On Sunday I drove north to visit Tom and Mykal at their stunning new abode. Their kitchen is a dream. It has more storage and counter space than any I’ve seen. There’s an island, great lighting, and a layout that provides plenty of room for three cooking people. They have a gas range and electric oven and with the kitchen sharing a vast open space with the living room and dining room, it’s a wonderful layout for entertaining.
Sunday’s theme was Italian. We decided to make some homemade ravioli, focaccia bread, and veal bacon wraps, served with italian soda and a tart and a layered espresso pound cake for dessert.
The Focaccia Bread!
I’ve never made ravioli before. We made a ricotta and butternut squash fillings; the ricotta was served with a homemade tomato sauce while the squash was served with a homemade alfredo. Handmade Ravioli is a lot of work. The pasta dough and fillings are easy enough, but the packing folding and sealing goes slow. I think this was great for a special occasion, but I can’t say for certain I’ll do it again any time soon.
Two Might Bowls of Ravioli
Part of the dessert was a simple yet elegant pear tart.
The Pear Tart!
The pears were sauteed in sugar with a splash of balsamic vinegar. We added a touch of nutmeg and some cinnamon and then baked it in a tart crust that Mykal had prepared. The result was highly rewarding for the effort involved.
Our other dessert was an elaborate soaked pound cake layered with chocolate mousse and served with whipped cream. The espresso flavoring was perfectly potent and it made for a wonderful conclusion to the meal.
Special thanks to Tom and Mykal for sharing their wonderful new kitchen. One can always count on great times and great foods when Tom and Mykal are involved.