The Gull Reef Club

10/8/2006

Lasagna

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:03 pm

Partially inspired by Ms. Bucket and partially wanting a reason to have my oven on for an extended period of time, Mike and I baked lasagna this weekend.

Whenever I indulge myself in this heavenly yet heavy meal, I can’t help but think of my very Italian grandma. Grandma was the type of person for whom the word matriarch was invented. When I was a kid, she was at the center of all of my mom’s side’s family gatherings. And Grandma never failed to appear without her army – a battalion of delectable dishes that would render us all useless by the end of the get together. Grandma very well understood that a good meal was the glue that kept us altogether.

On the way home from shopping one afternoon, my long lost friend Mandi* and I were traveling through my grandma’s town. We were thirsty, and being dumb high schoolers, had already spent all our cash. I suggested we stop at Grandma’s so we could gank some cokes off her.

We just so happened to arrive at the same time Grandma was about to put a lasagna in the oven. Grandma, of course, was thrilled to see us, but we felt bad dropping in on her when she was obviously getting ready to have dinner guests. We apologized and she laughed at us. She had no dinner plans. It was just a routine night for her and Grandpa. She was simply making the lasagna because ‘you never know when you might need one’ and ‘it will get eaten eventually.’ So instead of a quick stop for a coke, Mandi and I stumbled away a few hours later with gorged guts.

Grandma was a genius. What I wouldn’t give to be able to eat her food again. I suddenly have a hankering for crostoli.


*Mandi, aka Premiere Rahool Kisov, has been MIA for a few years now. If anyone knows where she is or how I can get in touch with her, please email me – thegullreefclub AT gmail.com

One Response to “Lasagna”

  1. moi says:

    I love lasagne!

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