My husband is an amazing cook. Amazing. Have I ever mentioned that before? His favorite thing to make is Italian food which is not surprising since he grew up in a rather Italian family. For my birthday dinner, he made a four course meal that was not only delicious but also beautiful. I tried to make sure I got photos of everything, but some of them didn't turn out ideally. After all, it was my birthday party not a photography class. I wanted to enjoy the company of our guests and the delightful meal without being too cumbered by a camera.
The first course was Insalata Caprese with crusty bread. Benjamin made the salad with flavorful garden tomatoes topped by thin slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. It was finished by a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
The next course was baked pears with parmesan and pancetta. The finished pears had a complex blend of flavors. They were gourmet while still being mellow and accessible.
The third course was a free form lasagna. The lasagna noodles were layered with a tasty pink sauce made from garden tomatoes sautéed with mushrooms, ricotta cheese, and a flavorful cream sauce.
The fourth course, dessert, was almost heavenly. It was a delicate homemade tiramisu.
This decadent meal was an expression of Benjamin's love for me and made a truly wonderful and memorable birthday gift.