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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Setting Up A Buffet Table

Wedding Reception Table

No matter what the event is that I’m doing.  I like to make sure that the food table can be seen by all, from their seats.  I like to use different elevation points on any buffet table.

Unlike when your eating at your own table you wouldn’t want the centerpiece or pieces to block your view of the guests seated across from you. Doing a wedding reception, I prefer to set the table off to one side, making sure nothing takes the attention away from the bride and groom.

At the request of the bride and groom, I had a set budget but they allowed me to do whatever I wanted. The church had plenty of buffet tables. I believe I pulled off a spectacular table. I always incorporate food as the centerpiece of any table and for a soft light, votive candles hid throughout.

The only disappointment was the lighting in the church. The photographer the bride and groom hired to take all pictures, including this one of my table, was sent to me after the event.

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My Daughter, Melissa Is Coming!

 

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I’m really looking forward to my daughter coming this year. She’s going to be visiting her friends and extended family while she’s here. A trip to Tennessee and then the EPCOT Food And Wine Festival 2014. Vacations are for relaxing but I’m thinking there’s going to be no time for that.

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Classy Sugar Cookies

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My Classy Sugar Cookies starts with a tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough. The original recipe was done with ice cream. I thought I’d do mine using Mascarpone cheese.

I love when I can take a recipe and put my own spin on the original.

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Classy Sugar Cookies

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 to 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Yields: 24 classy sugar cookies
Equipment: 2 mini muffin tin pans, wooden spoon, 1-quart saucepot, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans with racks, 2 glass mixing bowls, cookie/ice cream scoops,

Ingredients:
1 tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
1 10-ounce package of Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 8-ounce containers of mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 pints of blackberries (or your favorite berry)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. (If using a non-stick mini muffin tin, bake at 325-degrees F.)

Spray both mini muffin tin pan with non-stick cooking spray to ensure cookie cups come out easily. After you take the dough out of the tube, cut each of the disks of dough into quarters. Place each quarter into the muffin tin cup, using a wooden spoon dip the end into a small bowl of granulated sugar. This will help with the forming of the cup and the spoon won’t stick to the dough. Insert the end of the wooden spoon gently into the dough forming a cupped shape inside of the muffin holder. Continuing the process until all the dough is formed into the shape of cups.

Follow baking instructions on the tube. Place into the oven on the center oven rack and bake for 11 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing from the pans.

On top of the stove set up a double boiler up with a small 1-quart saucepot and a glass bowl that fits into the pot. Fill the saucepot about 1/4 full with water. The bottom of the glass bowl should not reach the water (at least 2″ to 3″ of space between the bottom of the bowl and the water). Over medium heat, bring the water to a boil.

Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Using a wooden spoon, stir until chocolate is just melted. Turn the heat off and remove the bowl. Be careful it’s hot!

Remove the cookies from the muffin tin placing them onto a rimmed baking sheet pan lined with a cooling rack. One at a time, start dipping the rims of the sugar cookie cups into the chocolate and placing them back onto the cooling rack, allowing the chocolate to harden.

In a second mixing bowl, add the softened mascarpone cheese and confectioners sugar, stir to combine. Using a small cookie dough scoop or a small spoon fill each of the chocolate rimmed cookie cups with the filling then top each one with a blackberry. Store any remaining cookies in the refrigerator.

These Classy Sugar Cookies are so cute and delicious, they’ll be the first to be eaten no matter what the occasion.

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