I come from a pretty superstitious family. Being a hockey sister, there are a lot of rituals and “lucky charms” involved in games and tournaments. That being said, I have never seen the superstitions I just witnessed at the casino the other night.
From the number of times they tapped the buttons to when they light up a cigarette, it is a completely different world. There’s a language and a mutual respect for another’s lucky charms.
Now, I am not a gambler. Never have been. I just cannot fathom throwing money into a machine for nothing. Being with a group of girls for a girls weekend allowed me this glimpse into this odd world. Since I don’t gamble, I had a lot of time to watch people. If there is a place to people watch, the casino and the state fair are like the superbowl and the stanley cup!
Thinking about all these odd routines, superstitions, and lucky charms got me thinking. What are my lucky charms? I have a couple mementos from family or friends that I keep with me. My grandfather’s ring, a claddagh ring, and a little silver angel coin are with me always. While I had never thought of them as lucky charms before, I suppose they kind of are.
So what are your lucky charms? What routines or superstitions do you have and why?
Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
- 1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
- 2 cups frozen broccoli florets
- 3 cooked, boneless chicken breast halves, diced or shredded rotisserie chicken
- 3 (16 ounce) jars Alfredo-style pasta sauce or your favorite scratch recipe
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 pints ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Cook spinach according to package directions; drain.
- In a medium bowl, combine chicken and one and a half jars of Alfredo sauce, stir together. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a separate bowl, combine egg, ricotta, drained spinach, broccoli, italian seasoning, and garlic powder, salt & pepper.
- In a 9 x 13 baking dish, pour 1/3 jarred sauce into bottom of pan. Then place one layer of lasagna noodles, edges overlapping. Pour 1/2 chicken and Alfredo sauce mixture over noodle layer and spread evenly. Spread 1/2 spinach mixture evenly over noodles. Pour 1/3 of remaining jar of Alfredo sauce over spinach mixture. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella over chicken mixture. Top with another layer of noodles. 1/2 chicken mixture, spread remaining spinach mixture evenly over noodles. Pour 1/3 of remaining jar of Alfredo sauce over spinach mixture, spread evenly. Sprinkle another cup of mozzarella over sauce, lay on the final noodle layer and top with remaining 1/2 jar of Alfredo sauce, 2 cups of mozzarella, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until top is brown and bubbly.