It's my birthday! I expect next year to be great. Especially since I will be done with school (well, at least done with classes - I can't technically graduate for another six months) in December.

My 20s were a big improvement on my teens, and my 30s were a HUGE improvement on my 20s. I hope and expect my 40s to be even more awesome.

One friend gave me a box of assorted macaroons, and another took to me the Lazy Ox Canteen, where we split a bottle of white house wine, an appetizer of caramelized cauliflower with lime and pine nuts (I'm not usually that big on cauliflower, but we'd had that before there and it was great), and the two best desserts in LA: Lazy Ox rice pudding with whipped cream and no raisins (the Devil's work) and butterscotch pudding with caramel sauce and sea salt. For an entree, she had pumpkin gnocchi with asparagus. I had suckling pig with barbecue sauce, rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, and cole slaw. The pig came with a giant sheet of crispy crackling.

Today I'm on crisis call and also have a paper to write, but I mean to take at least a little time to curl up with my macaroons and The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4). I will also be doing catch-up celebrations intermittently all week.

For a birthday gift, please comment with something you think I'd enjoy: a snarky review, a recommendation, a description of a delicious meal or cooking disaster, a pretty picture, a poem, an amusing anecdote, etc.
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laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)

From: [personal profile] laurashapiro

Happy birthday!

I remember when you visited the Bay Area and I finally got to meet you. I enjoyed our lunch with Oyceter so much, and your wit and charm even more. If ever you come north again, our house is open to you. I know P. would love to meet you in person, and I would love to have hours and hours to talk.
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From: [personal profile] jjhunter

*offers a celebratory fist-bump*

I'm 25 today myself. If poetry speaks to you, you may enjoy some of the favorites folks have been sharing with me at my journal.
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From: [personal profile] em_h

Happy birthday!

My description of my own delicious birthday meal is a few entries back in my journal, but in case you missed it:

"We had a coconut/pumpkin soup which was quite possibly the best soup in all of human history, and then I had mussels in a lovely broth of coconut and lemongrass and cilantro (not quite as good as the soup but pretty good), and A had chicken amandine which I did not try on account of I don't eat chicken, and we shared a plate of frites and housemade ketchup. Then A decided that we had to order a dessert for each of us, i.e. one for TJB as well. So we shared between the three of us a little pumpkin tart with whipped cream, and a creme brulée tart with berries, and a dish of straight creme brulée."

Coconut/pumpkin soup may not sound like a transcendent experience, but I have never had soup quite so wonderful. Lemongrass, garlic, a bit of curry, a bit of ginger, thick and silky and creamy with large soft chunks of pumpkin, a bit salty, a little bit sweet ... really the best soup in history. I had a very, very good soup the night before (vegan onion soup at Nunu Ethiopian, which apparently has a base partly made from turnip but you wouldn't know it from the rich soft taste, and onions cooked two ways, some slowly sautéed until soft and golden, and some caramelized), which was my favourite soup up to that point, but this beat it.

My life has also been one of those ones that improves decade to decade. I hesitate to comment so early in this stage, but so far my 50s are beating everything else ... at this rate, I should be absolutely obnoxiously happy when I'm 90.

Hoping for no crisis calls tonight!
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From: [personal profile] lferion

Happiest of happies!

Here is a fuzzy circle of cuteness, courtesy of Daily Squee:

Fox Circle

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From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu

Happy Birthday!

The quote of the day, from a snarky TV review at the AV Club:

"'Sister's Keeper' is another sub-par episode of a show that has managed to lower expectations down to the floor. No, through the floor, and beyond, to somewhere in sub-basement 14, where the ice-weasels rule the earth, and the slow rot of putrid apocalypse is beginning to tinge the air."

I'm waiting on the Heroes of Olympus series until it's done, but is it good so far?

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From: [personal profile] qian

Happy birthday! You are great.

I went to Amsterdam over the weekend and am working my way through some delicious Dutch foods. I can't send my speculaas to you because they are mine, ALL MINE, but here is a recipe!
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From: [personal profile] kore

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY WHOO I hope your flawless speedy graduation from school is a late present!

My 40s have def been so much better than my 30s.

Have some awesome Janelle Monae:
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From: [personal profile] loligo

Happy birthday!

A food and drink thing that is making me happy is the resurgence of floral liqueurs. I love love love St. Germaine, the elderflower liqueur. I don't do anything fancy with it, just drink it with club soda over ice. And this summer I had a very tasty Water Lily, made with Creme de Violette. Both Creme de Violette and Creme Yvette (which is violets & berries & vanilla, I think) were out of production for decades, but have been resurrected in the past few years. I want to get myself a bottle of one of those two for further experimentation.
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger

We just started a bottle of Creme Yvette; it is sweeter and the flavor less herbal, more floral, than the Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette and the color (in an Aviation, anyway, the only thing we use it for) is pinker.

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From: [personal profile] oyceter

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Let me know if you'd like a call some time! (Also, check your email for funny cat pics.)
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From: [personal profile] umbo

Happy Birthday, and welcome to your 40s!
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From: [personal profile] oursin

Not only was the wild venison I cooked on Sunday good at the time, the remnants made a delicious sandwich with a touch of creamed horseradish.

Also, today there was a special of pulled duck on brioche roll in the staff cafe.
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From: [personal profile] skygiants

Happy birthday! Have I ever told you about the time that I tried to make Chanukah cookies from one of those pre-packaged jars full of dry ingredients?

The difficulty was that whoever packaged the jar had not thought to separate out the blue decoration sprinkles from the rest of the ingredients. Gamely, I followed the instructions to mix all the ingredients with the eggs and butter and all! Although I was slightly dubious about the neon blue cookie dough that resulted, I obediently globbed off bits, and put them on a cookie sheet in the oven . . . where they proceeded to expand to ten times their original size and coalesce into THE GIANT NEON BLUE COOKIE DOUGH BLOB FROM OUTER SPACE.

Since the next stage of this experiment seemed likely to result in the giant blue blob devouring my kitchen, my cats and my parents, I decided to throw the possibly-radioactive cookie dough into the garbage disposal. Perhaps it haunts the sewers of suburban PA still.
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From: [personal profile] mildred_of_midgard

Happy birthday! I turned 30 last week, and I have the exact same feeling: I expect each decade to be better than the last. Your forties are going to be great! Lucky...

My gift is apropos of your previous post:
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey

Happy birthday!

Today's dinner was simple but fairly good: golden beets, purple and yellow potatoes, a parsnip, and a turnip/rutabaga cousin whose name I don't know (thanks, CSA box) that's twice the size of most conventional turnips and had fibrous bits in its skin when undercooked but tasted rich and delicious once it'd finished, cut up and roasted beneath four thigh/leg chicken pieces rubbed with olive oil/wine/miso/gochujang/herbes de provence/mustard/minced garlic mixture.

(Like, enough fibrous bits that they probably qualify as bast fibers and someone probably makes paper from them. But fine once cooked, really.)
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From: [personal profile] starlady

Happy birthday!

Grad school has fried my brain, but I hope you had a wonderful day!
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From: [personal profile] vass

Happy birthday!

I'm not sure if this is a cooking disaster or a cleaning win, but when I was 18, I spilled popcorn kernels on the carpet and inadvertently discovered that you can pop popcorn in the vacuum cleaner.
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From: [personal profile] kore

....OK, that actually made me laugh out loud.

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Happy birthday! We will have to do something fun when we get together next.

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Very happiest of birthdays!

Here is Winterbloom singing Sweet Spot, which is a really good birthday song when you're no longer 12.
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