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  1. #1
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Lasagna

    Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered for
    around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too long, but
    it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it cooks. Assembled
    the lasagna in my biggest pan with an extra layer, because we're having
    company tomorrow, and I want there to be LOTS of food. Also started
    three batches of NYT bread to have with it. There may be veggies and may
    not, depending on how easily I'm able to get my house clean in the morning.

    Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and even
    less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I made it in
    the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such a sap.

    Serene
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  2. #2
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Fri 03 Sep 2010 11:52:02p, Serene Vannoy told us...

    > Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered
    > for around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too
    > long, but it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it
    > cooks. Assembled the lasagna in my biggest pan with an extra
    > layer, because we're having company tomorrow, and I want there to
    > be LOTS of food. Also started three batches of NYT bread to have
    > with it. There may be veggies and may not, depending on how easily
    > I'm able to get my house clean in the morning.
    >
    > Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and
    > even less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I
    > made it in the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such
    > a sap.


    There's nothing quite like a wonderful homey meal with family
    recipes. I make a pretty mean lasagna, and I cook the sauce a long
    time, too, on the day before. I would love to try your mother's
    recipe if you don't mind sharing.

    Wayne

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    ************************************************** ********

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  3. #3
    Kalmia Guest

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    On Sep 4, 2:52*am, Serene Vannoy <ser...@serenepages.org> wrote:
    > Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered for
    > around 24 hours. *I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too long, but
    > it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it cooks. *Assembled
    > the lasagna in my biggest pan with an extra layer, because we're having
    > company tomorrow, and I want there to be LOTS of food. Also started
    > three batches of NYT bread to have with it. There may be veggies and may
    > not, depending on how easily I'm able to get my house clean in the morning.
    >
    > Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and even
    > less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I made it in
    > the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such a sap.


    NOT a sap - just having a good memory of childhood.

    May we see a photo when it's done?

  4. #4
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On 09/04/2010 12:03 AM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    > On Fri 03 Sep 2010 11:52:02p, Serene Vannoy told us...
    >
    >> Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered
    >> for around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too
    >> long, but it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it
    >> cooks. Assembled the lasagna in my biggest pan with an extra
    >> layer, because we're having company tomorrow, and I want there to
    >> be LOTS of food. Also started three batches of NYT bread to have
    >> with it. There may be veggies and may not, depending on how easily
    >> I'm able to get my house clean in the morning.
    >>
    >> Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and
    >> even less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I
    >> made it in the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such
    >> a sap.

    >
    > There's nothing quite like a wonderful homey meal with family
    > recipes. I make a pretty mean lasagna, and I cook the sauce a long
    > time, too, on the day before. I would love to try your mother's
    > recipe if you don't mind sharing.


    Sure! The lasagna recipe (more of a method, of course) is here:

    http://serenecooking.livejournal.com/60042.html

    For the sauce, I'll have to write it down. I'll work on it today and
    post it as soon as I can.

    Serene
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  5. #5
    Mr. Bill Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On Sat, 04 Sep 2010 08:44:33 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Sure! The lasagna recipe (more of a method, of course) is here:
    >
    >http://serenecooking.livejournal.com/60042.html
    >
    >For the sauce, I'll have to write it down. I'll work on it today and
    >post it as soon as I can.
    >
    >Serene
    >--
    >http://www.momfoodproject.com
    >New post: Follow Friday: Food52 & Summer Corn Soufflé with Chipotle and Lime


    Didn't realize you were keeping multiple blogs...that MUST keep you
    busy!

    Thanks for sharing all your good thoughts and recipes!






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  6. #6
    Serene Vannoy Guest

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    On 09/04/2010 09:01 AM, Mr. Bill wrote:

    > Didn't realize you were keeping multiple blogs...that MUST keep you
    > busy!


    Nah. I write almost as easily as I breathe; helps that I type over
    100wpm. :-) I have three blogs right now: the personal journal; the
    general cooking one; and the Mom Food one. They're so different that it
    made sense to me to do them separately.

    >
    > Thanks for sharing all your good thoughts and recipes!


    Sure, and thanks!

    Serene
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  7. #7
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On Fri, 03 Sep 2010 23:52:02 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    <[email protected]> wrote:


    >Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and even
    >less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I made it in
    >the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such a sap.
    >
    >Serene


    Wish I could be there for it!!

    Christine
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    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  8. #8
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On 09/04/2010 07:44 AM, Kalmia wrote:
    > On Sep 4, 2:52 am, Serene Vannoy<ser...@serenepages.org> wrote:
    >> Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered for
    >> around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too long, but
    >> it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it cooks. Assembled
    >> the lasagna in my biggest pan with an extra layer, because we're having
    >> company tomorrow, and I want there to be LOTS of food. Also started
    >> three batches of NYT bread to have with it. There may be veggies and may
    >> not, depending on how easily I'm able to get my house clean in the morning.
    >>
    >> Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and even
    >> less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I made it in
    >> the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such a sap.

