One thing you may not know about MacGyver- he's a chef. He worked as a chef before we met, and cooked his way through our 9 years of restaurant ownership. Italians are picky to say the least about their food, so being a chef over there truly entails polishing your art to its most sublime. Now I have his cooking all to myself, and I am one spoiled girl. Bear in mind that every single thing is homemade, from the pasta to the pastry dough! Here's a trapse through some of his best dishes...
1. Lasagne alla bolognese - this is defintely the real thing, from rolling out the pasta to cooking the sauce for an entire day. Deadly and heavenly.
2. Salmon and asparagus crepes - I ate these for lunch yesterday, they were leftover from the night before and are beyond words.
3. Apple strudel - he's a northern Italian...
4. Tagliatelle with lobster tails - with a sprinkle of fresh chives on top
5. Profiteroles - with dripping dark chocolate sauce on top
6. Spinach and ricotta ravioli - no comment necessary
7. Crème caramel - still warm
8. Crème brulè - still warm, too
9. Risotto with porcini mushrooms - we spent many days hunting wild mushrooms in the Italian Dolomites. These are the best and the risotto is amazingly delicate and strong flavored at the same time.
10. Spaghetti alla Carbonara - a sinful sauce of eggs and smoked pancetta and black pepper, and lots of grana padano
11. Costine allo spiedo with polenta - baby cut pork ribs wrapped in sage leaves and roasted slowly over the fire served with polenta. Hey! Stop drooling!
12. Crostata ai mirtilli - an Italian tart with fresh wild blueberries on top
13. Gnoochi - mmmmmm
14. Baked lake trout stuffed with fresh herbs - I never really liked fresh water fish until I tasted this
15. Classic cacciucco - Tuscan seafood stew with garlic bruschette. Trust me, you have died and gone to heaven.