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Pretty much the best birthday ever 
May 3, 2014 6:59 pm 
Updated: May 19, 2014 12:15 pm

The pictures here are over-sized.   Click on them for the whole picture.

What a day!   I turned 47 today and for my birthday I wanted to have my family here so I could cook for them.   I got my wish!

The plan was to do appetizers early in the afternoon and a big meal for supper,  so first I rolled up some asparagus in bacon.

I made some with Cajun seasoning and some with Sriracha sauce.   In both cases, I applied the seasoning to the bacon and then rolled it around the asparagus.   Both were good, but the Sriracha was amazing and not that spicy.   I will definitely do that again.

I also marinated some shrimp in a tequila/lime/cajun seasoning/tomato sauce.   That turned out excellent as well.

I did some jalepenos and sweet green peppers with a ricotta/egg/onion/garlic/pepper filling and wrapped in bacon.   The jalepenos were awesome and the green were pretty good.   I was short on jalepenos so I said why not and went for the green.   I gave the last cream cheese to Stacy so she could make a fruit dip to go with the watermelon and apples we also had, so I decided to try ricotta.   Very good, but I prefer the cream cheese.

To top it off,  I also did some wings in a traditional wing sauce.

We take a little break about now and the kids and Stacy gave me their present, a bonsai tree!   I've always wanted one, so that will be perfect for my office.

Back to cooking!   This winter I was lucky enough to win lobster and steak for four from a local pub.   I did have to buy two more so everyone could have some, but it was worth it!

With a lot of help from the kind folk from the AR buzz, I got them prepped.

I had lobsters ranging from 11 ounces up to 19 ounces, so they all needed different cooking times, which was no big deal.   Meanwhile, the steaks are going on, the butter is finishing up and the corn on the cob is getting boiled.   

It came out to perfection and made a big meal.

You can tell by the happy faces that my family is looking forward to digging in!

How lucky can one guy get?    Thank you for all of your birthday wishes.   I've been smiling since the time I got up today, and you are all a big part of it.   Your good wishes and your help in helping me become a not too bad home cook!


