Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Birthday Dinner

My husband gave me the nicest birthday gift this year:  He cooked dinner for eight, following (mostly) my specifications and recipes.  And then he CLEANED UP, too!  Richard's sister Beverly, and her husband Paul came down for the dinner.  The other guests were Theresa and her man Mike, Patty, and Julie.  I had such a good time; in fact everyone seemed to be having a blast.  The food was great.  The martinis were pretty darned tasty too (vodka, banana liqueur, Kahlua, and half & half, in mostly equal amounts, with whipped cream on top and a dusting of ground chocolate over that).  Dessert was served in the sitting room, and I didn't even have to dish it out.

Here's what we had:

Fresh wild Alaska salmon, marinated in lemon and dill and cooked on a cedar plank.

Parmesan scalloped potatoes.

Corn on the cob.

Marinated tomatoes.

Focaccia (made by our friend Leeann and procured at the local farmers market).

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

And sweet tea (because sweet tea is the table wine of the South and goes with everything).

And then there were the martinis.  This is not exactly what they looked like but it's close:

After dinner we sat around and had some good, rousing conversation.  What a night!