Virtual Baby Shower: Rachel Cooks

I was invited to participate in a baby shower for the lovely Rachel over at Rachel Cooks and I could not have agreed faster! We “met” via twitter what feels like forever ago and we became fast friends. When she announced her second pregnancy I was over the moon for her – and I was immediately {and secretly} hoping for a baby boy! She has a sweet little girl – “E” and I was convinced she needed a baby brother. I anxiously awaited the big reveal and sure enough, a BOY it is!

As I started thinking about what to “bring” to the party cucumber sandwiches popped into my head. They are dainty, people make them for tea parties – it just felt right. I put my own twist on them! Now, if only we could figure out how to virtually send all these delicious things to Rachel… someone invent that ability – stat!
Congratulations {again} my dear! We are all anxiously awaiting his arrival!

Check out what everyone else brought:

For The Love of Popcorn 
S’mores Popcorn | Nutmeg Nanny
Bourbon Toffee Popcorn | Bran Appetit
Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn | Bake Your Day
Salted Caramel Popcorn Balls | Bakeaholic Mama

Savory Nibbles
Apple Asiago Prosciutto Bites | Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Baby Blue Cheese Burgers
 | Budget Gourmet Mom
Chicken Salad | Eat2Gather
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Cream | Pass the Sushi
Cucumber Sandwiches | Susie Freaking Homemaker
Cranberry Citrus Meatballs (Slow Cooker) | Diabetic Foodie
Curried Salmon Phyllo Cups | Cooking with Books
Mini Onion and Feta Pizzas | London Bakes
Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pesto Crostini | Thrifty Veggie Mama
Southern Cheese Straws | 30AEATS

A Little Something Sweet
Baby Blueberry Pies | Steph’s Bite by Bite
Blue Layered Jello
 | Taste and Tell Blog
Dark Chocolate Cashew Brittle Cookies | Farmgirl Gourmet
Hermit Bars – Chewy Molasses Cookies | The Lemon Bowl
Itty Bitty Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies | Chip Chip Hooray
Mini Blackberry Pies | Oh Sweet Basil
Primal Pumpkin Whoopie Pies | Bread & Butter
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Mother Thyme
Snickerdoodle Scones | Fake Ginger
Sweet Potato Pie Dip with Pie Crust Dippers | The Spiffy Cookie
Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake | A Spicy Perspective
Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake | Cookistry
White Chocolate Biscoff Muddy Buddies | Miss In The Kitchen
White Chocolate ‘Quilted’ Cupcakes | Creative Culinary

Thanks again to the hosts – Brandy at Nutmeg Nanny and Brandi at BranAppetit 

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Cucumber Sandwiches

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

10 ounces mascarpone cheese
4 slices of toasted bread
1 large cucumber sliced thinly
3 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons of sundried tomatoes, chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:

Let the mascarpone cheese warm up on the counter so it's easier to work with. Toast your bread and set aside. Chop your basil and your sundried tomatoes. Mix together your mascarpone cheese, basil, sun dried tomatoes, salt and pepper until well combine.

Spread over the cooled toast. Cover with cucumber slices, and cut out with a cookie cutter - totally optional you can simply cut these into squares and serve.

      

24 Responses to “Virtual Baby Shower: Rachel Cooks”

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    Carrie Burrill — November 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Funny cucumber sandwiches were a staple when I was pregnant with my youngest. My nausea life saver. These look fantastic.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love sundried tomatoes and love that you used marscarpone cheese!! These look delish.

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    Rachel Cooks — November 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    These look so amazing–love the cookie cutter touch! It’s perfect for the state I live in, too ;)

    Thank you so much for participating in this. I’m so touched by everyone’s kindness and support through this pregnancy and especially today. Love you girl!

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — November 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    What a great idea. I love cucumbers. :)

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    Sarah W. Caron — November 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Mmm. Cucumber sandwiches are a baby shower tradition for my family. Yours look amazing!

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    Carrian Cheney — November 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Cute!! I love that you used the cookie cutter!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    These are the epitome of a classy snack. Love it!

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    Sheila — November 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    OH MY goodness! Love the Mitten! I’m a mitten girl myself, so I am all over that! Your sandwiches look divine ; )

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I love these little sandwiches! Plus, how freaking adorable is that little cookie cutter! Thank you so much for taking part of this little event :)

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    Farmgirl Gourmet — November 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    How adorable. Love this recipe.

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    Jamie@Thrifty Veggie Mama — November 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love cucumber sandwiches.

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    Steph — November 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    These are too precious! And the little mitten shape melts my heart!

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    Jennifer {Mother Thyme} — November 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    These are adorable! Love the combo with the mascarpone cheese!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — November 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    These look divine…after viewing a plethora of sweets, I’m sort of craving them now. Funny how the plain cucumber can take on such new heights when presented so beautifully.

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    diabeticFoodie — November 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I’m drooling. What a great party dish!

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    london bakes — November 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    These are the fanciest cucumber sandwiches I’ve ever seen – what a great party dish!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I’ll just eat that mascarpone with a spoon…no need for bread! These are adorable!!

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    kita — November 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I’m dense tonight and was staring at that cookie cutter in the first pic for a minute wondering why it was there….Finally I looked at all the other tiny sandwiches in the picture. Wow… Really, I earn an award for that one or something. ANYWAY! These look yummy and perfect for a shower or party.

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    Love What You Do — November 13, 2012 at 2:55 am

    What a cute idea to use the cookie cutter. Ill have to remember that one.

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    Deborah — November 13, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I, too, wish you could figure out a way to send these to all of us – they sound amazing!!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 13, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Yum! I sure wish you could send some of these my way.

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    Donna Currie — November 13, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Love cucumber sandwiches! So fresh and light! The sundried tomatoes are a perfect touch, too.

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — November 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Love how delicate and fresh these are!

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    Brandi — November 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    i’m not normally a big fan of cucumber sandwiches, but i think you’ve won me over with the mitten shape AND the fresh basil. yum!

    brandi