Chilled Peach Mango Soup with Brie and Rosemary Crackers


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I love peaches! This super easy soup is a great light patio lunch, or a refreshing first course for dinner.~Amy

Chilled Peach Mango Soup with Brie and Rosemary Crackers

4-5 medium peaches, peeled and cut into pieces
2 ripe mangos, peeled and pits removed
3- 4 cups orange mango juice
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

Brie wedges, at room temperature
Rosemary Crostini Crackers

Place peaches, mangos, yogurt and about 1 cup of the juice into blender. Blend until completely smooth. Pour into large bowl and whisk in renaming juice. Chill until ready to serve.

Serve in individual bowls with cheese and crackers.

Makes 4-6 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Pink French Macaron Cookies and Cream Ice Cream


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Creamy vanilla ice cream swirled with delicious pink French macarons, this could possibly be my new favorite ice cream. You’ve got to give this fancy feminine version of cookies and cream a try! ~Amy

Pink French Macaron Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

4 cups half and half
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
3 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt

2 cups broken pink macaron cookie pieces, homemade or purchased

Whisk together half and half, sugar, vanilla, and salt.

Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Stir in cookies, and serve immediately or freeze until ready to use.

Makes 1 to 1 1/2 quarts

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Asian Inspired Groom’s Rehearsal Dinner


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My friend Jeane Robinson and I designed and executed this look for her son’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Annette Clark combined palm fronds, greenery and white orchids to achieve a fresh and beautiful accent to this Asian inspired dinner party. An enchanting evening! ~Amy

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Asian Inspired Groom’s Rehearsal Dinner

Setting:
Dark Wood Cabanas
Bistro Lights
Sheer Drapery
Long Dark Wood Farm Tables
Dark Wood Benches and Party Chairs

Table Decorations:
Palm Garlands
White Orchids
Clementines
Baby Pineapples
Clear Votives with Tea Light Candles

Dining:
Clear Glass Dinner Plates
Ribbon Tied Ivory Chopsticks
White Linen Napkins
Stemmed Glass Goblets

Party Favors:
Boxed Macarons with Ivory Ribbon
Tangerine White Chocolate and White Chocolate Coconut Macarons

Fresh Strawberry Frosted Sugar Cookies


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This is supposedly a Swig sugar cookie rip off recipe, but being an expert on eating them, they are not quite true. But when frosted with fresh strawberry frosting, they make a truly yummy treat! ~Amy

Fresh Strawberry Frosted Sugar Cookies

Dough:

5½ cup + 2 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon cream of tarter

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

¾ cup canola or vegetable oil

1¼ cup sugar

¾ cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together for 2 minutes. Slowly stream in the oil while beating. Add the water and vanilla and then beat in the eggs, and beat on high for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add the salt, baking soda, cream of tarter and flour to butter mixture. Mix until just combined

In a small dish, mix together 1/4 cup sugar and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 3 inches apart to allow for spreading

With a small drinking glass, dip the bottom into sugar and press down, until dough is about a 1/2 inch thick

Bake for 8 minutes, be careful not to over bake. Place hot cookies onto a cooling rack and let them cool completely. Frost with Fresh Strawberry Frosting.

Makes tons

*Swig copycat recipe

Fresh Strawberry Frosting

4 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup chopped, fresh strawberries

With an electric mixer, beat butter and 2 cups of the sugar, and milk until smooth. Add vanilla, beat again. Add remains sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in fresh strawberries, adding additional sugar if necessary.

Makes about 2 1/2-3 cups

Recipe by Amy and Madeline Richardson

Strawberry Key Lime Eton Mess


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The Eton Mess is a classic Strawberries and Cream British dessert eaten while watching a game of cricket. My summer key lime twist makes it so good, it could be eaten anytime, anywhere! ~Amy

Strawberry Key Lime Eton Mess

Meringues:
Purchased or homemade meringues, broken into pieces.

4 cups strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Sprinkle sugar over strawberries, toss to coat. Set aside.

Key lime Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp key lime or lemon curd, purchased

In a medium sized bowl, whip together cream, sugar and vanilla to soft peaks. Take out a small amount and gently stir in curd. Fold into remaining cream with about half of the prepared strawberries.

To assemble:
Layer fruit, meringues and cream alternately, finishing with cream. Garnish with fresh strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 6-8 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson