My name is Emmie, and I am from the Boston area. I stumbled across the forums here tonight doing a search for something, and they are such fun I had to jump in! I especially enjoyed the post I read about Thanksgiving meals, and loved reading all of the responses about favorite dishes and serving a new menu for the first time...as well as coping with rude guests. (I don't enjoy rude guests, mind you, but I have had my share of them and appreciated what others have gone through to cope with them.)
I am starting my journey here with a request for advice or hints about making a new recipe for a family party. Since we travel to see my family for Christmas every year, my husband and I have his immediate family for dinner the weekend before. I make lasagna, others bring salad and bread, and we spend the evening opening presents and enjoying the company. This year, dinner is on December 19th.
The family favorite is made with a meat based sauce. I always like to have a meatless option as well, and want to try a recipe from Cook's Illustrated for four cheese lasagna. It's from the may 2007 issue of that magazine. Here is a link to the recipe: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recip...
I would love to make this ahead of time, either by a week or so and freeze it and then thaw and bake it, or at least one day ahead and keep it in the fridge. Due to all of the cheeses and the no-boil noodles, I am not sure how long it will keep in the refrigerator in it's unbaked state; I am also not confident it will hold up in the freezer. (I could probably bake it, freeze it and reheat it, but I am afraid it will dry out.) I know if I have to assemble a lasagna the day of the dinner, I risk being up to my elbows in shredded cheese and pasta sheets when my in-laws arrive...trust me, been there, done that, and I don't need another photo of that scene showing up on a t-shirt, heehee!
If you have any experience with this recipe, or one that is similar, and can give me some feedback or advice I would be very grateful! Thanks in advance, and I look forward to chatting more with folks on the forums.