We are excited to announce a new feature of our blog: Shop Our Closet! We believe in recycling your wardrobe as you add to it, so we are making our hand-selected apparel available for purchase! To shop each look, click the photo and you’ll be redirected to view our “closet space”. Make sure to follow us there as we will be adding new pieces every week. We look forward to sending our pieces to our fellow fashionistas!
Lasagna is hands down one of my FAVORITE foods. Cheese, carbs, and garlic. What’s not to love?! While the heaviness of lasagna is great for warming the body up in winter months, as spring approaches and the days get warmer, heavy foods become more and more unappetizing to me. I really wanted to make a lighter version of this dish to satisfy my craving for Italian without feeling totally bloated the next day. I was riffling through some old recipes and put a few together to come up with this tasty combo! To make this gluten-free lasagna I subbed zucchini (aka: italian squash) for lasagna noodles to up the nutrition and cut the carbs. I promise, you won’t even notice the difference, and your gluten free-friends can nosh without impunity!
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 teaspoons gluten free all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg Lasagna:
1 (30-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
2 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
2 cup plus 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
2 large egg, beaten to blend
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 Yellow or Green Zucchinis thinly sliced lengthwise
2 cups marinara sauce
2 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
1) Cut your Zucchini into about 1/4 inch strips and place in the oven on a cookie sheet to dry out for about 10 min. Zucchini holds a ton of water so drying them out before baking keeps them from “sweating” into your lasagna.
2). To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce. Set aside.
3). Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 2 cups Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
In a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish, pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out strips of zucchini strips atop the béchamel sauce as if they were lasagna noodles. Spread the ricotta mixture evenly atop the layer of zucchini strips, then add a layer of pasta sauce and mozzarella. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, ricotta mixture, and pasta sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 4 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna.
Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10
Recently I was strolling along Ventura Boulevard and decided to take a quick peek inside Paper Source, a shop I’ve heard much about but never visited. I was drooling over the incredible paper designs as soon as I crossed the threshold! From watercolor florals to botanical prints, the sheets of wrapping paper are to die for, and very reasonably priced. My favorite are the vintage map wrapping papers (buy online here). I’m crazy about maps… though being severely directionally challenged, they are more about aesthetic appeal that practical use to me! Other than gift wrapping, there are hundreds of creative DIY’s for maps, and I’m itching to try something new. Here are 6 ideas for putting this paper to use:
Line your side table! All you need is decoupage glue, scissors, a ruler and pencil. (Photo: Pinterest)
This weekend I started the long task of spring cleaning my closet and was continually met with the age old question: Keep? or Toss? When you shop for sport as I do, sometimes you end up with amazing pieces you just have no idea what to do with. Such was the case with this gorgeous 1940′s silhouetted frock I found at one of my favorite haunts. It’s up to the neck collar with rosettes and the delicately pleated panel in the front were all details that made the dress stand out to me at first, but almost a year after purchasing it I had never actually worn it. Laurel-Manettte’s sister (who also has a fantastic blog you should check out- Pearls Slipping off a String), has been in town visiting and lent us her eye and her photography skills…sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective on your wardrobe! With her help, we came up with some great looks we hope inspire you to get the most use out of that puzzler in your own closet. Here is my vintage dress: 3 ways.
Bodysuit underneath: American Apparel