Friday, 30 September 2011

Dinner Tonight - Tomato Caper Trout

I was lucky and was able to use tomatoes and herbs from my garden

I am re-using one of my own recipes....plagiarizing myself!!

I developed this recipe for my monthly column in The Bulletwin and I even posted it here once but the photo is terrible.  In my on-going quest to make this a better source for yummy, healthy, family friendly recipes I am going to do this again (sort of...I mean I cooked it again and we are eating it again and I took photos again) but I didn't re-invent the recipe again.......that's just silly

Tomato Caper Trout

Preheat oven to 375°
2 lg Trout Fillets (approx 1 ½ to 2 lbs)
1 cup of sliced in half cherry tomatoes
2 diced shallots
2 sliced cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of capers (drained if in brine, rinsed if salted)
Zest from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon (approx 3 tbps)
A generous pinch of pepper

Optional: Chopped parsley or basil or both


Rinse, pat dry and put trout in an oven safe dish. Mix together all ingredients and pour over trout. 






















Bake until the flesh of the trout flakes when pressed on with the back of a fork. The kids love the trout. Gabe likes the tomatoes, Bea likes it plain, without the ‘sauce’.  The trout has so much flavour from cooking with the tomatoes and capers that nothing is really needed on it but you can add a squeeze of lemon for the kids if desired. Serve with rice and a vegetable

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Why I shouldn't be allowed in public

This week I have had two ridiculous thing happen to me.....

Today I scrubbed the bathroom floor.  Today I threw my back out while on my hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor.  Today I crawled, crying, out of the bathroom to the living room rug barely clearing a spot on the floor of the toys to curl in the fetal position weeping. Then my guests arrived.

Tuesday was a beautiful but humid day.  I strolled along trendy Queen St, my newly cut and styled hair blowing in the warm breeze.  Hot, I took a nice long swig from my water bottle.  Mouth still full I accidentally stepped on uneven ground turning my ankle.  I quickly recovered (I have the reflexes of a minx) but in doing so choked on the water in my mouth spraying it a couple of feet while I bent over and coughed myself red in the face. Once I righted myself I discovered I had an audience of bugaboo'd moms and hipsters.

I think after the last two days there is no question to my coolness.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

47 Momths

Oh and to be almost four!!

This month was full of major changes including starting school!  I knew I would never really be truly ready for this so I just made sure you guys were.  I also made sure that we had some really special Mama time before our full day together time ended.

One day I took you on a Go Train ride.  Just to Port Credit and back but you guys loved it.  I packed a little picnic lunch and we stayed in Port Credit for a couple of hours to play in one of their parks.  Gabe this is the look you had on your face for the entire train ride, there and back.  Bea you were more interested in the snacks and if there is a bathroom on the train (there is).  Gabe I was telling you how 'train engineers' drive the trains and you informed me that I was in fact wrong and that 'doctors and misters' drive the trains......I should tell Gampa Andy



We also thought it would be nice to move you into big kid beds.  You have been in your toddler beds for the last year and a half and I think the super firm mattress wasn't feeling that cozy anymore for 40lbs turkeys.  We already had Bea's bed (my old one from when I was a kid) but I started to shop around for one for Gabe.  I really didn't want to just get you some Ikea crap that we will be replacing in a few years (thats right doctor Distructo) and then a friend reminded me to start looking at Kijiji and Craigs List.  I found one in a couple of days that I loved,  now we just needed a mattress.  I decided it was a good time to truly move you into your room.  I know it sounds crazy but until now I had your dresser down in the spare room because you guys did most of your changing downstairs and it made it easier for me.  We had also removed most of the furniture and all lamps, art and breakable items out of your room when you guys found freedom and climbed out of your cribs.  It wasn't long before you had broken almost everything in your room so we went down to the bare minimim.  Over the last year we had slowly introduced stuff back in but still no lamp and we had removed the bulb from the ceiling light (you guys either wouldn't go to sleep and just play with the light or if one of you woke up you would turn the light on waking the other).

But now you are almost 4 year old big kids and it is time to have a real room with some of your stuff in it.  Besides Daddy and I wanted to claim some grown up space back and have one corner of the house that we weren't falling over toys.

