Kitchen Krafts: Patio Picnic

“Kitchen Krafts: Patio Picnic,” Friend, Aug. 1990, 22

Kitchen Krafts:

Patio Picnic

Vegetable Burgers

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 carrot, grated

1 onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 hamburger buns


  1. Mix the first five ingredients together. Form the mixture into six balls. One at a time, place the balls into a small plastic bag and gently flatten them to make patties 1/2″ (1.25 cm) thick.

  2. Panfry the patties over medium heat for about five minutes on each side. The cooking time will depend on how well-done you like your hamburgers.

  3. Serve the patties on the buns. Add your favorite garnishes—catsup, mustard, pickles, cheese, mayonnaise, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, sprouts.

Potato Salad

3 pounds potatoes

1/2 cup chicken broth

4 tablespoons cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 onion, chopped

1 small dill pickle, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1/4 green pepper, chopped (optional)

2 teaspoons parsley flakes

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon parsley flakes

  1. Wash the potatoes, then boil them until they can be pierced easily with a fork (about 50 minutes). Drain them, let them cool until they can be handled, then peel them and cut them into 1/4″ (6 mm) slices.

  2. Add the broth, vinegar, salt, and pepper to the potatoes, and gently toss them. Lightly salt the onions, and add them to the potatoes along with the pickle, celery, green pepper, and 2 teaspoons parsley flakes.

  3. When the potatoes have completely cooled, gently stir in the mayonnaise. Add more salt or pepper if desired. Put the potato salad into a serving bowl, sprinkle it with 1 teaspoon parsley flakes, and refrigerate it until you serve it.

One-Pan Cake

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoons soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup warm water

  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, and salt into an 8″ (20 cm) square cake pan. Make two holes in the dry ingredients and add the oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water. Stir until mixed.

  2. Bake at 350 ° F (175 ° C) for 25–30 minutes.


1/4 cup butter or margarine

2 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix the butter, cocoa, sugar, and milk together in a pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for one minute. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir it until it cools. Add the vanilla, then frost the cake.

Photos by Philip Shurtleff