What better way to enjoy the warm weather than by eating scrumptious summer foods. Cool off with a glass of iced tea, satisfy your appetite by eating a juicy watermelon or have a delicious piece of mouth-watering fried chicken. After polling readers using an online survey, we collected their opinions of the most delicious summertime food and picnicking treats. We compiled the results and have the No. 1 favorite for each question.
(2) Soda, (3) Other
Above: A cold glass of iced tea was voted the number one summertime drink. © www. Fotolia.com photo
Below: Readers think a slice of watermelon is the tastiest piece of fruit to enjoy on a hot day. Arkansas Parks and Tourism photo
(2) Peach, (3) Other
(2) Deviled eggs
|Above: The must-have item to be included in a Southern picnic basket is a delicious piece of fried chicken. © nebari - www.Fotolia.com photo
Southern Fried Chicken
Preparation Method: Deep-fry, Marinade
Cuisine Style: Southern
1 cut-up chicken
Place chicken in salt water. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight. Drain. Dip chicken in buttermilk. Roll each piece in flour; sprinkle with pepper. In heavy frypan, heat lard (should be about 2 inches deep) until it just begins to smoke. Add chicken pieces, being careful not to crowd. Cover. Fry about 15 minutes. Turn chicken and brown other side about 15 minutes. Drain in colander lined with paper towels.
Note: For picnicking, wrap chicken fryer or serving platter containing chicken in a heavy brown paper bag or several layers of newspaper, and your fried chicken will show up at mealtime appetizingly hot.
Smell the fresh air and feel the warm summer sun. Take a bite of some fresh fruit and listen to the birds sing. Taking a trip to the park and having a picnic is the best way to take advantage of a beautiful summer day. Here are some attractive parks near Little Rock, Ark.
On Cantrell and Cedar Hill Road, you can visit the popular Allsopp Park. This outdoor get-away is great for a picnic and a destination the kids will love. Tennis courts, a playground, a ball field, a pavilion and biking and hiking trails are just some of the delightful summertime activities this park has for your enjoyment.
If you’re looking for a more historical experience while spending the day in the sun, visit War Memorial Park, which is the oldest park in Little Rock. With a large picnic area, a playground, a beautiful creek with fishing, an 18-hole golf course and tennis courts, this place is sure to make your afternoon full of fun. The War Memorial Park can be found off Interstate 630 at the Fair Park exit. Located next to the Little Rock Zoo, the park is an ideal spot for a perfect picnic.
Right along the Arkansas River sits another wonderful picnicking area. Murray Park, on Rebsamen Park Road, has eight pavilions, three soccer fields and two playgrounds as well as a boat dock and places for fishing. Bring the kids and even your pets because they will love this charming outdoor retreat.
For more parks near Little Rock, visit www.littlerock.org/parksrecreation, or call (501) 371- 4770.