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Lasagna smackdown

(article, Culinate staff)

New York Times food writers Julia Moskin and Kim Severson recently baked up a batch of Sandra Lee's quick-fix lasagna. (In case you're confused, Sandra Lee is the Food Network celebrity chef known for her Semi-Homemade schtick, in which all dishes are prepared, 1950s-style, with the aid of canned, packaged, or otherwise premade ingredients. And no, Sandra Lee is not Sara Lee.) Their verdict? The lasagna — which relies on canned tomato soup, pre-minced garlic, and packaged shredded cheese, among other time-saving kitchen ingredients — tasted "'cafeteria-style' and sweet, even 'ketchuppy,' but most of us agreed: we’ve had worse." Next up? Moskin and Severson are hoping for a competing old-school recipe from Lee's prospective mother-in-law, Matilda Cuomo.