Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Nana and Papa's Anniversary Dinner

My parents' (aka Nana and Papa) anniversary was April 19th. They've been married 41 years (awesome, I know). They have a beautiful home that has been exquisitely decorated by my interior designer mom. Buying presents for them is not an easy task because ... well, after 41 years, they pretty much have everything they need or want. Plus, Mom's very picky.

So rather than buying them presents, Brian and I decided to make them dinner. Allen provided a suggestion for the menu: chocolate cake. Good. That decision was made. However, now we had to come up with the appetizer and entree portions of the meal. We thought and thought about what they really loved, and came up with the following menu

Raw Oysters Served with a Ginger-Lime Relish and a Horseradish Sauce
Mixed Field Greens with Dried Cranberries and Maytag Blue Cheese
Moules Fromage Bleu
(Mussels in a Blue Cheese and White Wine Broth with Bacon and Shallots)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte
Candy Dish

Here are some pictures of the delicious food.

Raw Oysters served on Mom and Dad's Screened-in Porch.
(We got the buckets at Target for $1 each)
 Moules Fromage Bleu
 Just one of the four buckets filled with Mussel shells
 The Chocolate-Peanut Butter Torte (made from scratch thankyouverymuch)
 Mom's Candy Dish with JuJu Bees and Red Vines
I would never have had the guts to do this if not for my very brave and talented husband. He reassured me constantly that we could pull it off, and he patiently shucked three dozen oysters that evening. Thanks to him we were able to pull off (what I hope was) a lovely evening.

xoxo,
AHC

6 comments:

drevas said...

Well you guys need to come to RI with all that shellfish going on! Looks fabulous. I'm impressed.

PWNort64 said...

Oh my, how wonderful. Dinner looked beautiful. And that peanut butter chocolate cake...yum yum!

kate said...

Did Kristen sneak down there to help? Your dinner looks like one of her awesome accomplishments. I'm sure the P's loved it but maybe you shouldn't have set the bar so high. Coming up with an encore is going to be hard. Really a wonderful job!!!!

KMag said...

I do appreciate the accolades from kate, but really I don't do shellfish. This was all you guys...and what a fabulous job you did!

allie said...

This is making me SO hungry! Ahhhh! What a very sweet, thoughtful dinner you put together!

lori said...

a mouth-watering menu and a lovely presentation! your pictures belong in bon appetit magazine! bravo!!!