Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Love

Welcome to Lazaro Actually Cooks Saturday


This past Thursday May 27th, 2010 was my lovely wife’s Birthday. The Lawyer turned 19…again! She seems to turn 19 every year, awesome. We spent a wonderful quiet night at home. Not the norm. For my Lawyer is an extremely busy little bee. Actually, she just got through dominating some courtroom appearances this month. That’s my girl!

All of our children showed their appreciation for their Mommy. Audi, the newest and youngest member of the family, went out of his way to make a splash…literally. In his infinite wisdom, only 1 year old, he thought it would be hilarious to stick his whole head in a vase of charming flowers that I had lovingly arranged for her. Well, down went the vase, and there was a flood in the dining room. Classic!

This photo was taken ten minutes after the incident...Clean up?!  What Clean up?!




I asked her where she would want to go for dinner; South Beach, the Gables, Coconut Grove, perhaps Fort Lauderdale. Nope, she wanted to eat at home. The following three courses were chosen by the birthday girl. We enjoyed them while watching the movie, Whip It…definitely her choice.

Moscato d’Asti with Mango Sorbet



Every great party starts with a good drink. My aperitif was Moscato d’Asti from Duchessa Lia with a dollop of mango sorbet. The combination of the tangy wine with the sweet mango sorbet is divine.

Scallop Bites


The first course is a favorite of the birthday girl, Scallop Bites with fig dipping sauce. U.S. Atlantic wild-caught sea scallops are wonderful sustainable seafood. I purchased a 20-30 ct, no chemical added, product. For more information on sustainable seafood check out my article Help Make a Change Support Sustainable Fish.

The scallops were lightly breaded with cracker meal, or as we say in Spanish, Galleta Molida, and fried in peanut oil.

The dipping sauce is reduced fig juice, mounted with butter, and cut with Vinagre de Jerez, a Spanish Sherry vinegar. Lastly, I added a touch of acidity to the dish with chopped fresh savory and Meyer lemon zest.

Wild Greens & Herbs Salad



This salad is my random cluttered mind trying to find some sense of order. The centerpiece of the dish is Parma ham crisped up on the pan with a touch of butter. Organic greens and herbs that made the plate were frisee, oak leaf, romaine, thyme, cilantro, and arugula. Joined by thinly sliced radishes and zucchini for a bit of crunch, while edible flowers and rose petals add a touch of color.

The combination of the brioche crouton with a piece of amazing brie was fabulous. Two distinct dressings were made; one was mustard & walnut oil vinaigrette and the second was a spicy mayo.

Red Velvet Birthday Cake



Happy Birthday Red Velvet style. Triple cream cheese frosting. Strawberries dipped in chocolate. It was a big hit.

Quickies Challenge Update. The deadline is June 7, 2010. There is still plenty of time to get your avocado & feta dishes in. We have 16 great entries. Join in the fun, while you still can.

That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!

49 comments:

  1. Happy Belated Birthday to your beautiful, smart wife!...A lovely, exquisite feast Lazaro!...I'm thinking Audi was just trying to make some memories!...Hope you all enjoy a fun holiday weekend together.

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  2. Love the little I heart U strawberries!:)

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  3. Happy Belated Birthday to your lovely wife. The full course looks great.
    Have a great weekend.

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  4. awww how sweet! i love everything from start to dessert... well especially the dessert. happy brithday to wifey... cheers!

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  5. What a very, good husband! She's keeping you for another year now? hahahaha.... looks like she had a wonderful birthday thanks to you :)

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  6. What wonderful and beautifully created dishes for your wife Lazaro! That drink sounds delicious as I love sweet wines. I'll have to give that a try. Scallops are one of my favorite seafood. So cute how you spelled I <3 U on the strawberries. And that cake has my mouth watering right now. Way to treat your wife the way a woman should be treated! Happy belated birthday to your wife!

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  7. The strawberries are such a great idea! Happy Bday to your beloved.

