A fam din fit for leonidas _ the culinary chronicles

The fact of the matter is, our munchkins have an extremely well tuned palate.

So it’s no surprise that when it came to Leonidas’s 5th birthday, he knew exactly what he wanted for his Family Dinner menu.

I mean c’mon.…take a looksies below. turkey bacon cooked in oven On the left, you can see our little man on his very first birthday cradling a bottle of Dom. oven baked bacon wrapped shrimp recipe Four years later, nothing has changed except instead of a 2000 bottle of Dom Perignon, he opted for a 2004.

When asked what he’d like for Family Dinner, Leo looked backed to one of his comforting favorite spots when they lived in NYC — Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter.


Our little man wanted their sweet tea brined fried chicken that he used to drizzle honey over. bacon wrapped shrimp baked in oven I’ve had their chicken—and it’s lovely! So for our birthday boy, a menu surrounding sweet tea brined fried chicken it is!

I adore all the fun we have with creating our meal but it’s seeing all the kids together that I love the most.

These two rascals— Lucas and Luna. make turkey bacon in oven They are only a few months apart in age so you can only imagine the mischief they get into together. baked shrimp wrapped in bacon in oven Not to mention, one moment they are thick as thieves and the next, they are bickering and arguing about everything under the sun.

While the kiddos were amusing themselves, the grown “kids’ turned our attention to a sip or two of libations. can turkey bacon be cooked in the oven These pretty in pink beauties were a Cranberry-Thyme Champagne Cocktail I whipped up.

Yeah, I’m not 100% sure what we’re doing here but I wouldn’t doubt if there was a selfie stick involved.

And yes, there’s still the Christmas tree up in the corner — I’m still catching up on these Fam Din posts!

Oh, and the lumberjack look was no coincidence. recipe for oven baked bacon At the 11th hour, the older nieces decided that we all needed to wear flannel that night. recipe to bake bacon in the oven No clue why….sometimes you just got to go with it.

Seestrah N made us two appetizers to nosh on while the chicken was being fried….we like options.

First up, these wonderfully savory, Crispy Stuffed Mushrooms. how do you make crispy bacon in the oven The caps were stuffed with the mushroom stems, aromatics, cheese and panko breadcrumbs.

She also made a big ol’ pot of Ina Garten’s Cheddar Corn Chowder. how do you bake bacon in an oven Chunks of potatoes, sweet corn, half and half, cheddar cheese and bacon–so comforting and delish.

Now let’s turn our attention to the star of the show–the fried chicken!

Here’s our big gal Luna helping her momma out with the breading of the chicken.

And when you’re frying enough chicken for 13 peeps, you need to employ two dutch ovens.

Nini did a good deal of the frying for us that night—isn’t she a trooper? I keep envisioning her a few years from now in her college dorm frying up chicken for her roommates at 2am.

The chicken was extremely moist and juicy with a fantastic crunchy crust. how do you make bacon in oven As for the flavor, it had a light herbal touch to it from the tea. how long to bake bacon in oven at 375 Definitely a different spin from the Lemon-Brined Fried Chicken we made a few years but equally delicious!

Here’s seester T’s Whipped Garlic Mashed Potatoes……butter on butter on butter!

She also roasted these Parmesan Zucchini Spears that were tender on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside from the panko bread crumbs.

I had to sneak this pic in of the boys. how do you make bacon in an oven Now usually at Fam Din, we all sit crammed in together at the table–no phones, no devices.

But there happened to be a big game on that night. how long do i cook turkey bacon in the oven So we let the boys set up an adjacent little table next to the dining room so that they were right in front of the TV.

And yes, they’re eating off of Star Wars paper plates — it still was Leo’s birthday dinner after all!

Speaking of the birthday boy, when I asked what he wanted for his birthday dessert, he promptly said CHOCOLATE CAKE! Which then he changed to chocolate cupcakes….then seconds later, he said ice cream cupcakes!

Who am I to say no to the little guy on his birthday? So I enlisted Nina to help bake the chocolate cuppies and then I hollowed out the centers. how do i cook turkey bacon in the oven I filled them with softened vanilla bean ice cream and threw them back in the freezer to firm up before topping them with swirls of chocolate flavored whipped cream.

And let’s not forget the Darth Vader and Stormtrooper chocolate toppers!

A perfect TWO IN ONE! I’m not sure why I’ve never made these before but I will most DEFINITELY make them again!

Happy, Happy Birthday Leonidas! We hope you enjoyed your dinner!

Cocktails: Cranberry-Thyme Champagne Cocktails, Assorted Wines

Sides: Whipped Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Buttermilk Biscuits, Parmesan Zucchini Spears, Pickles

Dessert: Star Wars themed Vanilla Bean Ice Cream filled Chocolate Cupcakes

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