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The Birthday Boy Named Karen

Posted Sep 15 2009 10:11pm

Edited to add: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO VAL AND MAGGIE!!

Happy Tuesday! We made it through the Monday “blues” and now we’re one step closer to the next weekend. But who’s counting? ;)

I mentioned this in the comment section on my poll post, but thank you to everyone who voted and shared their thoughts about what you want to see on the blog. As always, this ended up being one of those “unintentional ego boosters” where fellow bloggers and readers show how amazing they are.

Here were the results:

Total Votes: 166

  • Keep the “current hodge podge” – 51% (87 votes)
  • Daily post of what I eat – 33% (56 votes)
  • Scheduled posting topics – 14% (23 votes)
  • Other – 2% (4 votes)

The “other” answers included daily eats, exercise, job stuff, and wedding stuff – and one of you even responded with, “you.” I don’t know who said that because it’s anonymous, but you made my day :mrgreen:

Basically, the feedback I got from many of you matches the conclusion I’ve come to: you gotta blog what you feel or it’s not worth it! I’m so lucky to have readers and friends who understand that!

I know that this may be trivial (I don’t in any way mean to sound like I think my blog is central to your day!), but if you’re interested, I’ve decided that I will obviously keep up the current “hodge podge” that includes both eats and tidbits from my life – job, workout, wedding, etc. – because that seems to be what works for everyone ( including me! ). But within that hodge podge, I will also be including certain days of “daily eats” that will appeal to those of you who voted for that second option. I’m also going to try to post a little something each day – whether it’s a full post or just some fun article links (if you remember the “Mish Mosh” from last year).

Thanks for letting me type that out :) Clearly, I needed it. You all rock.

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The Birthday Boy Named Karen

As many of you know (he thanks you for the well wishes!), this weekend was Bobby’s 23rd birthday. We had a great birthday celebration at McCormick & Schmick’s on Saturday night.

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Aww :)

It wasn’t his actual birthday yet, but I told the restaurant ahead of time and they delivered…

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See it says, “Happy Birthday, Karen!!!” That’s my guy ;) Oh wait…

Well, after forgiving them for confusing “Bobby” with “Karen” (easy mistake, right?), we sat down and took a look at the menu. Chef Sullivan’s Recommendation of Mahi Mahi sounded good to me, so I ordered that while Bobby ordered the halibut.

But first…an amuse bouche! They brought one out for each of us in honor of the birthday girl boy. The waiter described it as a Mini Oysters Rockefeller with a savory filling and a rich cream sauce on top. All I know is that it was very good and cleansed my palate :)

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The birthday boy decided to order a Sierra Nevada on tap and kindly offered to share. We had it with the sourdough loaf that came out before the meal, which Bobby gave the thumbs up. I did, too!

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And then, we feasted! My Mahi Mahi came pan seared with a salt + pepper crust that was absolutely bursting with juicy flavor. Honestly, after every bite I must have said, “Mmmm!” It was awesome.

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One of the best parts was underneath: butternut squash risotto and sauteed asparagus. Both excellent! The risotto was so melt-in-your-mouth creamy and rich that I easily gobbled the entire dish.

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Then came the birthday celebration! The waiter brought out a complimentary dessert complete with a candle (which Bobby had the hardest time blowing out, haha). It was essentially a rich milk chocolate dessert cup filled with chocolate mousse and berries and topped with rich whipped cream. Yum! I think we both agreed that this restaurant certainly knows how to celebrate a birthday.

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The next morning, Sunday, was Bobby’s official birthday. To celebrate, I agreed to make him a batch of Ebleskiver Pancakes. I tried to fill the first batch with jam but quickly realized that jam = sugar = a burnt hot mess. I gladly took the first batch for myself and filled subsequent batches with frozen blueberries, which turned out MUCH better :) Here’s my burnt beauties topped with whipped cream because, why not?

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They still tasted great, minus the fact that they had a little char here and there ;)

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We also celebrated by breaking out our Bobby’s new homemade popcorn maker! It was a gift from his parents – the gift that keeps on giving, if you ask me. The brand is Stir Crazy. Bobby decided we needed enough kernels to make “4 quarts” of popcorn. I’m not quite sure why I agreed without question, but we added the kernels and 2 tbsp. canola oil to the machine…

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It said it would take 2-3 minutes, so we opened bottles of 312 while waiting ;) It was a day filled with football, so it seemed appropriate. After a minute or so, it started popping…and quickly filled up the entire machine!!

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Once we were sure it had stopped popping, we flipped over the black bowl as the directions stated. It couldn’t have been easier.

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Voila! A massive bowl of popcorn :) We topped it with some ranch-flavored popcorn salt and got to munching while watching the games (yeeaaah Packers!!). It was a great birthday gift. Microwave popcorn has nothing on the authentic, fresh taste of homemade.

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It was a fabulous football- and food-filled weekend! And what did I get the birthday boy? Why, Season 5 of The Office, of course! We are currently watching and hoping to get caught up just in time for the new season to start this Thursday. We’ll probably have to DVR a few episodes, but soon we’ll be watching weekly and finally be “in” on the latest gossip ;)

Speaking of gossip…I had to tape Gossip Girl last night! How was it? Wait, don’t give anything away! Just give me a few adjectives…

Alright, off to work I go! Have a fabulous day, everyone.

Abrazos,

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