You guys are so easy going for these kinds of transitions.  There really is only excitment and no fear of change and I really think you are sleeping better. (I am in the midst of writing a 'before' and 'after', with pictures of this change as soon as the room is totally complete)


And then school started


First day
Walking with Daddy to school




















You guys had some amazing opinions about school starting 

-Gabe you told Daddy on the first day of school morning that you will probably need a beer when you get home from school today because "it's a big day". 
-Then while waiting to go in Bea pointed to the school and asked me "Are you sure this is a good idea?"

Covered in the paint from helping me paint your new dresser
I can't say that you had a great first day of school though - school was great and you guys loved it but then Bea got kicked in the eye in the school yard and Gabe came home and fell down the stairs.  Day 2 I took a little girl with a bit of a black eye and a little boy covered in bruises and a huge egg on his head to school.


Septembers weather was wonderful and we stayed after school everyday to play with your new friends and I got to know some of the other parents.  You guys being in school has done wonders for OUR social lives and I have made some great new freinds in the neighbourhood.  I am also glad that there are some other parents in the 'hood now looking out for you. 

September is also Mummy and Daddy's wedding anniversary and Daddy surprised Mummy with a specail anniversary present.  He had sorted it all out that you two were going to spend the night at Uncle Terrys with Nokie and Cals because we were doing a wine tour in Niagara.  I wasn't sure how this would go over.  Sure you guys have slept at other houses but always with us and ususally with one of us putting you to bed but you guys had a blast!!! During the visit Nokie took video of Flora with Gabe. The lighting was low and it gave Flora creapy red eyes in the video. Nokie joked about a 'ghost dog' and Gabe added that she had 'blooding eyes'. The next week Miss Dover asked me what was going on at home that Gabe would be so obsessed with 'ghost dogs' and 'bleeding eyes'....Gabe, all your pictures at school had red eyes all week too.


September was also school photo day. I have to admit that I have been looking forward to this since you were born.  I have a real soft spot for school photos. And just when I didn't think I could love you more.....we got these (I made a point of asking Miss Dover to make sure to remind Gabe to 'use both eyes' so we wouldn't have crossed eye boy pix but it took the photographer about 15 tries and they gave them all to us)



































Bea got it right first try


















Along with being the great loves of my life you guys make be proud everyday and for a myriad of crazy reasons.  The most when you stand out for being self possessed and have strong personalities.  I love that you both have some fire even if it is used against me sometimes.  This month you decided it was a good idea to strip naked, get filthy and take turns peeing in the backyard at precisely the busiest moment of the open house happening next door. I guess you agree that the house is outrageously over priced. This is the type of 'naughty' behaviour that I will never stifle. You only get to be young once and I want you to enjoy every moment of it. 

How we are bad parents: Bea-"why is is raining?" Daddy "it's all part of the hydrological cycle", Me "because you made God sad and he is crying.

Gabe you told me you are going to teach me how to drive. When I asked 'how do you drive?' you said "You honk and push buttons and turn the steering wheel" Oh boy are you going to drive like your Daddy.


I love you guys more than I can say
Mama

Breakfast this Morning - More Coconut Butter

It is official that I am completely obsessed with the coconut butter. My life is revolving around finding more food vehicles to eat more of it.

What did I have for breakfast this morning you ask?  Ok so you didn't ask but here you are

Yes they are store bought gluten free waffles, (oh kill me but we are still in the transition of trying to get the family fed breakfast and out the door in time for school) with coconut butter, peaches and strawberries with a drizzle of maple syrup.  Truth is I couldn't shovel this in my mouth fast enough....or as my uncle says "It's the best thing I have ever put in my whole mouth"

Monday, 26 September 2011

The Rottenest of Cats

I would like to introduce you to worst, most horrible, nasty monster ever....be afraid....very afraid

Mini the cat

I have had this cat since 1997 when the humane society said she was two years old.  That makes her 16 years old.  She looks just like a kitten, beats up the neighbourhood cats, eats like a pig, does tricks and destroys all my stuff.
My custom upholstered couch


She is ridiculous and I love her but the pet and children gods have decided that I am not allowed to have anything nice


Saturday, 24 September 2011

Everybody's working for the weekend

I am at a stage in life where the weekend can be the busiest part of my week.  Rarely is there a weekend that Big Daddy doesn't work part of so when he is around we have to become super productive multi-taskers.  Grocery shopping (I don't drive so this can only really happen with him) cleaning house, errands etc.  Gone are the days of endless dinners at restaurants, drinks till closing time, after hours clubs, partying till sunrise, luxurious cab rides home, sleeping till noon to wake up in full make up and hung over sunglasses-wearing-brunches with friends.

