Another Glorious Birthday, Part II

A celebratory dinner is prepared:

Moussaka is created in several steps; above, ground lamb is simmered with red wine, garden tomatoes, onions, oregano, allspice and cinnamon.

The meat sauce is then layered between slices of fried eggplant.
And above, hot from the oven with a perfectly browned custard crown of eggs, bechamel sauce, Greek dry cheese and grated nutmeg.

Of course there were vegetables on the menu as well. And a quartet of desserts courtesy of  J&B.

Black Eyed Pea Pate with Toast Points, Baby Lettuces from the garden, House-Pickled Peppers and Mustard Flowers.

Roasted Vegetables with Toasted Parmesan Crumble

The evening began promptly at 8 with cocktails on the porch. A light rain fell on a chilly evening but all stayed warm with a selection of libations throughout the night including a newly minted cocktail dubbed Kissed By A Pit Bull (brandy, amaretto, lime juice), our first ever red Sancerre, champagne, micro-batch Widow Jane whiskey and more.

Jen, Kristin and Ben gather around the table for a toast.

Meanwhile, Dolce seeks a bit of quiet time on the kitchen sofa:

Stay Tuned for Part III !!


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