It's my turn for book club, and I have the challenge of bringing food that can be served cold or at room temperature. In addition, it all has to be cooked in the 2 nights prior to the meeting, and most of it has to be kept in a cooler (there will be room in the fridge to refrigerate 1 dish).
The book is by Fannie Flagg, so I was going to do southern-inspired picnic food. I'd like to keep it a mostly vegetarian meal, with one dish being meat. I was thinking the following:
black eyed pea salad
spinach salad with sweet potatoes and pecan
cold fried chicken
(the two salads are inspired by chow recipes)
I need something to round it out. I was thinking a cream cheese-based dip? Not necessarily southern, but that's ok. I'm not a big fan of cream cheese, but I was thinking artichoke and cream cheese...or peach chutney and cream cheese?
What about dessert? Icebox cake? Any ideas are appreciated!