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Marika's Mom

Marika's Mom
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Living In: Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Nouvelle, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
As you probably guessed from my screen name, I'm a mom. She's 2 1/2 now and is the light of my life. I'm lucky enough to be married to her father who is the love of my life. I was a sahm for the first 18 months of her life and just recently quit my job so I could stay home with her again. So now that we are back on living on only 1 income, I'm looking for meal ideas that will help our food dollars stretch. I've already found a # of great ideas!
My favorite things to cook
We cook a lot of Italian and Mexican dishes in my house. Tacos and Spaghetti are 2 items that always get put on the menu list. LOL My daughter loves just about any kind of noodle, especially with red sauce!
My cooking triumphs
My husband used to pride himself on his chicken parmigiana (before we got married, of course) but he hadn't cooked it for us in a very long time. Recently I found a great chicken parmigiana recipe and tried it out. Huge success! If you want the recipe, I found it on the back of a progresso Italian bread crumb container.
My cooking tragedies
Too numerous and embarrassing to recount here.....
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Pasta Lasagna
I picked this recipe as my 2 1/2 yo daughter loves penne but doesn't like lasagna so I thought, what the heck? She really liked this but didn't care for the cheese noodle blobs so had to pull it apart a little for her. I did make some adjustments to original recipe which is why only 4 stars. I use a full pound of penne, 3/4 lb beef and extra mozzarella (not sure exactly how much), same amount on all the rest of the ingredients. I also added chopped garlic (3 cloves) and onion (about 1/3 cup) to beef while browning, and added some italian seasoning when I added the sauce sauce as it was a very basic spaghetti sauce. Put down a thin layer of sauce on bottom of baking dish and tossed pasta with a little sauce before layering. I found it rather difficult to layer the cheese could not get it evenly spread. I did cover with aluminum foil as others suggested, although I had to tent it as pan was so full. I removed foil for last 15 minutes and broiled for last 4-5 for browning effect. I think next time (yes I will do this again) I will mix noodles, sauce and cheese all together and then pour into baking dish, topping with mozzarella. Oh and I'll boil the noodles about 1 or 2 less minutes (8-9 instead of 10) as they were a little overdone after baking. All in all a good recipe that will definitely get done at my house again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2010
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