Lasagna

Lasagna! It was always my choice for a birthday meal.  Well, there was that one year that, when asked what I wanted for my birthday dinner, I responded, “Liver and onions.”  Thankfully I was told, “No.”  (Of course that made me wonder, why did you ask if you don’t want my answer, but that is for a different day.)  

Lasagna is tedious, and worth every minute of effort.  You will notice that the second recipe is for the spaghetti sauce.  It is a recipe for 40 people because grandma catered events such as weddings and church dinners, so we often worked with large quantities.  

16 Lasagna

17 Spaghetti Sauce 40

Chicken Oregano

If I were to rename this dish I would call it Orange Juice Chicken.  It is delicious!  Yes, it has oregano but the outstanding flavor for me is the orange infused chicken.  Those probably aren’t the right words for folks who know cooking (unlike me–I don’t know cooking), but it seems like all parts of the chicken are infused with that orange flavor.  Give it a try and serve it over rice, real rice.  Thanks, mom, for the recipe. (The food-splotch stains are mine.)

Chicken Oregano

Chicken Oregano Sauce

Porcupine Meatballs

Nothing says comfort like mom’s Porcupine Meatballs.

I have not made this recipe in many years, but it is one that I loved.  Note in the recipe where it says, “Real rice.”  You might think that the opposite would be fake rice, but this is actually a reference to Minute Rice, as in, “Don’t use Minute Rice.” Mom always used Minute Rice when she was cooking so she wanted to make sure that I knew which rice to use: real rice.

To up the comfort level even more, I would recommend serving this with more real rice or perhaps mashed potatoes.  Mom also used instant mashed potatoes, but mashing your own potatoes is pretty easy, especially if you have a potato ricer.  Rice and potatoes seems pretty Peruvian to me.

Porcupine Meatballs