Happy birthday to me… let the festivities begin with Salisbury steak!


Tomorrow is my birthday, and I don’t know about you, but by the time you are my age,  you should be an expert at celebrating your own birthday.   Don’t get stuck with a bow in your hair that matches your cake…  Choose your own bow and your own cake.

1.  Start celebrating early.  Cook your own dinner and congratulate yourself for making it this far… Salisbury steak with Cognac mushroom gravy, chive whipped potatoes, and buttered peas works for me.  Rolls and lots of butter?  of course, I’m not messing around.

2. Don’t wait for somebody to buy you what you want.  You know exactly what you want, so buy it yourself and be happy adoring your  gift.  Show it off with excitement,  tell everyone,  “Look at  this gorgeous vintage purse I got for my birthday”!   You can even wrap it, I’ll leave that up to you.

3. Plan your own birthday suprise and make sure there are candles, I chose striped candles in pink and red.  Cake, pffft NO.  I have been planning a celebratory Happy Birthday grilled cheese sandwich like no other for weeks.  I plan on lighting the candles in my cheesy sandwich and making a wish.

The week of my birthday I spend my time at the gym thinking about all of the tasty treats I want to eat for my birthday.  Everyone knows calories don’t count if it’s your birthday and I’m all about treating myself special, and I don’t feel guilty doing it.   Now that I think about it, mothers willingly spend their lives making everything special for everyone in their family all the time.  If you are a mother, I give you permission to celebrate your birthday x 100!  Go all out, you deserve it!  I have been thinking about a burger from Comme Ca in LA, Sunday Supper at Lucques, maybe a BBQ pulled pork sandwich from my buddy Big Mista, and most importantly a grilled cheese sandwich from Grahamwich in Chicago.  Since I cannot make it to the Windy City anytime soon, I will be recreating my beloved sandwich on my birthday.  I will share it with you next week.  Until then, Happy Birthday to me – it’s going to be a delicious one, I deserve it! 

Have a great weekend,



3 comments… add one
  • Lentil Breakdown January 22, 2012, 1:29 am

    I used to eat Salisbury steak tv dinners when I was a kid and it was an entree in my elementary school cafeteria. Not like yours though!

  • Simply Tia January 25, 2012, 10:37 am

    Happy Belated Birthday. I hope you had a blast!!!

    That Salisbury steak looks great!

    • Chef Louise Mellor February 2, 2012, 4:38 am

      Thanks Tia- salisbury is my absolute fave!

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