Sunday, January 22, 2012

More fun at the stove

Hello again,
So as you know today I had planned to make a frittata and lasagna. i enjoyed making and eating both meals, but  not without a hitch. me in the kitchen could never go without a hitch.

first i want to tell you about the lasagna...
let me start by telling you it was a SUCCESS, yay!
1 egg
3 cloves garlic
16oz cottage cheese
1 lg tomato
24oz shredded mozarella cheese
1 pound ground beef
1 can spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
9 lasagna noodles
 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mince your garlic. Brown the meat with the oregano and garlic.
 Once browned, drain the oil then add your can of spaghetti sauce and let simmer on low for 5-7mins, stirring a few times
 While your meat sauce is simmering beginmaking your cheese sauce. Mix the parmesan cheese, egg, and cottage cheese together.
chop your tomoato and add it to the meat sauce. remove from heat. 
 next, grease your lasagna dish (which i now own... yay!).
cover the bottom of the dish with meat sauce then layer 3 noodles, cheese sauce, mozarella, meat sauce, 3 noodles, cheese sauce, mozarella, meat sauce, 3 noodles, the rest of the meat sauce, half of what's left of the mozarella
 bake in oven covered with foil for 45 mins then add the rest of the mozarella and let bake uncovered for 10 more mins or until cheese is browned
 it was very tasty! and i was over joyed when my family actually got seconds!

so back to breakfast haha
I followed directions to a tee but i found out later that they were not written well, that and i chose the wrong pan... you win some you lose some. it ended up being scrambled eggs loaded with great ingredients:
5 slices bacon
6 eggs
2 tbsp water
4 green onions
2 tbsp fresh basil finely chopped
4 cherry tomatoes
3tbsp crumbled feta cheese
Don't get me wrong... the flavor was amazing!
i was just bummed that the presentation wasn't as it should be
so here is what i did...
cook the bacon until it is crispy
while the bacon is cooking, chop your green onions and fresh basil and set aside then chop your cherry tomaoes into quarters
in a bowl, wisk your eggs and water until well blended.
cut your bacon into small bite size pieces.
grease your pan (this is where i chose a fryer instead of a skillet... oops)
mix your onions and basil in with the eggs then add the whole mixture to the pan on medium heat. sprinkle the bacon over the top.
let cook while lifting the sides to let the eggs run over.
after about 3 mins add your cherry tomatoes and feta cheese to the top. cook until cheese is melted and eggs are fully cooked.
i could not get my eggs to fully cook so i just kinda scrambled things around the pan until the eggs were good.
the dish truly was delightful!

Things I learned in the kitchen today:
fresh basil is so aromatic and i loved working with it.
be sure to use the proper pans and dishes
it'll be easier to cook a lasagna if the noodles are cooked first.

again, my confidence went up in the kitchen.
as long as my meals are not a total loss and i learn from things i goof i am more than happy

i cannot wait to learn more about how flavors come together and experiment with more herbs and spices

Lily B Homemaker

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