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” Is this what its Supposed to look Like?”

January 25, 2010

If you find yourself asking that a lot during dinner prep, its not really a good sign. Last weekend, I had a delicious butternut squash lasagna at my friends house. It was so good, I made like a 1950s housewife and asked for the recipe.

I took one look and knew it was ambitious for me.  I carried on though, putting it front and center on my meal planning schedule. I purchased the ingredients. I set aside a rainy afternoon to prepare it. Thats half the battle for me. All systems go.

I made  this: Or tried to. Butternut Squash Lasagna.

A few things went wrong right off the bat. #1- it said to use no-boil lasagna noodles. Well, I couldn’t find any no boil whole wheat lasagna noodles, so I just used regular old whole wheat noodles. Because even though this recipe called for a butter sauce, whole milk and full-fat cheese, I felt it very important to make sure it was healthy. Whole Wheat noodles would up the healthy quotient.

That’ll work. Right?

At some point , it calls for amaretti cookies. What? Cookies in my dinner? Thats awesome- except I couldn’t find them anywhere, so I asked my friend, and she said she used almond extract. Ok, I have some. The problem was I didn’t ask how much. So I improvised. Mistake #2 ?

I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a visual of the smushed up ( official cooking term ™ ) squash. If you have morning sickness or a general aversion to things that look like vomit, please skip ahead.

I’m pretty sure the butternut squash is not supposed to  look like that. Or smell like an amaretto sour.

I don’t know about you, but I find not having a working kitchen timer a hinderance while cooking. I have a cute little rooster timer, but it has been dropped so many times it doesn’t ring when finished. So I set it, and often forget about it. Yeah that happened tonight. Plus I can’t remember if I set it fot he right amount of time to begin with. i feel like it rang way too soon. But when the rooster speaks, I listen, so I took it out of the oven…Doesn’t look too gross , right? Until you lift it up and see that the no stick part of my no stick pan is actually sticking to the  food. That IS gross. It just seems so silly to invest in ‘ good pans’ with my track record in the kitchen. Although- maybe that’ll help? Will it magically improve my cooking? Can I blame all the food I’ve defiled over the years on my lack of decent cookware ?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Shawna permalink
    January 26, 2010 12:34 am

    Girl you crack me up.


  2. seekingsibling permalink
    January 26, 2010 3:09 am

    If it helps, I find it much easier to use a pyrex baking pan for most things.

  3. Jenn permalink
    January 27, 2010 4:19 am

    Oh, Jessy! At east you tried, right?

  4. January 28, 2010 9:01 pm

    OMG! Hilarious. I can’t wait to read about your next adventure in cooking 🙂

  5. nopinkhere permalink
    January 31, 2010 8:02 pm

    My microwave has a timer, and my stove used to have one. I know this because all of my timers have been used as toys and dropped so many times . . .

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