People with these freedoms ask if I miss it.  They are usually in their twenties and look at me with pity while they regal me with stories of the last time they got drunk and partied (last weekend or night)  'Every once and a while', I tell them.  There are times I look back a those days fondly and wonder what on earth I did with all that spare time?  How much time I wasted.......every once and a while I miss it. But not for one single moment do I want it back now!  Sure one night of being 22 again...having my 22 year old body, energy, alcohol tolerance, and 'moves' back but only if it can be at the clubs and dance to the music of my 22 year old self.  I didn't just get older and move on but the world moved on, music moved on and the locations of the clubs I loved have closed and reopened 10 times to younger and younger crowds.

Now my days are 'to do lists' and the race to cross as much off of them while still taking time to pay attention to my life, love my kids and honour my marriage.  No I don't have the time I had then....because my life is full

Today while flying solo with the kids I started my fall canning.  Today was a bushel of tomatoes.  I had them all jarred and ready for boiling before noon.






































I got 21 jars from the one bushel so I hope to get at least one more bushel done in the coming week.  I can probably get a good portion of it done while the kids are in school this week.  We are in the midst if two really hectic weeks so I am really going to have to push.  So no late night dance parties for me.

 How I Can Tomatoes
  1. First I wash the tomatoes, cut out the stem and cut a 'X' in the bottom of them. 
  2. Then in batches I flash boil them, for about 15 seconds and then quickly cool them in a sink of cold water.  The peels slip off easily.  Put the peels in a colander and the now skinned tomato in large bowl.  
  3. I wash my jars in hot soapy water and instead of boiling them to sterilize I place them on a cookie sheet or in a roasting pan in a 200 degree oven letting them get good and hot.  
  4.  Squash the peels in your hands getting every last bit of pulp out of them. And press them against the sides of the colander.  Put this liquid in a pot and let simmer.
  5. Take the hot jars out one at a time to pack.  I jam as many tomatoes in as I can and top with the simmering juice. **There will be excess juice in the bottom of the bowl the tomatoes are in.  Add this to the simmering pot too.** I add a basil leaf (from the garden) the hot snap lid and gently tighten the ring (to what is called 'finger tight')
  6. The jars are then boiled in batches of 7 (that's what my canner holds) for 1 hour 20 minutes a batch
 There is nothing better than home canned tomatoes

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Breakfast this Morning: Coconut Butter

Ok so there are a few things many things food related that I go crazy for.  I am always trying to create the perfect balance of Hot Sour Salty Sweet....this is also the title of a remarkable cook book by Jeffery Alford that I highly recommend.....sweet is sweeter with a bit of salt, hot is tamed with a bit of sweet, salty is calmed with a dash of sour....it's the circle of life really...

So I read recently about Coconut Butter.  Not only are the fats from coconut amazing for you inside and out...I have a whole page on the health benefits of coconut oil....but it has such a wonderful flavour that can be part of a hot, sour, salty or sweet dish.  This makes it incredibly versatile.  So I wanted to try this coconut butter thing.

It is pretty simple.  Take flaked, shredded or finely shredded unsweetened coconut and put it in your food processor.  Process it scrapping down the sides every couple of minutes.  It will come together fairly quickly depending on the freshness of the coconut (mine wasn't that fresh so it took longer) and the size of the 'shred'.  After a few minutes it will become pasty and then liquify and 'butterize' (yes that is a word!)
about 2 minutes in
about 4 minutes in













Final product - BUDDAH!
Going into this I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to use it for so I have waited before posted this for you.  But then this morning I was inspired...how about ON OATMEAL!!