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  8. Happy Belated Birthday to your wife :) So sweet of you to cook something nice for her on her birthday :)

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  9. Happy Birthday to you lovely wife! Im sure you had a great time together... The salad and the scallops looks amazing, definitely tastes more amazing. and cute cake too! U

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  10. LOL...Audi doesn't mind dive in the flower vase at all...you see, he sleeps like an angel.
    Wish your wife a very Happy Birthday!

    Angie

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  11. Birthdays at home are my favorite too! It sure sounds like you two had a wonderful evening. Even Audi contributed, lol.

    And, that meal! Heavenly! The only thing I want more than that Red Velvet Cake & Strawberries are those Scallops...In Fig Dipping Sauce; oh my goodness!!!

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  12. What a beautiful BD figt to your beloved! Sending happy birtheay to your wife from Tokyo :)

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  13. Happy Birthday to your wife~ you are so lucky to have such a beautiful baby here love that little furry bundle~ your birthday girl had great choices in food but I would have needed a triple order of scallops omg they looked awesome~ have a wonderful blessed weekend to all of you :) and many happy more birthdays!

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  14. I would have chosen to stay at home too--it all sounds and looks delicious! Happy birthday to your sweetheart. I like that Audi's attitude!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  15. Happy birthday to the birthday girl. What a fabulous meal you prepared. No wonder she didn't want to eat out when her husband can cook like this. Smart girl.

    I'm crazy about Vinagre de Jerez. I have to drive to a city to find it, but you can bet I have a back-up on the shelf just in case. It's understandable because we use dry sherry in cooking quite often and always have a bottle in the bar.

    The "I Love You" on the strawberries would have blown me away. How romantic. Hope you both have a safe and happy Memorial day weekend.
    Sam

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  16. Happy birthday to ur sweetest wife!!
    U sure have a love filled spread here and i love love love ur newest member dear!!!

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  17. Lazaro...you are so thoughful and caring. Your spouse must be a very special lady indeed.
    It's wonderful the way your love gets celebrated through your beautifully presented meals.
    Audi is adorable. I wonder if my puppy 'Sushi' would get along him ;)
    Asti with Mango sorbet...hmmm...I do love Mangos...and now you added bubbles!!!
    Thanks for sharing your very sweet moments,
    Claudia

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  18. Oh, the scallop bites! I could use a couple of those right now...it's 9:30...how are they for breakfast???

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  19. Happy belated birthday and it's remarkable that she's still 19! It doesn't look like the spill bothered your fur buddy very much. He's one cute guy! Have a great, safe weekend!

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  20. How sweet! Your wife sounds awesome - what a fab dinner you made for her! Our cat children are always causing chaos too, your story made me laugh, as it sounded all too familiar!

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  21. Wow, a lawyer at 19? She must be a genius ;) Happy birthday to your lovely wife!!!

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  22. What a yummy looking menu for a special occasion! I enjoy visiting a blog that inspires me. The passion you have for cooking and sharing really comes through on all your posts. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

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  23. Could you guys be any cuter? I think not. :)

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  24. Everything looks AMAZING...how lucky!
    I love the strawberries too...so sweet!

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  25. Happy belated birthday to your wife. Love the cat story and picture, and the food looks divine!

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  26. Happy Birthday to your young wife! I wish my husband could cook half a good as you. I would not choose to eat out either. What a lovely evening she must of had!

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  27. Fig dipping sauce... I can see why that's a favorite. :)

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  28. Happy Birthday to the Lawyer! Yeah!
    Hey Lazaro, my Cauldron Boy is a lawyer. I have a different name for attorneys though that they don't usually appreciate (though some of them think it's hilarious) Let's just say that Cauldron Boy can be difficult and it's very hard to argue with him-he's a litigator.
    Your food looks wonderful. That photo of the Moscato di Asti with mango makes me want one. Ahorita! I hope your lawyer lady appreciates what an artistic husband she has-I'm sure she probably does...

