Graduation Celebrations

May 11, 2011

High school and college graduations are fast approaching and local restaurants will be swarmed with well-meaning relatives.

Opt for a lovely lunch spread at home instead and everyone -- yourself included -- will be happy you did. Read on for 15 drinks, salads, nibbles -- and cake!

Radish and Pecan Grain Salad by amanda

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Radish and Pecan Grain Salad


Retro Raspberry Lime Rickeys by cheese1227

Retro Raspberry Lime Rickeys


Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich by Waverly

Pan Bagnat


Meg's Marinated Mushrooms by hardlikearmour

Marinated Mushrooms


Rhubarb Curd Shortbread by Rivka

Rhubarb Curd Shortbread


Chevre Devils by gingerroot

Chevre Devils


Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Parmesan by merrill

Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms & Parmesan


Cappuccino Cheesecake by boulangere

Cappuccino Cheesecake


Ginger Sangria by RebeccaP

Ginger Sangria


Smoked Ham with Pomegranate Molasses, Black Pepper and Mustard Glaze by TasteFood

Smoked Ham with Pomegranate Molasses, Black Pepper and Mustard Glaze


Pistachio Meringue Stack with Rose Cream and Strawberries by Heena

Pistachio Meringue Stack


Bruschetta with Ricotta, Honey and Lemon Zest by merrill

Bruschetta with Ricotta, Honey and Lemon Zest


Chicken Salad by amanda

Chicken Salad


Crispy Spice-Brined Pecans by AntoniaJames

Crispy Spice Brined Pecans


Grown-Up Birthday Cake by Midge

Birthday Cake


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Sagegreen May 15, 2011
You have no idea how much I wish we could have any of these wonderful recipes at any of the 8 graduation ceremonies we have had this week...they would have been so much better! We were required to have our dining services provide all the food instead....very plain vanilla spreads.
RickiH May 13, 2011
Some fabulous choices here--who could say no to chocolate cake? The grain salad looks wonderful, too.
Waverly May 12, 2011
Fantastic delighted to see my sandwich included! You all put together the greatest photographic buffets! Kudos to Food 52.
boulangere May 11, 2011
Okay, problem solved. Making, among others, for a graduation catered lunch in a couple of weeks: Waverly's amazing sandwich, Merrill's Farro Salad, Amanda's Chicken Salad, and Cappuccino Cheesecake. About half the menu done. Thank you so much food52.
boulangere May 11, 2011
Love the live and other important places, Kitchen Butterfly
boulangere May 11, 2011
Ay yi yi. To discover myself in this company? Too much!
nonsous May 11, 2011
"Almost!" too much!!
I speak as a Student Meme!!!
Kitchen B. May 11, 2011
A great selection - fine for graduations, from school. Life and other important places.