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Come Party With Me: My Half Birthday — Menu

Although some people may find it crazy, I celebrate my half birthday every year — hey, they don't call me PartySugar for nothing! Since a half birthday party should never be more elaborate than your real birthday, I'm hosting an intimate oyster picnic. A group of my closest friends will join me for an afternoon at the Hog Island Oyster Company Farm. The menu consists of all-you-can-eat fresh oysters and several dishes I'll be preparing in advance. A classic mignonette will be delicious spooned on top the oysters. A crisp salad complete with croutons, mushrooms, and arugula is a filling side. The farm has barbecues that are open to the public, so we'll grill up some simple cheese sandwiches.

Salty, garlicky potato chips provide crunch and round out the easy, portable, make-ahead menu. To check out these recipes,


Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


  1. 2 slices white bread
  2. Grated Gruyère, fontina and mozzarella cheese
  3. Butter


  1. Top slices of white bread with a mix of grated Gruyère, fontina and mozzarella cheese. Close the sandwiches and lightly butter the outside of the bread.
  2. Grill over low heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Cut into triangles and serve immediately.

Makes 4 triangles.

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queenegg queenegg 7 years
I'm all about celebrating my half birthday. People don't give me mean looks when I celebrate it as they do when I celebrate my actual birthday, September 11.
deannest deannest 7 years
i do too!!! i thought i was the only one. my mom told me i invented the concept. although i don't really 'celebrate' it. i just make note of it.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 7 years
What about a very merry Un-Birthday party? Like Alice in of the best movies ever! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
No oysters for this girl...
Food Food 7 years
Everything sounds so fabulous — the food, the picnic idea, the Hog Island Oyster Farm. I can't wait to hear about it!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
How neat! My half birthday is coming up next Monday...two days after my sis's real birthday. When we were kids, my mom always celebrated our half-birthdays by letting the half-birthday kid get one gift and a mini cake. That panzanella looks really yummy. I'll have to try it.
sandy82 sandy82 7 years
Sounds delicious! I love Michael Chiarello.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i would so be the kind of person to have my own half birthday party but it's too close to Christmas that no one would bite...there probably already are parties scheduled around that time under the guise of Christ's birth
lily_xx lily_xx 7 years
What a fun idea. Some friends & I are planning on heading up to the oyster farms in Tomales Bay this spring/summer, I'll definitely hang on to these recipes!
rericson rericson 7 years
More power to you! I celebrate my half birthday too, but I've never thought about developing a whole menu. (Typically just treat myself to a kingsize candy bar.)
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 7 years
My brother's birthday is my half birthday, so I can't take his day. Those oysters sound delicious
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
my boyfriend's birthday is my half birthday, so I'll be celebrating anyways :)
emalove emalove 7 years
What a great idea--an oyster picnic! I want to go!
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