Cooking adventures

I stayed up until 1:00 am Friday night cooking a Mexican Casserole. I made it in a 9 x 13 inch pan, which is kind of large; I would have been able to eat off it for a week. It’s the third time I’ve made this recipe. It came out fine, it was a success. I left it on top of the stove to cool down. I was planning on walking the dog but I decided to lay down first for 5 minutes to rest. BIG mistake. I woke up at 1:30 in the afternoon today!! My first thought was if my casserole had spoiled. I didn’t know so I called my mom (my back-up for cooking questions). She said, throw it out. I would have still eaten it but she was adamant about tossing it. It was hard to do, but it went in the trash. All that work, not to mention all the money it cost to make it.
Well, I wanted to have a nice meal for my day off, so I cooked a lasagna recipe I’ve been meaning to get to for a month. I was a little confused because the recipe said boil the noodles, but the box said “no boiling necessary”. I followed the box directions. I carefully layered the ingredients in my 9 X13 inch pan and baked it for an hour. I took it out and to my dismay the noodles on top were rock hard! I was facing having to throw out TWO dishes in a row and I am not a rich man. That would have hurt. BUT… I dug deeper and it turns out that the rest of the noodles were fine, and so was the rest of the lasagna. Yum, I will be eating good for a few days.

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A Mexican casserole bad overnight-?
I don’t know about your house Nick, but it’s not very hot outside this time of year, and we turned our heat off already, our house stays cool-cold inside. Unless it had pork in it, I would have eaten it, my husband has even eaten pork left out overnight and didn’t die, but that’s where I draw the line.

What was inside the casserole?

Hamburger, chili beans, sour cream, tomatoes, olives, onions, salsa. I keep my house VERY warm.

Like a sauna? Or like you didn’t need to use the oven?
Gosh, that layered casserole sounds delicious!

HOT. Like 85 degrees.

Dang Nick…that’s an oven.
Our house is 58 degrees right now, and I’m barefoot! You have to be part polar bear to live in our house.

That will do it. I’m glad you tossed it. I’m sorry you had to. It hurts like anything to have to throw something out. But I’m glad you didn’t take that chance.