Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Fave Five no. 6

Hello and welcome to Friday Fave Five. I'd love for you to join in. The explanation is here. Don't forget to go ahead and grab the button, link back here and add your name to the Mr. Linky so that we can come and read what has tickled your fancy this last week.

My Fave Five things from this last week:

1. Mexican Lasagna I know. Sounds like an oxymoron or something, doesn't it? And I'm cheating a bit because I actually made it the week before. But oh my word, is this good! And easy. And it scored as a new fave with the family. So it's making my favorite list. And 'cause I'm feeling extra generous today I'll not only give you a picture to drool over but the recipe too! You're Welcome! :v)

-1 kg (2 lbs.) lean ground beef
-9 - 12 lasagna noodles, cooked (amount depends on the specific size of your pan)
-1 pkg taco seasoning mix
-1 cup medium salsa
-2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
-1/2 cup sliced black olives (optional)
-1/4 cup sliced pickled jalepeno peppers (optional)
-sour cream
-guacamole (optional but oh so good with it)

Brown the ground beef while you're cooking the lasagna noodles. Drain the beef, and add the taco seasoning according to the directions on the package. Add an extra 1/8 c. water. Add salsa and black olives and mix well.

Cover the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with some of the meat mixture. Then layer with noodles, then cheese. Repeat like you would regular lasagna ending with a layer of noodles, then a thin layer of meat sauce and lastly the cheese. If desired, sprinkle jalepeno peppers around. I did half the lasagna with and half without for those who don't like them.

Bake at 400*F for 40 minutes. Let set for 5 minutes before cutting. To serve, top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and/or guacamole if desired.

For another take on it instead of lasagna noodles, you can use strips of flour tortillas. Reduce baking time to 20 minutes.

2. This sweet award from FlipFlop Mom.

And another from Barbara at Stray Thoughts.

Thank you so much ladies. I'm honored by your sweetness!

3. Favorite thing I learned this week?
You know the lowly loofah sponge? The one that is in most of our shower stalls? I always thought they were from the sea. Where I got that idea I haven't a clue. I probably just assumed. Well, guess what? They are not from the sea. And as this post shows, you can actually make one yourself. Who knew that's where they came from? How cool is that? And may I say that loofahs are one of my favorite things to use in the shower?

4. Pumpkin Bread candle. Mmm, mmm, mmm. So yummy and spicey. Screams fall to me. Have I ever mentioned that I love fall.

5. Sour Cream: I have had a life long love affair with sour cream. Being born into a Hungarian family fostered it well. I'm telling you, I can eat it straight from the tub. But I do restrain myself. I mean, I need to cut fat and calories somewhere. LOL. I mean the places I can use sour cream just boggles my mind. In loaves, cookies and cakes. What's mexican food without that dollop on top! And Hungarian goulash, it's a must to have a spoon in there, even vegetable soups. And dips? Well, you just can't make them without the humble sour cream. I have the most awesome recipe for sour cream pumpkin pie, and you can bet I will be trying this for Thanksgiving and this sounds interesting! And I can thank my bridesmaids, oh so many years ago, for introducing me to Bavarian strawberries. Luscious strawberries dipped in sour cream and brown sugar. (I know, I know. I only let myself indulge in those once a year.) And just this last week, the aforementioned mexican lasagna was the recipient of a dollop as was my harvest soup last night.

Ah, the lowly sour cream. You will always be on my favorite list!

So what has tickled your fancy this last week? Don't forget to sign the Mr. Linky so that we can come and read!


Anonymous said...

Whoa that Loofah thing is just strange! Very interesting. I totally understand your love affair with sour cream. We used to spread it on french bread and eat it as a snack growing up! Fun 5's..

Anonymous said...

Susanne, I love sour cream, too. No need to be Hungarian! And wasn't that interesting to see the metamorphosis of a loofah? A multi-purpose gourd. Happy Friday to you! And congratulations on your awards :-)

Anonymous said...

The candle looks like it would smell divine! My parents grew smaller versions of loofahs! Fun!

And sour cream? I'm Russian what more can I say? My favorite is to put it on pancakes and french toast and of course blintzes!!!

Michelle said...

I love candles,especially seasonal ones.I understand the love affair with sour cream ,have you tried Armenian Orange Spice Cake? no I'll post the recipe after I find it.The Mexican Lasagna looks so tasty.

pam said...

Oh I love Mexican Lasagna and I haven't made it in a while. I must go dig mine out--it has more ingredients but I can't remember what. The Loofah story is crazy. I never would have believed it if she didn't have the pictures. I LOVE learning new things---may not remember them long but still good. :)

Jen said...

That lasagna looks really good, and I think my picky eaters might like it. I thought the Loofah was a sponge to, very interesting.

Congrts on the awards and thanks for the Friday button - it's adorable!

Have a great week!

gail@more than a song said...

I could put sour cream on tons of things I eat! I love it too...the mexican lasagna looks good.

Flower said...

Hello! Thank you for inviting me to joing the Friday Fave Five! It is one of my FAVES to read!
I'm on my way out of town but will check back next week to see if I know how to link. Any direction from you is appreciated! :)) I assume the URL box does that?

Anonymous said...

The recipe looks great!

Faith said...

My list is up...sorry it's late..yesterday was busy so I didn't get to blog.
I wrote about a candle too!!
Hopefully I left the correct link.

Laura said...

I love Mexican and you just know that recipe will be showing up in my menu plan sometime soon!!

Thank you :)

Tori Leslie said...

I loved reading this.
Hey I think sour cream and manna mean the same in Greek! :0)

Hen Jen said...

Susanne, wow- the loofah thing was incredible, I loved all the photos.

I think the sea thing is a logical leap to make, since sponges originally came from the sea...

Anonymous said...

I like your new button! I must remember to do this some Friday......when I remember. I am having a severe forgetful problem lately.
Anyway, I must tell you I love fall also. Your pumpkin bread candle sounds great. So does sour cream, yes I love the stuff also.....but would have never have thought to post about it. That is what makes your Fave Five such a cool idea.
Have a good week!

Anonymous said...

That Mexican Lasagna sounds really good!

I have to admit I am not a fan of sour cream. I like it in stroganoff and a cheesy potato casserole, but that's about it. My husband and kids love it, though.

Sarah said...

Hi! I've come to your site through orgjunkie, and I'm going to try the lasagna recipe. Thanks!

Micha @ Cookin' Mimi said...

Your Mexican Lasagna is on my menu for next week. (we shop on Fridays so my mpm menu is really two weeks worth of shopping) I love trying different variations on it.

Barb said...

Never in a million years would I have guessed the source of the loofah sponge. I thought it came from the sea too! Very, very interesting.

Girl Raised in the South said...

thanks Susanne for the mexican lasagna, I need to leave a large dish of something for DH while I'm away this weekend - it sounds perfect!