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daisi - July 23, 2012

Sunday Birthday Dinner by Jo-Mom

daisi - July 23, 2012
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My mom came to visit me yesterday to help me make some cream cheese peppermints for Sam’s brother’s wedding in a couple weeks. While she was here we celebrated my birthday. First she gave me the best gift – custom made camera straps from Phat Straps.

AND a massage at Ihloff Salon – major score!

Then we made the mints (sharing the recipe this week) and after a brief rest (and some shopping at Anthropologie) she made us dinner. I thought I’d share the recipes with you since it was SO delicious!


tequila marinated shrimp


  • 1/3 C. tequila
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 med jalapeno (small dice)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 pounds of raw, peeled & deveined shrimp


  1. Mix and let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Grill or saute until shrimp is cooked through and is nice and pink (about 2-4 minutes each side).

And for dessert, she brought homemade ice cream AND Bailey’s Brownies. She actually brought the ingredients for the ice cream and we made it using my new Kitchenaid ice cream maker attachment. And Bailey’s Brownies? Right up my alley!


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


  • 2 quarts half and half (1/2 gal)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.5 Cups sugar
  • pinch of salt


  1. Make according to your ice cream maker's directions.

Bailey's Brownies

Rating: 51

adapted from gimme some oven


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • heaping 1/3 cup bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and lightly spritz with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, instant coffee powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. Set aside.
  3. Place chocolate and butter in a large microwave-proof bowl and melt in 30 second spurts, stirring in between each interval until completely melted. Set aside to cool a bit. (Alternatively, melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan set over low heat, stirring frequently until melted. Set aside to cool.)
  4. Once the chocolate mixture is warm (not hot!), add eggs one at a time, whisking constantly to incorporate. Whisk vigorously for about 10 seconds to incorporate fully. Add sugar, vanilla, and Bailey’s and whisk until combined. Add the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, folding until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth out the top. Bake at for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool, and dust with powdered sugar if desired.

And that was my 31st birthday meal, courtesy of Jo-Mom. DELICIOUS. Thanks Mom! 🙂


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