Best Of The Best

October 2, 2011


Afternoon = uneventful. Trip to Lowes and the grocery store. Soon enough it was dinnertime!

Karen brought over her Very Best Vegetable Lasagna. And this was the best of the best!


She usually makes it with zucchini, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, but tonight’s version was cremini mushrooms and smoked real sliced mozzarella. It was IN-credible!!!


Due to the mushrooms [she used 2 pints of mushrooms and 2 balls of fresh mozzarella], it was very watery, but we just lifted the pieces from the water and ate away. I love this recipe because it calls for cottage cheese, which I prefer over ricotta. And the fresh mozzarella makes a huge difference!

[Edited to add: updated recipe is now posted in the comments!]

So good I had a plate of seconds!!


On the side we had sautéed broccoli in a curried chutney I received to sample.



And dessert was enjoyed to the tune to LeAnne Rimes: “How [would] I liiiiiiive without you?!”


There’s apparently a Ken Burns documentary on right now about Prohibition. We’re going to take a glimpse. Too bad we still have no couch – it’ll be two people in a one-person chair!

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1 Lynn @ the actor's diet October 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I’ve been looking for a lasagna recipe. This is it!!!

Have you seen the Botany of Desire yet? It’s on Netflix streaming now. My hubby and I enjoyed it.


2 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

No!!!! Didn’t know it was a movie. I wish we knew the best way to get computer to TV. We tried once and failed.


3 Rachel October 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm
4 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I feel like our TV had neither of those ports..but I’ll send this to matt to try again!


5 Rachel October 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

I think the first link is for a older model tv, so if you have an HDTV, this may work. Good luck!!


6 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm



7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Nice Biscoff cookie score. I love Biscoffs. Soooo much. I cook, bake, uncook/unbake with them any chance I get! And the spread, too :”

Cremini mushrooms sound wonderful in the lasagna. And although I really don’t eat it anymore, I prefer cottage cheese to ricotta cheese, too. I actually never liked ricotta in lasagna. I bet her recipe is amazing!


8 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Here’s the full recipe from Karen’s Kitchen!

24 oz jar Bertolli’s Olive Oil and Garlic Sauce
1/2 pound smoked mozzarella
1/2 pound plain mozzarella
8 oz regular mushrooms
8 oz baby bella mushrooms
16 oz cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan
9 lasagna noodles

Cut mozzarella into small cubes.
Clean and cut mushrooms.
Mix cottage cheese and parmesan cheese.

Layer 1/3 of each: noodles, cottage cheese mixture, Bertolli’s sauce, and mozzarella.

Repeat two more times.

Top with fresh basil.

Wrap in foil and bake at 400 for one hour.


9 Samantha October 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

You should cook the mushrooms off first. Get that water out:)


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for the recipe! The lasagna looks delicious :)


11 Sana October 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Yumm, that is the perfect chilly weather dinner :)


12 Molly @ RDexposed October 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

My old apartment was used during prohibition as the “meeting place!” Cheers to prohibition!


13 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Why does this not surprise me …. :mrgreen:


14 wendy sue October 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

thanks for your support btw!
did you know there’s a biscoff spread?! I’ve seen it advertised online but haven’t found in yet in one of the local stores.


15 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm


I’ve been eating the spread for days!! A reader gave me a jar…I’m not sure where to get it around here. Is there a Walgreens?


16 Justeen @ Blissful Baking October 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

They have it at Kroger in Cville! That’s where I got mine…I think I’ll need a new jar soon :)


17 Elisabeth October 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

They have it on our Kroger here, too :) (in Ohio)


18 Karen October 3, 2011 at 7:16 am

I’ve seen it at Fresh Market.


19 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl October 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

sounds like a perfect sunday night! enjoy the show!


20 Mara @ What's for Dinner? October 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I love veggie lasagnas, and when I make them, they’re ALL MINE!!! The husband won’t eat mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, or any other lasagna-type veggie. Thanks for the reminder :)


21 ~Christy October 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Looks fantastic — on the docket for this week. Thanks!


22 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

tight fit in the couch…I hope somebody’s legs don’t fall asleep, lol!

I first saw Biscoff thru your blog and I loved the cookies. Not yet tasted the spread though, it’s not available around here in Orange County but I found them in San Francisco.


23 Tina October 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

The lasagna looks amazing. I just bought some biscoff cookies yesterday. I had a couple after dinner and they’re delish. I like that they have just the right amount of sweetness. I plan on buying some of the spread this weekend when I go out of town. It’s available at Whole Foods and Fresh Market. Thanks to you and Tina (Carrots ‘n Cake) for turning me onto Biscoff!


24 Tina October 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I meant on to, not onto ;).


25 Hillary October 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Lasagna sounds so good right now. Comfort food at its best!


26 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm

i absolutely LOVE mushrooms, but cannot stand how watery they make dishes. such a catch 22! that lasagna looks fantastic… REAL mozzarella makes such a difference.


27 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I typically don’t like lasagna but I LOOOOVE Mushrooms! SO I probably would have enjoyed that! And I am allllll for smoked cheese!


28 Jen October 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

It doesn’t look like there’s noodles from the picture, but there is in the recipe.

