Even when I am traveling, I always find time to entertain. When I was in Paris last month working on my new book, I invited some friends over for a casual kitchen picnic. After recipe testing all day long, cooking was not on the menu! I made things easy for myself and bought some gorgeous and deliciously French bites that I knew would be instant crowd-pleasers, like a couple of sweet and savory tarts, mini quiches, fresh fruit and super-luxe truffle potato chips. I wanted to make sure that I had a variety of flavors and textures on the table, but also kept in mind what would make it easy for my guests to help themselves throughout the evening. The best part? You can recreate this with items from your favorite grocery store! Most supermarkets have prepared food sections that offer a great selection of delicious picnic-ready components, like tarts, salads and olives. Pick up a few condiments, like fig preserves and dijon mustard, grab a fresh baguette, some fresh flowers and of course wine! Most definitely cannot forget the wine!