Your Spring Table #togetherapart

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This year your Spring table is no doubt going to be different than years past as we cannot host gatherings of friends and family at our tables.   We also are seeing a limited supply of certain items in the grocery store, so planning more extensive menus can be tricky.

I would suggest simplifying this year.  Make it easy on yourself, and those at home with you, by pulling together a simple menu, while still making the occasion feel extra special.  Pull out those linen napkins and a tablecloth if you have them.

If not, check out our offerings at August Table, we can get them to you!  Put flowers on the table.  If you have a yard, cut flowers or branches and put them in a vase, jar or anything fun.  Mix up your prints, plates and cutlery for a fun boho look.

Now what to serve?

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Caramelized Shallot and Gruyere Quiche with Rosemary Crust

 

You can dress a quiche up and make it very elegant with simple ingredients on hand and add a green salad and fruit salad and you’re good to go.

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Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

 

As with any of these recipes and ideas you can substitute ingredients for what you have on hand.  No eggs?  Buy a carton of egg beaters and use those.  No fresh veggies?  A bag of frozen broccoli or spinach makes a delicious quiche!  I’ve noticed that if the milk is not in stock at the store they likely have oat milk or almond milk.  You can use any milk substitute – just make sure you get the plain flavor.  You get the idea.  Be creative.

In addition to quiche you can throw together a board and have fun with it.

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Ultimate Spring Brunch Board by Half Baked Harvest

 

I also love the idea and look of a bagel board.  Make your Easter brunch easy.

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Bagel and Smoked Salmon Board by Half Baked Harvest

 

Another idea – create a yogurt parfait station with yogurt, fruit and granola.  Other fun items to consider: muffins of various flavors, hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs.  Delicious and fun to assemble.

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Yogurt Bowls by Sugar and Charm

 

You can add different cereals too…

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Breakfast Parfait Board by Barefeet in the Kitchen 

 

Have a good week.

Stay safe and be well.

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Carrie Allen created this site as a way for people to share stories about things they love.  She loves chasing quiet, authentic moments and sharing them with her family and friends.  Read more about her inspiration here. 

 

Going Bananas?

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Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding by The Recipe Critic

The days are starting to blend together as we seem to be hunkering down for a long stretch of quarantine.  Like most people, I am trying to make do and be creative in the kitchen while using readily available ingredients that we have on hand.

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Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread by Half Baked Harvest

Bananas, one such ingredient, seem to still be easily found at the supermarket; yet, I’ve noticed that they, for the most part, come nearly banana bread ready, peppered with brown spots.  This is the perfect time to grab as many bunches as you can.  You can peel a bunch and freeze the bananas for smoothies, banana ice cream and other recipes for later, and whip up a  batch  of banana pancakes or banana bread today.

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Banana Smoothie by Kristine's Kitchen

I have included a variety of recipes that use bananas for you here.  Also, some ingredients are hard to come by these days… like eggs!  You can buy a carton of egg beaters or the like to keep on hand for everything from banana bread, quiche to whipping up scrambled eggs.

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Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes by Half Baked Harvest

Bananas in pancakes are a natural pairing that give you extra nutrients and flavor.

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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes by Taste of Home

Did you know that you can blend frozen bananas and make the most delicious creamy ice cream without any other ingredients?  Or just add in whatever additional flavors you like: peanut butter and chocolate, yes please!; strawberries blended in and sliced on top with banana; coffee… oh yes!; vanilla, definitely… the possibilities are endless.

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One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream  by the NY Times

Banana ice cream paired with chia pudding?  Check it out…

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Peanut & Maca Banana Ice Cream by Nadia Damaso 

Have you ever had that moment when you bite into a warm, freshly baked piece of banana bread and the flavors explode in your mouth and you think you’ve hit nirvana?  The recipes following can have that effect, just a warning.

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Chocolate Chip and Almond Butter Banana Bread by Half Baked Harvest

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Banana Buttermilk Bread by Local Milk 

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Banana Bread Pudding by Tornadough Alli

Enjoy and stay safe my friends!

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Carrie Allen created this site as a way for people to share stories about things they love.  She loves chasing quiet, authentic moments and sharing them with her family and friends.  Read more about her inspiration here.