Spending time in the kitchen with people you love is a great way to learn to cook and to get to know each other. Over the past few years I have come to really enjoy cooking. D and I try to make a point to cook together often. Even if just one of us is doing the cooking you can usually find us both in the kitchen, talking, laughing, and most of the time we’re listening to National Public Radio.
The best types of food for cooking together are the ones that involve a lot of prep, but even just the easy frying of some eggs can be done together. It’s nice sometimes to not have to dice the onions and other veggies all by yourself, having an extra set of eyes checking the recipe and another taster. Cooking also provides time to talk and to listen. When you have to let the curry boil down for 20-30 minutes it gives you the perfect opportunity to spend time with each other without any distractions other than literally stirring the pot.
Take some time, find a recipe to try and spend some time with those you love making something delicious.
In case you need something to try, here’s my family’s lasagna recipe!
What you need:
For a 9×13 Pan (If you use an 8×8 cut every amount in half)
1 package Barilla brand no-boil lasagna noodle
32 oz. of sauce (2 jars should do it)
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lb. shredded mozzarella
16 oz ricotta or cottage cheese
Veggies! (I change this up almost every time, you can use baby spinach, zucchinis, grated carrots, whatever you like)
What you do:
Mix the cheeses, eggs, and garlic together.
Layer pan as follows:
Sauce on the bottom (be sure to cover the entire bottom, otherwise the noodles won’t cook as well)
Cover with noodles
All the veggies
Layer of sauce
Layer of noodles
Layer of cheese mixture (use all of it in this layer)
layer of noodles
Layer of sauce (make sure all the noodle on top are covered with sauce, or they won’t cook)
Cover pan with foil, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Check the noodles in the center of the pan after an hour. If a fork easily goes through them, it’s done.