Sunday, April 25, 2010

Shrimp Mostaccioli & Nutella Birthday Cake Dinner

One of my favorite pasta dishes is a nice light Seafood Mostaccioli. This one is simple, a nice fresh sauce with just shrimp, using the same sauce recipe as (Click > Italian Mostaccioli Primivara ) without the veggies and assorted seafood. This simple Shrimp added to fresh sauce is just a perfect pre birthday dinner, tomorrow night we will go out for my real birthday. I decided we would celebrate tonight with my son since we all worked today and my husband would be home much later (lovely retail!) We needed a quick dinner, this was ideal to spend with my youngest son (my oldest one couldn't make it over tonight) and then leave my husband the "famous plate" or the photo shot (that's what he calls what I saved for him, when he finds his dinner on a pretty plate in the refrigerator, instead of a paper plate, he is too funny). My husband and I are both off tomorrow and planning a nice day together. So glad I won't have to work or cook tomorrow, that's a great birthday gift in itself!!
I got to spend some quality time with my baby, he hates that being in his twenties now, but still my baby!!!! Curt can make some mean > chicken wings and > potato skins! I am taking a raincheck from him for my birthday dinner, he told me tonight when he is off next, he is making me > homemade cavatelli another one of my favorite pasta dishes we have made together!




Then of course one of my favorite cakes is the dark triple chocolate > Nutella Madness cupcake recipe, so I made that into one big bundt cake. The filling is so delicious. Just hollow out the center and fill it with the Nutella filling. Add the ganache on top, and I won't find this in any restaurants.


This is a chocolate piece of heaven for me, of course I would burn the house down if I had to put that many candles on it!



The candy on top is my favorite, I love Ferrero Rocher. ( I have a confession to make, I hate putting this candy on the cake and sharing it!!! I can eat the whole box and tell everyone I forgot to buy it.....na I would feel guilty lol )






Amazing how fast the time goes by, not sure where all the years have gone but I am truly blessed with good health, the love of a great family, wonderful friends and readers...thank you :)


That's the best birthday present anyone could have! thanks for reading....

28 comments:

alison said...

happy birthday for tomorrow,dear friend!i'm so glad to meet you!i wish you happiness and a lot of love!pasta&seafood look fantastic and the bundtcake,too!can i steal a candy from above?it's one of my favoritye,too...

Trix said...

You deserve all the best! And who cares how old you are, as long as you look as fabulous as you do!!! Happy happy birthday!!

Mother Rimmy said...

Happy birthday! I agree with Trix. I'll be 50 this year, and I'm loving every minute!

Terrific cake. I wish I had your baking skills!

Emily Ziegler said...

Holy crap. Nutella birthday cake?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?


Claudia!!! I'm too excited.



Oh my gosh. I'm speechless. How come I have NEVER thought of this?! This is paramount!

And spring babies are the best, aren't they (my birthday's in June!!)

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Happy Birthday in advance, dear, sweet Claudia! Who cares how many candles you need on that gorgeous cake when you look as rockin' as you do? Hope I look half that good when my boys are all grown up! That pasta dish looks wonderful and the shrimp's so FRESH!! You're right - you won't find any of this in a restaurant :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Happy birthday, Claudia!!! What a fabulous pasta & shrimp dish and the cake looks out of this world - so good!

Ruth said...

Happy Birthday and thank you so much for sharing this amazing, shrim, nevermind incredible cake!!! Hope you have a great one!!

Rick said...

1. Happy Birthday!

2. I want that cake for my birthday. With ferrero rocher! Genius!

MaryMoh said...

Wow...it's your birthday, Claudia! Happy Birthday! I wish you have the most fantastic time of your life. I wish you can hear me singing the birthday song to you now :D Love your cake.

Catherine said...

Oh my goodness... I want that cake!!! Ferrerro Rocher topping, that is tear inducingly good! Happy birthday, hope you have a ball! :D

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Happy Birthday Claudia, I hope you have an amazing day!

What a perfect combination of dishes... a nice and light pasta dish to ensure you leave plenty of room for that amazing cake! Well done, may I have a slice now? Thank you!

Bridgett said...

Happiest birthday to you. I would definitely be happy to celebrate with a gorgeous nutella cake. Yummy!

Kristi@Ja Cie Kocham said...

Happy Birthday! What better way to celebrate than with a nutella cake! That cake looks unreal! And I'm definitely trying that sauce out. Looks wonderful.

Tania said...

Happy birthday to youuu, happy birthday to youuu, happy birthday dear Claudiaaa, happy birthday to youuu! :-)
Pasta is good but the cake is too delicious!

pegasuslegend said...

To all of you my best of the best foodie friends much thanks and love of appreciation to all of you thank you so much for all the well wishes xxxxxxxooooooo!!!!!!!

Love Claudia

Claudia said...

Happy birthday, Claudia. A well-earned day off and oh what a cake you shall have. After healthy seafood eating, chocolate is a fitting reward. If only chocolate cakes could be beamed across states.

mara said...

Thanks for your blog! I found it while looking for Italian recipes. I’m brushing up on my Italian cooking, studying Italian too on Babbel.com (http://www.babbel.com). I find it rewarding to learn the cuisine and language in tandem… Grazie!

mara said...

Thanks for your blog! I found it while looking for Italian recipes. I’m brushing up on my Italian cooking, studying Italian too on Babbel.com (http://www.babbel.com). I find it rewarding to learn the cuisine and language in tandem… Grazie!

Drick said...

OH HOW I WISH I WAS THERE TO SING TO YOU - but I'm sure you are glad I am not - Happy Birthday my dear friend ... ps... you could leave that plate in the fridge for me any time and save me a piece of the cake too....

Stella said...

This cake is really pretty, Claudia. I keep seeing stuff like this-I need to get that type of pan, so I can do something like this!
Oh, and I'm glad you had a nice birthday. Sounds like it was enchanting...

citronetvanille said...

Hey Claudia, happy birthday! no need to count the candles when one looks as young as you do (and I mean it)! enjoy your day and most of all that gorgeous piece of heaven. Nutella and ganache, that is a present by itself! Happy birthday!

I Sicilian said...

I too love chocolate, it is my favorite thing to eat. Your cake looks delicious and I'm going to have to try it. I promise as soon as I make it I will let you know how it came out. Thanks for sharing.

Skylar Wolfe said...

That cake looks delicious, I love anything involving Nutella. Happy birthday!

Megan said...

Happy happy birthday! And I'll be bookmarking that cake. Looks delicious!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Your shrimp dinner looks delicious and the cake absolutely heavenly! I can't believe you have kids in their twenties - you look so young! It must be your Italian genes. People are always mistaking me for much younger and my Mom for my sister.

My Little Space said...

Claudia, I have to say the cake look awesome! Again...Happy Belated Birthday! Cheers!

Petes said...

Happy Birthday! Love Nutella can't wait to try it out!

Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

happy birthday! that looks like a fabulous way to celebrate!