Thursday, August 18, 2011

Photography Perils

You know what doesn't photograph well? If you haven't guessed from the above picture, lasagna. As Garfield so wisely put it, I've never met a lasagna I didn't like. You know it's going to be delicious no matter how it looks on the computer screen. And yet, it's just about always a big ole sloppy mess.

I know that part of the problem is that I take a picture of it hot and ready to serve. I'm sure if I waited and refrigerated it I could make it a nice little cube without the insides dripping out. And yet, cold, refrigerated, coagulated cheese isn't exactly a pretty sight either. I'm at a loss friends. You'll just have to take my word that this lasagna is delicious, covered in cheese. And as always, I urge you to pick up the fresh stuff. It makes a world of difference.

Thatboy believes that all lasagna should have meat in it. While I don't agree, it's easy enough to accommodate him. If you don't love meat, you can just as easily do this with a regular ole tomato sauce. It will be just as fabulous.

In unrelated photography news, the low quality pictures you've already come to know and love are about to get even worse! If you can imagine. While uploading pictures to my computer, my trusty "old red" seems to have shorted herself out. She's currently at the "ole red" factory getting some sort of rejuvenation therapy. And while she's away, all I've got is my little no-flash bloggie, and my little camera phone. Wish me luck!

Beef Lasagna
16 oz fresh ricotta
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1 Tbsp basil, chopped
1/2 lb ground beef
2 cups tomato sauce
8 0z lasagna noodles
2 balls fresh mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine ricotta, garlic, parsley, and basil.
  2. Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Add the tomato sauce and heat through.
  3. Place about 1/2 cup of the meat sauce at the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish - enough to cover.
  4. Cover meat sauce with a layer of lasagna noodles. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture on top, then 1/3 of the meat sauce and 1/4 of the mozzarella.
  5. Repeat with noodles, ricotta, meat, and mozzarella twice.
  6. Cover final layer with noodles, remaining mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Bake 40 minutes.


  1. Computer problems suck! I love lasagna. I have not made it forever. I can't take a picture of meat to save my life. It always looks gross.

  2. Two of my favorite things, lasagna and enchiladas, are SO hard to get good pictures of!

  3. I can never take a decent pic of lasagna , or any baked pasta for that matter. oh and shepherds pie is another gross & messy photo op. made one recently but the resulting pic was not good. still I may be brave & post it ;)

  4. It sounds delicious and it often happens that our best dishes do not photograph the way we hope they will. The taste is what counts.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Oof yeah lasagna is rough. But I love seeing that melted cheese...makes me drool every time.