Lasagna Soup and Cheesy Garlic Bread

Are you on Pinterest yet? If not, why not? It’s the latest internet time waster. But it wastes it oh-so fabulously. If you don’t know what pinterest is, read about it here.

I love Pinterest. But more specifically, I love following cousin Dawn on pinterest. Seriously. This woman has an eye for everything cool, delicious, trendy, helpful, fashionable, easy, organized etc. Everything she pins I want to make and/or have. The other day my mother and I inadvertently spent the afternoon cooking recipes we found off of her “recipes” board.

Thank you Dawn for all of the delicious inspiration!

We made lasagna soup from the blog A Farm Girls Dabbles and cheesey garlic bread from Lauren’s Latest blog.

Making the cheese bread was disastrous! Don’t get me wrong, the finished product was delicious. But despite having my mother with me in the kitchen (“Lindsay, maybe if you cooked with me more often you would be a better cook”. Thanks Mom), it was still a gong show. It took us three tries to make the dough. The yeast had been expired for two years so we had to go get more. I added way too much flour to the first batch and it ended up being dry and tough and wouldn’t form into a ball. Eventually we got it right and it was soooo good. Soooo good.  The pizza crust was crisp but chewy. The topping was oh-so garlicy and ooey gooey. Divine! Next time we won’t put in quite as much garlic into the butter as it was slightly over powering.  And of course I forgot to take a picture of the  final product. So the “before” picture will have to suffice.

Lasagna soup! I feel like I don’t need to say anything about it, that just the title itself conveys this recipes sheer awesomeness. If you love the zesty spiciness and creamy cheesiness of lasagna you will flip for it in soup form.

Make this soup. Make it this weekend.

You won’t be disappointed.

We pretty much stuck to the recipe as written and measured the ingredients as required. I could not find fire roasted tomatoes anywhere so we used a can of diced tomatoes and 4 tbsp of Mezzetta Fire Roasted Marinara Sauce. For the noodles, we used multigrain lasagna noodles that we broke up and cooked separately, adding it into the soup bowls with the cheese before spooning in the broth.

Serve the soup with the cheese bread and a green salad and you will experience dinner time perfection!

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Maui Part I: The Restaurant that Stole my Heart

I’ve been away from this blog for too long. But I have a wonderful excuse! I was resting and relaxing in the tropical paradise of Maui. It was a wonderful vacation. And it ended much too soon for my liking. Every morning I would wake up (at 4am because the baby was still on Calgary time) and make myself an earl grey tea latte to enjoy on the balcony. Kristine and I would sit on the balcony with our babies and watch the sun rise through the palm trees and over the ocean, where we would often see whales breaching.

This was our view

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In our condo we had a kitchen where we prepared a lot of delicious meals (future post to come) but we also managed to sample many of Maui’s fine eating establishments.

The obvious favourite was Fred’s Mexican Cafe in Kihei which we ate at three times. This place served the best mexican food I have ever eaten. Ever. The best. For realsies.

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Todd was crazy for the Chicken Tortilla Soup which had a light broth but was incredibly flavourful with many different layers of spices and flavours. The broth was served with large pieces of roasted chicken, half an avocado, grilled corn salsa, monterey jack cheese and garnished with crisp tortilla chips. Incredible! I spent half an hour dissecting and analyzing the soup in order to recreate it one day. As my husband demanded “If you make nothing else for the next year, you have to make me this soup. You have to!”.

I’m up for that challenge! So stay tuned….

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My favourite dish at Fred’s was the Pescado Taco. This was a grilled fish taco that changed my life. It was that good. The pieces of marinated fish were large, not small chunks like other more disappointing tacos we sampled (ahem, Maui Taco). The sauce was tangy with a bit of spice to it which was a nice accompaniment to the crunch of the lettuce, cabbage, and tomatoes.

So good. I’m currently scheming on how I can get back to Maui for those tacos.

Oh and I guess the beaches were okay too.