Archive for the ‘Pasta’ Category

It’s that time of year again. Lent. Which means it’s time to think of creative meatless dishes. Whenever Lent comes around, I always contemplate going vegetarian. For no reason other than I feel like I eat healthier when the staple of my meal isn’t meat. But I digress. This isn’t about what we don’t get to have (meat), but what we do get to have (stuffed shells).

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Cheesy.

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I’m on the fence about lasagna. Sometimes it hits the spot, lots of times it’s a letdown. In the case of MY lasagna, especially. I spent a ton of time several months ago making lasagna from scratch. Homemade noodles, the best cheeses and spices, etc. It was good, but not perfection. And I don’t even want to consider the calories involved. So this time I set out to make a tasty lasagna that wasn’t dry (for some reason my lasagna always turns out a little dry), easy enough to make, and decent on the calorie scale.

It looks like this story has a happy ending

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Katie, Des and I get together every few months. We make dinner, drink wine, catch up, and usually post a few funny only to us statuses. They’re some of my favorite nights. This month was my night to host. Hosting means you put together a menu including an appetizer, entrée, sides and dessert. You get the entrée ready before anyone arrives (in theory), then you drink wine and cook, and finally drink more wine. Good times are had by all. I’d been wanting The Land of Plenty cookbook for a while, so this was my excuse to buy it. I immediately felt in over my head.

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My sister and her boyfriend raved the reviews of flat iron steak on Saturday, so when I came across it on sale at Dillons on Sunday, I bought one. And it was very reasonably priced. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it until I came across a recipe for Pacific Rim Glazed Flank Steak yesterday on kansas.com! Yes, I realize flank steak and flat iron steak aren’t the same thing. But the recipe itself sounded tasty, and I was excited to make my own teriyaki sauce!

Proof that I have yet to experience the greatest things life has to offer.

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Lasagna seems like a pretty straight-forward, simple meal, right? It is, if you use dried noodles, canned sauce, and pre-shredded cheese. However, on my quest to eat “real” foods (not prepared foods with additives and preservatives) I wanted to make my own sauce and noodles, and hit up the special cheeses section and grate my own cheeses. Chaos, frustration and exhaustion ensue.


Spoiler alert! It ends happily ever after.

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