Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pretty Napkins

If you're throwing a dinner party in the near future, you can add a great decorating piece with a few napkin-folding ideas. If you fold your napkins in a fancy or creative way, you can add another level to your place settings and the appearance of your table. Proper napkin folding, involves more than just a creative flair. So many designs, precise measurements and materials are needed for the best results. With a few creative napkin ideas, your next dinner party can be the talk of the town.

Here is one from the back of the Cookies For A Cause, Divas In The Kitchen First Annual Cookie Book.

The Fan, pretty on a plate.

1. Fold top and bottom edges to center

2. Fold top and bottom edges to center a second time.

3. Pleat firmly from the left edge. Sharpen edges with hot iron

4. Spread out fan. Balance folds of each side on table.

Well-starched napkins will hold shape.

There are so many more designs to pick from. Here's a great website http://www.napkinfoldingguide.com/

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

so pretty...will have to try that this thanksgiving!

Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner Recipes.blogspot.com

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