The Devil and His Mushrooms

Dave and I had a very productive Saturday. After cleaning the house a bit, we ran a few errands, including grocery shopping and a little antiquing. I finally got to see the big tree in the square Dave was talking about.

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But the sign on the ice cream shop window was just as exciting.

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All you can eat ice cream for only $5?! Too bad they were closed. I could have made myself sick on ice cream.

When we came home, Dave worked on a few Christmas projects, and I worked on my food gifts: Chicken Alfredo Lasagna with Spinach and Artichokes.

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And I remember why I rarely make lasagna for us…it takes so friggin’ long!

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And it smelled….and looked…..bloody amazing. So amazing that I decided there was enough to make two full lasagnas and a small loaf pan for Dave and I to try sometime.

Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

  • 2 cups shredded chicken (Dave cut up a whole chicken for me and I poached it in butter on the stove top)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 10 oz of spinach, chopped and cooked (you can use frozen, thawed spinach)
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 2–8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine chicken, artichokes, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and tomatoes. Beat cream cheese, milk and garlic powder with mixer until well blended; stir in 2 Tbsp. basil. Mix half with the chicken mixture.

Spread half the remaining cream cheese mixture onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; cover with 3 noodles and 1/3 of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers of noodles and chicken mixture twice. Top with remaining noodles, cream cheese mixture and mozzarella; cover.

Bake 25 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Let stand 5 min. before cutting to serve.

Recipe slightly adapted from: justapinch.com

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We didn’t eat lasagna last night, because our friends Dan and Em invited us over for dinner.

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We dined on Em’s famous Caesar Salad, Deviled Mushrooms with Parmesan Rice, and Stuffed Squash.

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I’m not a squash lover, but I actually liked this squash. The texture wasn’t as stringy and squishy as the squash I’m used to, and sausage stuffing was really tasty.

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The deviled mushrooms stole the show, though. So good. I immediately scooped up the recipe from them.

We chatted for a few hours after dinner before leaving, and Dave asked if I wanted to see the tree all lit up.

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I haven’t been downtown at night yet this season, and it was nice to see it all decorated for the season.

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I don’t envy the job of whoever put up the lights, but it was a beautiful tree.

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This holiday season is bittersweet for me, but I’m determined to love it as much as I have loved all others.

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