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Brian Malarkey's perfect picnic

Brian Malarkey's perfect picnic

In the heat of the summer when I was a kid growing up in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, my mom would often make a collection of sandwiches - peanut butter and jelly, bologna or tuna fish -that she would wrap up and package with carrot and celery sticks, whole peaches or plums and cookies. Strawberry Kool-Aid may have been involved back then, too. Then she would send my brother and sister and me out to the backyard with a blanket or towel so we could have a "picnic."

There were many other picnics in our life as a young family, including the big gatherings at L.A.'s Griffith Park with extended family. And as I got older, still more. As a young adult, I enjoyed the competitive...

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