Now I don't think there is a font or text size that can express how good this was.  We had cinnamon raisin oatmeal with coconut butter, a bit of honey and some almond milk.  Truly one of the yummiest of oatmeals I have ever had....and I eat A LOT of oatmeal....see various posts on the subject

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

There is one aspect of gluten-free baking that has eluded me.  I can't seem to get a recipe made that doesn't have a slightly damp, gooey middle.  Cakes are fine, breads are fine but muffins, pancakes and waffles are almost always a gross middle.  It is more true the healthier the recipe.  Everything turns out that is white rice flour and sugar but as soon as you get into the oat, almond, coconut flours there ends up a gooey slight snotty textured center.  Big Daddy finds this really off putting and won't eat pancakes at all.  Because I am the only one in the family that *has* to be gluten free I feel bad that they are 'suffering' at my expense-- Although I am glad that they all eat little to no gluten...better for everyone--

So one of my favourite food bloggers has recently gone gluten free (yay) and has been baking up a storm and writing about it.  So I thought I would try one of her muffin recipes.  I am desperate to make some decent muffins for the kids snack for school and not only do I want them to be gluten free, low or no sugar (with some other sweetening agent) but they have to be nut free because of school policy......

Here is her recipe with bold where I made changes

2 tbsp Coconut Flour
1/2 cup Oat Flour
1/2 cup Sweet Rice Flour
2 lg Eggs
1 med. Mashed Banana
1 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Sucanat - I don't use sucanat, I used 1/3 cup of Blue Agave Syrup
3 tbsp Coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp Lemon Zest
2 tbsp Lemon Juice

  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. Grease pan
  3. Combine flours, baking powder, sucanat & salt
  4. Mash Banana
  5. Whisk eggs in with banana, add milk and coconut oil
  6. Add wet to dry and stir until combined
  7. Stir in blueberries, lemon zest & juice
  8. Scoop batter into pan and bake until a knife comes out clean.
Now because I added more liquid I added a tablespoon extra of oat flour.  This recipe had the same strange gooey middle but the lemon zest/juice made this much more tolerable.  The over all flavour is really nice, I like this combination of flours.  There was just enough coconut taste without it being overwhelming mingled with lemon and blueberries.  They are pretty dense without being tough.  I would make these again but if they were for personal use I might add almond flour into the mix.  If they are going to be dense I prefer one of the flour to 'honour' that.  And the kids love them which makes it a win

Here they are

It reminds me....I have a recipe for raspberry coconut muffins...I'm going to do those next

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Anniversary

My husband and I aren't 'big dealers'.  We don't make a big deal about stuff.  We rarely celebrate our own birthdays with much flair (I make a bigger deal about his generally) and we almost never do much about our wedding anniversary (he was away camping on our first wedding anniversary while I was home super pregnant)

Some good friends of ours always 'do' something.  They always take a moment to recognize the landmarks....they don't have kids....YET! (she is pregnant!!)  But it made me think that maybe we should be not only taking the time to honour each other a little but to celebrate that we have made it this far.  My way of making sure this happens was to tell Big Daddy that I want up to make a bigger deal about stuff.  Not that it has to happen every year (in a big way) but that we make an effort to remind the other one that we love them.  I told him that I needed it and that it would make me happy.  He is pretty good about hearing requests like that and so this wedding anniversary he did.

He got my uncle and two cousins to take the kids for the night. Rented us eBikes (electric mopeds) in Niagara-on-the-Lake and took me on a wine tasting tour that he planned out.  It was AMAZING!!!  The bikes were kinda scary at first but once I got a hang of it....oh boy was it fun!!
My eBike hunk

We managed to go to four (maybe five) wineries and had tastings at all of them.  We even bought a couple of bottles and two little mini ice wines.  I love wine......



















We then went for a nice dinner at one of the better restaurants in town (I ate a huge prime rib with more red wine)  It was strange having a day to ourselves. It reminded me why I love him and how easily we got along before we had kids.  I don't think I realized how much of a strain the kids have put on our marriage.....not that the marriage is in trouble or anything I don't want to give that impression at all.....but how much the attention to 'us' shifted to 'them' when they were born.  And although it is exactly what is suppose to happen and completely natural it was nice to stop and face each other for a moment and think....oh yeah that's why I married this guy!