    >
    > NOT a sap - just having a good memory of childhood.


    Embrace the power of "and". :-)

    >
    > May we see a photo when it's done?


    Of course! :-)

    Here are a couple pics of it from last time:
    http://serenecooking.livejournal.com/60042.html

    Serene
    --
    http://www.momfoodproject.com
    New post: Follow Friday: Food52 & Summer Corn Soufflé with Chipotle and Lime

  9. #9
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered for
    > around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too long, but
    > it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it cooks. Assembled
    > the lasagna in my biggest pan with an extra layer, because we're having
    > company tomorrow, and I want there to be LOTS of food. Also started
    > three batches of NYT bread to have with it. There may be veggies and may
    > not, depending on how easily I'm able to get my house clean in the morning.
    >
    > Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and even
    > less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I made it in
    > the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such a sap.
    >
    > Serene


    You will never be a sap hon'. :-) I understand the sentiment and salute
    you for it.
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  10. #10
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Serene Vannoy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > There's nothing quite like a wonderful homey meal with family
    > > recipes. I make a pretty mean lasagna, and I cook the sauce a long
    > > time, too, on the day before. I would love to try your mother's
    > > recipe if you don't mind sharing.

    >
    > Sure! The lasagna recipe (more of a method, of course) is here:
    >
    > http://serenecooking.livejournal.com/60042.html
    >
    > For the sauce, I'll have to write it down. I'll work on it today and
    > post it as soon as I can.
    >
    > Serene


    I went to the link.
    This sounds like the perfect potluck food, if portions are pre-cut. <g>
    --
    Peace! Om

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    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

  11. #11
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On 09/04/2010 09:13 AM, Christine Dabney wrote:
    > On Fri, 03 Sep 2010 23:52:02 -0700, Serene Vannoy
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >> Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and even
    >> less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I made it in
    >> the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such a sap.
    >>
    >> Serene

    >
    > Wish I could be there for it!!


    So do I! But maybe some other Saturday. I'll be doing these through May
    (I take June and July off from everything, and then I'm broke in August,
    so Sept.-through-May is the planned schedule.

    Serene
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  12. #12
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    Serene wrote:

    > Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered for
    > around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too long, but it's
    > my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it cooks.


    This interests me. I'd want to do an experiment where I take a sample of the
    sauce after every hour, then taste them all at the same time to see if
    anybody could really tell the difference.

    Bob




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    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    Bob Terwilliger wrote:
    > Serene wrote:
    >
    >> Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered for
    >> around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too long, but it's
    >> my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it cooks.

    >
    > This interests me. I'd want to do an experiment where I take a sample of the
    > sauce after every hour, then taste them all at the same time to see if
    > anybody could really tell the difference.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >
    >



    I've never simmered a red sauce for 24 hours but there's a big
    difference between a half hour and 3 or 4 hours as far as the
    tomato flavor mellowing. Many mom-and-pop Italian restaurants
    don't cook their sauces long enough for my taste and they have
    a harsh flavor.

    I had no idea it made such a difference until I was among a group of
    Italian women years ago and one said "I don't like Maria's restaurant
    red "gravy", she doesn't cook her sauces long enough." Dang, she was
    right. It makes a big difference.

    gloria p

  14. #14
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On Sat 04 Sep 2010 08:44:33a, Serene Vannoy told us...

    > Sure! The lasagna recipe (more of a method, of course) is here:
    >
    > http://serenecooking.livejournal.com/60042.html
    >
    > For the sauce, I'll have to write it down. I'll work on it today and
    > post it as soon as I can.
    >
    > Serene
    >


    Thank you, Serene. I really appreciate it! I hope your dinner party
    was a huge success!

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


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    Felice Guest

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    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote in message
    news:4c82e2c8$0$5522$[email protected]..
    > Serene wrote:
    >
    >> Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered for
    >> around 24 hours. I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too long, but
    >> it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it cooks.

    >
    > This interests me. I'd want to do an experiment where I take a sample of
    > the sauce after every hour, then taste them all at the same time to see if
    > anybody could really tell the difference.
    >
    > Bob


    A remarkable idea! I'll try it with the next round of sauce.

    Felice



  16. #16
    Catmandy (Sheryl) Guest

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    On Sep 4, 3:03*am, Wayne Boatwright <wayneboatwri...@xgmail.com>
    wrote:
    > On Fri 03 Sep 2010 11:52:02p, Serene Vannoy told us...
    >
    > > Made the sauce last night. Well, last night and today; it simmered
    > > for around 24 hours. *I know, I know, you'll tell me that's too
    > > long, but it's my mother's sauce, and 10-24 hours is how long it
    > > cooks. *Assembled the lasagna in my biggest pan with an extra
    > > layer, because we're having company tomorrow, and I want there to
    > > be LOTS of food. Also started three batches of NYT bread to have
    > > with it. There may be veggies and may not, depending on how easily
    > > I'm able to get my house clean in the morning.

