Meme’s 90th birthday dinner

I made dinner for my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I know it is mean to make everyone eat vegetarian, but I’m pretty sure everyone survived.

Meine Schwester, Rocket Man and I went to the local supermarket to pick up what we needed. I was flying by the seat of my pants based on what I could get fresh.

This is what I had to work with for seven people.

I put Meine Schwester and Rocket Man in charge of selecting the wine and cheese. They made some excellent selections. We started out with appetizers. I’m big on milling around dinner. The more fruits and veggies, the longer I can eat. Here they are with my cousin Malcolm.

I decided to risk everything and go for a recipe I’d never tried. It was roasted butternut squash with pasta tossed in a sage-garlic-browned butter sauce. I burnt the garlic because I put it in too early, but otherwise, I think it worked well. Then I roasted asparagus and carrots.

I revisited the same recipe tonight. There are a couple differences since I forgot to look up the recipe and decided to wing it. Looking back, it seems I forgot the onion. The other difference is that I used half butternut squash and half pumpkin. The recipe works great for both. I had fresh spinach with garlic and onion as well as roasted yellow squash and zucchini.

For dessert, I bought a plain cheesecake. I mashed up strawberries (no sugar added), and topped it all with raspberries and blueberries. I paired it with a glass of Bailey’s on ice, since Meme had confided in me that she secretly likes Bailey’s. She and I enjoyed some with our cheesecake.

I think everyone survived a meat-less night. They might have even enjoyed it. At least I didn’t make them eat with their hands like Meme did for her 85th birthday when I took her out with The Boys for Ethiopian food and honey wine while she visited me in California. ;-)



One response to this post.

  1. […] an effort to skip the butter in the browned butter, sage, butternut squash pasta, I went in search of a new butternut squash recipe and landed with this pasta with winter squash […]


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