My family is excited. My niece and her husband are expecting their first baby, and my parents will become great-grandparents for the first time. Babies bring so much joy, and the events leading up to baby’s arrival are sweet and special to the new parents. My sister-in-law asked me for some recipes for the upcoming baby shower, a brunch event in a casual setting. With a pretty fruit arrangement and gourmet cookies ordered for the food table, the other items will be simple, tasty dishes. These recipes are also perfect for a potluck or any time for that matter.

Banana Pudding Fluff

• 1 (5.1 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding mix

• 1 ½ cups whole milk

• 4 large bananas

• 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

• 1 16 oz. container Cool Whip, thawed

• 3 cups miniature marshmallows

• I box vanilla wafers

In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until combined. Allow to thicken.

In a bowl, slice the bananas and toss with the lemon juice to prevent browning. Fold the whipped topping into the pudding. Add the bananas and marshmallows. Crush the vanilla wafers a little, into smaller bite-sized pieces. Fold together. Serve immediately or refrigerate for a few hours.

Savory Bacon Swirls

• 1 (8 oz.) can crescent rolls

• 3 oz. softened cream cheese

• 5 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

• 2 Tbsp. onion, finely minced

• 1 tsp. milk

• Grated Parmesan cheese

Unroll crescent roll dough, and separate into 4 rectangles; press perforations to seal.

Stir together cream cheese, bacon, onion, and milk until blended. Spread mixture evenly on rectangles.

Roll up, starting at long side, into 4 logs and press edges to seal. Cut each roll into 8 slices. Place on baking sheet (optional, lined with parchment). Sprinkle swirls with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Pimiento Cheese Quiche

• 1 refrigerated pie crust

Unroll the room temperature pie crust and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Press crust firmly against sides and bottom.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool slightly.

• 4 large eggs

• 1 ¼ cups whole milk

• ½ tsp. salt

• 2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese

• 1 (4 oz.) jar chopped pimientos, drained

• 2 tsp. hot pepper sauce

• 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Whisk together eggs, milk, and salt. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into cooled quiche shell.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until center is just set. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Amy Fischer has worked as an educator and librarian in the Fort Payne City School system the last 27 years. She loves to cook, plan menus and host large family dinners or small luncheons for friends. Her column, Set the Table, appears in the Times-Journal Wednesday editions.

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