Thursday, March 31, 2011

A spring dinner party

{Photo credits: Martha Stewart, Pottery Barn, The Kitchn}

Technically it's spring but in MN is still very much feels like winter. The temps are slowly creeping up, but we still have plenty of snow on the ground.  This winter has been long as hell and I am over it.

I am hosting a dinner party on Friday evening and I'm calling it a spring dinner party.  Because it is basically still winter, it's not really a spring dinner party but I suppose it was inspired by the longing for spring.  When I think of spring, I picture myself strolling through the farmer's market.  I can't wait to begin cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Until then, it's to the grocery store I go.

Here is the menu I have planned:

Caprese skewers (cherry tomato, mozzarella and basil on a toothpick with olive oil and balsamic vinegar)
Chive and goat cheese puff pastry wafers
Blue cheese/crackers/pears

Spring salad with tangy vinaigrette
Fettucini with peas, asparagus and pancetta

Dessert (TBD)
Strawberry shortcake (store-bought)
Buttermilk pudding cakes
Strawberry shortcake cookies

What are your favorite spring-inspired recipes?  Please comment and share!


  1. Those pictures are all so pretty...I want to throw a dinner party now!

  2. Everything looks delicious! I can't wait for the farmer's market!


  3. Oh yum! Can I come to your dinner party LOL That menu looks like it will be UHmazing : )


  4. I am so excited to eat everything at your dinner sounds like you're making more than you said, but that's us, huh? Always making more food b/c we don't want anyone to go hungry!! :) Can't wait for tomorrow!

    I love making pastas and salads with the fresh produce from the farmers market!! I also LOVE their fresh beautiful flowers!!


  5. Everything sounds yummy, especially those buttermilk pudding cakes. :) Have a wonderful time!!

  6. Nothing says spring like roasted asparagus with lemon zest. Yum!

  7. Jenna your menu sounds delicious good luck xo

  8. Wonderful menu, I thinking it would be a hit. Love the spring salad that would be refreshing, I hope there could be some meat. Have fun.

  9. Caprese skewers are awesome! I've found that instead of threading basil on the skewers, I just brush a good quality pesto over. Then you can boil down some balsamic until it forms a syrup, put in a squeeze bottle and make artsy balsamic squiggles over the skewers.

  10. This menu makes me want to throw an impromptu dinner party!! If it only spring would hurry up and get here!

  11. Amazing, so many wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing