Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is something I make only once a year, most often a request from my daughter.  But for this occasion, it's for one of my sisters, who just had a baby (over 30 nieces & nephews, me, ReRe).  Just too many of us to buy gifts, but what I will do is cook something special for you.  So, my sister, requested My Vegetable Lasagna and Apple Pie. 

Each time I make Lasagna, we dive into it so fast, I forget to take the picture!  This time, well, I had to take a picture of only a slice, because we were already in it! 

Each time I make Lasagna, we dive into it so fast, I forget to take the picture!  This time, well, I had to take a picture of only a slice, because we were already in it! 

Family Favorite Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Oh and my sister's family are vegetarians, so no meat.  Oh man, I used to love sausage and ground beef in my lasagna; though now, unbelievably, I enjoy the vegetables more than the meat lasagna.  I can appreciate that it doesn't feel so heavy in my belly!  So, anyway, I try to keep it fresh and easy and here's what I do:

Easy Steps

  • Turn on your oven to 450 degrees
  • Prepare a sheet pan with foil (for easy clean up)
  • Prepare your tomato sauce in medium pot.  I take a can of crushed sauce, small can of tomato paste and a can of fire roasted tomatoes, pour them in a pot, season and on medium heat, cook for about 30-45 minutes
  • Cut in nice size chunks your fresh vegetables (tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, garlic, etc.) to include any of your favorites
  • Sprinkle with olive oil, a little salt, some black pepper and I like rosemary, too
  • Place on the low rack in the oven and bake for 30 minutes
  • When the vegetables and sauce are done, begin to build your layers
  • In a deep square pan, ladle a little sauce, flat Lasagna pasta, vegetables, flat pasta, cheeses (Sharp, Jack & Mozzerella) and repeat a second time, ending with, of course, cheese on top
  • I love some fresh basil and Parmesan Cheese, too
  • Place your pan on a larger sheet pan with foil to catch the drippings
  • Bake for one hour
  • Garlic bread and a green salad!

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Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

I promise you won't miss the meat!

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Strawberry Shortcake

With stuff just hanging out in my refrigerator, you know, of course, I've always got, well, my infamous buttermilk biscuits (scratch-made and warm from the oven) and strawberry preserves (which I make a few times a month) and, while I'll admit that someone actually bought me some vanilla ice cream, man-o-man, it just tastes delicious!  Fresh, not too sweet, not fake!  [You know what I mean?]

Fresh & Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh & Easy because it's makings are always around; so, it's my go to, especially when I have unexpected guests.  It's a plate of sweet love with even some fresh summer strawberries to garnish.  If you've had my biscuits and preserves before, this will blow you away!  Oh, just wait until you experience my Strawberry Shortcake.  Just one of those things that makes you go,  Oooooooom! 

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake

With warmed biscuits & Home-Made Strawberry Preserves

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Breakfast Sliders

Loved at first sight!  So, you know, I've been wanting to try these - an assortment of breakfast slider sandwiches, to include Egg & Cheese with Ham or Sausage, Bacon, Salmon, etc.  DELICIOUS!  A real crowd pleaser, because there's something for everyone, even if only vegetables or no cheese at all.  I will tell you that the Smoked Salmon Sliders went quick! So, always make more.  I will also tell you that one pack of dinner rolls won't be enough; so, make no less than two packs!  And yes, freeze it for later to quickly pop in the oven! 

An Assortment of Breakfast Sliders

You've seen similar images and always they look delectable.  So, I know you've been thinking about trying it, too!  The best part, not only is it an easy recipe, but everybody will love them!  No specific recipe necessary; just gather and pre-cook your favorite breakfast meats (Ham, Bacon, Sausage, Salmon, etc.), scramble, fry or bake your eggs, and as I said, you'll need at least two packages of your favorite dinner rolls (sliced in half) and from there just build.

The assembly is up to you, because of course there are a few extra steps with variety; but, here's what I do:  I just love a special sauce on any sandwich, so for these, I based my rolls with a spread of Chimichurri sauce (an Argentinian staple, usually served with steak), then the meat, the egg, the cheese, a garnish, like fresh Spinach & sprinkle of seasonings, close up the sandwich, perhaps brush on a honey-butter glaze, some poppy seeds, cracked black pepper, maybe, pop the sheet pan of sliders into the oven and bake (4-5 minutes on 350 degrees) until cheese has melted, and man, your guests will not stop questioning, OMG!  What is in this?  It's the mere assortment of sliders and but the flavor combination. Oooooooom!

Think no further!  Do it! 

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Assortment of Breakfast Sliders

With A Fresh Chimchurri Spread

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Blueberry Muffins

I will say that second, maybe only third to my buttermilk biscuits and roasted-kernel cornbread, my fresh blueberry muffins rock!  They really do make you go, Ooooooom!  With my standard of serving my scratch-made breads hot out of the oven, the table erupts in almost harmonious cheers of, Ooooooom

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Blueberry Muffins With Fresh Blueberries

No one's blueberry muffins will ever taste better than your own, you make yourself at home and here's my recipe to get you started and from there, tweak it to your tastes.  Mariby Corpening's Recipe for Blueberry Muffins.

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Blueberry Muffins

With only fresh blueberries

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Cheesed Egg Souflee

It's Sunday morning and you're just lying in bed, starved, anxiously awaiting the call, Breakfast is ready!  You recall that feeling from childhood; can't you just smell the bacon, the coffee, pots clanking, teapot whistling?  Some warming memories of a Sunday morning.  So, I enjoy tantalizing my guests with food that soothes the soul, so simply tastes good, freshly prepared from scratch.  A lot of thought goes into my menu, my table setting, my music, my service, what I call, The Anatomy of Sunday Brunch

What's Sunday Brunch without some sort of meat, like thick-smoked bacon and spicy Italian sausages, some type of bread, hot out of the oven, like homemade buttermilk biscuits, blueberry muffins, a favorite side, like Grannie's home-fries or Mommy's fried apples, completed only with some type of prepared eggs, and I've done them all - scrambled, omeletted, fried, poached.  But none have thrilled my guests more than my Cheesed Egg Souflee!  Believe it when I say, my guests will take home the leftover eggs!  Really, left over eggs?  Who does that?

My guests will take home the leftover eggs!  Really, left over eggs?  Who does that?

My guests will take home the leftover eggs!  Really, left over eggs?  Who does that?

Cheesed Egg Souflee - A Guest Favorite

And it tastes even better than it looks, even after the poof & glitz are gone!  But the best part about it, it's easy! So easy, no recipe is required.  It's basically scrambled eggs whipped and poured into a (buttered) ramekin or muffin tin placed on the bottom shelf of the oven and baked (375 degrees) for 30-40 minutes!  Just eggs, a little milk, some melted butter, then add whatever else you'd like - fresh herbs, salt, pepper, veggies, meat, cheese, etc.  The only difference I find, is when I whip the eggs in the blender - essentially whipping air into the eggs; causes it to then poof up in the oven.  WARNING!  It only stays poofed for an instant and then it quickly deflates.  Though, initially, it's just a beautiful presentation and why they say to serve it immediately! 

NOTE:  You may also add some cream of tarter, lemon juice or vinegar to stabilize it, so that it stays poofed a little longer (to at least get it to the table); though, no matter, it will deflate and quite quickly!

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Cheesed Egg Souflee

With spinach & Cheddar Cheese

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Pan-Fried Pork Chops

Like many non and new cooks, I had always been intimated by cooking the heavier meats, like beef, lamb, pork, simply because they always came out tough, chewy, dry and not enough flavor.  Until, of course, I experienced it in a restaurant.  But then, I would try to make the same at home and it just never seemed to work out for me.  So, I kind of just gave up and stuck to why I thought I knew.

Most often I stuck to the easiest of meats to prepare, like chicken or fish.  Seems I was never able to render a pork chop that wasn't tough.  And now, well, chefs and real cooks know that tenderizing, for example, the overnight brinds, rubs, and of course, a beating with the mallet, are the secrets to a more tender, juicy rendering of a well-plated meat dish. I get it, now!

From there, it gets easy!  Simple matter of what seasonings awaken your pallet?  Here's my take:

Recipe for Pan-Fried Pork Chops

  • You must tenderize through a brind (or rub)!  I prefer a brind. 
  • Place chops in an overnight salt bath (how much salt depends on how many chops, how thick the chops, how long you brind, etc.).  I'm salt-sensitive; I don't like anything too salty, so, I usually do a quarter cup of salt to a half pot of water. 
  • Next day (minimum, a few hours later), remove the chops from the brind and pat dry
  • Season with your ideal flavor seasonings; I prefer Rosemary, Thyme, Roasted Garlic, Grannie's Lemon Pepper, a little Cayenne, Paprika and of course Salt & Pepper to taste. 
  • Dredge the chops in flour, place on a plate and refrigerate for 10 or so minutes (keep the remaining flour for dredging one more time)
  • Heat the Bacon Fat or Oil on medium in a fry pan -  I always have left over Bacon Fat and I add just enough more of vegetable oil to partially cover the chops (depending on the thickness).
  • Remove chops from refrigerator, dredge through flour one more time and place in fry pan 2 to 3 chops (depending on size of your pan) and fry 3-4 minutes on each side (again, just depending on size/thickness of your chops)
  • Finally, success!  Renders a juicy, more tender, flavor-filled and with a dash of my Home-Made Hot Sauce!

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Pan-Fried Pork Chops

With Home-Made Hot Sauce

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Spicy BBQ Chicken

Dragged my butt in here yesterday after work, just hungry, right!  Really, too starved and impatient to cook.  But, I had some chicken brinding, okay, two days now, so I had to cook it!  You can imagine how many fast foods I could have stopped at to get me some BBQ chicken.  You remember Holly Farms Chicken?  Well, back in the day, that was my favorite BBQ chicken; I think the sauce, really.  But, well, now, I'll tell you, none will ever be as good as making your own, with all the flavor accents you prefer.  I mean, look at it!

BBQ Chicken Spiced with Home-Made Hot Sauce

Too tired to be creative, I decided to keep it simple, just bake it in the oven.  Then, I remembered over the weekend, I'd made my own Hot Sauce (from fresh hot peppers - Jalapeno, Serrano & Pablano roasted in the oven) and OMG!  Truly, too hot for me, but a teaspoon was perfect in my BBQ sauce.  So, I threw together some BBQ sauce staples - Ketchup, a little Mustard, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Grannie's Garlic Butter, Worcestershire, my favorite spices, etc., and then, that teaspoon of my home-made Hot Sauce, reapplied a few times during baking, then a quick sear under the broiler.  OMG!  It was so good, that I took these pictures AFTER I finished greaze'n on that bone! 

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You hear me, greaze'n on that bone!  No joke!

You hear me, greaze'n on that bone!  No joke!


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Spicy BBQ Chicken

With Home-Made Hot bbq Sauce

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Apple-Raisin Bran Muffins

Beautiful!  Golden copper brown, moist, bursting with flavors of Ginger, Cinnamon & Cloves, not too sweet, but not all healthy and Om, Om good!  I am testing out the recipe for my Apple-Raisin Bran Muffins specifically requested by a sponsor for an upcoming healthier Brunch & Learn with ANALI Yoga.  I am happy to say, it was a success my first time out!  I mean, look at it!  Oooooooom!  You will never buy a store-bought muffin again!

Though, I'll tell you a secret:  It's the same recipe as my Banana CocoNut Bread; I just switched out the Bananas for Apples and Bran Flakes instead of Coconut Flakes. Worked beautifully!

Apple-Raisin Bran Muffins

I know, it all seems so intimidating, at least initially.  In the day of being a hard-working mom, I only dreamed of being that mom, who bakes fresh breads, pies, cakes, biscuits and muffins from scratch.  Never knew I had it in me.  I'm 55 and on my own time, now, doing a little of the many things I enjoy - the art in my everyday - and it can get a little crazy - why I call it, MadlyLiving!  Baking is just one of many simpler pleasures I get to share with family, friends and guests.

The wonderful thing about baking is that once you learn the basics - you know what you know and from there, you can go anywhere, try anything new.  I am certain that one day, I will try a 3-tier wedding cake!  WOW, me!  Because now, I have developed a baking confidence and enjoy experimenting, switching out ingredients to work with what I have on hand.  I call it Baking With Chops.  You know the Food Network Show - Chops - where chefs must make something magical out of odd and unlikely food combinations. 

I encourage you to experiment with baking from scratch.  No store-bought can ever taste better than your own!  Anyway, so here's the recipe for Mariby Corpening's Scratch-Made Apple-Raisin Bran Muffins.


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Apple-Raisin Bran Muffins

Drizzled In A Honey-Butter Glaze

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Chicken Yassa

Om, Om, Om, we go, every time I make this dish!  SENEGALESE CHICKEN YASSA - One of the main dishes of Senegal, West Africa!  Essentially, grilled (baked, stewed or even fried) chicken in a caramelized onion and mustard sauce, most often served over Jasmine rice. This is my version, though, I can't even take full credit, as it's the most popular dish in Senegal, West Africa. 

I have had the extraordinary experience of living somewhat of a Senegalese life and have embraced some of its culture - especially, the cooking.  I won't brag about it too much, because although my version tastes pretty dang good, it doesn't touch the authentic preparations by my ex and his sisters!  WOW, can they cook!  The fresh herbs, the mix of seasonings, Oooooooom

Senegalese Chicken Yassa

I try to get as close as possible to authentic Yassa, though, with my spin.  Essentially, it's a chicken and rice dish with a gravy of mainly mustard, onions and lemon and, of course, herbs and spices, all mixed together and baked in the oven.  But, well, I like my chicken first seared, then grilled separately from the sauce and later placed in the already cooked-down mustard sauce (either simmered or baked) with tons of onions, lemon and garlic.  Served over a perfectly cooked Basmati or Jasmine Rice (no Uncle Bens, please) with a side of a fresh green salad, fresh-baked bread and a pitcher of Bissap (Hibiscus), the national drink of Senegal. 

A simple, but tasty dish.  Look up Chicken Yassa on the internet and try making your own version.  No matter how you do it, it is always just good! 

