Glorious Texas Hill Country Menu

Try 'em all, or sample a few of the recipes. Either way, you can enjoy the picnic as much as your guests.
Vicki A. Poellnitz

You have to be really quick to catch up with Rebecca Rather. This always-on-the-go Texan might be on a nationwide tour teaching cooking classes, running a marathon, preparing the menu for a charity dinner, or serving up mighty fine food at her Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe in Fredericksburg.

Here, Rebecca offers some new recipes, developed just for Southern Living readers. She's packed a picnic, and we're off in a blue pickup truck to a friend's home for fly-fishing, canoeing, and fun and games. This relaxing day by the Pedernales River is topped off with wonderful food.

Make-Ahead Backyard Party
Serves 8


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"Make-Ahead Backyard Party" is from the June 2006 issue of Southern Living.