“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
Wow, have I had a busy couple of weeks. First off, I accepted a job offer for the job that I have been interviewing for. Yay! Of course, this changed my hours at work, which I am still getting acclimated to. What is that famous quote: “Where there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Needless to say, I am embracing the growing pains.
On top of that, we had some old friends come to visit for a long weekend and we toured them all around these parts, trying to give them a nice weekend. As hosts, we like to mix in a lot of quick local adventures, bouncing from here to there, ending it all with relaxing evenings sitting around our table with a few drinks discussing the days events and making plans for the future.
In order, to have that happen without too much of a hassle, I like to make a casserole the day of the arrival of my guests. That way, it will not take much to reheat the dish over the next few nights. This time I made a wonderful lasagna chocked full of Italian sausage and sliced up meatballs. To make it even a little more special, a day ahead, I made a double batch of homemade tomato sauce to use in the lasagna. It was delicious and the weekend went off without a hitch.
Sausage and Meatball Lasagna
My husband knows my passion for new sauces and dressings, so the other night he brought home a bottle of sherry vinegar. It couldn’t be at a better time either, because we start receiving our CSA boxes this week that I signed up for a few weeks ago. Of course, I am super excited about that. Keeping up with all the fresh produce will hopefully keep my eye on the prize with my health, plus give me material for sharing recipes with you guys.
I have never worked with sherry vinegar before, so I adapted a recipe from Giada De Laurentis. The sherry vinegar is so nice and the best part, to me, is it is sweet enough that it isn’t absolutely critical to add sugar or honey to the vinaigrette. I have a pretty gnarly sweet tooth, so this is a very good thing when I am watching my health. Anyway, enjoy everyone!