I adapted a recipe I had for butternut squash lasagna with a pumpkin lasagna recipe I found online, here.
First, Chop up a clove of garlic. You'll need a lot, so I used the cheater kind from Costco, already chopped and ready to rock.
Garlic Béchamel sauce is next:
In a medium saucepan, heat 8 TBLS butter until melted and bubbly. Add 1/4 cup chopped garlic until slightly brown. Now slowly sprinkle flour into the mix and stir (constantly) until smooth. You'll want to put about 5 TBLS flour total. Then, add 3 cups of milk to the mix, and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, but don't let the milk burn. It will probably burn a little. Its okay. Now, salt and pepper and then set this aside.
On medium high hear, saute 1 heaping TBLS of garlic with 2 TBLS olive oil. Add crushed rosemary, a good pinch, and stir until the garlic is browned. Now take one can of pumpkin puree and add to the pan until you've stirred everything together and it smells really garlicky. Add a heap of salt and pepper to this and then set aside off the heat.
Lightly saute a good handful of escarole in 2 TBLS olive oil. Set aside.
Caramelize your onion:
Chop it up. I used a really big Walla Walla sweet, so there was lots of it. I used about 3 TBLS butter to caramelize and cooked it really slow, until its a nice golden brown and almost falling apart. Set aside.
Peel and chop up your butternut squash. You'll need about 3 cups. Saute with 4 TBLS butter until just browned. Then add about 2 cups of butternut squash soup to the pan and continue to stir for about 5 minutes. Add sage (handful of leaves) and salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Then set aside.
Now its egg time. Get our your Ricotta (an entire container, bigger the better) and empty into a big bowl. Stir in 2 eggs, salt and a pinch of nutmeg. Set aside.
Okay, when the eggs are out, add 2 more eggs to your pumpkin garlic puree and stir in.
Now its time to layer.
I used cooked lasagna noodles, only because I don't trust the no-boil kind. Anyway, boil your noodles and set in cold water before you are ready to layer.
In a giant lasagna pan, seriously there is a lot of goods going into this, pour a splash of olive oil into the bottom.
Layer in this order:
pumpkin mash (1/2)
butternut squash (all of it)
dollops of ricotta
the rest of the pumpkin mash (2/2)
layer of grated gouda and more ricotta
béchamel over that
If you have anything left over... layer it up and end with noodles
Sprinkle parmesan over the top layer and 3 TBLS melted butter over that
Cover all of it with tin foil, bake 375 for about an hour, then take the tinfoil off, crank it to 400 and bake for another 15 to brown.
|This pumpkin butternut lasagna was good. So good.|
I had never seen Ryan Gosling in a film, but he is great in Drive. So is everyone else. Things that watching this film made me want to do.
2. L.A. sunsets
3. chinese food
5. watch cartoons
6. wear a swimming suit under a skirt to work
|Venus in transit. June 5, 2012.|
If Venus is only going to do this once, then wait another 100 years, then I should see it now. Something centennial captures intrigue simply because we start imagining that we might place ourselves in time with this event. We were here. We are happening also. This image of Venus crossing the Sun can be etched into something more fool proof. I think we can circle it's shadow dots and count to five. That is easy enough. But try imagining what space holds on either end of its travels and then we seep into a darkness. A circular or pendular or planar trip.
Paul Gauguin knew his palette and his voluptuous muse under tahitian skies, but more than those things, he can put down lines. Clean, sweeping, easy marks and it made me want to draw. Just pencil on paper simple marks, cartoons. So pretty. Seeing them up close I could just see them being drawn again and again in real time and it all felt so contemporary. The show at SAM was nicely put together, a really good story and you feel pretty sure of your Gauguin until one of the last paintings in the group, cat and vase and you think there it is, his humor and then you wonder if there was humor in the first bit and you were overestimating his seriousness about escaping and perhaps all he wanted was young blood and rum. His love for himself was summed up in this quote: "Be in love and be in happiness. Be Mysterious." Seriously beautiful, and still vibrant. Pearly pinks and crystal clear turquoise and purple dreams. His prints and the rest of the Tahitian work was also really stunning. The best thing in the show is Gauguin's old paint box.