Ted’s Birthday Bash 2017

Yesterday, friends and family gathered to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We provided plenty of food and drink for the occasion.

Menu
Appetizers
Deviled Eggs
Roasted Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Bacon Bites
Corn Dogs
Pickles, Olives, Cheese, Crackers and Grapes
Chips and fresh Salsa

Mains
Alton Brown’s Backyard Baby Back Ribs
Potato Salad
Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Desserts
Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cake with Marshmallow Cream Frosting
Brown Sugar Cookies
plus an assortment of store bought treats

Notes under the cut

Saturday night – 05/06/2017

Dinner this week was brought to you by rainy weather which ruined my plans for grilled chicken. A couple hours in a soy sauce based marinade turned the standard chicken thighs into something very flavorful. The rest of the menu made use of produce that was waiting to be used up. All told a rather good meal.

Menu
Soy-glazed Chicken Thighs
Rice with Mushrooms and Onion
Roasted Beets

Spice Cookie Bars

Notes under the cut

Saturday night – 04/22/2017

The turkey came first, at least in this menu preparation. It had been sitting, frozen and waiting, in the freezer since after Christmas when my mother gifted it to me so it wouldn’t take up room in her freezer. My husband mentioned the rice in passing, thought I think he was more interested in how we have used the leftovers in the past than the side dish itself. The other sides dishes came from foraging at the megamart for what looked good.

Dessert came from looking at a past menu. The cake itself is not very sweet; the frosting makes up for it with gusto.

Menu
Roast Turkey
Mexican Green Rice
Skillet Cauliflower with Red Pepper
Roasted Asparagus with Sherry Vinegar

No-kneed Bread

Old-fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Notes under the cut