She took one tentative bite, looked up at her adoring fans standing around her . . . and smiled. It was my granddaughter's first birthday, and she had just tasted her birthday cupcake, her first taste of real dessert.
The table is sometimes a crowd of people surrounding a high chair.
What is it about this time-honored tradition that is so meaningful? That baby's tastes are now expanded into new territory? Watching the discovery of joy found in a tasty treat, joy smeared all over one's face and in one's hair? Or the simple pleasure in a new experience?
What was baby thinking as she took that first bite, and as she proceeded to devour her cupcake, tiny bite by tiny bite? Was she really thinking that it was delicious? At the very least, she must have been realizing, "I am loved," as this act was indeed, a sharing of love through good food.
Whatever, it was a good thing. As was the scrumptious spread baby's parents placed before their family and friends in celebration of the undeniable blessing that is their precious daughter.
I contributed this easy appetizer to the buffet. It's a family favorite and great for a crowd. Enjoy.
Tortellini with Parmesan Dip
1 pkg. (9 oz.) each refrigerated spinach-cheese and plain cheese tortellini (of course, all plain is fine too)
1 1/2 cups ranch salad dressing
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Drain; cool under cold running water.
Prepare dip: Combine dressing, Parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate until serving.
Assembly: Skewer tortellini on wooden picks. Serve with dip.