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Monday, October 8, 2012

Birthday Kale and Canolis

I don't cook like Julia and I don't accessorize like Martha; however, I have always treasured family dinners.  In the early days, the husband and I shared hamburgers from a tiny hibachi inches from our basement window (not too safe in retrospect).  Later, mealtimes were valued because the kids were "still" when strapped in high chairs with food.  Later, mealtimes where when, if I was lucky, they might talk about the good and bad "stuff" of their days.  Now, when the "kids" make a visit, it is treasured time and I savor every word.
 
So when my daughter suggested coming "home" for a birthday bike ride and dinner, I picked up veggies at the farmer's market and eagerly strapped the bikes to the car! I was confident she was not expecting a lot of "hoopla" and would be happy chopping garlic and kale at her "party."  It was an impromptu event without siblings, cousins or friends.  There were no shrimp cocktails and no lobster tails.  There was neither cake nor ice cream.  There were no blow up houses, no balloons and no games.  It was far too cold to even eat on the porch!
 
Italian Fig Cookies I RecipeWe arrived home after a lovely ride across the Hudson River and inhaled pesto, hummus, and veggie chips.  We toasted the birthday girl with bubbly as she chopped garlic and peppers to be mixed with fresh kale.  There was fresh flounder and swordfish simmering on the grill.  We wrapped up the dinner with fig cookies, mini pastries and micro-canolis.  Her gifts included a "dress making form" from her BFF, a "garlic braid" from me (from last week's garlic festival) and a "dryer vent cleaning brush" from her dad!

This was a celebration as unique and special as the miracle I first "brought to the party" long ago, on a crisp fall afternoon.  
 

8 comments:

PAMELA HODGES said...

Your birthday celebration sounds wonderful. How special to have that time with your daughter. My oldest has not left home yet,but it will come soon as she finishes high school this year.

kivins said...

My two 20 something's still are home finishing school.. We always made sure dinner was a sacred time.. Like you said - in case someone wanted to share.. Now they are busy and our dinners are less frequent.. It may be a quick brunch on Saturday ..or lunch before everyone scatters over the weekend but I do savor the time.No matter how old they are family time's so precious.Hopefully they will appreciate it as they get older and use it in their own lives and "future" families..

Linda at teacherdance said...

Beautiful serendipity, just as it should be. You just leapt for the time and enjoyed every bit. I love all the parts you included from your past, like hoping at least the kids would be still in high chairs for a while, and about the hibachi. I haven't thought of hibachis for years, but we had one too! Thanks for sharing, Anita.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I just loved this slice; each event built on the next, and it was all woven together with love.

Stacey said...

The celebration you threw in honor of your daughter sounds wonderful. The food you described had my mouth watering, too.

Nanc said...

Totally a beautiful last line....I love lines like you wrote for that final ahhhhh! Children are miracles and we never forget that first. xo nanc

Judy said...

Wonderful slice about a special time with your daughter. Children, no matter what their age, are so special and sharing with each other makes many memories.

Lori said...

I loved the look into your family birthday traditions.