Shabbat Sundays are always more fun when we’re celebrating someone’s birthday. In this case, it was a party for Rheta, Josh’s mom, who is by far the most gorgeous, youthful and vibrant 77-year-old you will ever meet. She’s also an amazing soul and someone I feel so lucky to know… Happy Birthday Rheta, we love you so much!
This menu had some of our tried-and-true faves, including the pot roast and the mint lava cake:
- Lemon Artichoke Dip – make a few hours ahead
- Homemade Potato Chips – these are super-yummy, but they disappear as fast as you can bake them!
- Beef Pot Roast – make 1-2 days before, reheat before serving
- Twice Baked Potatoes - prep during the day and do the second baking before serving; I substituted yukon gold potatoes and creme fraiche instead of sour cream
- Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with Mint Fudge Sauce – make cake batter and sauce 1 day before, pop ‘em in the oven as dinner is winding down
We had 12 people over to celebrate with Rheta (7 adults, 5 kids) and it was fairly quick to pull everything together. One exception – homemade potato chips. When you discover that one person can eat a whole cookie sheet of them in 30 seconds (they are small, crunchy and addictive), you have to make a lot. Before you know it, you’ve spent a couple hours making 300 chips that get eaten in 5 minutes. Somehow, it’s worth it!