Birdwatching at Pawnee Grasslands

May 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Sandwiches | 3 Comments
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Lunch on the Pawnee

This past Monday, Bob and I loaded up at 6:00 a.m. with a friend, Dan Stringer, and headed out to the Pawnee Grasslands for a day of birdwatching.  Well, of course, this was an exucse to make it a food event also.  I mean, after all, ya have to eat too. 

A few weeks ago, I was watching Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network.  She was packing a picnic lunch for a group of her friends.  What caught my eye besides the food were the containers she used.  Tangerine lunch bags, with matching Chinese take out containers for the side dish, parchment paper to wrap sandwiches.  I must say, it was quite impressive.  So, I headed over to the Container Store for my items.  I bought clear plastic gift bags, matching Chinese take-out containers, lime green and black and white checkered tissue paper. 

I decided on a sandwich I call “The Spaniard” a side of simple pasta salad and of course a Granny Smith Apple to match the lime green paper.

It looked as good as it tasted.

Here’s my sandwich recipe:

Pumpernickle Bread

Good quality mayonnaise


4 slices Black-forest Ham (very thinly sliced)

1/2 Roasted Red Bell Pepper

some Carmelized Onions

Shavings of aged Manchego Cheeese

When I’m not on the prairie, I will broil this for a few seconds to melt the cheese.

We sat at the group picnic area at Crow Valley Campgound, watched birds go by and had a delicious lunch.  The gourmet olives from Whole Foods and Whole Foods Pico helped.

We had a great day of spring migration birdwatching, with 74 species.



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  1. What would be considered a good quality mayonnaise?

  2. I trust anything from Whole Foods, mainly due to flavor. I And actually like 365 Whole Foods Brand with Canola Oil. I also like Best Foods for flavor if you have to grab something at a regular ol market :-). Just nothing generic or reduced fat.

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