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Friday, October 19, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on October 19 at 7:41 AM

In Pakistan: Blast kills more than 120 in convoy carrying former Prime Minister Bhutto (who was unharmed).

WIND! STORM! ‘07!: Eh, not so much.

What Now?: SCHIP veto holds; Democrats look for compromise solution.

Me, too! Me, too!
: Sugar producers seek ethanol subsidy.

Scrapped: At least 16 coal-fired power plants due to concerns over global warming and rising construction costs.

Condemned: Bush’s anti-family planning family-planning appointee.

Discriminatory: British fire department to charge fee for saving fat people.

In Denial: Bush administration, which says there is “no scientific criterion” for widely accepted climate goal.

Recipe of the Day:

Butternut Squash, Sage, & Ricotta Lasagna (Recipe via Wasabi Cowgirl; photo via Creative Commons.


Butternut Squash, Sage, & Ricotta Lasagna

3 1/2 cups Butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried chile flakes
1 tablespoon chopped sage, plus 12 whole leaves to serve
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2 cup ricotta
1 egg
1 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus extra to serve
8 fresh lasagna sheets, cooked in boiling water until not quite al dente
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place squash on a baking tray. Drizzle with oil, and season with chile flakes, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes, until the butternut is tender. Allow to cool slightly.
Puree squash in a food processor with the chopped sage and nutmeg. Set aside.
3. Clean/wipe out processor and then process the ricotta, egg, parmesan, and salt & pepper.
4. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking pan. Cover the base of the pan with lasagna sheets, and spread with 1/2 of the butternut mixture. Add another layer of lasagna sheets, and then spread with 1/2 of the ricotta. Repeat process, then sprinkle final layer of ricotta with extra parmesan.
5. Cover with foil, and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden and puffy. Stand for 5 minutes before serving.
6. Meanwhile, heat the butter, walnuts (optional), and whole sage leaves in a saucepan over medium heat until the butter begins to turn golden (stir constantly). Remove from heat, and serve lasagne topped with a little bit of the sage butter and some extra parmesan.

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I LOVE when you do the morning news. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

Posted by Michigan Matt | October 19, 2007 8:04 AM

Last night I baked some Sweet Dumpling squash with rice/sausage/rosemary stuffing. Was delish.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | October 19, 2007 8:37 AM

Storm not so much?! Half of Broadway was dark! Trees were seared off on John and near the Crocodile last night! Eh, I was into it.

Posted by Fangs On Bats | October 19, 2007 8:47 AM

@3 Actually, I thought that was more of a comment on shitty infrastructure than the strength of the storm.

Posted by Gitai | October 19, 2007 9:00 AM

Yeah, not so much! We were all gettin' ready to ride it out. Sort of like people who enjoy riding in airplane turbulence. Maybe make “I survived Wind Storm 2007” t-shirts. We feel TOTALLY cheated. But after Katrina you really don’t know what you’re going to get when the TV news starts ranting and raving. The limited outage on Capitol Hill was just a fluke/unlucky.

Posted by Touring | October 19, 2007 9:02 AM

That food looks kinda gross. BTW, when do I get invited to one of your rockin' dinner parties???

Posted by StrangerDanger | October 19, 2007 9:46 AM

Fremont didn't have any storm problems, but I hear up north did.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 19, 2007 10:37 AM

Erica, my dear. I luvs the recipes but I can't read The Morning News now without gaining weight.

Posted by Bauhaus | October 19, 2007 10:39 AM

Did you delete the comments about how this was actually posted last night at 10:30?

Posted by Hmmm | October 19, 2007 10:49 AM

The windstorm was a fucking let down!!!! I had my cynide ready to chomp into since this clearly marked the end of all civiliaztion and up hear in Wedgewood/Ravenna NOT ONE FUCKING TREE FELL DOWN!!! WTF??!!!!

Next time they claim a "huge storm is heading our way" the Space Needle and Columbia Tower damn well better fall down!!!


Posted by Just Me | October 19, 2007 11:58 AM

@ 9: Uh, no, those comments were on a different version. They don't re-publish after we take a post down. I addressed that in my post on Venus last night.

Posted by ECB | October 19, 2007 1:23 PM

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