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This simple yet elegant aperitif is garnished with icy blackberries. Purchase fresh berries, and freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet so they'll hold their shape.
Pour 1 teaspoon Chambord into each of 6 Champagne flutes. Place 3 berries in each glass. Pour about 2/3 cup Champagne into each glass. Serve immediately.
Aromatic truffle oil and sharp-nutty Manchego cheese add lots of flavor with minimal effort. If you can't find Manchego, use Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese instead. Chopping the cooked asparagus into small but not fine pieces makes the crostini easy to eat while retaining the crisp-tender texture of the vegetables.
Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet; broil 1 minute or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; turn over and broil 1 minute or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; cool on pan.
Fill a large skillet with water to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus; cook 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and plunge asparagus into ice water; drain. Chop asparagus to measure 2 cups. Place chopped asparagus in a bowl. Add oil, salt, and pepper; toss well to coat.
Top each bread slice with 1 rounded tablespoon asparagus mixture; place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle cheese evenly over crostini. Broil 1 minute or until cheese melts and begins to melt. Serve warm.
Serrano ham is the air-cured ham common in Spanish tapas. Many supermarkets carry it in the deli section; you can also substitute prosciutto.
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add cantaloupe and ham; toss gently to coat.
Arrange arugula in an even layer on a serving platter. Top with cantaloupe mixture; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Serve immediately.
You can prepare the chicken salad up to a day ahead and refrigerate; assemble the sandwiches just before serving.
Trim crusts from bread slices; cut slices into triangles.
Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Combine sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar, stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add sugar mixture to pan, scraping pan to loosed browned bits. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
Combine onion mixture, remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar, chicken, and remaining ingredients. Place about 2 tablespoons chicken mixture on each of 12 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices.
Top these lemon-scented angel food cupcakes with tiny edible pansy blossoms or rosebuds for decoration. Store extra cupcakes in an airtight container, or send them home with guests as party favors.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place 16 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups. Set aside.
Lightly spoon cake flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Sift together flour and 3/4 cup powdered sugar into a medium bowl; repeat the procedure 2 times.
Beat egg whites and salt with a mixer at high speed until frothy (about 1 minute). Add cream of tartar, and beat until soft peaks form. Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle flour mixture over egg white mixture, 1/4 cup at a time; fold in after each addition. Stir in vanilla and rind.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan; let cool completely on a wire rack.
To prepare frosting, beat butter with a mixer at high speed until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar; beat at low speed just until blended. Add milk and lemon juice; beat until fluffy. Add more lemon juice as needed to adjust the consistency. Spread 2 tablespoons lemon frosting over each cupcake. Garnish with edible pansies and rosebuds, if desired.
Truffled Asparagus Crostini
Melon, Serrano Ham, and Arugula Salad
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes
Celebrate Mother's Day, a graduation, or a bridal shower with an inviting outdoor luncheon. (Serves 6)
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