    >
    > > Looking forward to the lasagna feast. We don't have it often, and
    > > even less often with my mom's sauce. For an extra added bonus, I
    > > made it in the actual pot my mom used when I was little. I am such
    > > a sap.

    >
    > There's nothing quite like a wonderful homey meal with family
    > recipes. *I make a pretty mean lasagna, and I cook the sauce a long
    > time, too, on the day before. *I would love to try your mother's
    > recipe if you don't mind sharing.
    >
    > Wayne
    >
    > --
    >
    > ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
    >
    > * * * * ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~
    >
    > ************************************************** ********
    >
    > * * * * * * * * * * *Wayne Boatwright


    I had my friend's Italian Momma (and by extension, my "adopted" Momma)
    call me to tell me my lasagna was as good as hers. To quote "you got
    something there, kiddo!" I was visiting and my friend and I cooked for
    his wife, for a change. It was a meat-free lasagna, with roasted
    zucchini and portabella mushrooms layered throughout. The sauce was
    inspired by Harry D's sauce. Onions, garlic, diced bell pepper, and
    grated carrot, sauteed in olive oil. Canned crushed tomatoes. Splash
    of red wine. Basil, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes (not enough to
    make it hot, just enough to add flavor). Tuscan Sunset. Salt and
    pepper. Cooked maybe an hour. Not much more than that. I like the
    "fresher" flavor of short-cooked sauce in lasagna. To each their own.

    The cheese layer was 2 lbs part skim ricotta mixed with a good cup of
    a Pecorino/Parmagiano blend, black pepper, 3 rubs of nutmeg (back and
    forth on the microplane 3 times) and a beaten egg. Shredded mozzerella
    was sprinkled on separately. You know the drill for assembly. sauce,
    pasta, cheese, veggies, sauce, etc. Ending with pasta, sauce. Shredded
    mozzerella goes on 10 minutes before it's done, so it's still ooey
    gooey.

    It was pretty delicious! We prefer the shorter cooked sauce, unless
    there's meat in it. That's "gravy" in his family. It's all good. Gravy
    goes on macaroni. (usually ziti, mostaccioli, rigatoni....small
    tubes). the meat is also served on the side. Yummmmmmy.

  17. #17
    PeterL. Guest

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    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in
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    >
    > I had no idea it made such a difference until I was among a group of
    > Italian women years ago and one said "I don't like Maria's restaurant
    > red "gravy", she doesn't cook her sauces long enough." Dang, she was
    > right. It makes a big difference.
    >
    > gloria p
    >



    It certainly does.

    My Bolognese sauce usually simmers for at least 6 hours, then goes into
    the fridge for about 3-4 days.

    I use virtually the same mix for lasagne, but make it a bit 'wetter'.....
    because I mostly use the 'instant' lasagne sheets.


    When I make my own pasta sauce/'red gravy', it gets the same treatment...
    ie, simmering for at least 6 hours, then fridged for several days before
    using.



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  18. #18
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On 09/04/2010 06:21 PM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    > On Sat 04 Sep 2010 08:44:33a, Serene Vannoy told us...
    >
    >> Sure! The lasagna recipe (more of a method, of course) is here:
    >>
    >> http://serenecooking.livejournal.com/60042.html
    >>
    >> For the sauce, I'll have to write it down. I'll work on it today and
    >> post it as soon as I can.
    >>
    >> Serene
    >>

    >
    > Thank you, Serene.


    Sure!

    > I really appreciate it! I hope your dinner party
    > was a huge success!
    >


    Thanks; we had a great time. There ended up being nine of us, and the
    HUGE, GIGANTIC lasagna* was decimated. There remains one good-sized
    piece. Oy. :-)

    Serene


    * Huge as in: Two pounds ricotta, two pounds mozzarella, one pound
    parmesan, more than a pound of meat, at least a pound of lasagna noodles...
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  19. #19
    [email protected] Guest

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    Serena that sounds wonderful..I would bet that pot makes all the
    difference..Can I come for leftovers? I live in Illinois.


  20. #20
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Lasagna

    On Sat 04 Sep 2010 07:07:44p, Serene Vannoy told us...

    > Thanks; we had a great time. There ended up being nine of us, and
    > the HUGE, GIGANTIC lasagna* was decimated. There remains one
    > good-sized piece. Oy. :-)
    >
    > Serene
    >
    >
    > * Huge as in: Two pounds ricotta, two pounds mozzarella, one pound
    > parmesan, more than a pound of meat, at least a pound of lasagna
    > noodles...
    >


    That is one whopping big lasagna! Sounds and looks wonderful on your
    blog. Looking forward to the sauce recipe when you have the time.

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


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