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Being a California woman from Sherman Oaks, I am all about sun and fun. I might be your typical blonde beach babe, but I also love to cook and bake! I figured I would create this site to talk a little about what inspires me in the kitchen and around the home, with the hope that I may help to inspire other people.

In fact, my mom used to always joke “Morgan” the only thing you know how to cook is pancakes! And she was partly right, after all I could bake pre-packaged cookies (but do those really count?). Since then I have really embraced cooking and love to cook Italian and Mediterranean foods.

Now when it comes to what I really love to cook, hands down that has to be lasagna, now there are so many different creative types of lasagna you can make.  Though when it comes to cooking lasagna, the biggest mistake I made at first, was not letting the pasta sauce simmer and marinate for at least 3-6 hours.  Now it doesn’t matter if you make your own sauce or use a store brand and add extra spices, but if you really want to bring out the flavors and make your lasagna hands down the best you ever had, you really have to let it simmer.

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The second biggest mistake I made at first, was not having a lasagna pan.  The first thing you will notice about a lasagna pan is that it’s quite tall.  Before purchasing a lasagna pan, I was using an ordinary dish and I could only get two maybe three layers of noodles and filling before it was spilling out of the top of the dish.  Now I am not saying that you need to have 12 layers of pasta noodles or cheeses, like some restaurants, like to make you think you need.  But you want somewhere in between 6-12 layers and you just aren’t going to get there unless you have a lasagna pan.

Finally, when it comes to making lasagna or cooking in general, don’t hesitate to get creative with it.  Try different blends of cheeses, feel free to add vegetables to your lasagna, the added freshness and ricotta cheese really blends well together.

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