It wasn’t planned.

It was a spur-of-the-moment invite.

It was the perfect way of ending our night of birthday celebration with our son, Elliot, who had just turned 16.


Our friend Senator Jason Atkinson called as our family of 5 was heading out the door to birthday dinner. We said we’d come by after we ate.

Having just gotten back from being out of town, Jason and Steph went way over the top for us. With not much time to prepare, Jason practiced hospitality in a fashion that made us all smile (as always, with a sense of humor = note the glasses!)

When we arrived, Jason had his chefs uniform on and was cooking a surprise for us in the kitchen. His little guy, Pomp, even joined in the fun.

We visited and mingled while he made the most delicious croque-en-bouche. The pictures do no justice to the flavor that we experienced, if you know what I mean.

I actually believe I OD’d on croque-en-bouche, as we ate it warm out of the oven with powdered sugar on top, as we licked our sticky fingers.

The dessert is basically a pyramid of profiteroles or cream puffs filled with creme patissier (custard), and then held together by toffee, maple, or sometimes a chocolate sauce.


I loved the spontaneity of our friend and his wife. They were obviously thinking of their guests and not their own tired bodies, weary from traveling!

As I got in the car, I pointed out to my children that “Senator A” learned the lesson of hospitality well (from his parents!) That boy is a lover of fine foods and he sure knows how to cook! And we were the lovely recipients of a very tasty evening (and fun bicycling for the kids!)

Our visit last night was the icing on the cake, the perfect ending of a 16-year birthday celebration.

Happy Birthday to my wonderful son, Elliot!

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