July 29, 2012

National Lasagna Day

"The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again." - George Miller

It's National Lasagna Day!

Sponsored by: Barilla

Doesn't everybody want to turn their oven on in the middle of summer to bake a big, old pan of lasagna? It's just not hot or humid enough already, right?

I don't think the creators of this particular food holiday thought this through.

In all seriousness, I'm thankful that Barilla has continued to support this attempt to eat the year as much as they have. Although they're the world's leading pasta maker with 40 to 45% of the Italian market (and 25% of the U.S. market), Barilla is a family-owned operation. Founded by Peitro Barilla in 1877, it's now run by three brothers: Guido, Luca, and Paolo. I continue to appreciate and taste in their food the simple values they hold near and dear to their company: "a love of life, devotion to quality, and respect for tradition."

Well, purists, beware. I'm bucking the "traditional" lasagna recipe today in lieu of a very hearty vegan version. It's one of the best dishes I've ever made in my life; I'm unbelievably proud of it, and will absolutely make it again.

When it's about forty or fifty degrees cooler out, that is.

Happy National Lasagna Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission from company.