Dill and Paprike Goat Cheese with Crostinis: Yum! But also very tedious. I made the mistake of trying to slice the goat cheese, which makes a better presentation...but also crumbles if not done right. I might suggest leaving it in a log for guests to slice and spread on their own. Slicing it stressed me out, as it was not turning out perfectly as I wanted it.
Onion Tart Pastry with Mixed Greens: I was skeptical of this at first, but it was superb. Mama Food Whore loved it. Such a delicious blend of flavors with the carmelized sweet onions.
Pasta Prima Vera with Salmon: Our family is very big on seafood, so I knew I wanted to add some Salmon to the mix. I was very happy that the Pioneer Woman included brief cook times in her recipe. The veggies were crisp, but cooked...and not soggy as mine sometimes are from over-cooking.
(Note: the original recipe did not include the salmon. I baked some on my Pampered Chef stone and added it in at the last minute for some extra protein...Yum!)
Ice Cream Cake Flower Pots: Dad joined us for dessert. At first the parents were quite confused that I was serving flowers for dessert, but Dad bravely dug in and was quite pleasantly surprised by the cherry and chocolate ice cream layered over pound cake. The pots we used were WAY too big. I got about 3-4 servings out of each. Needless to say, there were leftovers. I would use a much smaller pot next time.
A beautiful picture of the whole spread