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Recipe: Ginger and Lemon Sherbert for a Summer Wedding (Parve/Non-Dairy)

This week, we’re sharing recipes for dessert foods to accompany the wedding cake. Intimate weddings don’t need elaborate dessert buffets, but serving something alongside the cake helps end the meal on a celebratory note. Look for an accompaniment that will complement the cake’s flavor, add color, or provide a contrasting texture.

lemonsOn a summer day, ginger and lemon sherbert makes a sophisticated and refreshing accompaniment to a slice of wedding cake. It would be especially great with a fruit-flavored cake, such as lemon, strawberry, or orange, or a white cake with a raspberry or other berry-based filling. This sherbert is non-dairy and parve, so it can be served after meat in a kosher meal.

The recipe, which originally comes from the Ventana Country Inn Resort in Big Sur, California, is out of Dinners for Two: Recipes from Romantic Country Inns. The author is Sharon O’Connor, a cookbook author and cellist who founded the San Francisco String Quartet.

Sharon O'Connor, cellist, author, and President of Menus and Music

Sharon O'Connor, cellist, author, and President of Menus and Music

I was given Dinners for Two about twenty years ago as a hostess gift. It’s one of my favorite gifts ever. The book came with a CD of romantic music by the San Francisco String Quartet. I’ve not only made some wonderfully romantic foods using this cookbook, I’ve spent hours and hours listening to the music.

Yesterday, while checking if the book and CD are still available, I was delighted (!) to find that Sharon O’Connor now has a whole line of cookbooks accompanied by music CDs, available through her company website, Menus & Music. I highly recommend her books, both as someone who enjoys cooking and and someone who enjoys gifts.

The original sherbert recipe served two people (very romantic). I’ve increased the quantities to make enough for twelve. For a 40-guest wedding (also very romantic), you’ll need to make several batches.

Ingredients for Ginger and Lemon Sherbert (Non-Dairy, Pareve)

Serves 12

  • 3½ cups sugar
  • 2½ cups water
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 2/3 cup sparkling mineral water
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons minced candied ginger

Instructions for Ginger and Lemon Sherbert

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and lemon zest and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. When the mixture has cooled, stir in the mineral water and lemon juice.
  3. Freeze in an ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions. When almost set, add the ginger and continue freezing until set.

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Tips for Designing Long Wedding Tablescapes


Long tables are very popular for wedding receptions at the moment, and they’re especially appropriate for small weddings. They engender an intimate atmosphere and promote conversation. Premiere Los Angeles florist Amy Child Marella, owner of The Hidden Garden Floral Studio, calls them “Feasting Tables”, and she offers some questions to think about when designing tablescapes for long tables (you might also want to take a look at our 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget):

1. What is the width of the table?
You want to make sure the table is wide enough to incorporate the dinner ware, glassware AND the flowers (or whatever your table centerpiece is) Most long tables come in 32 in widths, 40 inch widths or 48 inch widths. My personal preference is 40 inch wide. This gives the guests ample room for their service ware and the florist ample room for the arrangements without making the table seem too large. Keep it intimate…

2. How full do you want the table scape to be in the center?
This can come down to how many flowers/candles you would like in the center of the table. Should it be a consistent arrangement (as seen in photos below) or do you want a little more “space” between the designs? Are you serving family style so arrangements & food will be incorporated into the center – then your table scape needs to be a little less dense.

3. What is your budget?
Long table scapes can be much more costly than a traditional single piece for a round table. So be aware that there is more product put into filling the center of your 6 foot or 8 foot table. As you can see in our photos below this is a “lush” design of florals, candles and natural elements so our budget per table is rather high.

Take a look at our 7 Tips for Designing Stylish Long Tablescapes on a Budget

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Outdoor Huppah Inspiration: With a Love Like That, You Know You Should Be Glad

San Francisco huppah

"...We circled each other. We did, in fact, feel our lives intertwining..."


With friends taking part in the Jewish wedding traditions, Meg found true bliss in the loving atmosphere of her intimate wedding. Their huppah is a tallit suspended by hand-held poles. Thank you for sharing, Meg. Read more…

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