I was treated to a wonderful dinner at Gianni's in Pompano Beach. Several of us had the Lasagna… The noodles were very light tasting. Any chance they would share their recipe? — Anne Hoover, Pompano Beach
Thanks to chef/co-owner John Gentile of Gianni's Italian Restaurant, 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-942-1733, we can bring you their recipe for that outstanding Lasagna.
You will note that the ingredients are not unusual, but their quality is what leads to the outstanding result.
The recipe calls for precooked lasagna sheets. We use the Barilla brand, which is available in supermarkets.
Each sheet measures 6 3 / 4-by-3 1 / 2 inches. To fill a disposable aluminum13 1 / 2-by-9 5 / 8-by-2 3 / 4-inch lasagna pan you need 20 sheets or 1 1 / 4 boxes.
Anyone who has made lasagna knows it takes time to assemble. First timers can be assured that none of the steps is difficult, and a delicious dinner can be ready in under 2 hours. Just add crusty bread and a salad.
I have been meaning to write you for some time in the hopes you would be able to find an old, old recipe our mother used to make when my brothers and I were growing up. It was something she called hamburger pie. We remembered she sometimes put some chili powder in it, but I always preferred it without. Does that ring a bell with you? We would love to be able to make it for our grandchildren. — Betty Stocker, Fort Lauderdale
We do have a recipe we call Cheeseburger Pie that just might be the one Stocker and her brothers remember. Chili powder is listed as an optional ingredient for those who like something with a bit more bite. Though this hearty "pie" is always popular with the younger crowd, we don't know any adults who will turn it down.
Could you print a good recipe for an easy chocolate cheesecake? I don't do much baking any more and have been asked to furnish dessert at our bridge luncheon. — Beryl Krabisch, Pompano Beach
We have an easy, delicious and No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake recipe we know Krabisch will have no problem making. And we guarantee everyone in the bridge group will want seconds as will your guests.