Monday, October 1, 2012

dirty thirty

Every birthday growing up, my mom would cook whatever we wanted for dinner. Every year, I chose the same meal: steaks on the grill and baked potato, with homemade chocolate cake for dessert. Clearly, I've always been a traditionalist. This year, I decided to go back to my roots for my Big Birthday. That's Big with a capital '30'.

I knew I wanted to have a few non-traditional dishes to go along with these awesome steaks, and after a little research, found the perfect recipes.

The first was something that I saw on Take Home Chef. Curtis Stone made steaks for a fellow Aussie, topped with this chipotle cilantro butter. I finely chopped 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, a bunch of cilantro, and mixed it with a stick of room temperature butter.

Once everything was well incorporated with the butter, I rolled it in some parchment paper and set it in the refrigerator overnight.

I also chopped and marinated some veggies in olive oil, s+p, and rosemary sprigs.

The following day, the boys fired up the grill while I started on dish number two: grilled feta! I finally made a trip to Hala, the mediterranean store for some Bulgarian feta. I sliced it up, drizzled some olive oil, cracked a little pepper and wrapped it in foil with a few tomatoes and a sprig or two. I found this recipe in Real Simple, where it said to grill the packets over medium-low heat until they are tender in the center.

regular veggie kabobs

Once the steaks were ready, I topped each one with a slice of the chipotle butter. It melted beautifully, and now I don't think I will have steaks on the grill without it.

I put a little of that amazing butter in my potato, too. And it was good.

cheese + grilled bread = nothing better


the best cake you will ever put in your mouth

The following day was my actual birthday, and I walked into work to find a beautiful bouquet from my co-teacher, a ton of cards from my students, and a variety of sweets.

edible arrangement from my mom, and my student Maurice

love, Colby

red velvet cupcakes from my sister

The weekend before, I had a fun night out with some friends. We had an amazing dinner at Orsay, and then headed downtown...

lobster pot pie

mussels and frites

Thanks to everyone who made my day(s) so special! Here's to the best year ever!!

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