You’re Invited To My Virtual Dinner Party!

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  1. I don’t have a blog, but I wanted to share one of my favorite spring-time desserts: Lemonade Cake. I got the recipe from a friend many years ago. I have tweaked it a little, to make it healthier, substituting applesauce for some of the oil. It’s not made from scratch, but it is good–very moist. (And I don’t usually like lemon-flavored desserts.)

    Preheat oven to 350.
    1 yellow cake mix (NO pudding in the mix)
    1 small package (3 oz. lemon jello
    1 1/4 cup water
    1 1/4 cup oil (or, 1/2 cup oil + 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
    4 large eggs, room temperature
    Icing:
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1/4 cup lemon juice

    Mix together and pour into greased and floured 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 x 35-40 min. Immediately after removing, prick cake all over with fork. Pour icing made with 2 cups pwdered sugar and 1/4 cup lemon juice.

    1. Lisa, these are similar to Paula Deen’s Lemon Blossoms. Only thing I see different is she has lemon zest in the icing. She also bakes in mini muffin tins and dips them in the icing. They are addictive!

    1. Thanks, Mandy! So glad you stopped by. I love creme brulee and your recipe sounds delicious. I have one question about it (and I probably should know this) but what is castor sugar?

  2. Ooooh! What a wonderful idea! I love it! I have two ideas – let me know which one you’d prefer and I’ll post it today. My original post today was going to be for a portabello pizzaiola. We use it for a main course, but I think if it was cut down into smaller pieces it could serve as an appetizer too. The other one (which I found on another blog recently and have been eating for lunch since) is for a strawberry/spinach salad with a homemade strawberry champagne dressing. Let me know and I’ll work it up today. How fun!

    1. I love both ideas, but I think my favorite is the pizzaiola. Anything with pizza in the name sounds great to me :) The strawberry salad sounds very springy though – and I’d love to try the champagne dressing!

      1. I’ll post the pizzaiola later today. :) It’s a combination of bell peppers, tomatoes and portabello mushrooms. It’s totally filling, but completely healthy!

        The champagne dressing is from Annie’s Eats (she’s linked on my blogroll). It’s delicious!

  3. This is such a fun idea! I love it. I made a dessert this weekend that would be perfect for this! Strawberry Cheesecake squares.

    http://thesanties.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/1552-strawberry-cheesecake-squares/

    I can’t wait to see which recipes you pick, I’m sure your final menu will be to die for!

    I also have a great idea for a strawberry wine cooler. I posted it on my old blog. {In January I started a new one with a 52 week blogging goal.} It is so refreshing and delicious!

    Stefanie

    1. Thanks for the recipe, Stefanie. Anything strawberry sounds springy to me. I loved your kitchen bucket list – great idea :) Good luck with your weekly blogging goal!

  4. Oh we just had some amazing stuff last night, but it won’t be worked up by the end of today. Here are some options. Roast asparagus: http://rufusguide.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/roast-asparagus/ …. or if you want an Italian dessert we could offer the mixed berry zabaglione http://rufusguide.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/mixed-berry-zabaglione/… other options… We’re planning a post on stuffed artichokes that will be up this weekend if you need it and my wife made an awesome shortcake last night. Let us know.

  5. Looks like you still need an appetizer. I do not have a blog and no time to cook these today and take pics to post. Besides, I do not have the ability to take pics and post. Yes, I am challenged. I would have to enlist the husband. But here is the recipe:

    SPICY SEAFOOD SHELL APPETIZERS

    1 1/2 C mayonnaise
    2/3 C grated parmesean cheese
    2/3 C shredded swiss cheese
    1/3 C chopped onion
    2 t worcestershire sauce
    10 drops hot pepper sauce
    1 (4 oz) can small shrimp, drained
    1 (6 oz) can crabmeant, drained and flaked
    2 (2.1 oz) packages mini phyllo tart shells

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease medium baking sheet.

    In medium bowl, mix together first – six ingredients. Gently stir in shrimp and crabmeat.

    Fill mini phyllo tart shells. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake 7-10 minutes.

    1. Thanks for sharing this, Novell. I think Josue will love this – he like anything that has to do with seafood. I even have some of the phyllo shells in my freezer :)

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