The Birthday Dinner for the Month You Were Born
Your special day comes once a year, you deserve an awesome dinner to celebrate with. We've even included a sweet ending.
January: Broiled Lobster Tail
Wondering how to cook lobster tail? This recipe is for you! No matter where you live, these succulent, buttery lobster tails are just a few minutes away. Here in Wisconsin, we use frozen lobster with delicious results, but if you’re near the ocean, use fresh! —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February: Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot Roast
Wow! The wine-warmed flavors in this recipe are amazing! Packed with wholesome veggies and tender beef, this is one company-special dish all ages will like. Serve with mashed potatoes to enjoy every last drop of the rich, beefy gravy. —Angie Stewart, Topeka, Kansas.
March: Goat Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken
This spinach-stuffed chicken breast recipe is special to me because it has so much flavor, yet not too many calories. I love Italian food, but most of the time it is too heavy. This is a healthy twist on an Italian dish! —Nicole Stevens, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
April: Shrimp Pasta Primavera
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally wonderful. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavor, and it won’t hurt your budget! —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland. You may also want to check out the most popular dessert the year you were born.
May: Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes
Root beer gives this family-friendly recipe a tangy taste kids will love. Served alongside the smashed potatoes, this makes a scrumptious stick-to-the-ribs meal any weeknight. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
June: Barbecued Burgers
I can’t take all the credit for these winning burgers. My husband’s uncle passed down the special barbecue sauce recipe. We love it on everything…it was only natural to try it on, and in, burgers. Add cheese and bacon to take them over the top. —Rhoda Troyer, Glenford, Ohio. Find out the essential recipes you should know before turning 35.
July: Mojito Pulled Pork
This fork-tender pulled pork tastes fabulous on a bun, in a wrap or tortilla. My kids like to eat it spooned over rice in its citrus-flavored juices.—Mindy Oswalt, Winnetka, California
August: Jim’s Secret Family Recipe Ribs
For more than 30 years, my brother-in-law Jim kept his famous rib recipe a secret. When he finally shared it, we just had to pass it along because we loved it so much. This one’s for you, Jim! —Vicki Young, Brighton, Colorado.
September: Roast Chicken with Creole Stuffing
I’ve used this recipe ever since I roasted my first chicken. Our whole family looks forward to it. The combination of shrimp, sausage, ham, vegetables, and seasonings makes the stuffing unique and delicious.
October: Cider-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
This is a super-easy recipe full of sweet fall flavor. The maple flavor really shines through. —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York.
November: Salmon with Root Vegetables
This cozy hash is loaded with protein and healthy fats that keep you going on busy days. We’ve been known to devour it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
December: Basil-Butter Steaks with Roasted Potatoes
A few ingredients and 30 minutes are all you’ll need for this incredibly satisfying meal. A simple basil butter gives these steaks a very special taste. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen. Love these recipes? You’ll want to try these secret recipes that were just released for the first time, too.