Yesterday, I tried my hand at making homemade Lasagna again. The last time I made the Lasagna, it came out good – but, as you make the dish more times – it usually comes out better. I also changed some things in the recipe based on thing that my family doesn’t like. For example, they aren’t crazy about Ricotta Cheese – so I left it out. I increased the amount of Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese. Also, the Italian Seasoning isn’t the most popular in my house – so, I left it out and added some Basil. It turned out better – most notably, it held together more as it was scooped out of the pan. I also made some homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies – which came out good – in fact, they were the best that I have every made.Also, I made a double batch of the Lasagna – there is a lady at our church, Kern Christian Center, that had broken both wrists, and KCC set up for people to bring the family food for a week or so – and I signed up for Monday. When I had my Kidney removed in February, the church did that for us – what a blessing that was – and I was honored to be able to give back.I started out making the homemade Meat Sauce – I started with 1 pound of Ground Beef and 1 pound of Pork Sausage – and cooked them in a large skillet until no longer pink. Then, I added 24 ounces of Tomato Sauce, 12 ounces of Tomato Paste, 2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced), Salt, Pepper, Sugar, and Basil. I let this Meat Sauce simmer for an hour.I cooked a total of 18 Lasagna Noodles (9 for each batch), and then started to assemble the Lasagna. I started with some Meat Sauce, then 3 Noodles, then some Meat Sauce and some Cottage Cheese mixture (Cottage Cheese, Eggs, and Parmesan Cheese), and some Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – then repeat until done. Then I covered it, put it in a 375 degree oven for 50 minutes, then uncovered it for an additional 15 minutes. Then, we added some Whole Kernel Corn.Now, for the Chocolate Chip cookies – I started by mixing the Flour, Salt, and Baking Soda together. Then, in my Stand Mixer, I put the Sugar, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Extract, and Butter.I turned on the Stand Mixer until the mixture was creamy. Then I added the Eggs (one at a time), and when fully mixed, I added the Flour mixture slowly.
Now that everything is mixed – I scooped them on to an ungreased cookie sheet and baked at 375 for about 11 minutes. They were were very good – soft when you bite into them – which is the best.
This “double dinner” was a lot of work – but very enjoyable and rewarding. I really enjoy making stuff like this. Then we had some fun taking pictures of my goofy grandkids after we delivered the food to our friends from church.
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