Menu ideas:for infant baptism after party...?!

Question: The only things i have PLANNED are:
meat sauce lasagne
seafood lasagne
fried cauliflower...
what else should I serve? We are going to have like 40 people over...
please help me

Answers: The only things i have PLANNED are:
meat sauce lasagne
seafood lasagne
fried cauliflower...
what else should I serve? We are going to have like 40 people over...
please help me

With all that lasagna (Make sure the seafood lasagna has a white sauce, so you don't overload people with too much red sauce.) you'll need a salad of some sort. A large Caesar salad would be nice or a big bowl of greens would be great too. Even add some other salad items on the side so it's like a mini salad bar. That's always a big hit.

Maybe a fruit salad (Gordon's has big bags of frozen cut up fruit that is wonderful when it thaws.) The fruit is nice for those watching their weight. They can eat that instead of cake.

And don't forget some crispy, cheesy garlic bread... that's a must. (you could go to Olive Garden and pick up their salad and bread sticks to go.... saves you all the trouble and effort. You'll be busy enough with the guests and the baby.

What about a couple of pitchers of Sangria for the celebration... you could do red and white sangria.

Add a wonderfully decorated bakery cake and that should round out the meal

Remember to relax and enjoy yourself.

Some fruit salsas and chips and a cake.


12 roma tomatoes, seeded, diced
1 red onion, diced
5 jalapenos, diced(add 1/4 habenero pepper for extreme heat)
2 mangos, diced
1 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp tobasco or other pepper sauce

MIx all of the ingredients together. Refridgerate for 1 hour and then serve. Keep in mind that the salt will draw out the juices from the ingredients and so the mixture may have to be drained from time to time. Save the juice for Bloody Mary's or Caesar.



4 c. peeled, diced papaya (or mangoes)
1/2 c. finely diced Bermuda onions
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped
1/4 c. coarsely chopped fresh coriander
1 tbsp. Kosher salt
1/4 c. fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in glass bowl. Let sit in refrigerator at least 2 hours.



3 firm peaches (about 1 lb.) - 1 pound of canned peaches can be substituted
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 ripe tomatoes (about 1/2 lb.)
6 large green onions
1 tbsp. canned jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 tbsp. cilantro, coarsely chopped (fresh coriander) - (optional)
12 tbsp. good quality olive oil
6 tbsp. sherry vinegar
2 tbsp. honey

Dip peaches into boiling water and then peel the skins. Cut peaches into thin strips, discarding pits. Toss with lemon juice. Dip tomatoes into boiling water, then peel and seed them. Cut into medium julienne strips. Combine peaches and tomatoes. Add onions, peppers and cilantro, if using. Mix. Whisk together oil, vinegar and honey. Pour over other ingredients. If using within several hours, no need to refrigerate; otherwise cover and refrigerate.



Guests will rave about this combination of fire roasted salsa and guacamole -- you'll make it again and again!


1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen? organic fire roasted or plain diced tomatoes, well drained
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small fresh jalape?o chile, seeded, finely chopped


3 ripe large avocados (about 1 1/2 lb) pitted, peeled
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped

In medium bowl, stir together salsa ingredients.
In another medium bowl, place avocados; coarsely mash. Stir in remaining guacamole ingredients. Spoon guacamole into shallow serving bowl; top with salsa.

Serve with tortilla chips as desired.

Makes 12 servings (1/4 cup each).

Tip: Look for avocados that are firm, but yield to gentle pressure. If they are not quite ripe, place avocados in a paper bag, and let ripen at room temperature.



1 ripe tomato, peeled
2 avocados
1/2 onion, minced
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 chopped green chile, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Mash together the tomato and avocados. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Serve with warm tortillas.

Optional: Mix in pomegranate seeds for added color and a unique but authentic variation.

Deep Chocolate Cake Prep: 40 min.
Bake: 20 min.
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/2 cups milk
12 ounces semisweet chocolate pieces (2 cups)
1/2 cup butter
8 ounces dairy sour cream
4-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (about 1 pound)
Chocolate curls (optional)
Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting *
Fresh raspberries (optional)**
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

1. Grease three 9-inch round baking pans, three 8X8X2-inch square baking pans; lightly dust each pan with 1 teaspoon of the cocoa powder. In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition.

3. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to chocolate mixture, beating on low speed until well mixed. (Batter will be thick.)

4. Divide batter among prepared pans; spread evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.

5. Make chocolate curls, if using. Arrange curls in an even layer on a waxed paper-lined tray and set aside in a cool, dry place. To assemble cake, spread Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting on tops of two of the layers; stack. Add top layer; frost the top and sides of the cake. If desired, while frosting is still moist, use a 4- to 6-inch wooden skewer or tweezers to lightly press chocolate curls into frosting around the bottom two-thirds of the cake. If desired, garnish top with raspberries and mint. Store, covered, in the refrigerator. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

6. *In a large saucepan melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers.

7. **Chocolate-Mint Sour Cream Frosting: Prepare as above except stir in 1/2 teaspoon mint extract with the sour cream. Makes about 4-1/2 cups.

try food!!! people won't be that bothered what it is as long as there is something to eat

I would just go with finger foods and appetizers.

meatballs in sauce
kielbasa in sauce
fresh fruit/veggie trays
devilled eggs
chips and dip
assorted cookies

Sheet cake decorated for baptism-most bakeries have choices of crosses,flowers, other appropriate decorations. Have garlic bread or rolls, big tossed salad dressed with Italian dressing, bowl of fruit salad, and another cooked veggie like green beans to round out the meal. If you have enough time and space a giant antipasto platter would be wonderful addition also-arrange mounds of pepperoni, chunks of salami,chunks of mozzarella, oil cured black olives,pickles,pickled pepperoncini,wedges of sliced tomato sprinkled with salt and pepper-serve with toothpicks.

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