Picnic For Eight With $80

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If you're hosting or attending a Fourth of July party this weekend, then the Saturday Early Show's Chef on a Shoestring has some great ideas for you.

Robin Vitetta-Miller is the author of a new book called "Picnics," and with a special entertaining budget of $80, she is creating a July Fourth picnic for eight.

Here is her menu:
Spicy Black Bean Dip
Prosciutto and Gorgonzola on Raisin Bread
Pasta Spirals with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Almond Biscotti and Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut

The following are her recipes:

Prosciutto with Gorgonzola on Raisin Bread
Serves 4

4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 slices raisin bread
12 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
1 cup baby spinach leaves


  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and Gorgonzola. Mix until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Spread the cheese mixture on half the bread slices and top with prosciutto and baby spinach leaves. Top with the remaining slices of bread.

Packing: Individually wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you're ready to pack them into a cold cooler.