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Ever since it got too hot to even think about going to a restaurant, I’ve been on a cooking frenzy.  Luckily, I don’t think of cooking as work and, as a bonus, it rids me of my manic energy.  I’m able to channel that can’t-sit-still feeling into a productive project whose benefits are shared (and hopefully enjoyed) by all.  There are those days that I feel the need to cook something good, something heavy on umami.  It may or may not necessarily the best thing to feed your body but is the best for your soul.  Your poor, overworked, stressed out soul.  In one week alone, I made lasagna twice (red & white), which had the combined effect of feeding myself and my friends and ending the day with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.  Also, this almost goes without saying but lasagna pairs well with wine.

The red lasagna (Food52’s birthday lasagna) involves making your own bechamel sauce and own bolognese, both of which I’m okay with.  And both recipes didn’t take as much time as I thought would be involved in pulling it all together.  I actually doubled the white lasagna recipe to feed four people for an impromptu dinner party.

https://food52.com/recipes/20687-birthday-lasagna

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-creamy-alfredo-lasagna-roll-ups-232825

Oh, and then I made this no-bake strawberry cheesecake as well, which was awesome because my oven was already occupied by my lasagna.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/03/no-bake-strawberry-cheesecake-recipe.html

Moral of the story?  Do something for yourself and for others and make dinner tonight.