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You're invited to my birthday brunch! Come on in!! 
Jul. 31, 2010 2:17 pm 
Updated: Aug. 8, 2010 3:35 pm
First of all, let me welcome you!  Pull up a chair and make yourself at home.  Would you care for a glass of wine or tea?  I have regular or mint ( garden fresh) tea.  Need sugar, it's in the cabinet.  Nope, the Screaming Cat's Wild Cherry beer isn't available.  The wild cherry tree hasn't been doing very well lately.  Wish you could be here like Mauigirl was at WW's bash but maybe for the "big" one next year some of you can come!  What fun that would be!  From East & West, North & South and overseas, I can just hear the different accents now.  Just think of the stories we could swap not to mention recipes!  For today though it will just be two Maine's and the MO twang.  I still think that lady in Minnesosta was wrong.  I don't have an accent!

Didn't have to ask Terrie(she owns the stables where my horses are) twice if she'd like to come and sample some fiddly food.  I love that term, Good EatNZ, so I borrowed it.  Hope you don't mind!  Don't worry, GENZ, it isn't the cheesecake in grape leaves!  LOL  I still get the giggles every time I picture your face when you got that email for the Fusion blog.  "You're doing WHAT?!"  LOL  I've got to find that recipe, someone asked for it.  Tore apart the office looking for my notes-found $23.16, a magazine, a book and a catalog I've been looking for, though.  I think I know where it is so I'll try to get it in my recipe box.  Plus, I'm still planning a Fusion bloopers(on my end for sure) blog so it will get out one way or the other!  There is still so much about AR I have not utilized like the recipe box.  I've come a long way though since I signed up last August to post a ? on RE.

For today's menu I will be serving Fiddly food and BBQ.  I've invited Terrie's brother, too.  Gary said he would eat anything but I'm not going to ask him to try my culinary experiments.  Last year he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.  Doctor said he wouldn't be here with us last Christmas.  Well, it's August.  I'll serve him and my W2's ("Whatever"twins-DH & teen) some smoked brisket, a revised version of Guy Fieri's Mean Green Turkey Machine recipe-subbing chicken and not using so much heat, blue corn chips with grilled corn and tomato salsa, a take on Creole green beans, Guy's Cucumber Dill sauce w his Pita bread recipe(PITR), and cupcakes.  Thank you Betty Crocker for the golden layer cake recipe!!  They may look frightful (I was really tired when I made them last night) but they taste divine!  They are both flavored with fresh mint.  One has a lemon glaze and the other is chocolate with a chocolate glaze.  Those are my candied garden violets on top.  Judging by the empty wrappers I've found, the teen found them to be ok.

Fearlessly, Terrie is going to try my stuff!  Well, all of it is mine but this next menu would send the W2's to Sonic or Pizza Hut.   I say whatever to them.  If there are leftovers I'll send them home in Terrie's clearly marked containers(refer to the "whatever" blog) providing she likes what is served.  WFDM? wish you were here to make bread for her.  She's a bread lover and would love your bread!

On the pink plate-a radicchio leaf filled with sliced cucumber, a Greek olive, Sungold cherry tomato, some fresh basil, fresh ground black pepper and a drizzle of EVOO; sauteed with cornmeal Red Burgundy okra; a quickly blanched Hope Red Dye Amaranth leaf wrapped around a sauteed shrimp, sliced Sungold tomato and a blanched garden fresh green bean.  I've got to say even if you hate okra, that Red Burgundy is a beautiful plant just to grow.  I put a raw one on the plate so you could see the color.  I love that shade of red and the plant stalks are that color too!  The amaranth I have just falllen in love with.  It's gorgeous, hardy and good for you.  What more could you want from a plant?

The blue plate is inspired by GENZ "Wrapper" blog.  I wouldn't have tried spring rolls on my own but I had a great blog to go by. Plus, I have her email address if there are questions! And with me there always are!  LOL!!  Sauce is sesame/soy but I think I will make a sweet sour one for Terrie, too.  I'll also update the blog and let you know how she liked everything.  On the top is a spring roll filled with blanched green bean, cucumber, red and gold cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced sweet red onion, grated carrot, cilantro and rice vermicelli.  Bottom is deep fried same thing but I added cabbage to it.  I used hamburger with garlic, soy sauce and grated carrot for the filling of the deep fried wonton.  The egg roll is the same but I added finely chopped cabbage.

Not pictured are the dolmades.  I'm doing a shrimp/tomato/feta one just like on the Fusion blog.  I'm also going to try a ground lamb/rice/feta one.  FYI-my grape leaves are not at all like the store bought ones.  Mine would be good if you REALLY needed to add fiber to your diet.  I did follow the directions.  So what happened?  I'm so glad I tried them though.  I really like the shrimp/tomato/feta combo.

As always, I'm glad you stopped by to share with me.  Maybe next year you will be here or I will be there!!  I hope you had a good day and I will leave you with this thought.

Life's not always about winning.
It's not about what you did but with by how much grace you achieved it!
It's about the things you learned and the people you met along the way.
Life's about the journey!!!

8/1- Terrie and Gary loved lunch.  She said it was like going to a feast.  Gary even tried the fiddly food.  No one but me like the stuffed grape leaves.  Guy's Cucumber Dill sauce was not a fave either.  It has an off taste, too bad, I have cucumbers and thought that would be good :(   Terrie LOVED the spring rolls and the garden salsa.  She tried everything and really liked it.  Guy's Mean Green Turkey machine altered recipe was a hit too.  Terrie sweetly said I make better BBQ than some of our famous restaurants.  She also brought me a really cool present- stuff for Twister. I share the teen's groom box now so she fixed that.  I don't know when she found the time.  She works 60+ hours a week then works the horses and does chores when she gets home.  No worries today for dinner.  I sent leftovers home of everything she liked in her clearly marked containers.  Al, my other busy friend who has brought his own containers, will get some too!

