The Dads’ Menu for an Intimate Dinner Party!

This week, we threw a dear friend’s very special birthday dinner!

The Dads' Party Table

Our friend, Xavier recently moved to the U.S. from Barcelona, Spain. So, this was his first birthday celebrated here in the U.S! We were delighted to be able to help make his night extra special!

Here was our menu plan for the evening:

5:00 PM

Guests arrive!

Happy Hour
· Bombay Sapphire Martinis
· Red Wine
· Antipasti Tray with Assorted Imported Meats, Cheeses, Olives, Peppers, etc.
(See The Dads’ Antipasti Picture below!)

The Dads' Antipasti Platter

6:00 PM

Dinner (Serving 6)

First course

Fois Gras pate’
– Wine pairing: Ice Wine

Second course

Poached Pears in Port Wine (See The Dads’ Recipe in our “Recipe” Section!)
– Served on a bed of salad with Gorgonzola Cheese, Spanish Candied Walnuts. Dressing: Homemade Balsamic Vinegar infused with Pear and Cinnamon Vinaigrette.

Third course

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Parmesan Pesto
– Served with Pewee Potatoes roasted with Pearl Onions and French Green Beans. (See The Dads’ Recipe in the previous post below!)
Wine pairing: French Bordeaux

Fourth course

Harris’ Yellow Cake with Decadent Chocolate Frosting (See The Dads’ Recipe in the previous post below!)

The Dads' Yellow Layer Cake

Needless to say, the evening was a success!

Be sure to look under our “Recipes” and “Videos” tab to find our Rack of Lamb and Poached Pears recipe! Also, we will be posting Harris’ recipe for Yellow Layer Cake very soon! Stay Tuned!

5 Days until Thanksgiving!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is coming up so fast? Like many of you, we have a lot to prepare!

We typically like to start our preparations earlier, but we have had unexpected delays come up. Such is life!

Actually, Harris had already made his Jewish Apple Cake for Thanksgiving. But Harris says, “Sean looked like he was going to cry if I didn’t give him a slice after I baked it!” So, tonight he will be making another one for the holiday.

Tonight we will be preparing:

Spiced Nuts (easy to store away until the holiday)
Jewish Apple Cake (This cake freezes well and is still great for the day of serving. Look out for the video and recipe later today!)
Pumpkin Pie (The Pumpkin Pie filling actually becomes more flavorful after it has been sitting for a couple of days)

What and when will you be preparing for your holiday? Leave us a comment below! We’d love to hear your insights!

Happy Cooking Madness Week!
-The Dads: Harris & Dave