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Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Like Crack for Babies

So we tried a few new things today. I got this neat little teether thing. It’s a mesh bag that locks onto a little handle and you can put stuff in it that is delicious but that would otherwise present a choking hazard if it weren’t in the mesh bag. Enter frozen peach slices. Chase nibbled that peach slice like a madwoman. She kept looking at me like… oh, this if good! Later we tried a teething biscuit. Chase loved it, unfortunately neurotic mommy is not yet ready for teething biscuits. I could actually feel my anxiety level rising with every passing nibble of cookie. Oh, and we are well in our way to high fiving! We still need a little more practice but we are definitely getting there!

Last week I picked up some summer squash at the farmers market. Of course, since the week flew by I didn’t get to use it. Because I will not be bested by zukes I whipped up a little veg lasagne for dinner. I used a Marcella Hazan recipe as a guide but really sorta did my own thing. Looks, like I’m starting a trend here. If only I had time to write down the stuff I try as recipes. It was really good. Between the cheeses and the bechamel sauce I’m going to have to say it’d probably not the healthiest of dishes aside from the no meat thing. I guess if you look at it like you would have eaten the same serving full of red meat instead of veg then I guess that does represent some kind of savings health-wise. Yes, let’s look at it like that.

Ok, so here’s what I did:

First saute half a small onion in 5 tablespoons of butter. Once the onion has softened stir in five tablespoons of flour and cook briefly, stirring to form the base of a roux. Slowly whisk in 3 cups of milk and stir over medium heat until thickened. Season with salt and pepper, turn off heat and stir in about a cup of grated parm. Set Aside.

Heat a few tablespoons of evoo in a pan. Meanwhile chop a clove of garlic and 4 small to medium zukes. Throw the garlic in the pan and cook for a minute until you can smell the garlic before adding the squash. Cook the zukes over medium high until all the liquid they release has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile soak a package of no boil noodles in a bowl of boiling water. When the zukes are softened and slightly browned take them off the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Repeat the same process in the same pan, adding a little evoo, with a package of sliced mushrooms. Once the mushrooms have cooked down and the pan add a splash of white wine, broth, or water to deglaze the pan. Continue to cook the mushrooms until you have cooked all the liquid out. Add the mushrooms to the bowl of zukes.

Drain the noodles.

Pour all but a cup and half of the bechamel sauce over the veg and combine gently. Butter the bottom of a 9×13 dish. Layer in enough noodles to cover the bottom and top with a third of the veg mixture. Dab on 1/3 of a 10.5 oz log of goat cheese. Repeat the layers until all the veg is used up ending with a dry noodle top layer. Pour the reserved bechamel over the top of the lasagne. Sprinkle on two tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley and another handful of grated parm.

Bake uncovered at 375 until your baby falls asleep… I don’t know like maybe 30 minutes until the cheese is brown and the sauce bubbles around the edges. Let the lasagne rest while you prep a salad or what have you. Serve topped with a chiffonade of basil. Enjoy! Ok, so it’s annoying not to have an ingredient list I suppose. You will need:

  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • ” ” flour
  • 1/2 a small onion
  • 3 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 c grated parm (use 3/4 for the sauce and 1/4 for the topping it really doesn’t matter)
  • 4 small to medium zucchinis or mixed summer squash
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 package mushrooms (I used creminis)
  • 1/4 cup white wine (I used dry vermouth) or chicken stock
  • 1 package no boil lasagne noodles (I like Barilla)
  • 10.5 oz log of goat cheese (I used Ile de France)
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsely
  • a few basil leaves to sprinkle over the top before serving.
  • salt and pepper of course!

In other news, still NOT finished painting. Ben installed some extra outlets in the room that he SWORE we needed. Of course that simple project turned into… hey babe, I have to take the baseboard off. It’s all done now though and we have two more outlets so I guess it wasn’t all bad. I went by pier one today to pick up something I saw online on sale but of course they were like huh? and I hadn’t had the presence of mind to note that product name so no dice. I’ll have to try the one in Towson armed with all the information a sales associate should have you know, so I can help them find the product. Jerks! I have to wait a whole nother day just to get my wall hanging. I didn’t chance it. Chase was sleeping and I didn’t want to scour the store knowing she’d be up at any minute looking for boob.

I guess that’s about it. I’m trying to get things around my desk a little organized since I brought home all the stuff from my desk at work. Most importantly, I need to make a list of ongoing projects and deadlines so that I don’t get blindsided in the next two weeks. I’ve been saying I would do that for the last two weeks at least but no such luck. I’m going to really buckle down now though, I swear! Well, I’ll buckle down after cookie time. Yeah, that’s it after cookie time.

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