I swear for those waiting for recipes I will get them figured out!!!!!!!  It only took me 3 months to figure out how to upload pictures so how long can the recipes take?  LOL
3 Amaranth leaves unsprayed hence the holes
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Yes, it is really that red!
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Lunch,ok, an appy but it is good!!
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Fiddly Food, red is the theme!
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GENZ Influenced food
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Lemon, Mint and Chocolate, tender and tasty!
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Garden fresh dip with homemade pitas.
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Jul. 31, 2010 2:27 pm
Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your pretty plates!
Jul. 31, 2010 2:34 pm
Thank you! Glad you stopped by!
Jul. 31, 2010 5:01 pm
Hi Cat: Some wine with all of this would be wonderful to be able to toast the wonderful feast, your grace, your journey, your birthday. Happy Birthday!!!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
Jul. 31, 2010 5:49 pm
Happy Birthday Cat! I'll have the mint tea (no sugar needed, I'm sweet enough). Your fiddly food looks great. Let us know how your "Guy" recipes came out. I love his show and the Mean Green recipe sounds great. BTW, I have a very large cat in the middle of my computer desk, so I am trying to peer over, around and under the darn thing. Hope no typos cause I really can't see what I'm typing. Have a great evening!
Jul. 31, 2010 7:38 pm
Thanks Janet!! It's the cheap stuff cause my sister didn't buy me a bottle of my favorite(Sebeka) this year. She's been a little stressed (Mickey's blog) so maybe next year. LOL.
Jul. 31, 2010 7:42 pm
Magnolia Blossom, I got one of those in my pride too. He's huge-the cowardly lion though. I'll edit my post and let you know about Guy's recipes. I'm not so sure about the cucumber dill sauce already. I'll see what Terrie thinks but it's off. The pita bread-don't bother way too much effort- buy Stacie's Pita chips at Sam's. Thanks for dropping by!!
Jul. 31, 2010 7:59 pm
Happy birthday!
Jul. 31, 2010 8:05 pm
Happy B-Day it's my adopted kids B-day today as well :O)
Jul. 31, 2010 8:06 pm
Great job, Cat! The spriing rolls and wontons look fantastic! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Jul. 31, 2010 8:16 pm
Hey Cat! Happy Birthday (tomorrow!) All the party fiddly food looks great! Look out - CATCH! I just threw you some rolls for Terrie! LOL - Hey , did you ever go to Lambert's The" home of the throwed roll?" in Sikeston? Doubt if they have fine fixins' like you prepared! Your food looks so lovely, wish we could toast in person but I'll raise my glass from here and wish you a very happy birthday! So..." the big one" next year... you're gonna be 30, right????? ;-)
Jul. 31, 2010 11:40 pm
PS: Can I get a lipstick and matching nail polish in Hopi Red Amaranth?
Jul. 31, 2010 11:42 pm
PPS: Everytime I see'GENZ' I 'see' Genetically Engineered New Zealand... LOL!!!!!!
Aug. 1, 2010 6:17 am
Hi Cat - what a super blog. So where do I have to come next year? Or you come on over here!
Aug. 1, 2010 12:40 pm
panini goddess & Jayashiangel, thanks for stopping by. Just got done with lunch!
Aug. 1, 2010 12:45 pm
WFDM? sorry I missed the thread that looked fun! I was cooking!!! Al,Terrie & Gary loved lunch. Parts of it more than others I'll update the blog in a sec. Al's been to Lambert's, I haven't it. It's 4 hours from here. Yep 30?! OMG we have to get together for the BIG one! After I get over the HIGH number LOL!
Aug. 1, 2010 12:47 pm
Thank you Good EatNZ. LOL I'm too lazy to type that out all the time. Sorry! I love both plants because of the color! So pretty in the garden!!!
Aug. 1, 2010 12:53 pm
Swiss Phil, you would be coming to the MIDDLE of the US! Almost smack dab in the middle. We don't have a cool river like in your blog. We have some other stuff like BBQ!! Umm, my DH is dying to go see Good EatNZ. I've never been on a plane and I'm claustrophobic. I may be landlocked forever! Thank goodness WFDM? is only a 2 day drive from here! LOL Loved the recipe name on the thread!
Aug. 1, 2010 1:34 pm
Happy Birthday Cat. It would be nice to all get together for one big party!
Aug. 1, 2010 4:21 pm
Hey Birthday Girl! Sounds like you and your friends had a nice time!!!!!!! CHEERS!
Aug. 1, 2010 4:38 pm
Baking Nana, thanks for stopping by. I saw one of your blogs I wanted to get back to and read this weekend. Been a little busy with the food. It was fun and worth it. It would be fun to have a get together. Can you imagine!!? Some of the AR'ers have and they looked so fun! Tried to convince Shanon to let me crash her wedding in TN. Told her I'd cook even and I can bring my own "house"! LOL
Aug. 1, 2010 4:43 pm
WFDM? Loved the thread so I missed it! We did have a nice time. I still want to cook in the kitchen with you. How fun could that be?!!!! OK so we'd really be in the kitchen gabbing and um margarittas? wine? It'd be fun.
Aug. 2, 2010 2:37 pm
Happy Belated B-Day! I love making fiddly lil appy's. I probably drive everyone insane but that never stops em from chowing down. I think you did an awesome job! :o)
Aug. 2, 2010 3:21 pm
Happy Bday! HOpe it was great, Cat!!! The food looks delicious!!! 1st wedding crasher that COOKS! Ps ~I hate black walunts.... add that to the list of "don't" make!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug. 3, 2010 5:56 am
Hey, Cheepchick, glad to "see" you! Thanks for the compliment! I really don't mind cooking or trying new stuff, it's the feedback the W2's give me that irks me. My favorite thing I made was the shrimp wrapped with amaranth. I've got to find out more about that plant! It's so pretty!!
