Celebrate Good Times-C’mon

May31

My lovely daughter-in-law missed out on the celebration of her birth on her birthday weekend as we were all away in Minneapolis and she was not feeling well.  My son and husband thought that it might be nice to combine events and recognize both birthdays with a special lunch.

So what was on the menu?  We had a stash of beautiful strip loins in the freezer and while at The Keg Friday night for after work beverages-was inspired to do steak toppers.  D concocted three luscious choices:

mushrooms and onions sauteed in butter and garlic

roasted pecans, chevre and a basil & balsamic salsa

pan fried shrimp and bernaise sauce

Over mojitoes, made the authentic way by mashing the mint and sugar, we amused our mouths (amuse bouche) with a baked brie smothered in bubbling blueberries.

Mounds of roasted sweet potatoes and spring asparagus accompanied the topped steaks along with a family tradition: herb pull-apart loaf just out of the oven.

D wanted to honour two favourites by purchasing me a Jeanne’s cake and making hot fudge sundaes for Daughter #3. The recipe for D’s family recipe is included in the recipe archives.  Years ago we knew that Daughter #3 would fit into our family perfectly when D made hot fudge at the cottage and #3 asked for a spoon to clean out the sauce pan.

Red wine was poured all around and I savoured mine in my new ceramic wine goblet made by my favourite potter Kathryne Koop, with whom I share an unusual name spelling.  D remarked with dismay that now he won’t be able to keep track of how much is in my glass (to refill it of course).

The number of birthdays that we celebrate is not infinite, so make each one special and use the day to celebrate family and its unique bonds.

Kath’s quote:  “The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.”-Judith Martin

Thank you my sweet babe.


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