September brought us a twelfth birthday, Labor Day, school in FULL swing, and finally the preparations for an elaborate twelfth birthday party.

A very full month, but a fun one!  Here’s what I made:

I started out with Tortellini Primavera for the Misses for dinner.  They liked, but I should have known it wouldn’t be an easy sell with spinach in the sauce.  They grumpily got through it, but weren’t thrilled.  I thought it tasted great though!  :)

I loved, loved, loved Salmon, Lemon, and Dill with Orzo.  Really loved. Can’t wait to make it again!! I skipped the feta and it was delicious without it.  Not sure if I’ll ever make it with the feta (and you know I love cheese!).

Speaking of no cheese, next up was Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage with Soba and Soy-Sesame Sauce.  A delicious and filling vegan dinner that came together in a snap.  Really good!

Then we had Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese and Greens.  I love pizza.  I could eat it all the time.  This was a really great variation with Swiss chard!

Thank God for college football.  I hate it.  All football actually but college football season means that D goes to the UM home games, leaving me to a night of chick TV and food that he doesn’t like.  Enter Sun-dried Tomato Risotto.  D doesn’t like sun-dried tomatoes so I made this for myself.  Go ‘Canes.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

Finally, a Fall dessert!!  Sort of.  Fall with ice cream – Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie.  All the flavors of pumpkin pie mixed with vanilla ice cream and frozen.  Such good stuff – whipped cream and all!

I made Favorite Tomato and Olive Penne for a quick and super easy weeknight dinner.  Nice flavor from pantry ingredients.  One of those good recipes to throw together when you’re out of other options!

Another breakfast for dinner for the Misses was the Best French Toast.  They loved, but it just may be that they like the novelty of breakfast at night, rather than the actual recipes that I make!  :)

I wasn’t expecting much from this Tortilla & Black Bean Pie, but it was delicious and really great!  We ate it for a few nights…


I loooooved these cupcakes so much that I made them twice!  Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Oreos on the bottom! YUM!

Salmon and Basmati Rice

Up next was Apple & Horseradish-Glazed Salmon served with Herbed Basmati Rice.  The salmon was good, not great, but the rice was superb – gotta love the Barefoot Contessa!

For weekend dinner for D and I, I made Salmon Burgers with Cilantro Mayo (D falls firmly into the I-hate-cilantro camp, so he skipped the mayo) and Garlicky Oven Fries.  Both yummo!

Last up was Tortellini Soup.  As I was smack in the middle of the party preparation, I needed fast and easy dinner.  This soup fit the bill and was delicious to boot!

15 new cards filed away for a new total of 128.  I thought I had done better, but I repeated a few recipes and pulled out some old favorites for the birthday party.  Happy with the progress thus far though!