LASAGNA!! I bet you thought I was going to say football didn’t you? Superbowl Sunday…..everyone has been talking about it for weeks. Out of a household of two, only one of us is the football fan, well let me rephrase that, only one of us is the major league football fan and that would be Walt. Even my mom gets into Superbowl fever mode and at the ripe ole age of 7, Joshua has been drawn in as well.
It’s not that I don’t like football, I do. I love college football. I attended Central Michigan University, GO CHIPPEWAS, and love the University of Michigan….”GO BLUE!!” Sorry State fans, I love your campus, it is a beautiful place, but I am not a Spartie fan. And, so long as they are not playing Michigan, I always root for Notre Dame, “Go Irish”, come on how could you not root for them, they have “Touch Down Jesus” on their side. Oh…..and I will always root for any school who is playing against Ohio State ……. sorry Buckeye fans, no offense intended.
Superbowl Sunday watching in our house goes something like this. I make sure there are snacks in the house for Walt to munch on throughout the day. I either prepare a big pot of pasta or, like today, I make a big pan of lasagna, something that we can eat whenever anyone is hungry and can feed more than two if anyone drops by. I make a huge salad and everyone is happy.
At game time Walt will settle into his favorite chair and watch the game, I will either go online, work on a craft project or read a good book (sometimes maybe a not so good one). Depending on what I’m doing I will either in the same room as Walt or one close by. When the commercials come on Walt will let me know so that I can come in the livingroom and watch them with him. I have to watch the commercials, I can’t be the only one on Monday who doesn’t know what all the chatter and laughter is about. My favorite from last year was the Chrysler commercial with Eminem, loved it.
Halftime is hit or miss. I am usually disappointed especially so this year. Madonna? Really? You guessed it, this is one halftime I will be happy to miss. I think the kids from Glee are more capable of putting on an entertaining halftime show for the masses than Madonna is and I have only watched Glee once! With a little help from Superbowl organizers wouldn’t it be great to see one or a couple of really good unknown bands perform? Kids who are trying to make it in the music industry and haven’t had the opportunity for a break? Now that I would watch in a heartbeat!! The exposure for these kids would be incredible!!
Walt is rooting for the Giants. If I were rooting for someone it would be New England, hang on to your hat, simply because of the name……New England. I could not tell you a name of any one player on that team. I like it simply because years ago I spent 5 days traveling up and down the New England shoreline from up-state New York all the way up to Bangor, Maine meeting friendly and welcoming people while seeing some of the most beautiful scenery that I will never forget.
With that said, if I were a Superbowl fan, it would be an interesting night at our house………….Hope your team wins!!!
Here is today’s recipes. Although I have previously posted my sauce recipe after the Lasagna recipe in case anyone missed it. Just an FYI, I make just a little bit more sauce when I make lasagna so that we can have some sauce on the side if anyone wants it so this sauce recipe is a bit modified from the previous post.
Walt’s Favorite Lasagna
9 Lasagna noodles – cooked and drained
15 oz. Ricotta cheese
4 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (plus extra to sprinkle on each layer of lasagna as you assemble it)
2 Eggs – slightly beaten
58 oz. Pasta w/meat sauce (Recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a medium sized bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and the lightly beaten eggs.
Spread sauce on the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish (about a cup, maybe a little more)
- Place 1/3 (3) noodles over the sauce in the baking dish
Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles
Add some sauce to cover ricotta mixture
Spread 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over sauce
Sprinkle with parmesean cheese
- Repeat layering; 3 noodles – rest of ricotta mixture, more meat sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with parmesean
Add remaining 3 noodles and cover with sauce only
Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes
Uncover – add remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and sprinkle with more parmesean
Return to oven uncovered for and additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly
Nancy’s Pasta Sauce
Note: I make this ahead of time or earlier in the day. If you make it earlier in the day, let it cool off enough so that it doesn’t melt the cheeses as spoon as you put it over the cheese.
1.5 lbs. Ground Round
2 Cans (29 oz ea) Tomato Sauce (I use Hunts)
1 Can (12 oz.) Tomato Paste (I use Hunts)
6 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1 tsp. Oregano
1 cup Chopped onion
3 gloves Garlic – minced
- Brown ground beef and drain
- Return beef to pot and add tomato sauce and paste – mix well
- Bring to boil, reduce heat and let simmer 1 – 2 hours.
- Add brown sugar, oregano, chopped onion and garlic (you can saute the garlic and onion if you like, I don’t, I think it adds more flavor to the sauce by not sautéing)