Continued outdoor dining at my daughter's!
Previously, I enjoyed a lovely dinner on her balcony.
If you missed that post, you can check it out HERE
Tonight, dinner was originally for four but dwindled down to two.
That's okay. It happens... and it means more leftovers!
I like to include one or more wow-factors when entertaining
and often a napkin fold does just that. I found this fun napkin
fold in the shape of a bird's nest on You Tube HERE demonstrated
by Denise Vivaldo. She has authored a book named
"Top 100 step-by-step Napkin Folds."
I decided to go with a bird theme and thought it coordinated
well with this Morning Glories tablecloth and matching
cloth napkins from Target.
My dinner for two began with an easy appetizer.
On a skewer, I added a cube of cantaloupe melon, a small fresh mozzarella
ball, and thinly sliced prosciutto. I placed two each in margarita glasses,
drizzled each glass with a balsamic reduction sauce and chopped parsley.
The sweet melon goes beautifully with the Italian dry-cured ham
and the mozzarella ball has great texture and adds to the overall flavor.
They are pretty and were very nice to nosh on with a glass of wine.
For the entree, I made an Artichoke Chicken and Spinach Lasagna and served it
with a Caprese Summer Salad with Cannellini Beans. The salad had a
Basil Pesto Dressing that was really good.
Instead of a garlic bread traditionally served with lasagna,
I tested a bread made with pizza dough stuffed with a soft herb
cheese, sprinkled with parmesan and topped with sliced zucchini
and red onion. You can find that recipe HERE.
Dessert was a wonderfully simple Lemon and Pistachio
one-layer cake. Check back and I'll share the recipe with you.
I will be linking up with these following blog parties:
The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundays
Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursdays
Rattlebridge Farm's Foodie Fridays
As always, thanks for visiting me!