13 Birthday Recipes

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For a birthday celebration try taking your favorite food and adding an exciting twist. Updating your favorite fish like salmon will make it even more memorable for your special day.

Sugar-And-Spice Skillet Roasted Duck Breasts

Sprinkling a mix of cinnamon, star anise, black pepper and sugar makes this dish anything, but ordinary. The spices provide terrific aromas, while the sugar gives the meat a burnished crust in under 10 minutes of cooking.

Get the recipe: Sugar-and-Spice Skillet Roasted Duck Breasts

Salmon With Shiitake And Red Wine Sauce

Beef stock and red wine make a luxurious sauce for this unique salmon recipe.

Get the recipe: Salmon with Shiitake and Red Wine Sauce

Zucchini, Fennel And White Bean Pasta

Turn humble pasta and beans a gourmet meal by adding roasted vegetables, fresh mint and tangy, salty aged goat cheese.

Get the recipe: Zucchini, Fennel and White Bean Pasta

Pork Tenderloin with Honey Butter Sear & Orange-Date Relish

The relish tastes wonderful with this flavorful pork tenderloin.

Get the recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Honey Butter Sear & Orange-Date Relish

Seafood Linguine

This restaurant-worthy seafood pasta dish is a simple to make and an easy way to impress guests. The sweet taste and extra-saucy consistency of canned diced San Marzano tomatoes in the sauce is delicious

Get the recipe: Seafood Linguine

Grilled Skirt Steak With Seared Onion Ponzu

This dish is a great example of the Japanese less-is-more approach to cooking. The ponzu is all the steak needs.

Get the recipe: Grilled Skirt Steak with Seared Onion Ponzu

Macaroni And Cheese With A Crusty Crunch

The base of the sauce here is a puree of cooked onions and garlic instead of the more traditional cream. The puree gives the dish lots of flavor with not so much as a gram of fat. The very hot oven makes the breadcrumbs on top get nice and crunchy. It's the combination of crisp and gooey textures that makes this a winning dish.

Get the recipe: Macaroni and Cheese with a Crusty Crunch

Turkish Lamb And Eggplant Kebabs

This aromatic recipe combines baharat, a traditional Arabic spice blend, with olive oil, lemon, garlic and tomato paste to make it into a savory rub to flavor lamb-and-vegetable kebabs.

Get the recipe: Turkish Lamb and Eggplant Kebabs

Tri-Color Vegetable Risotto

Risotto is a classic dish, but this version, with sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach, is a more exciting interpretation and delectable too.

Get the recipe: Tri-Color Vegetable Risotto

Braised Chicken All'Arrabbiata

This spiced up chicken dish is anything but ordinary!

Get the recipe: Braised Chicken All'Arrabbiata

Birthday Cake

It's not a party without dessert and birthday cake is always a fun --and relevant-- choice!

Get the recipe: Birthday Cake

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream can complement almost any dessert perfectly, so why not impress the guests and make your own?

Get the recipe: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Gluten-Free Giant Cookie Cake

Sweets can be gluten-free too! This double-layer confection is tastier, healthier, and totally allergen-free. For extra decorative fun, add a few drops of all-natural food coloring.

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Giant Cookie Cake


A birthday dinner should be a special meal for the birthday boy or girl. Since a typical week day meal just won't do for a momentous occasion like a birthday, experimenting with classic dishes like salmon or macaroni and cheese will leave all dinner guests sated and pleased. These 13 recipes work for carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Check out the slideshow above for 13 delicious birthday dinner recipes.

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