Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Berry Birthday

DJ turned 21 yesterday.  And he did not go drinking!

We had a lovely dinner of steak (grilled perfectly by Jon, of course)...

and Nasty Salad...

Also, fresh pineapple and strawberries!

Shawn said, "Wow!!  It feels like MY birthday!!"

Later, instead of hitting a bar, DJ enjoyed a delicious dessert of Berry Crumble and tea.

The Berry Crumble Recipe was worth keeping. 
(I'd cobbled it together, a melange of various internet recipes.)

Berry Crumble

4 cups blueberries
2 cups raspberries
2 cups blackberries
(I also added a couple of apples, peeled and coarsely chopped, 
because we like a LOT of fruit)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tsp. melted butter
2 tsp. vanilla

Put the fruit in a large bowl.  If the berries are frozen let them thaw.
Mix the sugar and cornstarch well.  Stir in the orange juice, butter and vanilla.  Pour over berries, toss and set aside.  Make the topping.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oats (oatmeal)
2 cups brown sugar (I did not pack it, so maybe more like 1.5 cups packed)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup walnuts
3/4 cup butter

Place all these ingredients in your food processor and pulse until evenly mixed.

Lightly butter a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.  Stir berries and sauce and pour into pan.  Top with topping.  Bake at 350 for one hour.  Allow to cool at least 20 minutes.  Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or just plain cream poured over the top.


Hope T. said...

The dinner looks delicious, as do all the dinner pics you post. What kind of dressing do you put on the "nasty" salad? I never heard that name for pasta salad before.

Congratulations on having raised a fine young man to adulthood. I am looking forward to my oldest son turning twenty later this year. Even though I adore the baby and toddler years, it is such a relief when they reach adulthood and I am not in charge of another person's life anymore.

ruth said...

Shawn and I dubbed it "Nasty Salad" when we were in college and it was always available in the dining areas. Theirs was always loaded up with raw onions and broccoli, and while it tasted great, we always got sick after eating it.

I make it with peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber, frozen peas, olives, mozzarella and pepperoni (no onions or broccoli). And I just use Wegman's dressing... a whole bottle-- or two if it is a particularly large batch. Generous amounts of dressing are key to a good Nasty Salad. Usually I think I get the best flavor from Wegman's Parmesan Italian, but this time I used Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic because the ingredient list did not actually include the words "monosodium glutamate," as all the other Italian dressings seem to.

I'm not sure it is that much of a relief to me when they get big. Little people, little problems, big people, big problems. I worry about things like long car drives and whether they will ever actually have their own medical insurance...

HOWEVER, I think that starting today, he will be in charge of washing his own frying pans after he makes a fritatta. And that will be a beautiful thing. :)