Pretty much the best birthday ever
May 3, 2014 6:59 pm
Updated: May 19, 2014 12:15 pm
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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.
came out to perfection and made a big meal.
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