Aug. 3, 2010 6:10 am
Shanon, if it was your BD and not your wedding I wouldn't hesitate to crash it!!!! I'd love seeing the fall colors and you! The only thing I saw when in TN was Thunder Alley and HWY 421-that's an intense ride on a Harley. You know I've always hated black walnuts too! Until this last year, made a black walnut torte using the nuts from my tree. Came out pretty good! How about a spring roll? Got pretty good at making those :)
Aug. 3, 2010 5:20 pm
Cat Hill, I hate to sound like an idiot (though it is a special talent of mine!), but was your birthday Saturday? If so, we share (= I'll tell how old I now am, if you do =D (Happy Birthday!)
Aug. 3, 2010 8:17 pm
xraybarb-sorry it's the 1, as in, August 1. I'm trying so hard to do cool pics like the others so I did the food I was going to serve and posted then added the reviews for the food on my birthday after they ate. LOL Are you looking at 50 next year? Well, we are both Leo's so how could a day off from having the same day be?
Aug. 3, 2010 8:41 pm
BITE YOUR TONGUE! I am ONLY 47! (FAST approaching 50!) It's just always fun to find someone with the same birthday. My ex-bil and my niece share my bday - and I have a patient who I've x-rayed 3 or 4 times who is exactly two years younger than me . . . This is fun, too. . . I had a horrid week last week and was not looking forward to my bday at all - but we had a nice day, inc lunch and dinner out, a movie with my bff and an Angel's game in the evening. For YOUR birthday, we went to Knott's Berry Farm (=
Aug. 3, 2010 9:15 pm
I can bite the old tongue all I want but the big 50 is 12 months away for me! Yikes!!! When did that happen? OMG! Birthdays can be really fun or really........fill in the blank LOL
Aug. 4, 2010 9:23 am
Hi Cat, Talk about Birthdays. I just turned 64 and hate it.I always wanted to turn 40 andstay that way. Am a cook all my life. But since I have been over 60 I don't care to cook any more. But since I saw your picture of the food that looks wounderful, I might just take a chance to do the same. Good luck you go girl.
Aug. 4, 2010 5:36 pm
Why Grace, thank you so much! You know I don't want to admit how looking down the barrel at the big 5 0 next year is bothering me! I know the alternative and all but dog gone I wish I had enjoyed my 30's more. I do apologize for not having the recipes like some of the other wonderful cooks here do but usually I wing it! LOL Good EatNZ who did the wrappers blog told me this morning I might not like the spring rolls cause the insides were unbalanced. I know what she means and she is right but I'm pretty sure it's the texture of the wrapper itself I don't like. The favorite thing of the day- the company! And that people like you have enjoyed the blog!
Aug. 4, 2010 7:33 pm
Cat, I just turned 50 in June & it ain't so bad. Sure I'd rather be 30-something so my metabolism was still screaming along but on the other hand, in my 30's we couldn't afford a weekend at a hotel in a room with an ocean view. Which is exactly what I did this past weekend. It was blissful. ;o)
Aug. 5, 2010 6:11 am
cheepchick, that's why I love talking to you! I love your sense of humor. 100% I agree with you, wish I still had that 30 yr old metabolism. Same thing here, the 30's were a lean period. Just needed an attitude adjustment, thanks!! Cat
Aug. 6, 2010 3:16 pm
First of all a belated happy birthday Cat Hill! Second of all, if you had given me a heads up, I probably would have made it:) And wow, the food looks fabulous. Love da Greek influence. We are at Disneyland this week and your party looks way mo betta than Mickey's. BTW I blazed the trail for you. I am rapidly approaching the big 60 and i am feeling every year of it on this Disney adventure. Got to get home to get some rest.
Aug. 6, 2010 4:29 pm
Thank you for dropping in. I loved WW's (I hope she is OK) and your get together!!!! Looked like so much fun! You so don't look your age!! Next time, if you do a BBQ tour of the states you'll have to drop in. MO has BBQ, its Kansas City is famous for it! I do much better at it than stuffed grape leaves just ask Good Eat NZ! LOL
Aug. 7, 2010 11:17 pm
Sheesh! A week later and you are still partying!!! That hardly sounds 50ish to me! I've been 'over the hill' for almost eight months, and you know, its OK!
Aug. 8, 2010 3:35 pm
LOL!!!! You are something else and my family figures they can drug me and get me on the plane to come see you!! They so want to come to NZ!!!! Me too if I could just get on the bus!
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I live in the middle of the U.S. in a farming communtiy. Gardening, reading and cooking are the things you'll mostly find me doing. I also enjoy horseback riding & my many pets. A husband & teen, I have 1 of each.
My favorite things to cook
Bread & BBQ are 2 of my favorite things to cook. I do enjoy a food challenge. Last year it was curing my own brisket for Corned beef & pastrami & porkloin for Canadian bacon. This year sausages & scratch cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Bread and brittle. I learned to bake bread with my Mom. It was her favorite thing to make. My Aunt made the best peanut brittle ever. She'd stopped making it in the later years but when I told her how much I enjoyed her brittle, she opened the vault ,gave me the recipe & handed over the brittle torch to me.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that turns out the way I wanted it to or exceeds my expectations! Like my homemade bratwurst.
My cooking tragedies
Let's not go there! I prefer not to think about my kitchen disasters besides my child can gleefully recount all of them.
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