Celebration Dinner: my husband's 34th

On Friday we celebrated my husband's 34th with a yum dinner at home. For the past 3 years we've opted to stay in and enjoy most celebration dinners at home. It probably has a lot to do with being parents of a 3 year old, but we've also become fairly good cooks.

The menu: ribeyes accented with maytag blue-cheese, wild-rice, chard & radicchio gratin, and steamer clams (fresh from the Trader Joes freezer case, give em a try!) We cooked together and created a great meal with some local ingredients,(beef is from Roseda & the greens are from my back yard.) The rice & clams were cooked according to the package instructions, and the steak was seared and pan fried. But the gratin was created on the fly, here's what I did:

Chard & Radicchio Gratin


  • 1 leek cleaned and sliced into half-moons
  • 1 radicchio halved & chopped
  • 1 bunch chard cleaned, stems removed and chopped, then leaves chopped and reserved with radicchio
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
  • butter, olive oil, salt & pepper


  1. preheat oven to 425
  2. sauté leeks, garlic, and chard stems in 1 tbs butter and 1 tbs olive oil for 10 mins, season with salt and pepper
  3. add radicchio and chard leaves into pan, continue to cook for 5 mins
  4. grate nutmeg over greens and turn off the heat, season with salt and pepper to taste
  5. in a seperate dish, combine breadcrumbs & gruyere
  6. put greens into 8x8 baking dish, cover with breadcrumb and gruyere mixture
  7. bake for 10-15 mins or until golden brown and bubbly

The meal was great and the leftovers (steak & rice) were repurposed as burritos! We don't celebrate every meal at home, but when we do I'm always thrilled with the results.