Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Koo's Birthday

On Sunday we celebrated my sister Koo's (Kirstin) 26th birthday. She came to our house with a friend from her ward for dinner and games after church. I decided to go all out on the calorie front as it was a special occasion!

My sister-in-law Rachael gave me a great cookbook called Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis and I wanted to try a new recipe. Giada is the impossibly tiny little Italian chef on the food network. The cookbook is hysterical to flip through as it is full of photos of her highlighting her perky and ample "assets" - assets that cannot possibly be real since she probably weighs 90 pounds. See?!

But I digress. I made her Penne a la Carbonara for dinner. I have never made a pasta sauce with eggs in it before, but it was very creamy and very tasty and very fattening. Giada does not eat Penne a la Carbonara.

For dessert, I decided to try Cream Puff’s Very Favorite Coconut Cream Cake. If you recall, this is the same wonderful blogger that gave us the divine crepe cake from Christmas. The coconut cake is a show stopper. The cake is so moist and light and fluffy and the coconut creme filling is truly heavenly. I was worried about the butter cream as I had never made a butter creme that started with making a custard on the stove but holy cow - yum! If you love coconut, and even if you don't (like me), you will love this cake.

No, Calvin was not enjoying the Diet Dr. Pepper. That was Koo.

After dinner we played games with the kids. If you do not have 10 Days in Europe, I would highly recommend it!


  1. Everybody knows that well-endowed women make better pasta.

  2. My co-workers have put in a request for MORE CAKE. Seriously yummy. I'd just like to point out that Max kicked Tara and I's butts at 10 days in Europe. Thanks for a great Bday!

  3. kind of funny, but i was trying to decide if that first picture was kirsten or not. i was thinking if it was her, that it had to be some type of glamour shot pix, and i thought if she was anything like you, that just didn't make sense. glad that when i actually read it; i found out the truth. i hadn't seen that italian lady before. i know about the whole bosom thing. pat likes that amy winehouse musician. it's hard to not notice or comment on how well endowed she is when pat watches a video - which i think is what she wants to happen.

    anyhoo, i digress. happy birthday to koo! that cake looks divine as usual. your blog just makes me salivate.

  4. Thanks for letting me come & eat your good food & test Max! I had a good time & yes, Max kicked our butts at that game!

  5. I saw Giada de Laurentiis on Oprah a few months ago and her food looked great! I flipped through your cookbook before wrapping it up for you and the recipes looked so good! I thought I better get one for myself. And yeah, I definitely had the same thought as you with all her pictures!