Denise Gianatasio is a Northport
Village resident and freelance writer.
She is a licensed agent at Signature
Premier Properties, 172 Main Street, Northport 631-754-3600. Denise
enjoys cooking and sharing her recipes and family stories, as she wants to
inspire a warm sense of home with
her readers. Please feel free to contact her for any advice you may need at
It’s hard to believe it’s “Back to School” time already! How did it fly by so quickly? You gaze at your children, and see that healthy, golden, sun glow kiss on their skin, they look a bit taller, and just a tad older and perhaps more mature. Using this summer season as a measurement of growth that occurred in less than 10 weeks~ you’ll know~ they will be all grown in the blink of an eye. Like me, then you will see all the younger parents running around school shopping, buying clothes, new sneakers, supplies, getting haircuts, etc! You will stop, feel a pull at your heartstring and reminisce… WOW~ just how quickly those years rushed by. Of course we learn these things through hindsight sometimes rather than during the times of busy~ ness! Trust me, show the passion through your action. What you do speaks loud. Let your children know through you, that it was truly wonderful to have those lazy family filled days of summer. Then prepare them emotionally for the new challenges of going back to begin a new school year. I bring you back into the kitchen. Prepare this meal over a few days, if time is scarce. One day make your marinara, (or use a good jar sauce~ this 1 time only) Make your béchamel sauce and refrigerate till ready. Then the day before school, make your filling, roll your lasagna rolls and get ready to share a meal fit for a King or Queen! An easy and delicious meal, to roll them on back into their ABC’s.
12-15 dry Lasagna noodles (I use Barilla brand)
Add noodles to a large boiling pot of salted water add 2 T of olive oil to water. Boil for 8-10 minutes, rinse with cold water, drain and lay flat on parchment paper to prevent sticking.
In a bowl mix together
Butter a 13 x 9 x 2-inch microwaveable dish. Pour béchamel sauce on bottom of pan. Place approx 3 T of mixture on lasagna sheet and roll each noodle like a jellyroll. Lay rolls on top of béchamel sauce, cover with your marinara sauce. Sprinkle with a bit more grated cheese, parsley and basil. Cover with a glass top or saran wrap. Can refrigerate for a day. When ready microwave for 5~6 minutes, until bubbling hot.
Now I bring you back outdoors while the air still say’s Summer! Serve a fresh salad, some crispy bread and watch their smiling faces look happy and distracted for just that enjoyable mealtime~ with no regard about how they need to set their alarm clocks again! Good job by you~ Great job ahead for them!
Happy Back to School! XO Denise