Sausage & Wild Mushroom Lasagne with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce (Epicurious)
Jenny's Notes: We made this recipe as written, with two exceptions. First, we used a mixture of dried wild mushrooms in the béchamel—not just porcini—because that's what Costco had to offer.
Second, and more importantly, we used regular noodles instead of the no-bake noodles the recipe specified. And we did not boil them in advance. Most of the reviewers had commented on how soupy this lasagna was, but using these noodles helped with that problem to some degree. And the next day, the soupiness was completely cured. :)
One other thing: the recipe calls for either sweet or hot Italian sausage. We used sweet, in hopes of making the dish palatable to children and others who might not care for spicy food. But I suspect the lasagna would be even better if made with hot sausage.
Jenny's Notes: For the garlic butter, we mixed salted butter with crushed garlic, Dijon mustard, and tarragon.
Jenny's Notes: We made homemade croutons from a loaf of rosemary bread, and dressed the salad with Trader Joe's Caesar Romano dressing, jazzed up with fresh lemon juice, garlic, and grated parmesan cheese.
Milk Chocolate Pudding (Epicurious)
Jenny's Notes: We made this as specified, using a couple of blocks of Belgian milk chocolate from Trader Joe's. It was easy and delicious!