Friday, January 11, 2013

A Birthday Dinner

Last weekend, in celebration of my mother in law's birthday, I decided to throw a small dinner party.
It's not often I get to cook dinner for her, so when the occasion does arise, I try to make it a special one.
It's been a while since I've been able to enjoy a glass of wine, so bottles over the past year and a half have been collecting in our cellar. I thought this was the perfect occasion to dust a couple off and enjoy them.
I paired each course with a local wine.
Seared Diver Scallops with Pancetta, Garlic Aioli and Parmesan Tulles
 2010 Trius Dry Riesling
Pork Chop with Garlic Mash and French Beans
2009 Hillbrand Showcase Pinot Noir
Artisan Cheese
(Brie, Bella Vitano and English Stilton with Pear, Grapes and Crisps)
2007 Peller Estates Private Reserve Icewine
Chocolate Cake Three Ways
Needing to seat six, I had to move out our little pedestal table and use our desk for the evening. It worked perfectly.
I kept the table simple for lack of extra space.
For dessert, I decided to do chocolate cake three ways. This was her chocolate cake with Swiss buttercream.
I also did chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and white chocolate-dipped chocolate cake pops.
Happy Birthday Mom!
[all photos belonging to The Grower's Daughter]


  1. Thank you, Maria. My birthday dinner was amazing!! I looked forward to it all day and you did not disapoint. You always do a great job including the table settings and the decorating. Loved it. Thank You!!! Being together with family is the best.

  2. It's all so lovely! Love your beautiful photos.

  3. Wow! You never cease to amaze me with your entertaining! Well done!


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