by Shayna M.
What art projects can you think of that involve layers? What recipes have you tasted that include layers of ingredients?
Leanna and Tonii share two ideas for layering, while creating art and recipes in the following video. These ideas might be ones that you want to try or they might inspire different ideas of your own!
Tonii's Layered Lasagna Recipe
Kitchen Utensils and Tools
To prepare the ricotta mixture, mix the ricotta, egg, and parsley (if using) until everything is evenly combined. Cover and place in refrigerator until all ingredients are ready for layering.
If using tomato sauce with no additional ingredients added, there is no additional prep needed for the sauce. If adding onion, garlic, and/or meat to the sauce, heat a saute pan over a medium-low temperature and add 1 teaspoon of oil. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and diced onions. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the meat, spices, and tomato sauce and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring a few times. Cover and cook for 5 additional minutes.
3. Cook the noodles (skip this step if using no-boil noodles) once the water is boiling.
Depending on the number of noodles that you have and the width of your baking dish, you will create 3 or 4 repeated layers. Be sure to save enough of each layer for 3 to 4 rounds! First, add a layer of sauce to the bottom of the dish.
5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Let rest for 30 minutes before serving.
For more recipes that highlight layers, check out Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go by Julia Mirabella and Casseroles: 60 Fabulous One-Dish Recipes by the Good Housekeeping Institute. What layers of flavors, textures, and colors do you enjoy cooking with or eating?
For inspiration on layering when creating art, Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaustic by Ann Baldwin is a guidebook that can be referenced by beginners through experts.
Special thank you to Leanna Marks for adding her beautiful, original music to our video and for editing the video for us as well, in addition to teaching us how to layer with poured paint!
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