Friday, April 13, 2012

Owls in the Kitchen

This week was a bit random.  I did quite a bit of making things on the fly without recipes with pretty good results.

Mom's Lasagna Vegetarian-ized
Making lasagna was something my mom and us kids did a few times a year and whenever that happened it was a big production.  We would make enough pans to feed ourselves for a week which involved an assembly line of sorts to pass the pans around to all of the stations - ground beef, ragu, mozzerella cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, mushrooms and noodles.  I think one of the big successes of this dish is the mass amount of cheese, and of course the mushrooms.  Here is my version, without the ground beef.

Makes 2 9x13 and 1 9x9 pans

  • 2 boxes of lasagna noodles
  • 2 large bottles Ragu (we use the garden veggie one)
  • 8oz of Cream Cheese
  • 3 blocks of Cheese - shredded
  • 2 containers Cottage Cheese (we use large curd)
  • 2 containers Mushrooms
  • Bag of Spinach
  1. Boil lasagna noodles
  2. Pull out the pans - put a layer of Ragu sauce on the bottom
  3. Begin layering
    1. Noodles
    2. Ragu
    3. Cottage Cheese
    4. Cheese
    5. Cream Cheese - dime sized pieces
    6. Mushrooms
    7. Spinach
    8. Noodles
    9. Ragu ..   
  4. I only got 2 layers since I put down a lot of spinach
  5. Place in preheated oven (375) and cook for ~1 hour or until bubbly and brown on top

Tortilla Pie
Really photo  :(  The bf made this one quickly for me.  Nice fast and easy dish.  Will post recipe once I perfect it  :)

Superfood Salad from Iowa Girl Eats
 Apparently pomegranates are only available in the fall, so we did without.  Was very tasty.  Bf approved!
Enjoyed with some bloody mary's  mmmm

I had hoped this would turn out...but I am sad to report that it was nasty.  I barely choked down 1 piece.  Bf had 5 pieces though..soo...haha  The aversion for me was that I toasted the walnuts in a pan that my parents got me for Easter.  The bf had said that he cleaned the pan, when he didn't, and I have no idea where that pan came from, but it smells like a basement...YUK!  I scoured it and seasoned/cooked it with olive hopefully next time will be better.
In other news, the boys liked the cheese from the lasagna

And I hung some owls in the kitchen

I figure that since we are supposed to be tearing into the kitchen soon that I can experiment with as many wall decorations as I would like  ;)

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