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Friday, April 1, 2016

Going All Girly -- Pretty Foods for Parties and More Salad Sundaes

 Life is full of so many events that are even more special with beautiful, tasty food. So many of our special occasions have food in the center. It seems like spring is an especially important time for events that are decidedly feminine. Mother's Day, showers, ladies' luncheons, holiday brunches, graduation receptions, bridal parties, etc. This April issue of the Diner News is devoted to pretty foods that delight the ladies. Not to be sexist, I have already done an issue dedicated to manly favorites--love that one too. That one featured lots of bacon and beer. This one is definitely more salads and scrumptious desserts.

I have brought back an old favorite--the Salad Sundae. The idea is to make a variety of scoopable salads, and allow guest to build their own salad, choosing three different favorites. My original featured a Blueberry Chicken Salad, a Minted Cottage Cheese and a pretty Egg Salad. Those are still great choices. If you plan on serving guests, offering 5 or 6 different salads enables you to please every palate. In this month's Diner News, I have recipes for four new scoopables. Enticingly different, the Sundae above features Spring Radish Salad, Tarragon Chicken Salad and Thai Tuna Salad. I also have a Guacamole Chicken Salad that is delicious. What a salad buffet all of these would make! Just be sure to get the really fun banana split dishes. I see them at the thrift store quite often.

Luncheons are perfect for interesting salads. I also have a couple of gorgeous salads that feature berries. Men may like them, but the girls will love the asparagus, spinach, fennel, cucumber and avocado. At my house, this is definite girl food.

We all know that we girls love our desserts. Earlier in the month, I introduced the Lemony Lime Cheesecake on the blog. Add to that another showstopper dessert--a chocolate and peanut butter pie. So decadent and rich! Drops and swirls of chocolate sauce make it special.  I replicated a popular French pastry called "Financiers" which are sheer perfection with toasted almond and browned butter.  I blogged about them yesterday. And don't forget the cute factor with Tiny Tea Cakes. Pretty happens with a blackberry coconut cupcake.

Showers are perfect for finger foods. I have ideas for canapes, tea sandwiches and more. Check out all the reasons you want to order this month's Diner News. Remember an entire year of newsletters is just $6.

Cucumber Frills
Fennel and Avocado Salad with Strawberries
Thai Tuna Salad
Finger Sandwiches
Tulip Salad
Asparagus Salad with Feta and Berries
Peanut Butter Pie
Guacamole Chicken Salad
Spring Radish Salad
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Tiny Tea Cakes
Salad Sundae
Blackerry Coconut Cupcakes
Tiny Tea Cakes
Lemony Lime Cheesecake

Cucumber Flowers Canapes
Lemon Blueberry Cake
See how much good stiff is in there? I love being creative in the kitchen, and these dishes are pretty and tasty too.

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