tasty nom nom an exception to the daily meal


Does cake make everything better?

Dear J -

Happy Birthday Week! I borrowed the Birthday Week concept from G - celebrate birthday for a week, and cake on the closest weekend to birthday. Your birthday posed a challenge for me, since well... two days later, is someone else's birthday. Speaking of that someone ...


... only cake(s) eaten on birthdays can be called Birthday Cakes. So, this cake is just cake, for you. I hope you liked it. It is the Chocolate Charlotte from Alice Medrich's book Cocolat. I followed the recipe, with the exception of piping tips malfunctions.

For dinner, G requested Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella & Basil. I did not realize I so zealously stabbed the chicken with toothpicks. Whoops. Five toothpicks in N's chicken! G is a little rusty on his grilling too. Double whoops dinner. Good thing the salad of romaine and arugula (thanks!), pears and bleu cheese, with pistachios in mustard vinaigrette was safe to eat.

photo.jpg(I don't know about you, but the Hipstamatic pic of the food does not look appetizing to me!)

What do you think of the card game, Euchre, G suggested? I feel like I got the hang of the rules by the end of the night. It is a fun and fast game. We will get real playing cards next time. N's positive re-enforcement helped me let go of some of the baggage I accumulated playing cards with G and his family. Ahem.

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