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Centerpiece Wednesday A birthday Celebration

The centerpiece of my week was not only my birthday but also my oldest daughters birthday..Our birthdays are only two days apart! Madeline is such an amazing woman...I could not be more proud of all that she has become. Madeline is the mom of two precious children..my grandchildren...Ella and Calvin...they just bring sunshine into our family :) Because Madeline has always had a passion for All things French I decided to make her...at her request ...a yummy French dinner. We started with a yummy bruchetta....(yeah I know that is Italian but I used French bread and the French cheese ....gruyere ....to make it) then we had our family favorite salad that my other daughter, Emily....makes for us all the time...it is a spinach, apple strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing.

Then for a special treat.... I made a cleansing sorbet....I made it using fresh and frozen berries..blackberries, blueberries but mostly raspberries, sugar and a smidgen of orange juice....oooooh it was amazing!!

Next came the main course...I made herbed chicken asparagus crepes with a creamy herb sauce!

I think we all drank the sauce it was so good!.

For the finale...Madeline's cute hubby....Peter....made her her favorite brownie...it is called Katherine Hepburn's brownies and they are amazing topped with vanilla ice cream, toasted coconut, toasted almond cereal and a strawberry. It was scrumptulumptious

Chicken asparagus crepe recipe original recipe from poor girl eats well

For the filling… (crepe recipe below)

4 chicken thighs, cubed (I used 4 chick breast)

1 clove of garlic, minced

1/2 t sea salt

1t fresh rosemary.... I also added in fresh basil

1t fresh thyme

1/8 t freshly ground black pepper

2 T olive oil

For the Rosemary Cream Sauce…

1/2 c half & half I used cream and milk

Then I added these cheeses

1/4 c shredded gruyere Cheese

1/4 c shredded Romano cheese

1/4 c parmesean cheese

1 T butter

1/2 T fresh rosemary

1/2 T corn starch or flour, mixed in with a bit of water

Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

1. Season the cubed chicken thighs and heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and heat until just lightly golden brown. Add the chicken, cover, and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until thickest part of the cube is no longer pink on the inside. Remove from heat, keep covered, and set aside.

2. While chicken is cooking, combine the crepe ingredients (see below) into a bowl and mix together well with a wire whisk. The consistency of the batter will be runny at first and it should be – we are making crepes, not pancakes! However, it will thicken slowly (if it becomes too thick while you are cooking the crepes, add a splash or two of extra milk to thin it out). In a medium skillet, heat the 1/2 T butter and coat the entire pan with it. Using either a measuring cup or ladle with a spout, slowly pour some of the batter into the skillet until it covers the entire bottom. If you pour too fast, you’ll end up with a ton of splattered batter (hey, that rhymed) and very uneven-looking crepes. Cook over medium low heat until the edges become slightly dry, about 45 seconds. With a spatula, check to make sure the crepe is starting to turn a golden brown on the bottom. If so, it’s ready to flip onto the other side. Cook for about another 30 seconds or until the bottom side is golden brown. Transfer onto a plate and cover, so that the crepes stay moist and warm. Repeat the process until all the batter has been used.

3. Prepare the fresh rosemary cream after the crepes and chicken are completely cooked. In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium low heat until melted and add the half & half, whisking to make sure the cream doesn’t burn. Next, add the fresh chopped rosemary and salt & pepper and whisk to mix. When the cream barely starts to boil around the edges, stir in the cornstarch (or flour) and water mixture and whisk briskly so that the sauce begins thicken. Add the shredded cheeses.... Cook for another minute or so, or until your sauce thickens well. Don’t worry if it’s a little runny at first; it will thicken after removing it from the heat.

4. Assemble your crepes by placing a spoonful or two or chicken (depending on how full you want your crepes) in the center of each crepe, drizzle a little bit of rosemary cream on the inside if you like, roll together, and place on a plate. Continue until all crepes have been assembled. Ladle a generous amount of the rosemary cream sauce on top of each serving, garnish with extra fresh rosemary sprigs, and enjoy!

Crepe recipe

1/2 c all purpose flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 c nonfat milk

1 T butter, melted

1 T sugar

1/2 T butter for cooking

Can't wait to see what has been the centerpiece of your week! Please link up and link back and hop around to visit others.

Karin

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14 comments:

  1. Oh how fun, your daughter is stunning. Such a lovely young woman. Your menu sounds fabulous, I am starving now. Hugs, Marty P.S. Happy Birthday to both of you.

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  2. Sounds like so much fun and the food looks amazing! Thanks for hosting :)

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  3. Hi Karin,
    Happy Birthday to you and your beautiful daughter. She is a cutie, and looks like she got the royal treatment from her Mom and hubby. I think birthdays should be a very special day, so yall look like you did a good job.
    The table looks lovely, she looks lovely and the food looks sooooooo good.

    Thanks for hosting centerpiece Wednesday, and hope they spoiled you too!
    blessings, Nellie

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  4. Happy birthday to both of you. Your daughter is beautiful. That chicken-asparagus crepe sounds delicious.

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  5. Happy Birthday to you both! I agree --- your daughter is beautiful :~) I also love the flower arrangement - gorgeous!

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  6. Happy birthday to you both! What a delicious French dinner and that dessert....YUMMY!...Christine

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  7. Happy Birthday to you both! Your daughter is beautiful, and I can tell this was a special dinner :~) Visiting you from Let's Dish.

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  8. I love your centerpiece, and the food looks delicious!! Visiting from BNPO! :)

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  9. Thanks for taking us to France for the Destination tablescape challenge on Let's Dish!

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  10. Happy Birthday to both you and your beautiful daughter. The French meal looks delicious!

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  11. You have a beautiful daughter, as you both are, lovely birthday girls! Wishing you and DD many blessings in your new year of life. The French dinner looks yummy, I think I'll make this weekend for hubby for a change. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.
    FABBY

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  12. Oh and thank you for hosting, I just joined in the fun too!! Happy weekend!
    FABBY

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  13. Happy Belated Birthday. I know you made her feel very speical on her Special day.

    Cathy <;)

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  14. Happy belated birthday! The birthday meal looked beautiful and sounded scrumptious -- especially that dessert! Thank you for your comments on my table. I will try to link up a centerpiece the next time I have something to show!

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