Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

bacon wrapped asparagus

 

  1. Place asparagus on a sheet of waxed paper; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pepper; turn to coat. Wrap a bacon piece around each spear; secure ends with toothpicks.
  2. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 2-3 servings.

reposted from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bacon-wrapped-asparagus

Buffet or Sit Down for your Bay Area Wedding Reception

Here are some important points to consider when deciding on whether to have a buffet or sit down dinner for your wedding reception:

 

Buffet-style is a more casual way to serve a large group of guests. A sit-down meal is considered more elegant and may be more expensive.

The first decision with a reception meal is whether it will be buffet-style, sit-down or a combination of the two. However, nothing says you can’t mix and match your service styles. For example, feel free to have waiters plate your first course in the kitchen and then serve your second course family-style at the table followed by a dessert buffet.

How about setting a beautiful buffet with guests casually seated at smaller tables or even on lounge-style furniture instead of the more typical round tables? Your reception should reflect who you are and how you live. After all, your guests are there to celebrate you.

If you decide to serve a buffet, serving the first course at the table can help minimize lines for the main course at the buffet.  As plates for the first course are cleared table by table, it creates a natural staggering of times for guests to visit the buffet.

Try to avoid the look of a hotel Sunday brunch. Those “groaning board” buffets with dozens of dishes may look lavish, but you’re not doing your guests any favors. It’s better to select one main course and just a few side dishes to make a delicious meal.

If you do want to serve several entrée choices, such as chicken, beef and fish, be sure to place them at different buffet tables with the appropriate accompaniments. This will ensure guests dine on a well-thought-out menu.

Using smaller plates encourages guests to visit each station individually and means they will enjoy the dishes in appropriate combinations, as they were planned. Smaller buffets also allow guests to pass more quickly through the buffet line.

While buffets should not feature dozens of dishes, they should be filled with plenty of food. There’s nothing more forlorn than a long buffet with three dishes on it. Keep your buffets smaller and be sure the food is arranged and presented abundantly (a feast for your eyes and belly!).

Reposted from: http://www.colincowieweddings.com/articles/ceremony-reception/buffet-or-sit-down-how-to-choose

Creamy Pesto Caprese Pasta Casserole

Creamy Pesto Caprese Pasta Casserole

 

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 2 cups marinara sauce or your favourite tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano (parmesan) grated
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, diced
  • basil leaves to taste
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta as directed and when it is done mix in the marinara sauce, cream, parmesan, balsamic vinegar, pesto, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella.
  2. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake in a preheated 350F oven until bubbling on the sides and golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with julienned basil.
Option: Add sliced grilled chicken.
Option: Omit the heavy cream or replace it with Greek yogurt or sour cream.
Reposted from: http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/09/creamy-pesto-caprese-pasta-casserole.html