Cara’s Ultimate Birthday Dinner

I’m getting old, friends! Last year, for my 26th, Phoebe made me a French bistro feast featuring beef stew, lots of baguette, salad, and this chocolate torte. The year before, for 25, I had an all-day cook-out (well, I would have if it hadn’t rained) up in Riverdale, at my mom’s. That’s when this onion dip was born.

What about this year? Long ago I randomly decided Alex and I would jaunt off somewhere–maybe Barcelona, or maybe Berlin. Now I’m thinking of staying a bit closer to home, in a way: I imagine a big Russian dinner, with flowing vodka, at one of those big restaurants in Brighton Beach (anyone been?). Whatever I do to celebrate with my friends, this menu is what my heart’s desire is to eat on the actual day.

This birthday dinner, while full of my personal favorites, is a festive and delicious–yet doable–meal for an intimate 6 or 8 person at-home birthday dinner party. Happy birthday…to me!

Elderflower Fizz

Southwestern Artichoke Dip with Sweet Corn and Cayenne

Old Bay Cod Cakes with Pickled Radishes

Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes

Rich Chocolate Celebration Cake

Posted in: Dinner Party, Holiday
  • Alex

    Happy birthday my dearest!

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