After dinner we loaded into the car and made the drive back into the city (about an hour and an half) and got a little gussied up for a party.  Other friends of ours were celebrating their 10 year anniversary and had gotten babysitters for the night as well (this is sooooo rare for both of us) and were throwing a house party.  The amazing thing was that most of our friends all have kids now and almost all of them got babysitters and were able to come.  I took a couple of pictures from the night....the lighting sucked but the pictures are pretty good...these are just a few of the people there.  I would have/should have taken more but I got distracted by more wine

Jamie and Tina
Some of the Daddys



















Seph looking beautiful
Dotty looking glam



















Curdled cream and Cat Barf

We are now into week two of the kids starting school.  Everyone kept asking me what I was I going to do with my free time.  I knew I could fill it but with what?  What was going to be my priority?  An uninterrupted shower? A quiet breakfast? The kind of cleaning that is impossible to do with kids running around? Or write?...............the problem is, it really isn't that much time.  The kids are in 'class' from 8:45 am until 11:15 and with the walking back and forth to and from the school it gives me just over 2 hours of 'free time'.  Not a lot of time to accomplish much.  I also find that in the rush to get out the door things are left for me to get to when I get back.  I still have to clean up from breakfast, organize a snack/lunch for when we get home and finish whatever other steps there are to get us up for the day...feed the dog etc.  By the time I do these things I usually have about an hour left to eat my own breakfast and go get them.  So all these big plans I have had to finally get things done around here have been sadly delayed again......maybe until  they are in full time school?

It doesn't help to move the day along when this morning I woke up to my cream having curdled and huge piles of cat barf all over the living room rug.  I picked up some cream at the corner store on the way home from drop off and am now having my first cup of coffee.  I figured the cat barf can wait until I am fully caffeinated....or maybe until they are in full time school?

Friday, 16 September 2011

Dinner Last Night: Fresh Tomato Pasta

Tomatoes from my back yard
This is one of those dishes that is only worth making if you have some really beautiful tomatoes.  Even better if you grew them yourself!  I like this because it is so simple and so delicious and it always amazes me how perfectly garlic and tomatoes go together

You will need:
1 lg yellow onion peeled and diced
3-6 cloves of garlic minced
1-2 (depending on size) sweet peppers sliced
2 cups of fresh tomatoes diced
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup home made chicken stock
1 200 g container of mini or pearl bocconcini or equivalent in fresh cheese (optional)
A bunch of fresh basil, chopped
6 cups of cooked pasta



In a large skillet heat up the olive oil over medium heat.  Saute the onions and peppers until soft but not mushy.  Add the garlic and continue to cook until it has softened.  Add the chicken stock and let it come to a simmer and then turn the heat down to a medium low.


Once your pasta is finished cooking add your diced tomatoes, quickly incorporate them and then gently do the same with the pasta.  The idea is to not over cook your tomatoes. Toss in your basil and bocconcini (if using) and serve immediately.  If you aren't using a soft cheese now you may want to sprinkle with a grated cheese like Parmesan.  One of the truly great things about this meal is you can have it on the table in around 30 minutes.
Made with brown rice penne

















Tuesday, 13 September 2011

What's in your cream??

As far as health is concerned I am a strong believer in 'toxic load'  What I mean by this is that we all do things that aren't particularly good for our health but are an absolute necessity in our lives.  We live in a big city.  We are exposed to endless pollutants, radio, cellular and wi-fi waves, noise pollution, air pollution, heavily treated water, lack of green space, lack of room to grow more of our food etc.  But we have to live here right now, we don't have a choice.  I hope that the choices that we have made lessen the toxic overload that living in the city exposes us to.  Choices like,

  1. Very little processed foods
  2. If it isn't organic, it is local
  3. We don't drink milk
  4. We eat a lot of detoxifying/cleansing foods
  5. We have a RO water system for our drinking water
  6. I don't own any aluminum or stainless steal pots.  I cook exclusively in cast iron, enameled cast iron or enameled stainless steal
  7. We don't use any soaps, shampoos or beauty products that have crap in them...although I do admit to having a cheap mascara (but I wear make up maybe 4 times a month)
  8.  We grow as much veg in our city yard as we can
  9. We are un-vaccinated.  My children are completely, I was selectively vaccinated as a child and haven't had a shot of anything since, and my husband hasn't had any boosters.
  10. We chose to have all non-toxic 'green' toys.  Not only are they better for your children and the environment they are generally prettier to look at, smell nicer and almost never light up or make noise (I am very thanknful for this!!)
Here is how I see things:
What is in your cream?  'Half and Half' or 'Table Cream' should have milk and cream in it.....nothing else.  Here is the label from regular grocery store bought cream
Sodium Citrate - A food additive salt, is a buffer that controls the acidity.  It is an alkalizing agent to make the urine less acidic. It is used to treat kidney diseases like gout and stones......wait a minute!....what it really does is make the cream taste creamier with very little actual 'cream' in it.

