sunday night dinner: may 22, 2011—edwin’s 4th birthday


today was edwin’s 4th birthday.  edwin is my co-worker ivan’s son.  ivan has been preparing us for this party for the past couple of weeks.  i was game to go when he walked over to me one day in the kitchen pointed at my cold line and said “see this, i’ll have 3 times this with food, tamales, enchiladas, everything.”  ivan is a fantastic cook and a real treat to work with.  though his english is way better than my non-existent spanish we work together well.  lots of goofing around and discussing of food.  i felt i finally won him over when he told me he liked an avocado-black bean salad i made as a special.  a sign up sheet was created for the party for all interested market employees, this i have discovered is a regular happening for any “family” outings that occur outside of work.

the meal had everything, roasted chicken, pork, beans, a variety of salsa including homemade salsa verde, hot sauce, 2 types of guacamole, beef. as we sat around you just kept seeing more come out of the kitchen, while ivan and edwin kept passing out drinks to everyone, ivan handing out beers to the adults and edwin passed out juice boxes to the kids.

the feast

the party begins

i created 2 rounds of tacos the first with the extra hot hot sauce that left my lips tingling and included a chunky guacamole and chicken.  the 2nd round was beef tacos with peppers and a puree guacamole

chicken and guacamole tacos

but the fun really kicked off when the cake was brought out and the kids were all given horns to blow.  the cake came from the local mexican bakery and was the most delicious thing i’ve had in a while.  moist cake that had chunks of oranges in it, yum. i know i’ll be dreaming about this cake.

allie and her horn

no birthday party is complete without singing happy birthday which was done twice once in english and once in spanish and horns sounding away.  all this made me realize adult birthdays are just lacking a little something. i’m tempted to ask ivan to throw my birthday party in the next couple of weeks horns, balloons, and party favors galore please!


Sunday Night Dinner: May 22, 2011- Sugar me some strudel, please!

I got a wild hair to make a Danish strudel and eat it with dinner. Not by it’s self although that is tempting to think about. Behold the strudel glamour shot…

For my first strudel ever (a cinnamon cranberry, apple strudel to be exact) I took the easy way out and made the yeast free dough- this means I had to add whole milk ricotta cheese to the 3 sticks of better that went in the dough. I ended up with butter all over my tiny food chopper and sugar crusted under my chin, but it was so worth it!
Oh yes, dessert for dinner is very good.

Our friend Megan joined us and we did eat other things like veg apple sausage with toasted pecans and wild rice, but let’s face it…strudel is strudel.




After talking about her garden “the land” and getting life updates from all at the table, we took a walk around the vegetable garden before settling in for a dessert of mixed berries.
We were suppose to have John’s late birthday treat of homemade chocolate chip cookies, but instead I dipped the cookies too big and made pan sized flat chocolate chip cookie place mats.

Confirming what Harrison Ford learned in the movie Regarding Henry and I wasn’t even trying to make a giant chocolate chip cookie!!

Mom – I need some chocolate chip cookie lessons STAT!