My Birthday Dinner

by Maggie Battista on February 10, 2008

in Entertaining, Main Courses


My birthday was last week. I won’t pontificate on how old I am. And I definitely won’t get into how I feel like half my life is gone, and that my real life is finally here and just beginning. We all know that life goes on. We grow old and eventually die. So I strive to enjoy the fun stuff, like cooking!

The best part of my birthday is that I didn’t actually have to cook, and I was oddly relieved to come home from work to a little feast warmly prepared by my husband. He hit our favorite Italian butcher on the way home and prepared his version of surf and turf. He seared the Delmonico steaks and then finished them off in the broiler. With a pinch of red pepper flakes, he finished off his own version of shrimp scampi (sans butter). They were sauteed in olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and those red pepper flakes for a few minutes, then gently placed atop those Delmonico steaks.


Surf and turf really doesn’t need much else, but the husband knows how much I adore brussels sprouts and couldn’t resist cooking up a few. Or a lot. He sprinkled them with olive oil, salt and pepper and then put them in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes. I look at these photos and want to just return to that night, and swim in those brussels sprouts. The bright green mixed with the crusty caramelized parts just call to me. We have more in the fridge and I may to have whip up a few right now.




Dessert was made up of six glorious cupcakes, all for me, and pictured above. But I could barely make it through one due to all that sugary frosting. These cupcakes were purchased at Baker’s Best, an independent catering business in Newton and Needham, Massachusetts. These treats lasted three days.

We had a great bottle of wine with dinner – a Malbec from Argentina. I just loved that label. Can you see the cat in the ancient drawings used on the label?


Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • Susan at StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

    What a lucky lady you are to have such a sweet husband! In 20 years, I’m lucky to get mine to make toast! (I love him anyway, though). Happy birthday! The Brussels sprouts look great.

  • claudia at ‘cook eat FRET’

    you have a great guy!
    wonderful dinner
    happy happy b’day to youuuuuuu

  • Lena

    Hi Maggie,
    I love your ideas and love for food and wine. Thanks for the tip on the wine and brussel sprouts.
    Uncle Ramon says hi.
    We are so glad you had a wonderful birthday.

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