Wednesday, November 5th 2008
In the Middle of the Action Plan…

I’m halfway through my list of activities specifically scheduled to keep me from obsessing over the nation’s electoral process. (just because I don’t talk about politics here does not mean I am not interested, involved, or so overly involved I need an Action Plan for Sanity and Distraction) So last night I baked four lasagnas and went to kickboxing – which is quite enough to drain me of the energy needed to obsess over anything.  It effectively prevented me from watching the state by state count on television.

Today I need to reheat the lasagnas, make 5 garlic loaves, take them to kids’ school for teacher appreciation lunch, and then go to kickboxing again later.  

My teacher appreciation is sincere, since I’ve taught little kids before and found it to be EXTREMELY difficult.  I wish my culinary offerings showed that gratitude with artfully baked carb layers, but since i”m not much of a cook, they’ll just have to SENSE my appreciation.  They’re nice ladies – I think they can do it.  

Sidenote to the American Beauty Lasagna company: that little note on the side of the red box about ‘make ahead and put on waxed paper so the noodles don’t stick….?’  That was brilliant. In theory.  Except that they DO stick, and then you have to pick waxed paper off the noodles, which eats up any time you might have saved by making them a few hours ahead of time. And might make for a papery, chewy experience, should I have missed any. But since I was trying to distract myself with big projects, I really didn’t mind all that much. However, that’s probably not how your usual customer thinks.

It’s a good day. Soon the house will smell of garlic bread, Bocelli will be singing – loudly – and a great workout awaits at the end of the day. Good plan.


5 Comments on “In the Middle of the Action Plan…”

November 5th, 2008
2:44 pm

You need the lasagna recipe that doesn’t require you to cook the noodles beforehand. It is a thing of beauty. I haven’t boiled lasagna noodles in years.

Here’s one example:,1835,153165-224196,00.html


Lynnette Bonner
November 5th, 2008
9:20 pm

Mmmm, Lasagna! Yummy! Save one for yourself.

November 6th, 2008
11:21 am

Mmmm. You’re making me hungry and it’s only 5:20 am.

Good idea, distracting yourself. I should have done that yesterday. The picking paper off noodles wouldn’t have worked for me though. I would just have kept thinking about it while picking paper and then as I got more and more ticked I would have ended up tearing the noodles apart. Come to think of it, that might have been kind of therapeutic. :)

November 6th, 2008
5:21 pm

Mmmm, lasagna… If you really like your current recipe, you might also try parchment paper. It’s a lot like wax paper, but not so… waxy. I use it to bake sugar cookies on, and they come out supah-soft and fabulous. Best of all, the cookie sheet stays clean. And I’m basically really lazy about cleaning cookie sheets, so that’s the selling point for me.

November 28th, 2008
10:26 pm

I use Barilla No-Cook Lasagna noodles… My entire lasagna world breathed a sigh of relief when I discovered those babies. Plus, they’re Barilla so they’re automatically delicious!

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