My birthday is July 23, and I’ll be 16 years old! Last Saturday, we celebrated my birthday party because that worked best with our schedule.
I picked out a fresh, flavorful meal that we really enjoyed! Here, I’ll share with you all the recipes we used. We did adapt some of them, so these aren’t exactly what we had, but you can adapt them how you’d like, too!
This salad was a beautiful balance of creamy and crunchy, with bright, herby flavors throughout.
These fries were excellent – salty and cheesy!
I loved this dish! It was bursting with flavor and color.
My dad grilled this chicken, and my mom added a rich basil pesto. Loved it!
This bread is a favorite in my family! This recipe is pretty close to ours, but we weren’t sure where we originally found it.
This had the texture of gelato, and we made it chocolate by adding 2/3 to 3/4 of a cup of cocoa powder. Wow.
This cake is awesome. It had a moist, soft crumb that stayed together, and just the right amount of sweetness. Someone should have taken a picture of a slice, because it looked very cool! Between the two layers of cake, there was cream cheese filling (basically cream cheese mixed with sugar of choice, and maybe some vanilla and salt), and a bright, tart layer of cooked-down raspberries to balance all the richness.
My mom improvised her chocolate frosting for this cake, but she found this recipe and said it was very similar. This frosting is the best – sweet, smooth, fluffy, and chocolatey.
To decorate the outside of the cake, my mom melted some chocolate, swirled it on parchment paper in different shapes, and let it harden in the fridge. I think it turned out beautifully, especially with the fresh raspberries!
Which of these recipes looks the best to you?
What is a memorable dish or dessert you’ve had?