I did not take any major Spring Break trips this week, although Simon and I had a really nice, quiet, simple weekend at the cottage on Whidbey. I came off of the island feeling quite refreshed and ready to face a busy week at work.
Many of my classmates are finishing up a business trip to Europe this week. I declined the trip out of work obligations and...well..I wasn't really impressed with the jam-packed technical business focused itinery....I don't have any desire to visit Microsoft in Prague....that is not my idea of a vacation. But I do have a desire to visit Prague and Budapest and Paris and I have always wanted to just take my time touring all over Italy...just eating well.
I was very excited to get my first Daring Baker Challenge this month (even though I didn't think I was going to have time to do it!) and I was thrilled to find out that the recipe for this month is from an Italian cookbook that I happen to have in my own collection: The Splendid Table, by Lynn Rossetto Kasper.
The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.
I picked up this book over a decade ago- it has such wonderful pictures and anecdotes along with the recipes that just sound so amazing. (I confess- I have never made a single recipe in this book, although I wanted to! My Bad.)
Yesterday I made the ragu, and last night Simon and I rolled out sheets of homemade spinach lasagna pasta by hand- this is very hardwork- having Simon help was fun and very necessary! In her cookbook, Lynne says that after a bit you become one with the pasta- your body moves in sync with the motion of rolling out the dough...I never felt that. (and, lord knows I wanted to feel good about rolling that pasta out) It was not easy and I don't think I will attempt that again without a proper pasta making machine.
Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna - Daring Bakers March 2009 Challenge - Posting Date March 29th