Cheers to Another Year

Our mini herb garden

Picking basil leaves for my birthday bash

Freshly harvested organic basil leaves

Shrimps for the seafood pasta
Marinara sauce for the seafood pasta
Breaded chicken breast fillets for the Chicken Parmigiana

Fried until golden brown

Flat noodles for the seafood pasta

Regular spaghetti noodles for the pesto pasta

The perfect Parmesan cheese for the Pesto Pasta and Chicken Parmigiana

The stars of the evening

Chicken Parmigiana topped with tomato sauce and melted Mozzarella cheese

The most requested Pesto Pasta

Sliced French Bread
Seafood Pasta

Curtain Call
Happy Birthday to me!

My relatives seemed to be clicking the “Like” button.

A month ago, I celebrated my birthday. For the nth time, we did what we do best, pasta and chicken. So, of course, pesto pasta took centerstage. Joining the limelight were Seafood Pasta (with lots of shrimps in it) and Chicken Parmigiana. The cast would not have been complete without the slices of French  Bread and herbed and spiced olive oil with balsamic vinegar. The Chicken Parmigiana which was also taught to us by our ever- generous and patient friend , Chef Bryan Jimenez , was made of chicken breast fillet, bread crumbs , especially concocted tomato sauce, Dijon mustard and mozzarella cheese. Modesty aside, it was a big hit among our guests, especially to my nephew Egan Sanchez, who kept on telling me, “That chicken is sooooo good!”  Indeed, it was an evening of good food, good company, good laughs, good memories. 


  1. Happy sweet 21st! What a wonderful celebration in Italian style!

  2. hi hannah...wow ! this sure is a lot of food prepared by you..A VERY HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY TO YOU..
    so appetizing, i love the chicken with mozarella and tomato sauce

  3. Looks good! Happy Belated Birthday!! I am AMAZED at your Basil plant - it's HUGE!!!

  4. Hi Hannah! I found your blog through A Cup Full of Cake where you left a comment leaving a link... I am a new follower!!

  5. Looks yummy! Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  6. I think it's commendable that you have you rown herb garden. More households should do this. May I suggest starting a compost pile to enrich your soil. It take very little effort and costs nothing to start one.

  7. Hi were you referring to Bryan Jiminez of Italianni's. how is he? Can you say hi for me? Im an old friend of bryan's. - ara bautista :)

  8. Omg you’re making me hungry, it looks so
    Much love,