Birthday menu

It’s a family tradition to let the birthday boy choose what is served at their party – with some limits, of course. I don’t have the time or patience to cook individual shepherd’s pies for 25 people, nor do I have the bank account to provide filet mignon and lobster for a crowd. Here are some of our birthday menus from the past:

* Breakfast for dinner (bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries, fresh fruit, cinnamon rolls, mimosas, coffee, juices).

* Marinated flank steak, dilled new potatoes, sauteed carrots and zucchini, salad (multiple years for this one – family fave).

* Spaghetti with home-made meatballs, salad, garlic bread. Raspberry-filled cupcakes for dessert. (I had fun filling the cupcakes.)

* Barbecued ribs, my potato salad (it’s made with a vinaigrette),  tossed salad, sauteed green beens, ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

* Fish tacos (w/grilled fish), black bean and corn salad, chips and guacamole. This was a surprise hit with family members who had never had fish tacos.

Youngest sprog has picked Marlboro Man Sandwiches, a pasta salad, and a fresh berry salad for his extravaganza this year. The sandwiches are from The Pioneer Woman’s website, and you can find the recipe here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/marlboro_mans_f/

MM Sandwich from PW

(The picture is from PW’s website) I’ve changed a couple of things in the recipe – I put pepper jack cheese on the roll, use some soy sauce to stretch the Worcestershire, add a splash or two of red wine, and use less butter (don’t tell the boys; they’ll be crushed). And I get much, much cheaper cuts of beef and cook the bejeebers out of it to make the meat tender and sandwich appropriate.

I’ve warned the family that these are messy sammiches. Wear comfy and casual clothes. You’re gonna drip sauce on your shirt, I promise you.

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5 Responses

  1. Those all sound delish! Here is a recipe I picked up from Rachel Ray. It is really easy and quick and the leftovers are fairly good. Tootles. Sorry about the format copy and paste

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/sloppy-joe-di-maggios-serves-a-whole-team-of-9-little-leaguers-recipe/index.html

  2. Happy Bday Evan!

  3. Thanks, Peter. I’ll tell him, but you can tell him yourself this week! YAY!! Can hardly wait to see you all. Oh, and Mom’s been asking us for kid-propriate movies. I gave her ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’. 🙂

  4. Julie, you should open a restaurant!! I’d be a regular patron. BTW, my hubby’s mom always called breakfast for dinner “upsidedown day”. Its a common occurrence in our house.

  5. Heather, we used to do it more often, but the guys want the stuff that takes a while to cook. Like cinnamon rolls. At that point, I tell them to make a quesadilla and stop whining. Boys.

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