Thursday, June 10, 2010

Birthday Boy

John and Maggie came over to celebrate Johnny's birthday. I made the Perfect Mai Tai. Sorry I didn't take photos but here is the recipe from

  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons light rum
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons 151 proof rum
  • 3 tablespoons orange curacao (orange flavored
  • liqueur)
  • 3 tablespoons almond flavored syrup
  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup (1 part boiling water, dissolve 2 parts sugar until consistency is like syrup)
  • 1-7/8 limes, juiced
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • garnish (sliced fresh pineapple, mint, maraschino cherries)

1) In a large jar or drink cooler, combine the light rum, dark rum, 151 rum, orange liqueur, almond syrup, simple syrup, and lime juice.
2) Stir and top off with orange juice. Do not use grenadine if you want the true Mai Tai!
3) Serve in 8 to 12 ounce glasses with ice. Garnish with fresh pineapple slices, mint, and maraschino cherries.
I don't remember what the birthday card said but the look on Johnny's face was all I needed.

For dinner I made a cranberry, blue cheese salad (I would share the recipe but it is premade from Costco) to eat with Salmon Burgers for which I had a recipe that called for chopped fresh salmon. Then I thought, why ruin a perfect piece of fresh fish? So this is what I did:
1) season a fillet of salmon with seafood seasoning, dried basil, and garlic powder then throw it on the grill
2) mixed olive oil mayonnaise, sliced green onions, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to make an aioli spread
3) layer on top toasted herbed focaccia bread: aioli, salmon, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, and pickles (I like spicy). Yum-yum!!
Maggie made him his favorite dessert ... chocolate cream pie. Since there was no way a piece could be saved for Grandma and Jan, I took a photo to share instead.
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