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Dinner is Poured, A Birthday Menu

It's time to celebrate one of my best friends. Another year down! I love that we've been friends for 30 years! And I really love that we celebrate our milestones with dinners that now include our spouses and all our kids.


This year, I decided to plan her dinner inspired by the cookbook that one of my blogging friends just published. I was honored to be a recipe tester for Cooking with Cocktails: 100 Spirited Recipes by Kristy Gardner* of the blog She Eats. For months, I was part of a team that tested and commented on her recipes...until she was confident that the recipes were fantastic. And, they are fantastic. Kristy sent me a copy along with the best thank you card. Ever. Look...


And she even signed it for me. Woohoo. "Follow the gin!" Okay!


I can't wait to share some of her dishes with my friends tomorrow.


Dinner is Poured
A Birthday Fête for Jenn’s 44th Birthday

I.
Red Wine Chorizo with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs
Brandy-Laced Chicken Liver Pâté
Framboise Whipped Stilton Cheese Toasts
Cazuelitas de Bacalao
Paired with Donnafugata Anthilia

II.
Winter Greens & Citrus Salad
Martini Puttanesca Topped with Seared Salmon
Grappa Ricotta Gnocchi with Wilted Greens
Paired with Donnafugata Sheherazade Rose

III.
Spanish Wine-Poached Pears
Chocolate Chip Amarula Cookies
Paired with Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo

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