Chew on This: Birthday Dinner

14 Jun

Hello everyone! Tuesday was my husband’s birthday and I made a delicious meal for him. Our friends brought over a few appetizers and I made the main meal and birthday cake. I thought I would share the delicious recipes with you!

First up was bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers! I for one have a very low tolerance for spicy food so I didn’t try one, but those who did loved them even though they were quite spicy.

Here is the recipe

Next up was the amazing cheesy mushroom pull apart bread. If you have never had pull apart bread you must try it! It was pretty amazing!

Real healthy start right? Here is the recipe.

Next was the main course. I made a grilled flank steak with a delicious chimichurri sauce. I had never made this sauce before, but it was a big hit! It is so easy to make!

Chimichurri Sauce Recipe:

1 cup parsley packed

1 cup cilantro packed

1/4 cup basil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

3 cloves of garlic

juice of one lemon

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil (enough to get to desired consistency similar to pesto)

Put all ingredients into the food processor and blend until your desired consistency

Lastly, it was time for birthday cake. When I asked my husband what kind of cake he wanted he said Funfetti. Who doesn’t love funfetti right?? Well instead of buying the boxed stuff I made it from scratch and it was so yummy!

Here is the recipe:

2 1/2 cups AP flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
12 tbsp butter, room temperature
2 large eggs + 2 egg whites, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk (or half and half)
4 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat the sugar and butter until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating on low.
  3. Then add vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture. Fold in rainbow sprinkles.
  4. Fill cake pans 2/3 full. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

Vanilla Butter cream frosting

2 sticks of butter

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

7 cups powdered sugar

rainbow sprinkles

In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat butter until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add 5 cups of sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, beat until combined. Add more powdered sugar until you get to the consistency you want.

We had a great time celebrating my husband’s birthday and we were all extremely full at the end of the night! I hope you can use these recipes for your next celebration!


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