Entries Tagged as 'dessert bar'

A Summer Soiree

Posted on: July 2, 2014

a summer soiree | jessica's dinner party

Another summer season has kicked off with my mom’s annual backyard barbecue.  Every year the guest list seems to get a little bigger and along with that an even better menu.  My mom outdid herself again with plenty of classic as well as inventive appetizers: cocktail shrimp, perilla salad, fried chicken..my only regret is that I didn’t take enough pictures of all her beautiful dishes! Oh, and did I mention that there was 13+ kilos worth of T-bone steaks??!  Amahz!  To end, I put together a little ice cream bar with fruit and a few cakes to match!  It was such a lovely evening and because almost all my desserts could be made in advance I was able to enjoy the night without any fuss! I’ll share a few ice cream recipes in coming weeks, but for now here a few photos from the night!

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How to Make a Dessert Bar: Planning, Storing, and Packing

Posted on: December 14, 2012

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Creating delicious food is important, but the logistics of executing a dessert bar is a big priority as well. Everything needs to be made in advance, so careful thought must go into the timeline of when each dessert is made and how it will be stored.  The key to good organization is to know each dish inside and out. Making each dessert from start to finish in one go is not always the most time efficient, so it helps to look at all the different components as individual parts and plan things this way. Although I’ve had no professional experience in catering, I did take a lot from the different stages I’ve done.  It was all those little tips and tricks I learned along the way that helped keep the edges clean and straight.

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How to Make a Dessert Bar: Two Months Later

Posted on: December 9, 2012

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The wedding feels like it was all just a dream.  Months later, I’m still in disbelief that it actually happened. Everything came together beautifully and although the dessert bar was such a huge part of the wedding for me, I merely remember it as just the cherry finish on top.

There are really no excuses as to why it has taken me so long to continue my posts.  I can only say that despite my efforts to slow down time it continued to tick forward.  Sorry to those (aka grandpa) who have (has) patiently waited for me to update.  Hopefully this is better late than never.

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How to Make a Dessert Bar: The Favor

Posted on: September 28, 2012

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After doing a bunch of test batches I decided to go with the berry-lemon jam with lemongrass!  My sister really loves that flavor to begin with and one of the best dining experience I’ve had with her and her fiance was at Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, a Michelin starred Thai restaurant that uses a lot of lemongrass. The deep red color fits right into the wedding venue (a winery!), the flavor is familiar but with a twist, and it actually required the least about of prep work!

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How to Make a Dessert Bar: Jammin’

Posted on: September 21, 2012

Before I was asked to do the dessert table for my sister’s wedding, her fiance suggested that I make the favors.  Somehow just the favors turned into something even bigger, but I’m happy to do it all! The favors won’t exactly be part of the dessert bar, but I thought it would be nice to include it in this series. We bounced around a couple of thoughts, but once the idea of jam came up the decision was set. Lucky for me, jam can be made well in advance, so right before the wedding all I need to worry about are the desserts.

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