A dear friend of mine is due to have a lovely baby girl in August. I was thrilled to be able to throw her a baby shower at my house on Saturday afternoon. It wouldn’t be a party at my house if we didn’t have enough food to feed an army. Since the event didn’t start until 2pm, I decided to make mini sandwiches, for those that hadn’t had lunch, snacks, for those that DID have lunch, and desserts, because seriously, everyone needs sugar to get through the opening of that many gifts!
I ordered three dozen dinner rolls from the local Italian bakery. I used them to make mini sandwiches. I made a curried chicken salad with pistachio’s
A recipe I used to make at the restaurant where I worked as a line cook. I started by poaching several boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and after they cooled, I diced the meat. I added finely diced red onion, celery, and carrots before adding in a generous handful of pistachio nuts. I toasted Penzey’s Hot Curry Powder in a dry saute pan to intensify the flavor then mixed that into some store bought mayo. I would have made my own, but since my friend is pregnant, I didn’t want to risk it. I added the mayo to the meat and vegetables for a delicious chicken salad.
Next up, I made Caprese Sandwiches for the vegetarians in the group. I sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. I made a small batch of homemade pesto, which I spread on the roll, then topped it with the cheese and tomato. Easy peasy and so YUMMY!
The third sandwich was a simple smoked ham with swiss cheese and a spicy grainy mustard. I was surprised, there wasn’t a clear favorite among the sandwiches!
For dessert, I made a pound cake with fresh sliced strawberries, a big batch of rice pudding, and chocolate crinkle cookies. I know, a bit of a mish mosh, but I had very good reasons for each. The rice pudding is one of Catherine’s favorites, the cookies are one of her mother’s favorites, and pound cake is one of my favorites….
Snacks were simple – a cheese display with marcona almonds, veggies with hummus, and chips with dip.
I swear I should have been a housewife from the 1950’s – I LOVE making (and drinking) punch. I made two for the party. A pink baby shower punch (cranberry juice, gingerale, and pink lemonade) and a whiskey lemonade punch. The recipe for the whiskey lemonade punch called for a herb infused honey simple syrup. I used thyme because I thought the earthy flavor would pair well with the whiskey and honey. It was delicious and deceptively easy to drink. All I had to do was infuse some water with lemon and we were all set. I used my grandmother Irene’s punch bowl for the pink punch, I know she would have been thrilled!
We all had a wonderful time. Cat received some amazing gifts, and everyone walked away full. I would say it was a total success! The hubby was thrilled that we had some rice pudding left over for him to eat when he got home from entertaining the father to be. A win/win situation if you ask me. Now all we have to do is wait for their bundle of joy to grace us with her presence.