Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mushroom Lasagna - the best I've ever had

I feel like Barbra Streisand singing, "I'm in a mushroom state of mind..." or was that New York. I bought more mushrooms for lasagna for my pals too. Here is what I concocted and am crying tears of joy.

Cook up 1 box of lasagna noodles, drain, and put aside.

Saute 2 "already sliced" boxes of mushrooms in a pan with butter. Add 1 cup of dry white wine, garlic, salt and pepper. Once the wine evaporates, turn the heat off and set the mushrooms aside.

Make a béchamel sauce of 1/2 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of flour (or more), 6 cups of 2% milk (or whatever you have), 1 tbsp. of nutmeg. Melt butter in a pot, mix in flour and stir, then add the milk and whisk to take any little lumps out. Let simmer, and thicken and come to a gentle boil -- turn the heat off. Add 1 cup of Gouda cheese, then 2 cups of Parmesan and stir.

Pour 1 cup of béchamel into a lasagna pan or casserole dish and spread out. Layer some noodles (usually 3), add 1 cup or more of mushrooms, 1/4 cup of Panko and 1/2 cup of fresh Parmesan and spread out. Repeat. To finish add noodles, béchamel and Parmesan. Put in the oven at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. P.S. I added some Panko just in case the mushrooms retained any liquid....the Panko would sop it up.

9-Hour Mushrooms from The Pioneer Woman

OK all you long losts....I am at this moment making a couple of yummy foods for my old pals who are converging at my house tomorrow. I saw a recipe on The Pioneer Woman that made my mouth drop: 9 Hour Mushrooms. Holy Good Lord! I am cooking them right now to serve with roast beef tomorrow. Wash 4 lbs. (3 big packs approximately) of white mushrooms and throw them into a pot. Add 4 beef bouillon and 4 chicken bouillon cubes in with 4 cups of water, 1 cup of butter, a one whole bottle of red wine, pepper, and 1 tbsp. of dry dill. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 6 hours with the lid off and then 3 hours with the lid on. I am seriously hyperventilating.

Delicous Chocolate Layer Cake

Delicious Chocolate Layer Cake:

Got this recipe from Canadian Living. It has the rich flavour of coffee in it and....no eggs or milk. I thought maybe the magazine forgot to put those ingredients on the list, but I confirmed it and not only did my kids love it, but the colour is gorgeous and it's quick to make too. Perfect for Valentines.

3 cups of flour, 2 cups granulated sugar, 2/3 cup of cocoa powder, 2 tsp. of baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 cups of brewed coffee, or water, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 2 tsp. of vanilla, 3 tbsp. cider vinegar - then chocolate icing (my boys ate it without icing).

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients. Mix all together and divide between prepared pans (2 9-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside - I sprayed Pam in the pans before lining them with parchment....why...I don't know).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. Cool, ice, and layer if you like.