It was a casual menu for the evening with an iteration of surf and turf — my fav! We didn’t choose any dishes that required long periods of cooking and we managed to do a lot of the mise work earlier on in the day.
And can we talk about how GINORMOUS these strawberries were???
I also wrangled Lucas into staying still for a moment to snap a pic with his fur-cousin. He looks so handsome with his fresh hair cut….what a cutie-patootie. And I intend to call him that until he’s at least 50 years old.
Me? Oh…I’ll still be 21 at that time.
Extra bonus points for those of you who caught the red SOLO cups target pyramid in the background.
It was a target…..
And let’s talk about this pic below. I told them to give me a fierce, rugged look.
Lucas nailed it….Nina, um….not as much.
Grampa–do you see me?!? PET ME!!! Give me treats!!! And by treats, I mean–STEAK!!! HELLOOO–I’m right down here!!! Look at me, look at me!!!
She’s not needy at all….
Yea…we had a few of them. And how could we help ourselves? They were so pretty in pink!
I called them Minty Blood Orange Sparklers. It started off with me making a batch of fresh mint simple syrup. After it cooled, I added a splash or two over crushed ice and threw in some vodka, fresh lime juice, Blood Orange flavored Italian Soda and some mint leaves.
Fruity, minty, citrusy, summery……
And the kiddos got MOCKtails—all of the ingredients mentioned above minus the vodka.
Speaking of kiddos, we put Maya to work this month. She helped her mom prep our appetizers for the evening — Grilled Flatbread with Ribeye Steak, Tomatoes, Burrata and Italian Salsa Verde.
Here she is whipping up the salsa verde in the mini food processor.
Her salsa verde had fresh cilantro, parsley, jalapeno, garlic lime juice, oil and S&P. Usually we add some capers and anchovies to the party too but we opted to nix them this time around –so it was kind of akin to a chimichurri sauce.
But who cares—it was fantastic!
And yes, there’s another one of those Yogurtland spoons…..we love prepping with them!
We tasked our B.I.L., Curtis, with grilling up the steaks for the flatbread.
Seester T lightly oiled the grates and threw some pizza dough that Maya and Nini had rolled out over them. After it had cooked through, she topped it all with the sliced steaks, ripe Roma tomatoes, burrata and salsa verde. It was lovely! Tons of flavor and would be a great summer meal on its own with a chilled glass of vino.
You could also sub out skirt steak for the ribeye and fresh mozz instead of burrata. But for me, I’m obsessed with burrata and love how creamy and luscious it is.
Earlier when I mentioned that dinner was easy peasy, I failed to say it was because we tasked the two older kiddos with the actual cooking of our main entrees – Paella! Paella seemed like an ideal way to get the “surf” component into our meal with lots of shrimp, clams and scallops all in one pot. Plus the chicken and chorizo added the “turf”.
Nina and Nini our pros at making Paella and since we had to make a bunch to feed the crowd, we decided that each gal would make their own pot as a competition! They each got a Le Creuset dutch oven to use and all the same ingredients.
And then they were off!
Wondering who won in the end?
Maya did…….with this picture.
Okay, okay…. it was a tie.
Both were delicious and had lovely crispy socarrat. It would have been impossible to choose one from the other. My nieces are so talented and it’s rather comforting to know that they can cook for us as we get along in years.
And during dinner, we enjoyed a lovely Caymus Vineyards 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon – THANKS Curtis!
Then it was time for BIRTHDAY CAKE!!
Normally I’m a chocolate gal but sometimes a light and fruity cake is just divine! So this month I asked Seestrah N to fix up a white cake with fresh berries and fluffy frosting. She came up with this behemoth of a layered cake with ginormous strawberries and frosting made of whipped mascarpone cheese and heavy cream.
Isn’t it lovely????
to PLAY BINGO!!!!!!!
Yup BINGO! Seester had gotten a BINGO set as a white elephant present and it was high time we cracked it open.
Here’s the birthday boy scratching away after winning a round of BINGO. Initially he said they’d only stay for one game…..but that one game turned into five
Talk about happy camper! BINGO winner gets a BINGO scratcher!
All in all, it was a great Fam Din –which incidentally was the 4 year anniversary of our Sunday Family Dinners! Isn’t it rather wonderful that our siblings’ tradition has carried on?
Can’t wait for next month – and neither can the pups❤
This Month’s Family Dinner Menu
Cocktails: Minty Blood Orange Sparklers and Vino
Appetizers: Grilled Flatbread with Ribeye Steak, Tomatoes, Burrata and Salsa Verde
Dessert: Mile-High Fresh Strawberry and Cream Layered Cake