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Happy Birthday πŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ·

Have a great birthday, birth week, birth month… wishing you the best for the year ahead. Here is the dinner we’d cook for you if nearby (ask someone to cook it for you!)

Most of this can all be made in advance with an eclectic menu from Greece to China..and a little American. You can make most of this advance and go through one course at a time.

Photographer: β€œI hope, sir, that I will shoot your picture on your hundredth birthday.”

Churchill: β€œI don’t see why not, young man. You look reasonably fit and healthy.”

Winston Churchill, 1949

Matsuhisa Martini

Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is the mastermind Japanese celebrity chef who created amazing dishes fusing traditional Japanese cuisine with Peruvian ingredients. His restaurants span the globe and for good reason, the food is excellent. His restaurant in Malibu is one of the best dining experiences, in cuisine, atmosphere, and views. Having a cocktail out on theContinue Reading

Tzatziki with Fresh Herbs

There are so many variations of tzatziki sauce it is hard to keep up with. Β I like a very robust and rich sauce. Β It is important to make at least 4 hours ahead to ensure all the flavors blend together. Β This is great to make and just have in the refrigerator for a quick snackContinue Reading

Greek Egg Rolls

Ok, this recipe is a bit of a head scratcher for my Greek relatives, but think of it as Greek-Asian fusion. This is a richer version of cheeseburger eggrolls that can be found in a lot of sports bars. Those tend to be short on taste, and long on salt, to get you ordering moreContinue Reading

Spicy Herbed Little Neck Clams

I grew up on steamers with a big belly that you would dunk in clam broth to get the sand out, then dunk again in butter before eating. I had my first little neck clam when I ordered spaghetti alle vongole, and have never gone back to steamers. There are many ways to make theseContinue Reading

Overloaded Greek Salad with Grilled Mustard Shrimp

There are all sorts of Greek salads, from very simply-dressed fresh vegetables with feta to this one – overdone, you name it, you can find it in here. I love these salads during the off season, when you need to wake up out-of-season vegetables. Dressing Ingredients 1 tablespoon fresh dill leaves, finely chopped 1 tablespoonContinue Reading

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

The bundt cake has a stigma of Grandma’s house specialty. This is a great cake that is very easy to make and serves as something for just about every meal, from dinner dessert to a breakfast treat. Ingredients 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, separated 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and extra to prepare theContinue Reading

1 comment on “Happy Birthday πŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ·

  1. Thanks Jim,
    Very impressed with all your talents… such a beautiful and colorful passion! Hope you are well!
    Jules

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