Saturday, March 8, 2008

A Lemon-y Un-Birthday Dinner

We were happy to help ourselves to some of the California lemons & rosemary that were up for the taking at the Arts & Culture Center not so long ago, and made it into a Lemon Night. In our family, we celebrate half-birthdays, with a dinner menu and dessert of choice for the lucky one who's halfway to the next date. Late last month, our 7-year-old turned 7 1/2. She chose for dinner a Lemon Roast Chicken from the Sesame Street cookbook she got as a Christmas gift. Grandma helped slice the lemons very thin, mix sage, rosemary, olive oil and pepper, and lift the skin to rub that underneath, then put the lemon slices on top of the herb mix, but still under the skin. Roast as usual, and it was moist and delicious. The kids drank lemonade, the parents had lemon water with their wine, and Grandma made lemon bars for dessert. After dinner the kids put on a show and collected donations to send to Senegal, which the unbirthday girl had studied at Girl Scout Thinking Day. Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

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