Category Archives: Special occasion

Fancy dinner night. 1/26/23

As a part of our vacation tradition every year our son makes us his “fancy dinner.” John and I are his willing sous chefs. Years ago we had dined at the now defunct Oak City Grill in Menlo Park, CA. … Continue reading

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Ribeye steak, twice-baked potato, broccoli. 1/24/23

This vacation week is a cavalcade of food I do not usually eat. John seems excited by the prospect of dinners that include beef, cheese, and butter plus salty, crunchy snacks with cocktails. It is our son’s birthday week and … Continue reading

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Birthday Pizza Party. 1/8/23

Usually on Sunday nights we have Breakfast for Dinner, a light dinner which will aid in our weekly weigh-in on Mondays. Last night, however, we were celebrating our grandson’s birthday and he chose a festive outing to a local, very … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve and Christmas, 2022

I hope everyone had wonderful holidays with great food and good times with family and friends. In the excitement of the holidays and all the good things to eat I forgot to take any pictures. So I can merely give … Continue reading

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Fried scallops with tots and salad. 12/8/22

This is my birthday dinner. I love fried scallops and have not had them since July 17, 2020! That’s the thing about having this blog I always know what and when I ate something. So obviously frying stuff is not … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and the day after. 11/25/22

We had an all-hors d’oeuvres Thanksgiving dinner with the whole family. Each person brought an item or items in appetizer form. It was fun and relaxed although probably as much work as doing the whole big traditional spread. Here are … Continue reading

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Autumn soup, hummus, and tabbouleh 9/30/22

Tonight we dressed up our leftover Autumn soup with a strip of bacon each. I made a double batch last week which makes about 10-12 servings. The recipe below is the full fat version. I use about 1/4 of the … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah dinner. 9/25/22

Although we are not religious, we still like to celebrate the holidays of both our traditions. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year and begins the Ten Days of Awe which end up on Yom Kippur. As with all good … Continue reading

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Steak, grilled potato, and asparagus. 9/16/22

Tonight we are finishing up our celebrations. Our final celebration is marking the anniversary of John’s retiring from full-time employment. We have enjoyed these years without the tedious commute and the office politics. Better that he be employed as my … Continue reading

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A fine dining dinner. 9/15/22

Mostly John and I cook at home every night. But sometimes we splurge, go off our diets, and let someone else do the cooking. Since this is our 50th anniversary year, and John’s birthday, plus the anniversary of John’s retirement … Continue reading

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