Series: Hopeless Romantics (Book 2)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (December 10, 2019)
There was a good amount of food in Meet Me on Love Lane even though most of the main and supporting characters are not cooks. Mentions included ice cream, coffee, cookies, pasta Fagioli, big sandwiches with pickle spears and chips, scones, wine, garlic-Parmesan chicken wings, Nathan's hot dogs, Peeps, fries, pizza, iced tea, a meatball appetizer with Mozzarella inside, grapefruit and blood orange draft beer, pasta, green tea, fortune cookies, Kung Pao chicken, shrimp with garlic sauce, bananas foster cupcakes and cookies.
I was torn between three different Italian dishes for my book-inspired dish, the Classic sandwich that Emma advises Charlotte try on their lunch together (fresh mozzarella, fresh spinach, sliced tomato, and basil pesto mayonnaise on a soft bun), the pizza from the local hang out (thin, cheesy, and the right amount of crunch to the crust) and the "too-large piece of lasagna and slice of garlic toast" that Mrs. Mancini leaves for her on her first night.
Ultimately the lasagna won out especially since I had all of the items I needed to make the Mini Artichoke Lasagnas from The Forest Feast Mediterranean: Simple Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by My Travels by Erin Gleeson, a book that I received from Abrams Publishing as part of their #AbramsDinnerParty event. (I'll be reviewing the cookbook soon--I want to try a couple more of the recipes first.) Although the portion isn't "too-large" like the slice in the book, the ramekins make more convenient portions.
Mini Artichoke Lasagnas
The Forest Feast Mediterranean by Erin Gleeson
1 cup (240 ml) marinara sauce
6 oz (170 g) fresh mozzarella, sliced
4 Tbsp chopped marinated artichoke hearts
4 strips of no-boil lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
1/2 cup (50 g) grated Parmesan
Put a spoonful of marinara in the bottom of each of 4 (3 1/2-in/9-cm) ramekins, then layer all other ingredients except the Parmesan which goes on top. Try to give each ramekin 3 layers of noodles & always make sure sauce is covering the noodles.
Bake at 375 degrees F. (190 degrees C.) for 25-30 minutes. Cool a bit before serving & top each with fresh basil, salt & pepper.
Notes/Results: For a quick and easy vegetarian lasagna without a lot of bells and whistles, this one is pretty tasty. I used a good marinara sauce and fresh Parmesan-Reggiano and mozzarella, which help with the flavor. I will make this again--maybe using a larger ramekin as getting all of the layers into this one was a bit tricky. I had not used no-boil lasagna noodles before and was pleasantly surprised that the texture was comparable to the kind you boil. For my garlic bread I mixed melted salted butter with roasted garlic powder and brushed it on the bread and toasted it in my toaster oven, Delicious and I have no issue with double carbs. ;-) The portion of lasagna with the bread was satisfying, although a green salad would be a nice addition. A great comfort food meal!
(Many thank to Abrams Books and #AbramsDinner Party for the gorgeous new cookbook that I know will become a favorite part of my collection. My thoughts, feelings and experiences cooking from it are my own. #sponsored)
I'm sharing this post with the Weekend Cooking event at Beth Fish Reads, a weekly event that is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share. For more information, see the welcome post.
Note: A review copy of "Meet Meet on Love Lane" (and a copy of "On the Corner of Love and Hate) was provided to me by the author and the publisher via TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for my review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.
You can see the other stops for this TLC Book Tour and what other bloggers thought of the book here.