Saturday, September 5, 2009

Birthday Celebration

Had a small Birthday celebration for my oldest son last night.. Menu included beautiful Fillet Mignon with mushrooms and Bearnaise sauce. Also tried Duchess Potatoes for the first time..there are many recipes on the Internet for them. They are the perfect potato with steak! A nice romaine salad and a French baguette rounded out the meal. The birthday "cake" requested was to make the brownies I posted earlier but with Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars with almonds!

My son and his GF were in charge of grilling and did a fantastic job..the steaks were PERFECT!! I was only able to get two photos taken before the battery died so they aren't the best..but you get the idea!

One of the guests was Shooter, the dog of my sons GF... this is a photo she took as the sun was going down. Shooter is a Cairn Terrier, a real cutie

DUCHESS POTATOES... Cook's.Com recipe
2 c. firm mashed potatoes
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. heavy cream
Salt, pepper, nutmeg
1/2 c. grated Swiss cheese
Warm the mashed potatoes, if necessary. Stir in the egg yolks, one by one, then the butter, cream and seasonings to taste. While still warm, pipe with large star tip onto buttered and floured baking sheets. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Set aside. Half an hour before serving brown lightly in a 400 degree oven.


Mary said...

I love your potato recipe. I think the meal you planned was perfect for your son's birthday. Besides who doesn't like fillet :-).

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Barb, I'm glad that you posted the potato recipe. I have some organic potatoes (actually a large quanity), and always looking for new ways to use potatoes. Wonderful meal for your son's birthday!

Dishesdone said...

Happy birthday to your son! Dinner looks fantastic! I think Shooter wants a piece :)

have to try those potatoes!

Lori E said...

Hi there. I recall being on your blog a while back. I thought I had followed you? Apparently not.
I was reposting for tomorrows Sunday Favorites when I read your comment on my onion soup post and came looking for you again.
Your food photos look so delectable.

Cynthia said...

Barb, what a fantastic birthday dinner.... as good any 5-star restaurant ... Whoever chose the menu has excellent taste. :) And the dessert sounded fabulous. Your son is lucky to have such a talented, nice mom. Happy Birthday and many more to your oldest.

Kathleen said...

Your birthday celebration looks wonderful! What a treat!!

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful birthday dinner. I'm so glad you shared the Duchess potato recipe because I want to try them!

Marsha said...

I had read this one earlier in google reader but wanted to stop by and comment on how good it looks! I've never tried duchess potatoes either...sounds pretty fancy for a MN farm girl :)