This is probably the first year I’ve ever remembered my mom’s birthday.
Credit goes to her for that because she told me about it. Sorry in advance to anyone who ever becomes friends with me – I will NEVER remember important dates.
So as my gift I made everyone dinner and did dishes. It’s the least I can do for decades of forgetting a birthday.
As I tend to do for dinners, every single recipe I decided to make was new to me. With three new variables, there’s three different dishes that could turn out horribly wrong and we’d end up with delivery pizza. However, just like my Mother’s Day gamble, everything turned out great.
So great in fact that I have to share it with the world because these recipes are EXCELLENT.
Like, slap ’em in the church cookbook good. Ask for them at every family BBQ good. Seduce your next honey good.
The chicken cordon bleu casserole. OMG.
I like chicken cordon bleu, but I tend to only eat the pre-cooked frozen ones which never have enough sauce for me. This is the answer to that prayer! This casserole is the perfect mix of tender chicken, ham, cheese, and delicious delicious sauce. It was a bit of a pain to make because you have to coat chicken chunks in panko and brown on each side before throwing them in a dish. That took forever for me, but the rest is easy peasy.
Did I mention it was delicious? It is. Everyone raved over it.
Garlic Popovers for the WIN.
I’ve never actually made popovers before, but wow I’m so fucking sold on these things. Light and slightly crunchy on the outside, but airy and crepe-y on the inside. The taste was amazing, especially with a little extra butter and parm on the top. Holy dinner rolls, Batman.
I rounded it out with some freshly sauteed asparagus.
But it’s not a birthday without dessert.
Oatmeal Pie Bars which are better than their namesake.
These are chewy, deeply flavored and wonderful. I halved the marshmallow frosting and it was just perfect. MUCH better than anything LD can package up.