Suggestions for Make-Ahead Picnic Foods for a Crowd?

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Q: I am hosting a family picnic in Wisconsin the 2nd week of June. Some kids but mostly adults. I'm living in California now and am much more of a foodie than my Midwestern family. I'd love some family-friendly and "not too foodie" ideas for a picnic. We won't have a grill, so all the dishes will need to be made ahead.

Make-ahead sandwiches would be nice but what kind? How to prepare them so they aren't soggy when consumed later? We'll do salads too, but I want to keep it pretty basic. A fruit salad, cold pasta salad (maybe an asian peanut salad?) and maybe a potato salad. What about dessert? I would love to hear any ideas that non-foodie Midwestern folk would like!

Sent by Kelly

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(Image: Pork Tenderloin and Onion Jam Sandwiches/Elizabeth Passarella)

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