Tom (husband) as you may or may not know is Italian, so for my birthday dinner I asked him to make me a huge spread of good and authentic Italian food. I was able to snap some pictures while it was being prepared. In addition to these pictures he also prepared two different sauces or "gravy" as they call it. One sauce was a bolognese with homemade meatballs and the other was a cream based tomato vodka sauce. Both were to die for. He also steamed some fresh mussels just for me since I love these. I actually think that Tom and I are the only ones that enjoy these but we love all seafood.
To top off the pasta is my favorite ingredients all together....Roasted red peppers, eggplant, pine nuts, and sun dried tomatoes...
Add a homemade fresh Caesar salad and what more could this girl have asked for???
These are the fried mozzarella balls that we had as our appetizer. They are made of fresh ricotta and smoked mozzarella. This is actually Giada's recipe from "Everyday Italian". They were by far the hit of the party and I would recommend for all of you to try them. They are divine!
More pictures to come of my gifts.... Also, thanks so much Jamie for sending me a special birthday post on your blog. -Kitty