30 years ago something big happened–my parents tied the knot. And it’s not just a big deal because it was the beginning of a sequence of events that ultimately led to the creation of, well, me…but big because it was the start of a marriage that I have watched and admired as it grows stronger and stronger every year (yeah yeah, cheesy but true). So my sisters and I decided that we should plan a special dinner in their honor. Plans that started as a quiet dinner at home, quickly turned into a culinary adventure complete with 6 tapas representing different aspects of their marriage, a mix playing in the background of their favorite tunes, and printed menus set up on the table. Lubin sisters take things too far.
Just an example of the cheesiness that can be found on this menu: My parents met when my dad was a waiter in my mom’s dorm, so we thought the appetizer had to be “dorm” food. The first course was titled, “I have a crush on my waiter” dormitory pizza–a whole wheat pizza with caramelized onions, spinach, and goat cheese. Next came a dish inspired by each of the daughters and then concluded with my dad’s favorite…meatloaf meat balls, and my mom’s favorite…macadamia nut crusted halibut.
While each dish individually had significance and was delicious, I have to admit it made for a pretty odd plate of food. Clockwise from top: Marissa’s Spanish inspired salad with manchego and pomegranate, Brea’s rigatoni arrabiata, Jenna’s Asian Grilled Shrimp, Mom’s Macadamia Crusted Halibut, and Dad’s meatloaf balls. Odd? Oh yeah. Regrets? No way.
And for a pretty great couple, had to end with something sweet and timeless…Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie cake.
I’ll be posting the recipes for the pizza, meatloaf meat balls, and macadamia nut crusted halibut this week so stay tuned!!