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7.06.2011

Lasagna Night!

As some of you know, I often go grocery shopping for dinner that night of. This means that every once in a while, I get a grocer who chats me up (refer to "Sickness DAY 2") about what I'm making for dinner.

Tonight, Nikki and Elvis came over to cook and eat with us. Nikki and I made LASAGNA! (Oh, Garfield would loooove us.) This cooking party meant that I needed to go shopping for deliciousness. And I got the cute grocer again. Tall, blond, ridiculously skinny, nose ring. 

ScrawnyGrocer: Pasta night?

Henna: Oh yea, making some lasagna...

ScrawnyGrocer: Nice! I love lasagna. 

*insert other pleasantries here*

I've never had to tell this guy that I live nearby and therefore am a member and get member sales, he just inputs them automatically. I love saving money.

But the lasagna was delicious... so filling and yummy.

Nikki's Homemade Lasagna
  • 1/2 box lasagna noodles
  • 2 lbs. ground beef chuck
  • 2 jars marinara sauce (Newman's Own Cabernet Marinara works quite well)
  • 30 oz. ricotta cheese (don't go for the skim stuff, that has no flavor)
  • 2 eggs
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Papper (to taste)
  • Basil (to taste)
  • 1/2 parsley bunch
  • 1 bag of italian cheese mix (mozarella, parmesan, gouda)
  • An open bottle of wine for the meat

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the lasagna noodles for approximately 9 minutes.
  3. Drain the noodles.
  4. Throw the beef into a pan on high heat, breaking it into pieces and stir them around.
  5. Put salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and basil into the beef, continuing to stir.
  6. Drain juices from the beef when browned and pour in some wine.
  7. Turn the burner to low heat and mix in the marinara sauce.
  8. Scoop the ricotta cheese into a bowl and crack both eggs into it, stirring until smooth.
  9. Throw most of the parsley into the ricotta mix, leaving a little out to season the finished lasagna.
  10. Put some salt and pepper into the ricotta, stirring until completely blended.

Assemble the lasagna as follows:
  • One layer of noodles
  • Layer of ricotta
  • Layer of meat sauce
  • Layer of cheese

When you are finished, there should be about three layers. Sprinkle the rest of the parsley on top and cover with foil. Put in the 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes with the foil on top. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another ten minutes.

EAT IT!


7.05.2011

Back From The Playa

So this weekend was quite relaxing because I was in a desert (Black Rock to be specific) in Nevada. I sat around all day, drinking soda (and water, because that's healthy) and reading. I also started my driving lessons! Wooooooooooo! I actually went up to 60 mph I've never done that before.... But the best part was late in the day when the sun was less intense. Especially when it looked like this:

Yea, yea... could be anywhere. But it's still beautiful

On our way back home, we drove through Sparks (?), Nevada and stopped at the Applebee's. Oh man, that was true family style eating right there (gag). Being a bit suntoasted, I was not in the mood for not so good food. I was disappointed. (No I wasn't... I just didn't care. Heidi and Nate were saddened by the quesadilla burger.)

Today was the first day we were opened after the long weekend. (Oh yea, Happy Fourth of July to all y'all 'mericans.) And I met, completely randomly by-the-by, one of my friend's older brother. He came up to the register and the first thing that came into my head was, "Holy *insertexpletivehere*! He looks exactly like her! Miiiiind_________" So I nervously waited a little bit before asking him outright. Crazy random happenstances all over the city :D

Tonight we went to Tsunami, a great sushi place on Divisadero. I got some fried baby octopii and went to heaven. Sometimes, fried baby things are the way to go.

Love,
Henna