Friday, May 27, 2011

5 Star Makeover May 2011 Round Up

This month's theme for the 5 Star Foodie Makeover Cooking Group is "Gourmet Picnic Food." Perfect this time of year with Memorial Day on the horizon and many taking to the parks for picnics.

Thank you for the hard work and dedication of this most talented group of cooks.  Thank you to my most talented and dedicated co-host Natasha.

Check out some very creative takes on Gourmet Picnic food, I am sure you'll find some stuff to incorporate into your Memorial Day menu.  Have a happy and safe holiday.


Southwestern Potato Salad

by Natasha, 5 Star Foodie

Picnic Basket Tart

by Lazaro, Lazaro Cooks!

Chicken Bites with Onion Confit and Sweet & Tangy Apple, Mango Slaw

by Priscilla, She's Cookin'

Olive Oil Scones with Cinnamon Figgie Butter

by Faith, An Edible Mosaic

Muffaletta Tartlets with Olive Salad, Cajun Chips, & Hibiscus Lavender Lemonade

by Trix, Tasty Trix

Gourmet Picnic with Spicy Cold Soba Noodle Salad
by Lori Lynn, Taste With the Eyes

Pulled Pork & Red Wine Caramelized Onion Sandwich

by Tanantha, I Just Love My Apron

Game Pie

by Deana, LostPastRemembered

Banana Bread Sandwiches with Chocolate Goat Cheese Spread and Strawberries

by Kelly, The Pink Apron

Lobster Roll with Lemon Aioli

by Marisa, Cook's Book

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

by Jessica, Bacon and Soufflé

Champagne Gazpacho and Arugula Salad with Champagne Mint Dressing

by Jennifer, The Adventuresome Kitchen

Chickpea Salad With Lebanese Flavours

by Aoife, The Daily Spud

Languedoc Style Tuna Salad Sandwich with a French Slaw

by Alisha, The Ardent Epicure

Grilled Baby Potato & Broccollini Picnic Salad

by Debi, Table Talk

Avocado & Edamame Salad With Dill

by Bren, Flanboyant Eats

Glazed Blackberry Watermelon with Lavender Sea Salt on the Grill

by Angela, Spinach Tiger

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. I love the recipe of Natasha it is very creative "Southwestern Potato Salad" I also love to try Grilled Baby Potato & Broccollini Picnic Salad by debi...looks really healthy =) Actually every recipe is unique and I am dying to try it all =)

  2. A splendid roundup! Everything looks so good and extremely palatable.



  3. What a feast! Such marvelous round. Thank so much for sharing everyone. Have a lovely day.
    cheers, Kristy

  4. What a fine picnic spread and what a wonderful group to be part of! Cannot wait to dig in :)

  5. WOW! These all look fabulous! What a great post with some wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing this. I hope you have a great memorial weekend! :)

  6. I think everyone did a great job. The champagne gazpacho is so clever and pretty

  7. So how can we get invited to ALL of these gatherings?

  8. I'm always impressed by everyone's creativity and beautiful work! Another wonderful round-up!

  9. i'm with Belinda! Can you imagine what our picnic would look and taste like! wow. fantastic round up! Great mix up of flavors and inspirations.

    Happy weekend, all.

  10. This would be the most amazing picnic ever! Glorious array of flavors here, just an amazing roundup... Glad to be part of such an amazingly talented group :)
    Have a fantastic and safe weekend :)

  11. What a great round-up and everyone's food looks divine!! Thanks for a great challenge from Lazaro and Natasha! Happy Memorial day weekend!

  12. Look at all the beautiful colours and dishes here. Certainly reminds me that summer is not only about soaking up the sun, but also about enjoying the beautiful weather having picnics and bbq's with our friend's and loved ones. This would be one picnic I definitely wouldn't want to miss. What a fantastic round up! Thank you to all for sharing your wonderful and creative recipes yet again.

  13. Now this is one jazzed up picnic! It all looks so colorful and full of amazing flavors and textures. I have my eye on that chickpea salad!

  14. I think Auntie Mame had it wrong when she said "Life is a banquet." I think life just may be a picnic and it's all here.

  15. Just in time for the holiday weekend too! I'd already copied Faith's olive oil scones but am intrigued by Trix's muffaletta tarts. So many possibilities!
    Nice round up, Natasha and Lazaro!

  16. I loved the Chickpea Salad With Lebanese Flavours.
    The recipe is just too good and simple.

  17. You are always killing me with the delicious food I find here, be it your creative genius or those incredible bloggers you elect to share with us. This is an example of what I am talking about. This post is going to take me a long time to savor, all of these wonderful ideas, why oh why is there not more hours in the day.

    Happy Memorial Day!

  18. I would love an invitation to that picnic, haha. Everything really looks wonderful, and excellent for transportable food. Is it just me or did the party get bigger? I'm noticing a lot more bloggers participating this month!

  19. aww!!
    loved Glazed Blackberry Watermelon with Lavender Sea Salt on the Grill.
    It looks awesome and taste too good.

  20. delicious looking roundup looks fabulous

  21. Just back from the wilds of Vermont... can't wait to look at all the blogs!! Great challenge.

  22. Thanks again Lazaro! See you @ the Farmers Market!

  23. great thing..nice one..i like it..


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