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Senegalese Chicken Yassa

With Caramelized Onions & Lemons In A Spicy Mustard Sauce

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Broiled Salmon

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I mean, what more can I say?  You can almost taste it!  It's beautiful, tender, juicy - fresh herbs, spices (Dill, Rosemary, Paprika, Salt & Lemon Pepper) and Grannie's Garlic Butter, broiled in the oven on low for 10-20 minutes (just depending on the size).  It's that easy!  It's that good!

Broiled Salmon With Lemon & Garlic Butter

Although, not shown so well in this image, I had also broiled the inside flesh of lemons.  Takes the flavor over the top!  Funny thing, I was so excited when I pulled my salmon out of the oven and showed my guests just how beautiful, I can't believe that I forgot to add all of that fresh dill I'd purchased, not just for flavor, but as important, for color and presentation.  Duh!

Anyway, truly, there is nothing more I need to say!  The flavor, the tenderness, juiciness will blow you away! 

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Broiled Salmon

With Fresh Dill, Lemon & Garlic Butter

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Roasted Veggie Pizza

All vegetables!  Even the crust - made of a cauliflower rice and unbelievably, I have never had a pizza with more flavor!  And keep in mind, I am a meat lover; I never touch a pizza that doesn't have extra pepperoni and at the very least, Italian sausage!  So, in order not to scare away my family, I took it slow, and still added the cheese.  So, this is a true feat for me! 

Cauliflower-Crusted Pizza with Roasted Vegetables

An avid fan of the Today Show, I was just thrilled to try this recipe!  Though, I cannot take credit for the recipe I got off their Food segment with Joy Bauer, but what I will take credit for are my layers of flavors, using my Signature House Blend (Rosemary, Thyme, Roasted Garlic, Hot Pepper Flakes, Salt & Grannie's Lemon Pepper), roasting all vegetables, including the cauliflower rice, my choice of vegetables (Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Onions, Garlic, etc.) and, of course, I had to add ... cheese!

Yes, I could have done a better job with the cauliflower rice, but Grannie's Vitamix was acting up!

Yes, I could have done a better job with the cauliflower rice, but Grannie's Vitamix was acting up!

Though, truly, I believe it was the fresh-made Pesto Sauce that did it, for me!  Do you see all that flavor and it's not even finished!  Before I added the cheese, I wanted you to see just how beautiful and delectable the vegetables - all roasted - and good eats, as isOooooooom

NOTE:  Also, I think it important to mention that without the cheese, this pizza is all Veggie, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-Carb & No Added Sugar!

Okay, so here's how it looks after I added my three cheeses (Mozzeralla, Cheddar & Jack), to give it that truly pizza impact. 

Here's The Today Show Recipe, though, as usual, tweak it to your tastes - perhaps Tomato Sauce, rather than Pesto, your choice of vegetables (Eggplant, Zucchini, Squash, etc.)

OMG!  I dropped the mic on this one!  We were blown away!  Vegetarian or not, you must try this recipe!

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Roasted Veggie Pizza

With a Cauliflower Crust & Pesto

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Chicken Pop Pie

It is cold outside!  A time when we all crave to come home to a hot, uh, uh,  meal - something warm, hearty, comforting, ready and waiting!  [Okay, I'll stop!]  For me, it's Chicken Pop Pie, made from scratch, aka my way.  Yes, I call it "pop," because that's what I do to it!  Oh, with my scratch-made pie crust, bottom crust of stuffing [yup, you heard me], roasted chicken & vegetables laddled in Grannie's Bone Broth and my home-made cranberry sauce on the side, OMG! You hear me, it POPS!

Chicken Pop Pie with Roasted Vegetables

Honestly, though I've never had a chicken pot pie I didn't like, I tell you, there's nothing compared to making your own at home.  The aromas that fill the house!  On a frigid cold day, like it was yesterday, you can feel the warmth of Chicken Pop Pie rushing to greet you at your front door!   Ooooooom!

Oh, it's a must to serve it with a side of Home-Made Cranberry Sauce

Oh, it's a must to serve it with a side of Home-Made Cranberry Sauce

Though, Chicken Pop Pie is essentially thickened chicken soup, spooned into a pie shell and covered with a top crust, for me, oh, I must have a top AND bottom crust, some stuffing [Whaaat!  I hear you] Yup, stuffing is my bottom crust; but, what gives it that pop, I make my own cranberry sauce - from fresh cranberries!  My family just goes, Ooooooom!  And I tell you, I can never make enough!

Four steps make the difference in My Chicken Pop Pie - Homemade Crust, Roasted Chicken & Vegetables, Stuffing as Bottom Crust and a side of My Cranberry Sauce!  So, here's my recipe for my Chicken Pop Pie!

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Chicken Pop Pie

With A Side of Cranberry Sauce

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