Sodium Phosphate - Another food additive salt used as a emulsifier.  Large doses of it are taken for bowel preps before a colonoscopy or abdominal surgery.  I makes you poop!! 
Carrageenan -Thickening, gelling, and stabilizing agent: Ice cream, jelly, chocolate milk, infant formula, cottage cheese.Carrageenan is an indigestible family of large molecules obtained from seaweed. Large amounts of carrageenan have harmed test animals’ colons; the small amounts in food are safe.
Dextrose - Sweetener: Bread, caramel, soda pop, cookies, many other foods.  Dextrose is an important chemical in every living organism. A sugar, it is a source of sweetness in fruits and honey. Added to foods as a sweetener, it represents empty calories and contributes to tooth decay. Dextrose turns brown when heated and contributes to the color of bread crust and toast. Americans consume about 25 pounds per year of dextrose -- and a total of about 150 pounds per year of all refined sugars.  It is considered not toxic, but test show large amounts may be unsafe or promote bad nutrition.  I can't seem to find what is considered a 'large amount'.

And here are two different creams you can buy.  One is organic and the other is from a local farm that does have some organic products but this is not one of them.  They don't use food additives



















This is a easy choice to make for your family.  Organic or food additive free dairy products are available everywhere now.  Yes they are a little more expensive but the truth is it's worth it.  Besides everyone would benefit from cutting back on dairy...it really isn't as good for you as we are being sold and the stuff we are being sold isn't as good as dairy can be.  What a change we could make to the dairy industry if we just all refused to buy the stuff full of crap and what a huge difference that would make to the health of our society.  It is one choice that makes a big difference and you can vote with your dollars.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Last Nights Dinner: Spaghetti Squash

I am a pretty big fan of squash in general but I have my favourites...Spaghetti and Butternut being easy winners.  This week I decided to make one of my stand-by dishes I make when I am not feeling up to cooking up a storm or if I need something fast --Spaghetti Squash with Garlicky Tomato Sauce

The recipe for the sauce is available on another post so this is more about how to prepare the squash.

After three days this is how different they looked
I had a very strange experience this week.  I lay prideful (arrogant) claims to being a total 'foodie'.  I usually know what the odd vegetables are in ethnic grocery stores (although I love finding stuff I know nothing about) but this week I was totally fooled.  I bought two organic spaghetti squashes at the local health food shop,  I got them both out of the same bin, they looked the same but one was slightly larger and rounder then the other. Other than that they had totally the same appearance from the outside.  Now over the last couple of days in the larder one of them had gotten paler and was now showing marks/scars on the skin of having been handled while the other stayed blemish free and pale yellow. I decided that they needed to be cooked and cut them open to find THIS!!







One of them is a spaghetti squash and the other is a bloody CANTALOUPE!! How was I fooled? The worst part? I HATE cantaloupe!  The smell of it makes my stomach turn........and it couldn't possibly be from the fancy party 15 years ago that I didn't eat before going to where in my nervousness I downed too many Cosmo martinis while wolfing down prosciutto and melon and then spent the rest of the evening with my head in the toilet still in my pretty dress??..........naaaaah......I just don't like it.....





So spaghetti squash....cut it open and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Depending on the size you may want to cut it into quarters
Now I put these straight into a large pasta cooking pot, fill with water until the squash is completely covered, salt it and leave to boil...just like noodles. But there is something else you can do...you can make this dish JUST squash or a mix of squash and noodles.  The way to do this is to fill the pot with a lot more water than just covering the squash and when the water is boiling add the noodles and cook normally.  When the noodles are done dump the contents of the pot in a strainer, squash and all.  You are going to want to put the squash a side and let steam dry.  This helps remove the excess water from boiling it and avoid the squash from watering down your sauce.

 Once it is reasonably dry (just not dripping) start shreding it with a fork




















Then combine the shredded squash into the sauce.  Once completely combined pour the entire contents into a lasagna dish and sprinkle with cheese.  I like using mozzarella.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling.




















Or if you are combining it with noodles, add the shredded squash and noodles in with the sauce and then serve with a sprinkle of cheese



















I have to admit I love how much my whole family loves this meal.  We all clean our plates.  I also love that as I write this my family is sitting watching a movie and polishing off the dreaded cantaloupe to get ride of the evidence