birthday week continues: the dinner

My brother and I cook for each other to celebrate our birthdays. And it’s always delicious. But this year, he and my sis-in-law outdid themselves. Not only was the meal tasty, the colors were incredible.


Roasted vegetables


Grilled watermelon with arugula and feta

Grilled pork tenderloin with spicy mole rub

Grilled pork tenderloin with spicy mole rub

Deviled eggs with fresh parsley

Deviled eggs with fresh parsley

Barefoot Contessa chocolate cake with espresso ganache

Barefoot Contessa chocolate cake with espresso ganache

Shiny happy people!

Happy hungry people ready to eat!

Enough said.

Grilled Watermelon Salad

adapted from Recipe Girl

  • 1 small seedless watermelon, cut into 8 slices (about 5 lbs.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 cups arugula, washed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Brush watermelon slices with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill watermelon 1-2 minutes on each side.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss arugula with vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. To assemble, sprinkle each grilled watermelon slice with feta cheese. Top with arugula mixture.
  5. Serves 8.

Deviled Eggs with Fresh Parsley

from foodie plus 4

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika for garnish
  1. Gently boil eggs for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse, and cover with cold water. Set aside or refrigerate to cool.
  2. Crack and roll eggs on a paper towel to loosen the shells. Peel off the shells and rinse with cold water.
  3. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and pop yolks into a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mash completely with a fork (can be blended in a food processor if you like a smoother filling).
  4. Spoon in the filling and garnish with a sprinkle of sweet paprika. Chill until served. Makes 16 eggs.

Chocolate Ganache Cake (click for recipe)

from Barefoot Contessa Parties


4 thoughts on “birthday week continues: the dinner

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  2. Oh my gosh….this meal (and your pics) has me moaning.
    We’re having a friend over for dinner Sunday night who is a major foodie. I think we’ll do the watermelon salad and a pork tenderloin WITH whatever vegies we can find to grill. We’re just a teensy bit behind you lucky CT people.
    And if Ina would stop by and make that to-die-for chocolate cake I would think I’d died and gone to heaven. L…..this blog is the best!

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