... and yesterday was Mark's. All those years ago, we wondered if Xavier and Mark would end up sharing the same birthday but Xavier decided he needed a day just for himself (smart boy).
To celebrate Mark's day, we spent it it the city: shopping, lunching, and walking the High Line. Back home, we ended the evening with a small gathering of friends for an al fresco dinner and cake: all in all, a perfect birthday, if I say so myself.
For the menu, I turned to my Pinterest boards where I try to pin yummy recipes for everyday meals and special occasions. Recently I came across an appetizer that I had to try -- balsamic strawberries and goat cheese canapes -- and they were fun (and simple) to make and delicious. I modified the recipe just a touch for my own tastes. These are perfect for a summer meal, so here's what you do:
Roast 9 - 10 large fresh strawberries at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.
With a fork, gently mash the roasted strawberries and then add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blend until just combined.
Cut up one large baguette into 1-inch slices and spread with goat cheese.
Top each slice with a 1/2 teaspoon of balsamic strawberries and voila!
Pretty and yummy canapes!
We followed the canapes with a summery Salad Nicoise! I love summer eating! Let me know if you try these balsamic strawberries and what you think. I'd love to see your photos, too!