cheese on the inside, cream cheese and horseradish to be exact. So I do believe those will on the menu this weekend!

    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Can I say deviled eggs? I’m not a huge fan or either. I prefer my mayo based salad to be stuffed in an egg.

    Your summer party drink of choice: Whatcha got? I drink a lot of beer, but I’ve been craving white wine spritzers lately.
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  3. Avatar of lyssachelle

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Hamburgers, all the way. A hot dog is good to occasionally break it up, but I leave those for the kids!

    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Potato salad! I love to make my own (mustard based with lots of celery and egg) but when I do it for a crowd, I use Smitten Kitchen’s recipe, Rosanne Cash’s Potato Salad. (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/07/eyes-wide-open-all-the-time/) I take that to a barbeque and I never have leftovers to bring home!

    Your summer party drink of choice: Hmm. If we’re talking adult party drinks, I say beer; a nice Shiner ice cold and wet from the cooler. But if we’re talking my all-time favorite summer drink, it’s got to be sweet tea with lots of lemon. I’m a Texan, after all!

    1. Avatar of Tyna Werner
      Tyna Werner

      OMG that Potato Salad recipe looks divine @lyssachelle – thanks for sharing it! I could eat an entire bowl of it right now. So happy I’ll be having some potato salad this weekend and I might just have to try this recipe.

    2. Avatar of lyssachelle

      Yay! Let me know if you guys try it; I’d love to hear what you think! My other go-to with her is Not Your Mama’s Coleslaw; it’s so tangy and crisp, SK calls it more of a “cabbage salad” and I agree. It’s right up your veggie alley, @tyna! :-) I make it without the blue cheese and save any of the leftover dressing for dipping veggies in as a snack over the next few days.

  4. Avatar of heather

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Yes? Haha. Best of both worlds!

    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Potato – BUT – sans mayo. Lemon/oil/olive/fresh herb concoctions. It eliminates the danger zone.

    Your summer party drink of choice: homemade margaritas with whatever fruit is looking the best!

  5. Avatar of irene

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today! I am having a juicy burger for lunch if you can believe that! LOVE EM!
    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Depends on which I make.. but will normally reach for the POTATO salad first.. ¾ Irish ya know!
    Your summer party drink of choice: Beer(s).. I’m really lucky to be married to a brewer so that really gives me many choices..if not beer.. a Nutty Monk or White Russian is my second drink, that never disappoints

  6. Avatar of marissa

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? – That’s a tough call, but more often than not, I will opt for a hot dog.
    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? – Potato Salad, but only if it is homemade! There’s something about store-bought that doesn’t taste as great and you definite need a good potato salad for a picnic.
    Your summer party drink of choice – I’ll pretty much drink anything but I tend to like something a bit lighter and more refreshing. This Party Palmers recipe looks worth the try. Love that the recipe is by the gallon–ha!

    1. Avatar of Tyna Werner
      Tyna Werner

      @Marissa – you are so right about store-bought potato salad. They just never taste right – homemade is the only way to go. And I feel the same way about macaroni salad too. They always have to much tanginess in them when they are purchased at the grocery store – even at the “fancy” deli counter (forget about the pre-made ones in plastic containers) – the taste just isn’t the same.

      And trust us, a gallon of Party Palmers does not last long – you may need to make two!

  7. Avatar of amity

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? – Spicy vegan black bean burger.
    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? – Potato salad, made with Veganaise. Macaroni salad kind of freaks me out!
    Your summer party drink of choice-I know this is like so five years ago, but I can always get behind a fizzy, minty mojito!

  8. Avatar of turboterp

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Veggie hotdog AND a black bean burger = a perfect day.
    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Potato salad wins every time—especially homemade with lots of dill.
    Your summer party drink of choice: Ice cold Rolling Rock, or club soda with extra lime if I’m driving.

  9. Avatar of glamazon56

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Hambugers for me, covered in melted cheddar with lettuce tomato and red onion! I could go for one now!
    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Potato salad..German potato salad with bacon fat and vinegar – mmmm
    Your summer party drink of choice – I love sweet tea, but for after hours, I love a cold Corona with a lime or a Negroni!

  10. Avatar of hao9703

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Hamburgers with lots of savory seasoning. (No bland burger for me- thank you.)

    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? German Potato Salad is my favorite- plenty of mustard and dill pickles

    Your summer party drink of choice: An ice cold beer always hits the spot.

  11. Avatar of Krista

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers? Hotdogs only if they’re all beef (the ones w/ pork, chicken, misc., always taste weirdly sweet to me, which I find gross). Hamburgers if the hotdogs are a let down.
    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad? Potato salad. No matter who makes it, macaroni salad always tastes too sweet. Like instead of mayo, they used a combo of mayo and marshmallow fluff. Macaroni salad creeps me out.
    Your summer party drink of choice: I used to love this drink I came up with called a Spiked Dreamsicle. It was Vanilla Absolut mixed with Mt. Dew Livewire (orange flavored soda), but Mt. Dew discontinued it and now I have nothing–no other orange soda tastes right. Stupid Mt. Dew ruining my buzz. I guess I’ll go back to mixing Crystal Light peach iced tea with vodka and peach Schnapps. Mrrrrr… *whines*

    1. Avatar of lyssachelle

      Okay, I’m definitely going to have to try a Spiked Dreamsicle! I’ve seen Livewire recently in my area, so I was confused on whether it was discontinued and it looks like it’s regional, maybe? Check out this product locator, maybe it is in your area and just hidden! (I always find some of my favorite items in the most random grocery or dollar stores, I never understand how distribution works!)

  12. Avatar of katezena

    Hot dogs or Hamburgers?
    I actually hate both. I don’t like the taste of anything grilled as I can taste the metal.

    Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad?
    Um, I don’t like salad, unless it’s fruit salad, so I can pick out the fruit I like! I know, I’m very picky.

    Your summer party drink of choice:
    I love, love, LOVE making homemade lemonade. You can spike it if you want, but I make it unspiked because I’m actually very sensitive to alcohol, so much so that my body doesn’t metabolize it well so I really need to lie down after one sip of wine. It’s just really, really awful!

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