Happy Birthdays

My husband, aka “the Daddy Dog”, and Lucie both had a birthday yesterday.  It was a pretty low key celebration, but both got presents and treats and both had a happy birthday.  I won’t reveal Larry’s age now, but Lucie just turned 7, which for a giant breed dog, is getting up there.  Both Lucie and the Daddy Dog still think they are young, and are still definitely young at heart, but if they do too much, their bodies start to tell them otherwise.  One of Larry’s favorite dinners for special occasions is steak Oscar, and that is what he requested for his birthday dinner.  Ask, and you shall receive, especially on your birthday.  I make it quite often.  It is filet mignon, cooked to your liking, topped with asparagus, Hollandaise sauce and crab, served over mashed potatoes. Steak Oscar.


Hollandaise Sauce


3 egg yolks

1-1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 dash of Tobasco sauce

1 stick of melted butter

a pinch of nutmeg

a splash of water


Whisk everything together except the melted butter.   Either over an open flame (if you are fast enough) or over a bain marie (a water bath or a bowl placed over a sauce pan with boiling water), whisk the egg mixture constantly, so the eggs do not scramble and slowly add the melted butter in a slow steady stream.


Keep whisking until all the butter is incorporated into the egg mixture.  Serve immediately.  (I only removed it from the heat because I could not pour the melted butter and take a picture at the same time).  As long as the eggs are over the heat, you need to be stirring them constantly, or they will scramble.  You do not want scrambled eggs for a Hollandiase sauce.


The steak Oscar was Daddy’s dinner choice.  Lucie did not have her choice of dinner, or she would have gladly eaten the steak Oscar as well, but she did get birthday treats and prezzies.  She knows these are all for her and she really wants them NOW.  She is trying hard to get a hold of that big birthday bone cookie.


Brother Vinnie has now discovered there are new treats and toys, and he wants them too.


The birthday kids.  Lucie is one happy girl.  She finally got her cookie.  She wasn’t too happy that she had to share it with her brother though.


Daddy with his girls, Nicodemus and Lucie.  Happy Birthday Daddy Dog and Lucie.  Love you lots.



Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

23 thoughts on “Happy Birthdays”

  1. Happy birthday, love my furry family members. Your posts always make me so hungry. You always have such delicious looking meals. My daughter just celebrated her 21st birthday the other day. In the restaurant we went to there were three other people celebrating theirs as well.

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