Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mom's Birthday Dinner

prosciutto and melon

fusilli with bolognese

spinach sauteed with garlic oil, pan-roasted potatoes, pork braised in milk

I used recipes from Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. The bolognese sauce was especially wonderful - it simmers for at least three hours and marries with the pasta perfectly. The spinach was great, except the recipe calls for way too much salt. And I think we could have eaten full plates of the potatoes! The pork was a bit dry, but the pan sauce was luscious.

We ended with my mom's favorite cake - Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cake. Not Italian, but so good! I actually made two so she can share some with her fellow teachers at school today.

Happy birthday, Mom!


Alison... said...

Once again a blog entry that speaks to me and has made me hungry!

I can't believe you made 2 of those cakes, it looks huge! I think one would have been find for y'all and the teachers but I suspect you wanted it to look pretty [and untouched] when your mom brought the cake to school... am I right?

That cake sounds so delish, I want one for my bday!

Stephanie Carnes said...

You are correct!

I would love to make it for your birthday. Maybe you should celebrate in Hotlanta some time!

Kristen said...

Great job, BS!!!

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday Ms. Carroll! (Did I spell that right? LOL...)

Good job Stephanie!

Jen Wood said...

Many thanks from those of us at preschool. That cake was so yummy! Those of us at preschool absolutely enjoyed it, delicious! WE welcome your visits and look forward to those delicious yummies that you bring to are wonderful, just like your mom. Thanks again for all those scrumptious treats you bring're spoiling us (not complaining- we love it.)

Stephanie Carnes said...

Yes, Debbie, that's right!

Jen, you are very welcome! I don't know of a better group of women than you preschool teachers. :-)