Birthdays are a big deal in my family. So, of course, good food always holds a center-stage place in our birthday celebrations. My mom’s 76th birthday dinner for 13 people the other night was no exception. We pulled out the good china and dressed the table for springtime – despite the fact that we’d had four inches of snow just the day before.
We started off the evening sipping sparkling wine from our favorite cellar – Schramsberg, and nibbling on a store-bought cheese & cranberry torte. Sparkling wine (or Champagne) have become regular additions to celebrations and even casual gatherings; why save it only for New Year’s?
n Salad tossed with a homemade Dijon dressing that included sunflower oil and sesame oil, garnished with wheels of a goat cheese/brie combo rolled in coarsely chopped walnuts.