Lasagna is always a creative endeavor for me in that I rarely use a recipe and it never tastes the same twice. In this batch I used up some leftover spaghetti meat sauce and made an interesting substitution for the usual ricotta: I tossed some cottage cheese through the food processor and pureed until I almost convinced myself it was ricotta. I folded into this fresh chives, chopped fresh spinach, and a lightly beaten egg. Other layers were shredded mozzarella, parmesan reggiano, sliced cherry tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, and those handy no-boil lasagna noodles.
buttermilk mashed potatoes
shredded sauteed zucchini
One Fabulous Mom has also been recording her meals, and I thank her for the inspiration to make one of Sophie's favorite dinners, meatloaf. I used Cook's Illustrated, which is ridiculously complicated for such a simply dish but is also ridiculously delicious. The sweet, tangy glaze on top is amazing.
skewers of halibut wrapped in grape leaves, onion, and orange bell pepper
rice cooked in chicken stock
steamed green beans and fresh tomatoes in balsamic vinaigrette
Sophie was on her class camping trip, Husband wemt straight to Spanish class after work, and I worked late. I had . . . I don't remember . . . breakfast cereal?
Whew! And can you believe it's Sunday again already? The MIL is on her way over, so there are two chickens roasting in the oven (one to eat and one to send home with her). We're also having mashed potatoes and pan gravy, green beans sauteed with chantrelle mushrooms, green salad, and bread pudding with whiskey sauce for dessert.
Fish tacos (pan fried wild cod)Black beansCabbage saladGuacamole (Jen makes the best)
Fresh tomato salsa
Shredded sharp cheddar