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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pumpkin lasagna, super cozy! (Pic heavy) on: February 07, 2010 07:13:46 PM
As a non-cheese-lover, lasagna has always been something to avoid... until I stumbled across a recipe for pumpkin lasagna while floating around the web one night!  I somehow managed to misplace the link, but couldn't get the idea out of my head, so a few days later I decided to give my own version a shot.  



I also made some barley bread to pair with this.



It's a very thick and rich bread.  Personally, I like it with raw honey... soooo good!

I meant to get some 'action' shots, but once we started eating I was just too distracted Smiley

(edited 2/9/10) I made this again last night and made sure to take lots of pics this time!  It's a lot, I know... but this lasagna's so PRETTY!

Recipes:

Pumpkin Lasagna


1-2 T Olive Oil
1 large or two small onions, diced
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 pounds Swiss chard, stems removed and roughly chopped
2 t salt
1 t fresh ground black pepper
1 T fresh or 1 t dried sage
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/8 t ground cloves
3 C canned pumpkin puree (one 28 oz can)
1 1/2 C heavy cream
1 1/2 C grated Parmesan
1/2 C milk
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
1-2 T butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In a large pan, heat the oil and cook the onions and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Increase the heat and add the chard, 1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper, 1/2 the sage, 1/4 t nutmeg and a pinch of the clove.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the chard is wilted and no liquid remains, 5-10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 C pumpkin, 3/4 C cream, 1/2 C Parmesan, and the remainder of the salt, pepper, sage, nutmeg and cloves.

Pour the milk into an 8 x 12" baking dish.  Lay down first layer of noodles (I used 4 per layer, slightly overlapping them) then top with half the pumpkin mixture.  Spread half the Swiss chard mixture over that and top with a second layer of noodles.  Repeat with the remainder of the pumpkin, swiss chard, and noodles.  

For the top layer, combine remaining 1 C of pumpkin with 3/4 C of cream.  Spread evenly over the top, sprinkle with remaining 1 C of Parmesan, and dot with butter.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Uncover and return to oven, baking until golden, about 15 minutes more.

Ready to go in the oven:



After!





All packed up for a few days of lunches:



Barley Bread

I started with this recipe: http://bakinghistory.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/barley-bread-bbd-13/.  Unfortunately, I made a LOT of modifications, but kept awful notes.  If I recall correctly, I swapped ground flax seeds soaked in (additional) milk for the mashed potatoes, as I had none in the house.  I also added a little raw honey and fine ground dried sage, to make sure the flavors of the meal all blended together.

If you try either of these, I'd love to hear about your experience!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Carved squash inspired by romantic paintings (4 pics) on: February 06, 2010 11:35:08 PM
I'm new to craftster (well, new to actually posting here anyway), so I'm still trying to catch up on some old finished crafts!

Last fall, I was feeling a bit 'romantic' and decided to take a crack at a few of my favorite images...  I wanted to do something, but I just wasn't quite sure yet.  My gaze fell on a tiny little butternut squash sitting on my counter... so I hacked the top off, emptied it out with a melon baller (and a LOT of elbow grease!), scraped the inside as thin as I could get it, and went to work!  I actually got both of these out of one squash by using the rounded parts at both the top and bottom.



I first spotted this image in something the lovely jennieingram posted on facebook.  She was kind enough to do the research and get back to me with the title and artist... Denice Garner's "Nimue".  It figures, I've always been drawn to Nimue.



I also took a crack at a Waterhouse favorite, "Magic Circle".  This isn't the best picture, but it's all I've got.



I scraped these SO very thin, I was afraid they wouldn't last more than one or two uses.  I don't have any "after" pictures of the Waterhouse, but here's Nimue one week (and about 8 tea lights) later:



I think she held up pretty well!

I wish I had taken more pics of the process, I'll try to remember that next time!
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