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Dinner with the Wife

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Kids were out so we had the place to ourselves. Decided to make that nice winter lasagna my wife keeps asking for.

 

Roasted some Delicata squash, toasted and chopped some hazelnuts, gathered ricotta, parm and mozz, made a bechamel with smoked paprika, cayenne, garlic and bay leaves. Got some fresh pasta sheets.

 

Here's a layer with cheese, bechamel, crushed red pepper and hazelnuts.

 

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Opened something suitably special :wee:

 

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Layer with squash.

 

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Cheese and bechamel added

 

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Ready for the oven, tossed it in at 350F.

 

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Looking Done!

 

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A little plating....

 

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A nice table for two, with Brandywine tomato and baby basil, 7 yr old balsamic and evo salad....

 

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Which lead to some pajama dancing....

 

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A little more wine, a 2001 this time...

 

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And just as things get interesting..... The kids came home!! "Are you two pajama dancing in the kitchen?" "Why yes, kids, yes we are..." :wee:

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Pajama dancing? And taking pictures while doing it? :squid::laugh:

 

And those place mats look like they came from the Christmas Tree Shops......:p

 

 

Glad ya had a nice evening Mike, even if the kids came home a bit too early.....:)

 

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I never get to the pajama dancing if I start taking pictures of food. Wife calls me an idiot. ;-)

 

But it's nice to know we aren't the only fools who dance in the kitchen.

 

Did you parboil the pasta? I made some lasagna a couple weeks ago, made the pasta too, and thought I could save the trouble of boiling it. When I eventually looked at a couple recipes they all said I had to cook it first a few seconds at least.

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I soak them in boiled water for a minute or two, then let them to drip dry and get them on a sheet tray with evo. You can see the evo sheen on the sheets. I have done it without boiling and they can be a touch dry. They need the moisture. If you were going with a red sauce with some moisture you probably would not need to do it. Here, I needed to soak them.

 

Wife got into the pictures and posted one from her phone to her FB status :)

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At first I thought medi-gone, but the finished product looks like a great meal. And PJ dancing in the kitchen can't be awful, could lead to a round of mattress polo.:shock:

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