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You had me at spoon…

Today was an eventful day after work!  Earlier, Jeff and I had gone to a “meet-and-mingle” for Adagio DJay Entertainment (sic) and decided that we really liked their program and their specials.  Since I liked them when I saw them at the fair, liked their promo materials, liked the meet and greet etc, Jeff and I decided to book them.

We’re kind of putting the cart before the horse here, because we have now booked our wedding DJ before we have found our venue or bought rings.  Hah! I’m not worried about it, though, because we’ve always been an unconventional couple.  I guess this is just par for the course.

Afterwards, we decided that ice cream was in order.  By the time we got to DQ, it was 5 minutes before closing and the shop-girl was mopping the floor.  We kind of looked at each other and decided that she would hate us and we would kind of hate us if we made them serve us ice cream 5 minutes before closing when most of the cleaning is already done.

|Sidebar: I LOVE living in a place where 35°F is considered warm enough to go out for ice cream.  And that DQ agrees and has their place open for business until 9pm.|

We decided to frequent our local gas station’s freezer section instead and picked up a couple pints of Kemps Ice Cream.  As we were walking up to our apartment I said to Jeff “I have an idea, how about I spoon you some ice cream…” and he replied “you had me at spoon.”

See? Portion control is romantic 😉

Other than that, my day was pretty crazy.  I’ve got about 5 miles in so far between the treadmill work-station and running back and forth between departments getting things done.  Yesterday I did so much ‘running’ (walking briskly) back and forth that today I went casual and wore my cross trainers so I could do it faster.  Saves at least 30 seconds compared to walking in heels–even modest ones…

But I digress 🙂

Last night’s Ziti dish turned out fabulous!

The recipe calls for ziti, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, spinach, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella.  It comes out tasting like Lasagna.  I would love to post pics of this recipe in-process, but Mike (aka Mr. Roomie) and Jeff made dinner while I was working out last night.  But, it’s completely awesome, so go visit the original site at skinnytaste.com

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How to Make Lasagna: Part 2

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1 – 24 oz Jar Classico Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
1 – 24 oz Jar Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
1 – 24 oz Jar Classico Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onion Pasta Sauce
1 lb box Lasagna Noodles
3 lb Supreme Lean Ground Beef (97/3)
1/2 to 1 cup Parmesan Cheese*
1/2 to 1 cup Romano Cheese*
1/4 to 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese*
Mozzarella Cheese

Brown the beef in a large skillet.  You may need to cook 1 lb at a time if you’re limited on space or burners.

Mix beef and all 3 sauces together and set aside.

While the beef is cooking, get the water boiling for the noodles.  I recommend putting a little oil in the water to prevent the noodles from sticking–especially if your pan isn’t large enough to let the noodles swim around on their own.  Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water–time to start the assembly party!

Start with a layer of meat sauce, then noodles, sprinkle ricotta, then parmesan, then romano (sparingly, each), then mozzarella (generously).  Layer noodles, sauce, cheeses until you’re almost to the top.

Cover with foil and bake for 1 hr at 350° F.

Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes–bake your garlic bread in the mean time.  When the bread is done, serve the lasagna and enjoy!**

*These cheeses have a very strong flavor profile and can easily be over-used.  Especially Ricotta.  If you’re leery of using Ricotta, it’s okay to sub cottage cheese for a milder flavor (but I don’t like it =P)

**This meal is quite dense in the way of carbs and fat.  I would recommend serving it as a SIDE DISH to a nice full house salad.  It freezes well and reheats even better so it’s fabulous to have left-overs.

Continue reading “How to Make Lasagna: Part 2”

How to make Lasagna: Part 1

Step 1: Start to brown ground beef.
Step 2: Realize you’re starvin’ marvin and Lasagna is not anywhere close to a fast food.
Step 3: Order Jimmy John’s Bootlegger sub.
Step 4: CHOW DOWN! Nom nom nom!
Step 5: resume making Lasagna.