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.
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...
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.
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!)