Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tablescape Valentines Themed get together ..Valentine inspiration

 Valentine's Day is just around the corner..
This menu is so simple..Creamed chicken with a puffed pasty top, orange relish, and mixed green salad. All followed by Red Velvet Cake. MMmmm

The pink and red roses, seeded eucalyptus, and ming really add importance.

RedVelvet cake, perfect for Valentine's dessert, accompanied by dark choc molded hearts
Several of us are volunteers at our local hospital. Once every few months, we gather to share lunch and catch up with one another . There are apx 25 women and so the host places tables everywhere in our hom someone hosts our group in their home, this was our Valentine's themed social.
Here is our lunch menu and a few recipes:

Creamed Chicken over puffed pastry:

6T melted butter or margerine
6T flour
1t salt
1/8 t pepper
cook overlow heat until bubbling, remove from heat and stir in
11/2 c cooked chicken broth
1c milk
bring to a boil, then stir in gently:
1/2 c frozen carrots & peas rinsed1c cut up chicken breast
Serve over puff pastry  add pastry top.

Cranberry OrangeRelish:

1 bag fresh cranberries,washed
1unpeeled  orange,cut into small pieces
3/4 c sugar
Pulse in food processor until fine chop, not pureed
Chill over night

Red Velvet Cake:

2Cups sugar
1/2 lb butter
2Tablesp cocoa powder
2oz red food vegetable coloring
1tsp salt
1Cup buttermilk
1tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1Tablesp vinegar

1 8oz cream cheese brick
1 stick butter
1 pound box confectioners sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Cream sugar and butter, beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix cocoa and food coloring together, add to sugar, mix well. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternate with buttermilk. |Blend in vanilla.In a small bowl combine the baking soda and vinegar, then add to mix. Pour batter into three (8inch) round greased and floured pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Blend cream cheese and butter. Add sugar and blend. Add nuts(optional). spread between layers , top, and sides.

 Field Greens and Raspberry Vinaigrette:

Whatever is in season or available, just make it colorful

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