April 16, 2011

fathers birthday recipes

family of 5 around the dinner table.  
this only happens around 10 times a year: holidays plus our birthdays. 
we've developed a tradition of eating in.  i cook dinner and we eat until our button pops.

i can honestly say that i'm very thankful for this family of mine and i cant wait to see what the future holds for us.

now, when it comes to these 10 or so dinners, i try to go over the top.  the whole 5 course meal or what not.  but this time, i decided to keep it short and simple...well somewhat.  i wanted to try something new and go a little outside the box.

so heres what we had:

- asparagus salad - shave a bundle of asparagus (~12), toss with a vinaigrette (juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, salt, pepper), shave extra parmesan cheese on top.

- spinach salad with a red wine vinaigrette (equal parts red wine vinegar and olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar to taste) - tossed with cherry tomatoes, red onion with shaved parmesan cheese.

- beef wellington
-shrimp skewers
-roasted potatoes

dessert - fruity cups
ingredients:-phyllo dough, butter, sugar, vanilla pudding powder, heavy cream, fruits.

-mix vanilla pudding powder with 1 1/2 cups cream. place in fridge.
-make phyllo cups as instructed on box. bake for 9-10 mins.
-fill cups with pudding and seasonal fruits.

happy birthday to my father!!

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