May 3, 2014 7:19 pm
That meal was to die for!!! You certainly know how to celebrate! Such an attractive family too! You are one lucky guy! Happy birthday duboo and wishing you many more!
May 3, 2014 7:23 pm
Oh Duboo! What an amazing family you have! Thank you for sharing your "Best" Birthday Ever with us. I don't know how you did it, but the photos are big & so good. And the food looks incredibly delicious. But, the best part.... Is those beautiful smiles on the faces of your kids. BTW, I gotta try the Asparagus Appies you made. YUM!
May 3, 2014 7:25 pm
Happy Birthday, Duboo! Your meal looks fabulous and I dare any 5-star, Michelin rated restaurant to present anything better. Good to know you and your family don't like anything spicy LOL!!
May 3, 2014 7:26 pm
Glad you had a great day! :)
May 3, 2014 7:26 pm
Duboo-it seems like everyone in your family enjoyed your birthday as much as you did. I would say, no one went away hungry! Great Photos!
May 3, 2014 7:33 pm
I hope it just keeps getting better for you, Jay! May your birthday be the beginning of a wonderful year!
May 3, 2014 7:48 pm
duboo: That looks like an amazing birthday feast! You outdid yourself! Looks like your family and guests loved it. Happy Birthday!
May 3, 2014 7:54 pm
Click on duboo's photo's and they will go normal. Now Jay sit down and eat! I can't believe you took the time to share your birthday and family with us today. I did have a cold one in honor of your Bday.
May 3, 2014 8:02 pm
Happy Happy Birthday! you have a beautiful family. Thank you so much for sharing your day with us. Your dinner looks very yummy also.
May 3, 2014 8:04 pm
Thank you all. Brian, I'm so drained that I couldn't do a beer, so I'm happy that you are having one for me :) Besides, we had a fire meeting last night, so I should be good for a day or two ;)
May 3, 2014 8:23 pm
Happy birthday Duboo! Looks like good times and great food.
May 3, 2014 9:47 pm
LOL Your kids are like OMGosh Dad, Stop with the photo! There is steak n Lobster on our plates!
May 3, 2014 9:52 pm
Looks like a good day for the whole gang!! Your B Day and you cooked! LOL It happens that way on My B day too! hahaha
May 4, 2014 12:23 am
Oh, Jay! What a wonderful day, surrounded by those you love, doing what you enjoy! Happy, happy birthday! May this be your best year, yet!
May 4, 2014 3:08 am
Beautiful day with beautiful people. Impressive food. I want to come to your house for my birthday. I recall your recent lobster posts - you sure knocked that out of the ballpark .
May 4, 2014 5:37 am
What a fabulous family dinner! It is only 5:30 AM here and you have me craving lobster! I love your bonsai. Happy Birthday to you, Jay.
May 4, 2014 5:49 am
Happy Birthday Jay!….Great Food and Family…. blessed for sure… Have a terrific year..
May 4, 2014 6:59 am
Awesome meal Jay. Happy Birthday!! Now you have me craving lobster and shrimp.
May 4, 2014 7:34 am
Thank you all :) Patty Cakes, it was my wish to cook for my birthday, so that part was great! I didn't have to clean up so that was even better!
May 4, 2014 7:45 am
SWEET!! How did you teach them THAT trick??? LOL
May 4, 2014 11:18 am
Your beautiful family, amazing looking food, and obvious joy in the day put a huge smile on my face! Thanks for sharing your day with us.
May 4, 2014 12:44 pm
Happy Birthday Duboo! The meal looks like it belongs in a restaurant.Great job!
May 4, 2014 5:35 pm
hi jay! a total awesome meal! you have much to be proud of. family always comes first. I wish you the best my friend, happy birthday! what type of bonsai plant was it? kinda looked like a gardenia.
May 4, 2014 5:48 pm
Gary it is a Sweet plum, so I guess, umm, I don't know??? I just love bonsai trees, lol. It calls for morning full sun and indirect sun in the evening, which is polar opposite of what I can give it if I want to have it where I can enjoy it. What doesn't kill it makes it stronger, right?
May 5, 2014 8:36 am
Fantastic day for you and everyone! You're awesome for being able to pull all that food together on one plate and have it be hot...Serious envy here! On the down side: How can this ever be topped? You've set the bar so high, you'll have to be serving gold-leafed caviar & finch-stuffed woodpeckers next! Or stop having birthdays, like I have...
May 5, 2014 10:04 am
Awesome family! Food to die for what a great Birthday! No doubt it was enjoyed by all.
May 8, 2014 5:13 am
Happy Birthday! What an awesome meal!
May 19, 2014 12:15 pm
We are having a wedding next summer and I believe we will be hosting the grooms supper here, in my back yard. Ribeyes will probably be the meal ;)
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Dad of two great girls and husband to one equally great lady.
My favorite things to cook
I like Italian and Mexican. I enjoy a challenge and tend to move on once I have it mastered.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom taught all of us boys (and girls) to cook. It's always nice when Mom has us over and I get to carve the meat for her.
My cooking triumphs
My favorite triumphs are cooking twice for my daughters and their friends proms. Both years I served about 15 and stuck with my own Italian recipes. The kids all loved the meals. Now the girls (in college) and their friends try to make a point to come out for my cooking, which usually turns out! I love having them here and the cooking helps! Also once a year I have to make pies for a local fundraiser and last year, the old ladies thought I had bought the cheesecake with the pretty swirls and passed it off as my own. Nope. Sorry ladies!
My cooking tragedies
Yep, I've left the giblets in the bird once. I also believed the pop-up thermometer one time when I shouldn't have. Yea, and I did a rotisserie chicken in 7 minutes flat. Forgot to turn the grill down from preheating. That wasn't pretty.
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