The fact of the matter is, our munchkins have an extremely well tuned palate.
So it’s no surprise that when it came to Leonidas’s 5th birthday, he knew exactly what he wanted for his Family Dinner menu.
I mean c’mon.…take a looksies below. On the left, you can see our little man on his very first birthday cradling a bottle of Dom. Four years later, nothing has changed except instead of a 2000 bottle of Dom Pérignon, he opted for a 2004.
Oh, he knows the difference in subtle notes.
When asked what he’d like for Family Dinner, Leo looked backed to one of his comforting favorite spots when they lived in NYC — Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter.
Our little man wanted their sweet tea brined fried chicken that he used to drizzle honey over. I’ve had their chicken—and it’s lovely! So for our birthday boy, a menu surrounding sweet tea brined fried chicken it is!
I adore all the fun we have with creating our meal but it’s seeing all the kids together that I love the most.
These two rascals—Lucas and Luna. They are only a few months apart in age so you can only imagine the mischief they get into together. Not to mention, one moment they are thick as thieves and the next, they are bickering and arguing about everything under the sun.
It keeps us on our toes.
And here’s Nina and Maya having some cousins cuddling time.
While the kiddos were amusing themselves, the grown “kids’ turned our attention to a sip or two of libations. These pretty in pink beauties were a Cranberry-Thyme Champagne Cocktail I whipped up.
Yeah, I’m not 100% sure what we’re doing here but I wouldn’t doubt if there was a selfie stick involved.
And yes, there’s still the Christmas tree up in the corner — I’m still catching up on these Fam Din posts!
Oh, and the lumberjack look was no coincidence. At the 11th hour, the older nieces decided that we all needed to wear flannel that night. No clue why….sometimes you just got to go with it.
Seestrah N made us two appetizers to nosh on while the chicken was being fried….we like options.
First up, these wonderfully savory, Crispy Stuffed Mushrooms. The caps were stuffed with the mushroom stems, aromatics, cheese and panko breadcrumbs.
She also made a big ol’ pot of Ina Garten’s Cheddar Corn Chowder. Chunks of potatoes, sweet corn, half and half, cheddar cheese and bacon–so comforting and delish.
Now let’s turn our attention to the star of the show–the fried chicken!
Here’s our big gal Luna helping her momma out with the breading of the chicken.
And when you’re frying enough chicken for 13 peeps, you need to employ two dutch ovens.
Nini did a good deal of the frying for us that night—isn’t she a trooper? I keep envisioning her a few years from now in her college dorm frying up chicken for her roommates at 2am.
Life skills folks, life skills!
And voila! Aren’t they GORGEOUS!!
The chicken was extremely moist and juicy with a fantastic crunchy crust. As for the flavor, it had a light herbal touch to it from the tea. Definitely a different spin from the Lemon-Brined Fried Chicken we made a few years but equally delicious!
Here’s seester T’s Whipped Garlic Mashed Potatoes……butter on butter on butter!
She also roasted these Parmesan Zucchini Spears that were tender on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside from the panko bread crumbs.
Brother also made some Buttermilk Biscuits……
And L made a colorful Coleslaw.
I seriously could have this plate all day, any day!
I had to sneak this pic in of the boys. Now usually at Fam Din, we all sit crammed in together at the table–no phones, no devices.
But there happened to be a big game on that night. So we let the boys set up an adjacent little table next to the dining room so that they were right in front of the TV.
And yes, they’re eating off of Star Wars paper plates — it still was Leo’s birthday dinner after all!
Speaking of the birthday boy, when I asked what he wanted for his birthday dessert, he promptly said CHOCOLATE CAKE! Which then he changed to chocolate cupcakes….then seconds later, he said ice cream cupcakes!
Who am I to say no to the little guy on his birthday? So I enlisted Nina to help bake the chocolate cuppies and then I hollowed out the centers. I filled them with softened vanilla bean ice cream and threw them back in the freezer to firm up before topping them with swirls of chocolate flavored whipped cream.
And let’s not forget the Darth Vader and Stormtrooper chocolate toppers!
A perfect TWO IN ONE! I’m not sure why I’ve never made these before but I will most DEFINITELY make them again!
Oh our munchkins….how I love them so…..
Happy, Happy Birthday Leonidas! We hope you enjoyed your dinner!
I love you to the moon and back—and back again!! ❤
This Month’s Family Dinner Menu
Cocktails: Cranberry-Thyme Champagne Cocktails, Assorted Wines
Appetizers: Crispy Stuffed Mushrooms, Cheddar Corn Chowder
Entrees: Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken
Sides: Whipped Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Buttermilk Biscuits, Parmesan Zucchini Spears, Pickles
Dessert: Star Wars themed Vanilla Bean Ice Cream filled Chocolate Cupcakes
2 thoughts on “A Fam Din Fit for Leonidas”
Is there a link for the recipe Crispy Stuffed Mushrooms? I can’t locate the recipe.
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and You.K. previously this month. Skype for Web also now works
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The expansion in the beta brings assistance for a longer list of different languages to help you reinforce
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