Good luck with the chair. Maybe shove a certain someone onto the floor on a pillow or something? 😉


29 Kate October 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I typically prefer my lasagna with meat, but this looks delicious!


30 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm

That does look “the best”! The mushrooms look great.


31 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. October 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Cuddling up to share a chair is always better than sitting alone :) Especially on this chilly fall evening!!


32 Lauren October 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Smoked mozzarella sounds fantastic! Lasagna was probably the perfect dish tonight-so chilly out and lasagna is the perfect comfort food. I got to try my first actual Biscoff cookie the other day and I am officially in love :) Yum!

Hope you had an amazing weekend and an amazing week to come! The only exciting thing for me this week is my birthday on Thursday…..yay!


33 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I LOVE veggie lasagna. A perfect mix of everything deeeeelicious! Look YUMM :)


34 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy October 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm

That lasagna looks BEYOND amazing.


35 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I’ve never had lasagna with cottage cheese. I’m Italian, so I’m sure it woukd freak out the family, lol. I hear it’s good though. I loooooove cottage cheese, and ricotta!!! I used to eat ricotta sandwiches. So good. Try ricotta with pineapple, you’ll be a convert. :)


36 Erika - The Teenage Taste October 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

You know what would be really good? A blob of Biscoff spread sandwiched between two Biscoff cookies. 😉


37 KathEats October 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Been there, done that : ) It’s fab!


38 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Gah, I love lasagna like that that just slides all over the place instead of standing in one neatly cut block. Is that weird? It just tastes so much better!


39 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

wow this looks awesome! One way to “soak up” the extra water is to layer the noodles uncooked. They will cook in the excess liquid and it leave the lasagna light and fluffy (My Italian Grandpa’s trick).


40 Karen October 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

The noodles WERE uncooked!


41 Ida October 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I’m excited for the Ken Burns documentary! PBS has been reshowing The War, which is great but SO sad. I’m looking forward to something a little less heavy.


42 Brittany October 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I’ve made Karen’s lasagna recipe and I agree that it’s delicious!! I want to try it with butternut squash sometime!


43 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog October 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

The lasagna looks lovely! I can’t wait to recreate it! :)


44 Alice October 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I’m going to have to try the lasanga, looks wonderful! My DVR is set to record the KB doc for the next three nights!


45 Holly @ thefrozenpineapple October 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

OMG! I JUST interviewed the guy who shot the Prohibition special you mentioned… He’s a cinematographer and he lives in my town. I’ve started freelancing for the local paper and it’s my first article :) SMALL WORLD!


46 Mom October 3, 2011 at 5:58 am

Send the link if you can when the article comes out (if there is one) Congratulations on your first article!



47 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

Wow how cool!! Congrats! The first episode was great!


48 Kristin @ STUFT Mama October 3, 2011 at 12:09 am

That lasagna is mouth watering!!! So glad you posted the recipe in the comments. It’s on the menu for the week! :)


49 Khushboo October 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

I’ve been spaghetti bakes loads lately…keep forgetting that I have lasagne sheets at home- bookmarking this recipe!


50 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2011 at 6:36 am

Karen’s lasagna looks fabulous! I’ve never tried using cottage cheese instead of ricotta, but that’s such a good idea for making it a bit healthier!


51 [email protected] Flying ONION October 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

This looks *heavenly*! I may have to bust this recipe out for my birthday meal…haha. 😀


52 Emma (Emma+Jacob) October 3, 2011 at 7:25 am

Wow gastronomic heaven 😀 *faints*


53 Kelly October 3, 2011 at 7:32 am

I agree that cottage cheese is way better than ricotta. I don’t like ricotta at all…it makes my stomach hurt…or maybe it is just a mental block against it. Either way…any lasagna recipe that doesn’t use it is one that needs to be bookmarked and made in my house immediately.


54 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

Yum! Thanks for sharing the lasagna recipe! It looks delicious!


55 Larry October 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

Hello –
Lasagna looks especially inviting this time. Bless Karen and her skills.
Computer to TV – check to see if your laptop has an HDMI port and plug a long HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your tv. Most contemporary Tv’s have at least two HDMI ports. Change the HDMI port on tv ( HDMI 1 or HDMI 2) in order to accept the signal from your computer (it’s all about the signal). Long HDMI cables can be found on the web eg., – no need for a $150 Monster cable. If your tv or laptop doesn’t have HDMI then you need to pray to the upgrade gods for help. Good Luck.


56 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

Oh my! This lasagna looks heavenly. I’m always looking for a good veggie lasagna recipe. I’m going to have to try this one!


57 Cait's Plate October 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

Yay! That edit just made my day – asking for the recipe was EXACTLY what I was going to do :) This really looks so incredible.


58 Ella, RD October 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been wanting to make lasagna and freeze it to take to a friend who’s about to have a baby, like, any second. I’ll have to give this one a try.


59 Whit October 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Love lasagna – will definitely try to make Karen’s this week – as we will get our first snow here in Tahoe tomorrow night. Perfect cozy meal! We watched the same documentary – pretty interesting!


60 Angel7 October 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm
61 Natalie the Awesome October 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

wowie looks good


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