I have never catered publically...for money. Sure, I have had more people that than at my home, but this was different. These were people that I didn't know, well....I know some of them...but I will admit, our business is growing to the point where I don't even know all of our employees.
Then it was Meat Lasagna & Veggie Lasagna
I don't just do the "open can add meat, cheese, and noodles" lasagna. I like to add fresh real ingredients and make the flavors my own. I did not follow any certain recipe.
In one pan I started simmering chopped Roma tomatoes, fresh chives, oregano, parsley, garlic, sea salt, and cracked pepper. While that Simmered I started another pan. In it I sauteed red pepper, green pepper, mushrooms, garlic, shredded carrots, white onions in olive oil. I then combined the contents of the two pans, and added 2 jars of Ragu sauce. I don't remember which flavor I chose, I think it was chopped tomato, garlic, olive oil flavor...or something to that effect. I let that all simmer and marinate together for awhile. Then I boiled the lasagna noodles. I put together the veggie pan first. Layers went like this:
1. Little bit of sauce on bottom of pan
3. Hefty layer of sauce
4. Shredded mozzerella cheese (I use almost an entire bag PER LAYER!)
6. I took a peeler and peel a green zucchinni in long thin layers...so I had long peels. I layed them out straight in a hefty layer of zucchinni.
7. I combined a container of cottage cheese & french onion dip (not the powder, the actual pre-made dip) for the seventh layer
10. Shredded mozzerella cheese
12. Light layer of sauce.
13. Chunks of real mozzerella cheese that comes in the big slab.
I left out the layer of zucchinni from the Meat Lasagna.
Then came dessert. I came upon this recipe from Shannon, another bloggy friend that I have actually met in the real life....and now consider to be a dear friend. After I read this blogpost, I immediately tried her recipe. The first time I made them, I just did the straight to-the-point classic brownie. But this time I made them...I changed it up a bit. I added Nestle Chocolate chunks and drizzled melted white chocolate over the top. They were so heavy, rich, delicious. Definitely calls for a large glass of ice cold milk to follow.
Best of all, inspired by my friends at Love Feast Table I chose to "Love Bomb" a friend. After I was done catering this lunch, I quickly dropped off 3 of the largest brownies, the ones from the middle of the pan (the best I think) to my friend Sue. She is an audiologist at the hospital, and works in a basement office with no windows 40 hours a week. While I know she loves her job, I know she loves brownies more... It was fun to surprise her and to make someone unexpectedly happy. I know the unexpected gifts are my favorite.
Speaking of gifts....my new bloggy friend Amanda did a post recently declaring that March 3rd should now be considered "National Help a Pregnant Lady Day". While....us bloggers declaring a holiday probably doesn't give us the right to call it a national holiday...we think it should be. Join the Facebook page, and we will help remind you this Wednesday to help our a pregnant friend. Join in the fun! And if you do...be sure to come back and tell us what you did to help a friend out!