our place settings were also set with fun questions concerning the birthday boy...such as 'how would he define his personal style?' and 'what is your favorite memory of him?' which all made for some rather good laughs.
the evening menu
figs with goat cheese & candied pecans
mussels with bread crumbs & almonds
arugula salad & mushroom tart
bacon wrapped pork tenderloin
garlic mash potatoes
mixed berry streusal pie
A Kitchen In France as well as The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
the berry pie was a home recipe:
one par baked pie crust; i love ina garten's pie dough from one of her first books as it includes both butter and shortening...but you may use what you like!
about four cups of mixed berries, strawberries sliced
3/4 c. sugar
juice 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 c. cornstarch
1 t. vanilla extract
zest of one small orange
toss berries well with above ingredients, careful not to smash berries. let rest and toss occasionally while you roll out dough and par bake crust, and make your streusal topping.
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 stick butter
handful of slivered almonds
melt butter and whisk with all ingredients to make a crumble.
Fill crust with berries and top with streusal. bake at 375 for about 45minutes to an hour until filling is bubbly. let cool before cutting. enjoy!