Monday, February 21, 2011

Homemade Italian Birthday Dinner

It should come as no surprise that my birthday celebration was centered around food.  The next several posts will document the deliciousness of my birthday weekend.  There are a few other entries from meals past. I promise I’ll post those soon.  So on my birthday, I was thrilled to join Ms. O and Mr. M for dinner.  It was a fantastic spread with lots of my favorite ingredients featured in the meal.  We started out with an appetizer of eggplants, tomatoes and onions.

The eggplant was particularly delicious because it tasted smoky and grilled. Although now that I think about it, maybe it wasn't eggplant?! It was just so frickin good! Props to Ms. O for perfecting the taste.  After sharing stories from the week, we moved to the table for dinner.  We started with a delicious salad.

Beets!! Yes! Also delicious greens, croutons and I can't remember what else was in there. Of course the dressing was amazing.  I loved the salad and could have possibly eating just that for dinner.  Luckily, I didn’t have to.

The pasta was amazing! Cooked al dente and mixed with a whiskey parmesan tomato sauce and it was served with broccoli rabe.  

Another perfect meal. Wow as I write this, I realize how much I really enjoyed that pasta. I could use a little more right now ;-) Although I was stuffed, my stomach miraculously created room once my eyes saw the dessert.

Woohoo! Red velvet cake! Extremely moist and perfectly made despite the egg size situation ;-) Not only did they make sure I ate well on my birthday, Ms. O and Mr. M got me an excellent cookbook Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Breakfast & Brunch which I put to good use later in the weekend.  Stay tuned…

Hungry yet?  

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