The Golden Anniversary Celebration
We had to make Mom and Dad pose a little more.
It stretches out the anticipation,
prolongs the excitement,
and commemorates the occasion.
Plus, we knew it would make them
very, very hungry,
so they would eat everything on their plate.
Mom and Dad started an exclusive club when we were younger,
The Clean Plate Club.
If you didn't eat everything on your plate,
you didn't get dessert.
In our youthful zeal, we were known to sometimes have literally
licked our plates clean,
we were so eager to be awarded membership.
Mommy and Daddy with their oldest daughter,
third in birth order,
the bossy one who took on the characteristics of the first born.
The welcoming scene at our table...
...and the soothing view from our window.
I felt like I should branch out and become a
the meals were so amazing.
Spit-Roasted Prime Rib
Roasted over applewood.
Served with au jus,
fresh horseradish root,
Yukon gold mashed potatoes,
and grilled fresh asparagus.
Brick Oven Washington Dungeness Crab Stuffed Mahi Mahi
The best of the Pacific waters.
Dungeness crab, three cheese and spinach stuffed Mahi Mahi,
served with ginger jasmine rice,
and lemon buerre monte'.
(YES, I ate dolphin fish,
it's totally legal
I do not know what lemon buerre monte' is.)
Best of the Northwest
Applewood grilled Alaskan halibut
and Neah Bay King salmon.
Served with organic English peas,
butter roasted baby carrots,
sweat pea pesto,
Dungeness crab spring slaw
and charred lemon vinaigrette spring pea shoots.
(I know this chef wasn't raised by my mother.
Doesn't this plate look like he was in the kitchen,
playing with his food?)
Since we all were distinguished members of
The Clean Plate Club,
without stooping to lick our plates,
we ordered desert.
Trio of Crème Brulee
Three of the finest flavors:
Grand Marnier, rich chocolate, and vanilla bean
all topped with a crackling caramelized sugar crust.
Bet the food pictures make you wish
were celebrating their 50th.
To 50 Golden Years.
Congratulations, Mom and Dad!