Saturday, January 3, 2009

Prediction

Someday...
When you're living miles away, I'll bet you crave it.
You'll try to treat your homesickness with some microwavable imitation,
Something found in the frozen food section, wrapped in cardboard and plastic.

Someday...
Your cute little girlfriend will try to impress you
With candles, a tablecloth, and something hot from the oven.
You'll taste it and smile and maybe even ask for seconds,
But, of course, you'll be thinking, It's just not the same as Mom's...

Someday...
When I'm dead and gone,
The one thing you'll miss most is sitting at the kitchen table.
And you'll wish for just one more home-cooked meal.
But tonight...you cried and pouted, choked and gagged.
And, later, I found three mouthfuls of homemade goodness
Spit into the bathroom sink.
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Luke's Lasagne

Brown 1 pound ground beef. Adding 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1 Tbsp. parsley, 1 Tbsp. basil, 2 tsp. salt, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 6 oz. tomato paste. Simmer for one hour, uncovered.

Combine 3 cups ricotta cheese, 3 eggs, 2 Tbsp. parsley, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
Grate one pound mozzarella cheese and 1/2 lb. mild cheddar cheese.

Cook 8 oz. lasagne noodles (or use oven-ready noodles).

In 9x13 inch pan, spread one-half can tomato sauce, then layer: noodles, meat, ricotta, mozarella. Repeat. Top with cheddar cheese. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Best served with garlic toast and a crisp green salad.

(Keep Softscrub nearby...to wipe all traces from bathroom sink!)

23 comments:

Lauren in GA said...

Such a great prediction. If I were a bettin' girl I would bet it will come true for sure!

His head inside the sweatshirt photo is my favorite.

Thanks for the soft scrub tip ;)

Lindsey said...

Oh honestly! Isn't that so true! Peter made Abby a pastrami sandwich the other day and she cried and had a fit about it.. I told her to take a bite and she ate the whole thing. . .

calibosmom said...

This is priceless. Our kids are going to hate that we have all these inciminating pictures of them. I love the head in the shirt. If he doesn't want his piece, I'll eat it for him-looks delicious!

Meg said...

Love Love Love this!

Jeanelle said...

I cooked lots of dinners for my nieces and nephews while I was in Hawaii and it was so disappointing when they wouldn't even try things (they don't eat potatoes, to give you an idea of their pickiness.) We had to promise ice cream if they'd try beef stroganoff (which my nephew ended up loving.) Your lasagna sounds fabulous.

Robin said...

Your predictions will come true. It is so satisfying to have older kids come home and rave about my cooking.

Ilene said...

This post is too perfect. I wanna copy it and insert pictures of my son into it.

I promise to get the answers back to you this coming week.

queenieweenie said...

what a stinker!

Lorena said...

Oooh...Oooh...can I add the ones from my daughter and chicken enchiladas last night? Too bad she went to bed without dinner, and no dessert, either!

♥Shally said...

Beautifully written!

I swear there are days where I wonder why in the heck I cook ANYTHING around here!!

andrea said...

when he gets engaged, you should set up a special engagement dinner for him and his bride-to-be. break out the china, crystal, silver...
on which to serve some chicken nuggets, corn dog bites, and pizza rolls. tell the sweet young girl he's her problem now, enjoy.

cami said...

Luke's pretty funny.

I still miss Mom's cooking and she only lives 30 minutes away! I can't seem to re-create any of her recipes quite right.

Annemarie said...

Hmmm..we had a very similar lasagne episode at our house the other night. The same lasagne they had GOBBLED up the last time I made it.
Someday...they will really appreciate us and our @#%@ lasagne.

Marci said...

Ah, yes. Someday he will appreciate your incredible cooking! But until then, thank goodness for Softscrub!

Cathy said...

So funny, I remember when my son was "afraid" of apple pie! Now he'll definitly eat the entire thing! Before his mission he would not eat tomatos and cucumbers, but that has changed too!

Bridget said...

Oh, I am all too familiar with this scene.

Melissa-Mc said...

I would have eaten your lasagne happily!

I keep waiting for my boys to grow out of their "picky" phase. I will not make it through 4 picky-eater teenage boys.

Susan said...

We had a similar episode on New Year's Eve. My 4 year old deemed the lasagna as yucky and we found traces of it in the sink. The most frustrating part of this incident was that happened at a friend's house and not at home?!

Clair said...

This looks all too familiar... You even used a snowman plate so you get an E for Effort.

TravelinOma said...

I remember those days...I think you were playing the part of Luke back then!

I used to find everybody's dinner, wrapped in their napkin, in the bathroom waste basket. Then we got our dog and she ate my poisonous meals right out of their hands. She was the only one who really appreciated my cooking.

Hollyween said...

That lasagna looks delish! KIDS!! Doesn't it just make you so mad when they don't GET how good something is? But... they will. There's a lot of things I didn't used to like of my mom's, but now I crave it!

martha corinna said...

Word.

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