Izzy Eats: The art of raising a gourmand, one bite at a time

Stirring tales of eating, cooking and foraging in my never-ending quest to provide, great-tasting (local and organic whenever possible) EATS for me and my boy(s).

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fifties Food For The Fifty Year Old...

My brother E. hates parties, birthdays and other social occasions..Or so he claims. But I couldn't let his 50th go by without some type of celebration so I hatched a plan to surprise him with a small party at his house.

I lured him there with promises of homemade food and we he came home he found some friends waiting, along with Tuna-Noodle Casserole (a childhood favorite), Buffalo Bundt Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes, Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette and Cheesecake. I prepared everything, except the salad and mashed potatoes, at home and carted it, via granny cart and train, to his house. I stacked everything up, with the brilliant idea of leaving the frozen cheesecake at the bottom. It held up surprisingly well, considering and I only had to piece a small part of it back together.

Izzy reconnected with his old friend M., whom we haven't seen for months which made his day and they played together while I prepared things inside. Izzy, like the cheesecake, managed to hold up pretty well throughout the evening, even though we didn't get home until 10:30.

My brother (despite a few grumbles) didn't seem too disturbed by the whole affair which was a relief and the guests all seemed pleased. With the half-century birthday down, we are all looking forward to Grandpa's 100th...

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