Valentine’s Lasagna

After Ryan and I were engaged, but before we were married, my mom made for my dad a birthday lasagna with sauce from scratch. After his first cheesy bite, Ryan looked at me and said, “you know how to make this, right?” So I have set out this Valentine’s Day to pay my dowry and make for my husband, a lasagna from scratch.
I’ve started today (the day before) by making just the red gravy, starting with less water in the pot than in my first attempt. The sauce has been simmering for just over an hour and already it is much thicker than last time. I’ll let it cook another 3 hours or so tonight. I’ve also seasoned the ground beef to be added tomorrow. I folded in salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of crushed fennel seeds. Fennel is my new favorite spice.

Tomorrow, I’ll brown the ground beef and add it to the sauce and let it simmer again for another 3-4 hours. This should make it good and thick.

Already one hour in and things are looking good. Fingers crossed, updates to come.

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Begin Day Two. February 14, 2010

We started today with flowers, a clean kitchen and long and over due lunch visit  with my grandmother. When we returned home from lunch, I browned the ground beef which I had seasoned last night. The sauce went back on the front burner and it plus the meat are slowly cooking until 7 or so tonight. I’m killing time until Ryan gets home from the adoration chapel so he can make the pasta dough and until it’s close enough in time to start my macaroons!

Our Valentine’s Day thus far:

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