Lasagna bolognese

Lasagna bolognese

Today is National Lasagna Day, which certainly sounds like a holiday worth celebrating except for the heat.

It’s wayyyyy too hot for lasagna.

In case you missed recent posts, in honor of the upcoming fun at Authors After Dark, I’m doing a 30-Books-in-30-Days giveaway. Okay, really it’s so I can pare down my TBR pile. Open internationally, and the book is a mystery–I can only tell you it will be either UF, SF, Fantasy, YA paranormal, or PNR. If you win, you can give me a couple of genres and I’ll match them if I can but I”m a lot heavier on some genres than others. (I don’t have a lot of adult UF, in other words because there just isn’t much coming out anymore.) You can also choose any of my books except PIRATE’S ALLEY.

Today’s question, to be entered for a mystery book, is: do you like lasagna? Do you remember a particularly memorable lasagna?

I do like lasagna (when it isn’t so miserable, because as I write this my AC is on the fritz and it is 94 degrees INSIDE my house at 9 p.m. Ugh.). It’s one of those things I honestly take for granted—this tends to be true of Italian food in general—because I can’t tell that much difference between homemade and frozen. Yeah, a cretin, I know.

BUT I do have a memorable lasagna meal. It came on my first trip to Europe. I was staying in Innsbruck, Austria, and had decided to travel with a group going to Venice, Italy, by bus on a day trip. It was in February, just before Carnivale, so the trip to Venice was a sensory overload.

It was pretty late at night by the time we all headed back toward Innsbruck, and we stopped at a place on the Italian side near the Austrian border. I don’t remember the local name for it, but in the U.S. it would be a very, very upscale truck stop. There was a restaurant on the second floor and I got lasagna since all I’d eaten in Venice was street food. It was not as spicy as the American cousin but that could’ve just been because it was truckstop lasagna!

How about you—got a lasagna story?

32 thoughts on “30 BOOKS IN 30 DAYS: LASAGNA EDITION

  1. Oh yes Lasagna, great stuff. Our homemade recipe uses cottage cheese instead of Ricotta. Wonderful left over.

  2. We actually had Italian Romano lasagna last night and it was delicious! So that one’s pretty memorable right now lol. 🙂

  3. I’m not big on ricotta cheese but I do like Michael Angelo’s frozen lasagna because it has a lot of meat and not too much cheese.

  4. Your home is hot enough to can make lasagna without even putting it in the oven? I feel for ya!

    Anyway … love the story and I wonder if it was “Rosenberger” you stopped at as this restaurant chain is the most common to get something to eat and take a break on highways in Austria. It’s been a while since I took a trip to Venice (perfect on the night train from/to Vienna if you only want to stay there a day) and I don’t even remember what I ate down there (only that they charged you an arm and a leg for everything). So, no lasagna story from me, unless it counts that the reason I first wanted to try some was because it is Garfield’s favorite food (yet I don’t recall how my first lasagna tasted, oh well).

  5. I’m more of a pizza lover than a lasagna lover. In Denmark I once had a pizza with potato on it! I wish we had those here as well.

  6. I adore lasagna. Most memorable was the first time I had it. I was in high school and in Junior Achievement, an after school group that learned about business by running a company under the mentorship of volunteers from corporations. The mentors took us out to lunch at a fancy Italian place and recommended the dish to me. It was love at first bite.

  7. We have a great Italian restaurant operated by Hispanics. The lasagna melts in your mouth and is divine!! Not spicy though. I also make lasagna with homemade spaghetti sauce and several pounds of beef & spicy sausage. Very heavy dish!! 🙂 LOVE lasagna!

  8. I don’t eat cheese (I know, I’m weird) so lasagna is out for me. I like books, though 🙂

  9. Ha–great answers, you guys! Lots of lasagna lovers. I kind of wish I hated cheese because I like cheese MUCH too much! I have never met a cheese I didn’t like–ironically, ricotta is probably my least favorite…except in lasagna!

    Birgit, I can’t remember the name of the place we stopped. It had a lot of souvenirs and shops and a restaurant upstairs….and one could buy petrol. 🙂

  10. hehehe… I haven’t met a lasagna that I didn’t like 🙂 Loooove it. Gosh… now I want some. But the thing is… I don’t cook…

  11. I love homemade lasagna and hate most of the frozen ones. I don’t think I’ve eaten lasagna in a restaurant.

  12. My husband and I finally compromised on lasagna. I put in lots of cheese and tomato for me and Chinese eggplant for him. It sounds weird but it tastes pretty good and everyone gets what they want.

  13. I make our lasagne from scratch to make sure it is gluten free for my daughter. I make a huge dish of it and freeze the rest up into portions.

  14. One of my favorite lasagna’s is a bolognese and bechamel sauce with ricotta cheese.

  15. Not really a fan of Italian food, sorry! The only lasagna I ever tasted was while visiting friends in Houston and that was once upon a time ago.

  16. I do love lasagna . I don’t have a specific memory but I do have a family tale. My mom called it las onion for more than a decade. She misheard it on her first US visit when she was a child . lol

    Now she knows better

  17. I don’t have a story, but I’ve been trying different recipes trying to find one that I really love. They’ve all been good so far, but I’m still trying different ones and different variations