By Lori Powell
There's a special sweetness to baby showers, occasions when friends and family can share in the dreamy excitement of expectant mothers. Tender laughter peals around the table, along with the enjoyment of an easy yet delectable meal. Since it's a time to celebrate new beginnings, the recipes feature spring vegetables such as shiitake mushrooms, sugar snap peas, scallions, new potatoes, and zucchini. Moreover, the jam-filled cakes that end the meal and the party decor revolve around fresh colorful flowers -- another way to cherish a life unfolding.
These delicate crudites have a fresh crunch from the seasonal vegetables, and herbed cream cheese adds a mellow, smooth after-note.