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26 May

Made it: Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna from Everyday Food magazine

Here's the simple, yet beautiful masterpiece produced by Martha's minions

While I’d love to be posting fresh summer dishes, it has been RAINING non-stop in Portland this week so hardy winter fare is sounding a bit more comforting. 🙂

Here’s a really great vegetarian lasagna from Everyday Foods (Dec 2009 issue). The lasagna features a homemade sauce and layers of roasted squash, wilted spinach and a mixture of ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Start to finish it takes about 2 hours so it’s best for a weekend meal!

For me the best part was the squash, spinach and sauce so you could probably turn this into a super-healthy vegan recipe by replacing the cheese mixture with tofu and substituting the regular noodles for whole wheat lasagna noodles.

First you toss the tomatoes with olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Then you roast them for 40 minutes. (Notice how sad and pale these tomatoes look. I can’t wait to make this again with fresh garden tomatoes.)

Roast the tomatoesThen you toss the butternut squash slices with oil, salt and pepper and roast them for 20 minutes.

Roasting the squashAfter sauteing the garlic, you add the spinach and cook until it is wilted… about 4 minutes… and then chop it up a bit.

Wilting the spinachHere are the roasted tomatoes before they are pureed into sauce.Roasted tomatoes

And the finished sauce. …let the layers commence.

Fresh tomato sauceTa-da — thank you Martha Stewart. Here’s my sloppy and slightly out of focus (but just as tasty!) finished product. I would definitely make this again and if I was short on time I’d use sauce from a jar, which would really cut down on the prep time.

Comma Happy's Lasagna

19 May
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Made it: Potato and Zucchini Hash

Potato and Zucchini Hash - Martha Stewart Everyday FoodBreakfast for dinner! The May issue of Everyday Food is great. I usually get just one or two “keepers” from an issue but this one has a ton of really good dinners.* The time spent to deliciousness ratio is just right.

The Potato and Zucchini Hash recipe didn’t scream new and exciting but the zucchini adds a fresh flavor and it was fun learning how to make the perfect sunny side up egg.

*I just looked at the cover and it promises “40 dishes in 30 minutes or less” … ah ha! I knew there was a reason I was liking it!

10 Things Loved in April

Here’s my ode to Domino magazine’s “10 things that make me happy” lists (and the many other bloggers who have created “things loved” lists). Maybe it’s just spring, but for some reason half the things on my list this month have something to do with flowers.

liberty of london for target sixty watering canAnn Taylor Loft Beaded Flower Appliqué Tee

1. Carnations
They get no respect, but I love their simplicity and persistent nature! I’d say they’re totally making a comeback. No more filler flower stereotypes.

2. Liberty of London for Target
As a bit of pre-gardening inspiration, I purchased almost everything in the Sixty print. Seriously.

3. Art-inspired Collectible Tees
I’ve been eyeing these shirts from Ann Taylor Loft for the past couple of months and finally scooped up three during a 40% off sale. I love dressy t-shirts, and the fact that they’re all a little bit different (neck lines, fabrics and applique, trim, beading details) means you can get more than one.

wii fit plusGingher Scissors Roberta 5 inchHaagen Dazs Five Ice Cream - Passion Fruit

4. Wii Fit Plus
I’m a little late to the game with the Wii Fit and balance board, but I love the fun games and it doesn’t hurt to have a little yoga and strength training for a gym workout supplement. If only it would stop telling me I’m 37!

5. Powell’s Books Home & Garden Store
Our favorite place to hang out on Hawthorne before movies at the Bagdad. Awesome gifts and outdoor/gardening ideas.

6. Gingher Designer Scissors in Roberta Print
Any quilter would call me out as an impostor and I don’t sew enough to be worthy of these adorable scissors. However, the cuteness will make my occasional sewing/craft project uber-special.

7. Häagen-Dazs Five Ice Cream – Passion Fruit
OMG! Light and sweet with just the right amount of tartness, this tastes more like gelato than ice cream… it’s a close runner-up to the passion fruit gelato at Ono Gelato in Hawaii.

Cabins at Stub Stewart State ParkTaqueria Los GorditosCole Haan Petra Boot

8. A mountain cabin getaway
The cabins at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park are a must-do spring activity. It’s still too cold to tent camp (in my opinion), but perfect for a cozy weekend getaway… crisp mountain air, a sprinkling of rain, s’mores, a cozy cabin… plus a 10+ mile bike ride on the Banks Vernonia trail (a rails to trails project complete with some killer trestles you can pedal across).

9. Soyrizo Burrito from Taqueria Los Gorditos
My favorite thing at this taco cart is the veggie (not vegan – I need sour cream) soyrizo burrito. Thankfully all the fame and attention hasn’t gone to their head. It’s also a fun place to people watch while you wait…and there’s a fair share of the “I’m so cool, I stopped showering/shaving/changing my clothes months ago” variety.

10. Cole Haan “Petra” Boot
I’ve been searching for the perfect flat boot in brown leather for a few years. Yes, years. And I finally found it. This one has Nike Air to boot (haha, get it?). And for $100 at Nordstrom Rack, they were a total steal.

Maybe it’s spring but for some reason half the things on my loved list have something to do with flowers. 🙂
12 May
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Made it: White Bean and Tuna Salad

white bean and tuna salad - everyday food magazine may 2010New obsession: White bean and tuna salad from the May 2010 issue of Everyday Food magazine. It’s simple and quick. One of those “ready in 15” meals that actually works. Plus, it’s easy to halve for 2 people and great as leftovers (as long as you keep the spinach and bean/tuna mixture separate).

I couldn’t find it on the Martha site but these two recipes are somewhat similar: Tuna and White Bean Salad and Bean, Red Onion, and Parsley Salad.

A perfect summer dinner. Thank you, Martha’s minions!

1 Jun

We Dig It

The plants and seeds made it into the ground two weeks ago and we just can’t contain our excitement. So much so that we forgot to write about the process. But we did document it with photos.  Here’s what we ended up planting: roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, green onions, summer squash, radishes, jalapeno, green peppers, yellow peppers, basil, cilantro, parsley, cucumber, beets, buttercrunch lettuce, arugula, snow peas, and sweet peas!  The following are pictures of one of the three planter boxes.

Week 0: Planted peas, beets, tomatoes, arugula, butter lettuce

Week 1: Sweet peas, beets, and arugula germinated!

Week 2: Sweet peas and arugula growing like crazy!

We edited the original container garden plan slightly to allow for the peas to grow in a north – south line and make the most of the space. As you can see in the above pics, the pea trellis is pretty tall and we’re hoping a wild wind doesn’t take it down (fingers crossed).

Our latest gardening dilemma is how often and how much to water.  We are currently watering every other day, by putting the hose into each box for about 2 – 3 minutes.

Original Plan: