Fathers’ Day Dinner — Stout-Braised Short Ribs

The first time I made these ribs, I had no good reason other than that it was Sunday, the Tony awards were on, and when I was doing my menu planning for the week, my daughter asked if we could have meat.  The ribs came out so well that I made them again for Fathers’ Day, even though it was only one week later.

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Mother’s Day Dinner – Chicken Parmesan, Mashed Potatoes, and Assorted Desserts

One daughter gave me a ukulele concert and the other made me dinner.  What more could a mother want for Mother’s Day?

Chicken Parmesan and mashed potatoes were on the menu, with shortbread AND brownies for dessert.  Shortbread because I love shortbread, and brownies because my daughter loves to bake and baking one item wasn’t enough for her, despite the fact that we didn’t have enough sugar or chocolate for the brownie recipe.  Suffice it to say, I stuck to the shortbread, although the brownies were not half bad given the lack of ingredients. Continue reading

Birthday Dinner — Jambalaya and Cake

My husband sometimes says that he married me because of my “special lasagna” and my jambalaya.  Unfortunately for him, I pulled a bait-and-switch and never made them again after we got married.  Well, almost never.  So I thought it would be a nice surprise to make him jambalaya for his birthday.  Our daughter made the cake, a sweet ending for a sweet birthday meal. Continue reading