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  29. Happy birthday to your wife. I thought the aperitif was great. But as I go down to check all the photos, everything where great. What a lovely touch with the strawberry dipped in chocolate. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Very nice post and photos but I have to say, love the one of the cat!

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  31. Hi, Happy birthday to your lovely wife. I thought the aperitif was great, mango sorbet is one of my favorites, but as I go down to your photos, everything looks great. What a lovely touch on strawberries dipped in chocolate. I'm sure Audi felt bad after he did the mess.(he's so cute). Thank you for sharing.

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  32. Happy birthday to your wife! What a feast for the birthday girl!

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  33. Happy birthday madame Lazaro!!! Oh How lucky your wife is to have you cook for her (the only person who cooks for me is my mom!! :) The dinner was perfect, to start with the salad, you made it quite special with and all the different greens and vinaigrettes, and the brioche croutons with Brie adds that unctuous texture to the dish! I loved the scallops because I think the sweetness/acidity of fig sauce combined w/ crunchiness of fried scallops is amazing. Then never tasted that velvet cake but is sure perfect for such a celebration and display of love :) What a lovely birthday dinner! Great job! OK in my next life, I would like to be a cat in your house!

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  34. A wonderful birthday meal! Those scallop bites look outstanding!

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  35. Happy birthday to your wife!! love the cute cake and the story. We have an award waiting for you at our blog!! enjoy the weekend!!

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  36. Happy Birthday to your Wifey! How lucky she is!! That was so sweet of you. I couldn't imagine my husband would do such a thing haha. The 3-course meal looks so good and the red velvet cake is just so adorable.

    Pass this on to Audi--"Audi behaves!" :)

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  37. Lazaro, Michelle's birthday dinner and cake were truly fantastic! OMG, she is so lucky to have you as a hubby - you're such a great cook and husband, no wonder she didn't want to go out for dinner (wink!). I hope Michelle enjoyed her special day ... it really sounds like she did. I can't wait to see all of the avocado/feta entries, mmm.

    Tu prima,

    Nancy

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  38. every good dish definitely starts with a fabulous cocktail! happy birthday michelle!

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  39. Give my birthday wishes to your wife. With a meal like this, it must have been a great day I imagine and how nice to have you to prepare it for her. Everything looks so beautiful and delicious, the red velvet cake is my favourite and the I love you so adorable. Audi has already won me over, there's a cat who knows how to get the best out of life!

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  40. I wouldn't want to eat out either if I had all of this deliciousness to enjoy at home! You are such a great husband! Happy birthday to your wife!

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  41. Happy Birthday to the lucky lady! If that's not love on a plate... I don't know what is. Spectacular!

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  42. Happy Birthday to your wife! I can see why she would want to stay home and eat -- this meal is just as gorgeous (and I'll bet it was just as delicious! ;) ) as anything in any restaurant!

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  43. Hilarious episode with the vase overturned ! I could picture the scene!
    Never mind, the meal was a smashing success, I loved it (vicariously) especially the scallops with the fig sauce! Yum!First class all the way! You could not have gotten this anywhere else.

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  44. What an exquisite birthday spread! And some very special sounding dishes. I don't blame her for wanting to stay in for your creations - that are obviously made with lots of love!

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  45. Happy birthday to your wife! What a lovely time! The 'I Love U' strawberries look very beautiful and sweet!

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  46. How very sweet indeed and I am so jealous!!! Everything looks fabulous Laz, but oh, that salad! Brioche crouton with Brie?!? Then crisp Parma ham? Beautiful, absolutely, heartstoppingly BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  47. The drink and each dish look and sound so lovely - clearly prepared with thoughtfulness and love. I can understand why your bride preferred to eat in. And as someone who is, er, familiar with the care and feeding of attorneys on several fronts, I commend you for a job well done. Happy birthday to the missus!

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  48. I'm coming to your house for my birthday next year! :) That meal looks phenomenal. You may think your salad is a cluttered plate but I found it beautiful!

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  49. That is so freaking good to look at, all of it! Now I am hungry :)

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