Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

In our 2011 trip to Italy, Lenny’s nonna cooked us the best bechamel sauce lasagna on the planet. Since then, I’ve been inspired by like 100 Pinterest posts to give it a try.

The recipe I settled on following (mostly) was the Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce from Green Healthy Cooking. I ended up using more mushrooms in lieu of the artichokes because I’ve never really liked them unless they are deep-fried…

The lasagna turned out pretty well but it was a far cry from anything as delicious as nonna made. Given the number of dishes required to make this meal, this will be the only bechamel lasagna that I will ever make, so I guess we just have to go back to Italy sometime soon to experience the real thing again!

Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

Italian Ricotta Cookies

These cookies smell divine, and their taste is not too far from that either. The Italian Ricotta Cookies from Love Bakes Good Cakes were relatively easy to make although I did end up cooking them for twice as long as was recommended, and they didn’t taste overcooked either. I made 47 of them so co-workers, hope you are ready for some fluffy and delicious snacks!

Here are a couple photos:

That moment when you realize you’ll need to vacuum the counter clean before wiping it clean…

 

Sprinkle cookies!

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Last weekend I finally made the Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch. It was a bit of a dudd. I didn’t cook the potatoes for long enough and I didn’t properly follow the recipe in terms of mixing the butter and flour first. I will probably try it again in a bit, but if someone else gets to it first, please let me know how it goes!

“A” for effort. There is nothing quite like cooking something for about an hour only for it to not turn out.

 

Blueberry Bran Muffins

This morning I finally made the Blueberry Bran Muffins from Foodess and there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh muffins in the morning. I ended up substituting half of the oil for applesauce, just to make it a bit healthier, and am happy-ish with the results. They’re not the best muffins I’ve ever made, but they are still really moist, fluffy, and fairly healthy. Here are a couple photos:

Bad habit from my childhood: I am detest eating muffins without butter, no matter how tasty.

 

Cooling on the rack. Baking them straight in the pan instead of baking cups proved to be a good choice; the dough was pretty sticky and definitely would have stuck to the cups.

Mr. Bowjangles

Taste: 4/5
Ease of Making: 3/5
Dishes: 3/5

This recipe is from a Looneyspoons cookbook that’s no longer available, however, would be worth looking for in a used bookstore (that’s where my copy is from!). It’s Canadian, quirky, and full of tasty recipes! Mr. Bowjangles can be found on pg. 125 of the cookbook. It is a soya sauce and mustard-based chicken, noodle, broccoli, and sun-dried tomato dish. We had to modify it a bit as we didn’t have any butterfly pasta and we also reduced the amount of broccoli as three cups for only four servings sounded like a lot. Here is a picture of the final product:

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Mr. Bowjangles

 

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 3/5
Dishes: 2/5

This recipe is taken from yummyhealthyeasy.com. It appealed to me because:

  • I like to incorporate vegetables into my baking
  • I had an entire bag of quick oats to use
  • COOKIES!

The recipe was fairly straight-forward and the only modification that I made was using slightly less walnuts due to the amount I had on-hand.

Here are some pictures from my time baking these!

carrot oatmeal cookies

The final product!

carrot oatmeal cookies

Stackable cooling racks are key for small kitchens!

carrot oatmeal cookies

All the cookies!

All in all, I give this recipe five out of five stars for taste.