Does She Bake an Apple Pie?

"What do you want to do for your birthday?"

"Um.  Nothing."

"I was thinking we could have a few people here."

"Maybe it would be easier to go out."

"I was thinking I might cook."


"I was thinking I might cook."

"The dinner?"

"Yes, the dinner."

"What were you thinking of making me?"


"I'm already happy."

"I'll figure it out."

So I am making Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon, a Brussel Sprout Salad with arugula, bacon, cranberries and parmesan with honey mustard dressing and a Triple-Layer Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting.  Favorites all.  I am hoping that I can pay as close attention to detail as Mr. Gambrel has here.

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