Monthly Archives: March 2014

Seafood Birthday Dinner

We’re coming up on my husband’s birthday and this year he’s requested a seafood themed dinner.  Seems easy enough, but there are a lot of recipes to choose from.  I would also like to try a few different things for him.  We eat Salmon weekly, so that one’s out.  Beyond that I have an ocean to choose from.  Let’s get started.

One recipe that I haven’t tried yet, but want to make, is crab cakes.  My trusty “Back to Basics” cookbook has a crab cake recipe and it looks delicious.  The only thing that’s a little off putting is the lengthy list of ingredients.  Knowing that I’ll be making a few different items makes me a little leery of anything that could be too time consuming.  I’ll keep it on the list for now.

Shrimp is usually a winner and I have just the recipe for it.  I made these Shrimp Puffs a while back and they were a huge hit!  They only require a few ingredients and they’re easy to make.  Plus, they make a lot.  You could easily fill up just on these puffs.  I’m thinking these are a definite yes.

Another option that I’m considering is a Seafood Alfredo with Homemade Pasta.  I’ve made pasta before so I know it’s pretty easy and I can make it in advance and freeze it so I’m not too overwhelmed on the day of the dinner.  This also allows me to mix up the seafood offerings.  I could have shrimp, scallops, calamari, or whatever else sounds good.  Plus, who doesn’t love a good Alfredo?

While we’re considering pasta dishes I should also think about a Homemade Pasta with Clam Sauce.  I’ve made this a few times, once for my mother-in-law’s birthday, and it’s excellent.  I’ve used the canned clams, I know fresh is better, but the taste is still great without the big price tag.  Oh, the decisions.

These are just a few of the recipes I’m choosing from.  I always like to make birthday dinners special and the menu planning is a big part of it.  So far, I’m planning on making around three main courses along with salad and side dish.  We’ll see what I end up with, but I know it’s going to be delicious!

Until next time!

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Meals


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Birthday Desserts for Blueberry Lovers

Cake and ice cream are the traditional birthday dessert.  Except when it comes to my husband.  I’ve made blueberry pie for his birthday before since he is a huge blueberry lover.

This year he has requested an ice cream cake that contains blueberries, chocolate, and nuts.  So, I’ve been scanning through Pinterest looking for something to really wow him.  I’m a fan of the homemade meals, so here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

First up is a blueberry ice cream.  We’re missing the chocolate and cake with this one.  I’m putting it in the list though because finding blueberry ice cream in March is not easy.  I’m thinking I could make the blueberry ice cream and then layer it with homemade chocolate cake and frozen blueberries.  I’ve never really made ice cream before, so maybe I should keep looking.

Next up is a blueberry ice cream cake.  This one definitely has the ice cream covered.  It’s lacking in chocolate though, and cake for that matter.  I could improvise it to add both of the missing items.  I really like the look of this but I don’t think it’s going to fit the bill.  On to the next one.

Blueberry cupcake

It looks like we’re getting closer.  This is a chocolate cupcake filled with a blueberry cream.  Then it’s topped with chocolate ganache, although it looks a little thick for a ganache, and fresh blueberries.  I have an excellent homemade chocolate cake recipe, so the cupcake piece is covered.  It’s missing the ice cream part, so I’d need to improvise with the blueberry cream filling.  Potentially I could use vanilla ice cream and add blueberries to it.  We’ll see.

Hold on, I think we have a winner here!  A chocolate blueberry ice cream cake.  It has the main flavors he would like – blueberry, chocolate, and cake.  I can add nuts to this too.  Plus, it looks pretty easy to make.  Mainly it’s layering ice cream, blueberries, and crumbled chocolate cookies.  Instead of the cookies I will make a chocolate cake, cut it into cubes, and layer it.  Regardless, this looks perfect.

Well, it looks like I’ve got the blueberry dessert covered for my blueberry lover of a husband.  I can’t complain, they are a super fruit so it’s a healthy dessert.  That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

Until next time!

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Desserts


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