Baked Spaghetti with Vegetables

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If you like pasta, and you like cheese, you might like this layered baked pasta. Simple sauteed vegetables, layered with spaghetti and white sauce, and topped with a layer of mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs gives this baked dish a whole new meaning.

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Breadcrumbs

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Regular breadcrumbs work fairly well for baked dishes, and serve to give a nice crunchy topping to your dish. These are very easy to make on your own, and you don’t need to buy those fancy shmancy brands.

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Basic Marinara Sauce

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After a few cases of using half the bottle of the store bought sauces, leaving it in the fridge, and open it a few weeks later only to find it mouldy and quite unusable, I decided that it was time to make my own sauce. The work might be a bit more, but I certainly think that the flavour is unmatched.

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Rava Pakoda

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When I was growing up in India, the monsoons would make the sky really gloomy, and we’d have a hankering for a hot masala chai. My grandmother would make rava pakodas, a small fried snack to go along with the tea. To an Indian, there’s nothing like sitting out on the patio watching the rain, with a steaming hot cup of chai in one hand, and a plate of pakodas in the other.

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RIP Randy Pausch

I’ve never had the chance to either take one of his classes or even listen to his last lecture live, although I saw it online. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to do so now. Dr. Pausch was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in September of 2006, and in August 2007 was told that he had maybe 3 to 6 months left to live. I can immediately think of one of Rajnikanth’s dialogues from Sivaji - “Saagara naal therinji pochu na vaazhara naal naragham aayidum, santhosham thaanga mukiyam”. Read more →