Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy 50th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Today is Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary. Fifty years of marriage!!! That is something worth celebrating! Since Mom and Dad are obsessed with going to Pork & Pickles Kitchen restaurant at Devil's Kettle, Mer and I came up with the idea to hire Becky to cook a private celebration dinner for us.

We told Mom and Dad that we wanted to do a small family dinner in their honor, and that Mer and I were going to cook them something special. When they arrived at Mer's house, Becky would be in the kitchen making dinner, a total surprise!!! It totally worked!!

Sears catalog poses under the balloons!

Happy anniversary from the whole family!

We had Smitten Kitchen's Fairy Tale of New York bourbon cocktails to kick things off.

Only 27 years until we get to celebrate your 50th, Mer and Pete!

Now, let's eat! Becky prepared a four-course meal. The first course was coconut curry meatballs with a dill yogurt sauce. These were incredible!! We gobbled the whole platter!

Becky let us know the details of each course as she served them.

Moroccan peanut stew. This had tons of delicious veggies and nutty peanuts. MMM!

Ham Caesar Salad! With brioche croutons. The ham was amazing. This salad is so great!

The entree was pork tenderloin, served with honey-glazed parsnips and roasted green beans with bacon jam.

Two platters of it!! It was amazing!! The pork was insanely delicious, and the veggies were delightful. And the bacon jam is over the top! Each course of this dinner was so incredibly yummy. It was so special to have Pork & Pickles Becky to ourselves all night and eat her delicious cooking! What a great way to celebrate a wonderful couple on a very special day.

Before dessert, we did a champagne toast.

Cheers! To fifty years!

Mer made a chocolate cake!

As is tradition in our households, little Kate helped blow out the candles. Make a wish!

Happy 12th Birthday, little Kate!

Today is little Kate's birthday! She turned 12!

Yay, presents!

Mer made little baked ham and cheese sliders. These are DELICIOUS.

Salad bar!


Also, french onion soup! This meal was a fantastic combination. What a birthday feast!

Kate made her own birthday cake! Look how tall it is!

Make a wish!

Silly 12-year-old.

Let's eat cake!

What a fun celebration. Hope your 12th year is an amazing one, Kate!

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Comfort Food Cooking Club

Valerie, Summer and Nancy were the cooks for this evening's cooking club, and the theme was comfort food! We were told to eat light all day and come wearing stretchy pants.

Valerie started us off with some potato chips and homemade french onion dip.

For cocktails, Val made a round of Scarlett O'Haras. This drink is Southern Comfort and cranberry juice. Cheers!

Then she made a round of Rhett Butlers! Southern Comfort with orange curaƧao. Hers and his cocktails, how delightful!

After cocktails, it was time to head on to the deep fryer portion of the evening.

Awwwww yeah! Beer battered fish!

And hot, crispy fries!

Valerie made some amazing tartar sauce. We had truffle oil, vinegar, bourbon ketchup and cheese as fry toppings.

Normal humans might have decided to stop the meal there. But not us! That comfort just kept on coming! Summer made crab macaroni and cheese!

CRAB MACARONI AND CHEESE!! So crabby! And with light, crispy panko on top! Mmmm.

Around this point, Riley stopped by. Solly, who had been hanging with us, was happy to see his momma.


Next on the menu was Valerie's brie-stuffed soft pretzels. This is basically my dream food!

The pretzels were served with Nancy's tomato sesame soup. Plus some honey mustard sauce for dipping. Match made in heaven!

To make sure that we left feeling as comforted as humanly possible, these ladies made TWO desserts. Summer made a layered cheesecake with Bailey's and chocolate, with an Oreo crust and ganache topping.

And Nancy made apple crisp with fresh whipped cream!

What a delicious and ridiculous meal. Enough comfort to last for ages! Good night!