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  1. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Normally I would agree with you on the whole top layer thing. But somehow using fresh pasta and rolling it relatively thin it becomes really good. One of my favorite parts of the dish.
  2. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I have made a first run at my competion lasagna. After realizing time was indeed the most limiting factor I decided to use an established recipe. Thanks to an above post I used Bugialli's LASAGNA AL FORNO starting on page 221 of his book THE FINE ART OF ITALIAN COOKING. Knowing I would make changes later I tried to follow the recipe closely. Fish sauce instead of porcinis and all egg pasta instead of egg and spinach were the only concessions I made Wow. The meat sauce was deeply flavored and the pasta worked beautifully. The whole casserole was a little dry so next time, for the Wars, I'll make the meat sauce and the balsamella a little thinner. Love using the first layer of pasta to eventually enclose the whole thing. Also I'll make both pastas next time and make as many layers as possible. I cooked it 5 minutes longer than the 25 called for and it was plenty hot at 180 degreesF. Note in the photo the crispy edges. The entire top layer was crispy and TENDER. YUM. Even my wife who tends to like Italian/American dishes in the traditional style (tomatoes and ricotta here) loved it. I like my chances. Lasagna.pdf
  3. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Great idea but available time will allow for only one. Holiday party the night before, work, and etc.
  4. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Awesome ideas. Thank you! I'm going to do a dress rehersal next week. Will try to post some photos.
  5. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Love the idea for an artichoke layer and roasted garlic with ricotta. As mentioned above. Go big or go home.
  6. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Many thin layers is brilliant.
  7. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Most likely a plus because others will be making traditional ones. Love the idea of alternating green and yellow pasta layers.
  8. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Have you made the tomatoless spinachy version? If so any pointers?
  9. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Is that the one with pepperoni chopped up in the bolonese?
  10. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    Wow. Great responses. Thanks to everyone. Love the ideas of adding fish sauce/dried shrimp, raw sausage, chevre, and thick bechamel. Keep the ideas coming . I think a dress rehersal early next week will happen. Mmmmm. Prosciutto, cepes, andouille...........
  11. catdaddy

    Lasagna Wars

    I am participating in friendly lasagna wars on Dec 1. Wondering if anyone has and secret ingridients or techniques to offer. Making pasta and sausage are both on the table. Assume high proficiency on my part. I know it's a basic dish but two of my adversaries are Italian-American and make it a couple times a month. Thanks.
  12. catdaddy

    Fish Identification

    Yes, red drum. Alternately called spot tailed bass. Commonly farmed.
  13. Can't wait. Love hunting season on egullet!
  14. Technivorm Moccamaster. Used at least once a day for 10 years.......and running.
  15. Those tomatoes.....................
  16. @chefmd, ve con Dios. @rarerollingobject, I am sure it's a sad chaotic time. Don't forget to care for yourself and those around you. Sorry for your loss.
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  18. Thanks for taking us along. It was a fine ride indeed.
  19. Love the beef nigiri that you made. It's the definition of gilding the lily and why one should eat a gilded lily. I can almost taste all the uni. Yum. And many thanks for ALL the pictures, mods not withstanding.
  20. Welcome back. It's good to see you!
  21. Was this a special occasion or just an everyday riparian delight?
  22. I'm wonder what is the difference between the tenderloins and the backstrap?
  23. This is a great idea. I believe deeply in the restorative nature of food as a craft and as nutrition. I'm sorry for the loss of your brother. That's a hard row to hoe. I lost mine a couple of years ago.....older than yours but too young at 50. Also @chromedome mentions going through the motions till they begin to matter again. I found that helpful also......going on cruise control plus a little discipline. Best of luck to you.
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