Birthday Potluck Bash

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I have to start off with a disclaimer. Although this was a potluck, I don't really have any pictures of food brought over by others (except the brownies in the last photo). You see, I kind of got hungry when people started arriving, then I began eating and drinking, and well, didn't take photos. But just imagine a whole lot of other delicious stuff not pictured here - beet and yogurt salad, spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese, quinoa with vegetables, and I'm sure other things I'm forgetting.

I did very little cooking that day. I bought some salami and olives, assembled a smoked salmon pizza (recipe below) and made a pasta salad. The salad had kalamata olives, mozzarella, artichokes and basil. And I dressed it with a balsamic vinaigrette. It was pretty tasty. But the pizza was also a big hit.
Oh, right, I also grilled a bunch of vegetables.
But the highlight of the day? My presents. And one of them happened to be a magical candle.  It was pretty amazing. It had fireworks, music and motion. Everyone was impressed, and scared for a few seconds as the husband lit the thing. But once we saw no one was going to get hurt, we all thoroughly enjoyed the show. I guess you never get too old for magical candles.

Smoked Salmon Pizza
Adapted from Jacques Pepin

Lavash Bread
Smoked Salmon
Red Onion
Sour Cream

Toast the lavash in the oven for about 5 minutes. Let the bread cool. Spread sour cream on bread and top with the remaining ingredients. How much of what really depends on you, and your taste. Just make sure you have plenty of salmon, because really, that's the star ingredient.


  1. Where would one get the candle? That looks fabulous (like all of your food!)

  2. You can purchase this magical candle, along with other magical presents, at the Pavillions of Monrovia.

  3. holy smokes, our friend's boobs are on fire!