Joshua enjoyed his 19th Birthday dinner! I know that he likes Surf and Turf dishes so I’ve made his favorites! 


Joshua's 19th Birthday Dinner

I was planning to make a casual dinner for my family and actually wrote a small menu plan as you can see below. But once I start cooking I feel like my wings pick me up and move me around the kitchen. I get completely absorbed in cooking.

Life has taught me that one of the most important things is to have a good and positive attitude and to enjoy what you do, then everything will turn out better!

I cook with a smile since I know my family will enjoy these dishes!

Joshua's 19th Birthday Dinner table

19th Birthday Menu:

  • Spanakopita (Costco)
  • Garlic bread
  • Salad
  • Chicken Potstickers with onions and peppers (Costco’s LingLing Potstickers with Chicken and Vegetable)
  • Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini
  • Shrimp Tempura (Costco)
  • Garlic/Parmesan shrimp with broccoli (Costco’s Wild Argentine Red Shrimp)
  • Lobsters
  • NY Strip steaks with potatoes
  • Carvel Ice Cream cake
  • Fruit bowl

We decided to celebrate Joshua’s birthday for 2 days, you can see 4 lobsters and Teriyaki Salmon on the first day.

Joshua's 19th Birthday Dinner lobsters 4

Actually the best prices on Lobsters (for Florida folks) we found at the Winn-Dixie supermarket.

They are fully cooked. I just reboil them before serving. The price is usually $10 each on sale or $12, regular. Which is not that bad considering you will pay $40+ for one at the restaurant. 

Walmart supermarket used to sell 2 cooked lobsters for $18 which we enjoyed as well. 

Joshua's 19th Birthday Dinner 3

Click here for the Broiled Teriyaki Salmon recipe

Salmon Shrimp Pasta

I often cook with what I have on hand. We had a frozen Wild Argentine Red Shrimp pack from Costco and fresh broccoli. In no time we had this tasty dish which you can serve on its own or with pasta, rice, couscous, polenta, potatoes…

How to make Garlic Parmesan Shrimp and Broccoli

Ingredients

  • Defrosted shrimp
  • Broccoli (or any other veggies you have on hand)
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning (or your favorite)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon
  • pepper to taste

Heat olive oil and butter in a heavy skillet over high heat.

Place shrimp in an even layer on the bottom of the pan and cook for 1 minute without stirring.

Cook and stir until shrimp begin to turn pink.

Stir in garlic and broccoli.

Season with Parmesan cheese, Italian spices, pepper, and lemon juice.

Serve and enjoy! Garnish with fresh herbs. I’ve used homegrown oregano. 

This is the ultimate weeknight dinner – easy, fast, and delicious!

Garlic Parmesan Shrimp and broccoli

If you look at my previous tables you will see how much we love PANKO BREADED SHRIMP from Costco. Not long ago, we discovered a new favorite: Kirkland Signature Tempura Shrimp

You can make your own Shrimp Tempura and I have the recipe here. but it’s so convenient to have a package ready in your freezer. I love serving them with Edamame! 

Shrimp Tempura

During summer Joshua has asked me to give him cooking lessons so he can cook on his own. Obviously, we cooked a lot when he was a kid and you will find his smiling happy face in many of my older recipes. He always loved cooking with me. But now he wants to cook without my supervision. 

#1 in Cooking is Safety!

I have so many burns and scars after years of cooking and making stupid judgments and not using proper tools. Even little things like Oven Mitts are so important. You need to buy LONG ones, not the el-cheapo short ones that most of us are using.


A few years ago I bought these and do not have oven burns any longer. Just bought another pair for Josh. Excellent reviews as you can see. Little things make a huge difference!

NY Strip steaks with potatoes

Joshua has made us steaks recently, under my guidance, and I told him what a shame that few places can make a good steak, and here you are – first time making the perfect steak!

We went to Outback Steakhouse recently, funny that they call themselves a “Steakhouse” when their steak is like rubber, you can’t swallow it after 10 minutes of chewing it, lol.

Click here for the NY Strip Steak Recipe

I boiled small potatoes and then pan-fried them in the leftover steak juices. So delicious!

NY Strip Steaks with potatoes

Chicken Potstickers with onions and peppers (Costco’s LingLing Potstickers with Chicken and Vegetable)

These potstickers are super tasty and great to have in your freezer for when you have company over and need a quick meal.

All you need to do is caramelize onions and add mushrooms, peppers, or whatever you have on hand. I’ve added garlic and fresh dill for the flavor.

Chicken potstickers with onion and peppers

Happy 19th Birthday to our smart, sweet, kind, and handsome young man!

We had a very difficult time getting pregnant (those who know our story). It took us 10 years of very painful physically and emotionally procedures, not counting how costly it is going through all these infertility treatments. But in the end, it’s all worth it! We had our much loved and long-awaited boy!

We can’t be more proud and happy for all of his accomplishments! 

Joshua just finished his first year in college with a 4.0 GPA! You know that it takes really hard work to get such amazing grades! 

Joshua Happy 19th Birthday!

I hope years from now, Joshua will find this post and it will bring happy memories for him as it does for us, his parents! 

Joshua's 19th Birthday Dinner

Joshua's 19th Birthday Dinner

Easy and Delicious recipes from Joshua's birthday dinner!

Notes

19th Birthday Menu:

  • Spanakopita (Costco)
  • Garlic bread
  • Salad
  • Chicken Potstickers with onions and peppers (Costco’s LingLing Potstickers with Chicken and Vegetable)
  • Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini
  • Shrimp Tempura (Costco)
  • Garlic/Parmesan shrimp with broccoli (Costco’s Wild Argentine Red Shrimp)
  • Lobsters
  • NY Strip steaks with potatoes
  • Carvel Ice Cream cake
  • Fruit bowl

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