Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Guest Post Spotlight: Pork Ratatouille Lasagna

They're Back!

After my long and successful guest post campaign in 2010, I took a little break. Okay, maybe a long break.  However, I am excited to revive this soiree.

My chief aim with a guest post is to spotlight a talented foodie friend.  Thus introducing you, dear reader, to a new friend.  I've received countless emails with stories of bloggers meeting bloggers through my guest posts.

I've even witnessed other bloggers copy take up this event on their blogs.

First up is a passionate cook Catherine from Living the Gourmet.

Living the Gourmet

Catherine, hailing from Amityville, New York, is Mom to two extermely talented kids.

Michael a burgeoning writer and future star in the literary world, writes at the blog TMP Literary.

Tammy is unfairly multi-gifted.  Not only will she write something beautiful on TMP but will then create a tasty treat on her virtual bakery Il Dolce Bacio.  Luckily, she has accepted my invite to guest post here in 2 weeks.

I enjoy my interaction with the family on facebook.  They are a close loving family unit.  Endlessly supporting each others interests.  Inspirational stuff.

Catherine cooks Italian food with heart and soul.  There's actual video evidence of this...

If The Lady Gourmet Videos don't make you smile, well...that's a you problem.


Pork Ratatouille Lasagna


  • 3 lbs. pork loin – sliced thin
  • Dashes of fresh ground black pepper
  • Dashes of sea salt
  • Dashes of dried oregano
  • Olive oil

  1. Place the sliced pork in a bowl and add the seasonings and a few drizzles of olive oil.  Place the pork on the heated griddle to grill and set aside.

  • 2 red bell peppers – quartered
  • 1 quart button mushrooms – sliced
  • 1 eggplant – sliced thin
  • 1 Jalapeño – sliced thin
  • 16 oz. mozzarella cheese – grated
  • Romano cheese for grating
  • Olive oil

  1. Heat a griddle and place all of the veggies on the griddle to grill with a drizzle of olive oil.  Place the veggies in a bowl and set aside.

  • 1 quart grape tomatoes – halved
  • 1- 29oz. can crushed tomatoes5 cloves of garlic – crushed & chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • 1 grilled jalapeño
  • 1 red onion – sliced

  1. Heat a large frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil and place the garlic, onion and grape tomatoes in the pan.  Let this sauté until the onion is soft.  Add the crushed tomatoes to the pan and the basil.


  1. Preheat the Oven 300:In a baking dish place a little sauce on the bottom.  Build the lasagna with the veggies, grated cheese, mozzarella and slices of pork. Repeat this process until everything is used. 
  2. Top the dish with the slices of Jalapeño more mozzarella and grated cheese.
  3. Place in the oven for about 20 -25 minutes.
This is a delicious and satisfying meal. Editor's Note: Agreed!

A big thank you to Lazaro for inviting me to guest post on his wonderful blog!!!

Enjoy with Lots of Love and Laughter,


Please use the links above and check out this lovely family's work!

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. she's an amazing cook... go go go catherine!

  2. Hi Lazaro,
    I have been following Catherine and she is good and now I learn her family is alos very talented. What a great lasagna; she sure brought in up to new levels.

  3. Great guest post -- thanks for introducing us to Catherine, Laz!

    Catherine -- I love the idea of a ratatouille-inspired lasagna -- it looks like a really flavorful dish!

  4. Dear Lazaro, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be highlighted on your delicious blog. You are very kind. You have brought fun, smiles and enthusiasm to my family and we are grateful for that. Lots of Love, Laughter and blessings, Catherine

  5. Oh wow, that looks so delicious. Perfect on a cold night with a big glass of red wine and a good program on TV!

  6. It is like the best Italian dish - rich, warm and hearty - with the kick of jalapeno! Fun! Great guest post and what a wonderful way to create a community!

  7. This has to be by far the sweetest post I've ever read! Thank you so much, Laz!
    Mama, the lasagna was fabulous! I am so excited for you!


  8. Well, great minds think alike. I have been drooling over eggplant sauteed in duck fat since you mentioned it and decided to make a lasagna with it... I can't wait!

  9. Ratatouille + Pork = An off-the-beaten-track pairing for lasagna. Me likey!

    Thanks for your comment about my sewing "skills" :-)
    I had a flashback to Napoleon Dynamite:

    Napoleon Dynamite: Well, nobody's going to go out with *me*!
    Pedro: Have you asked anybody yet?
    Napoleon Dynamite: No, but who would? I don't even have any good skills.
    Pedro: What do you mean?
    Napoleon Dynamite: You know, like nunchuk skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.
    Pedro: Aren't you pretty good at drawing, like animals and warriors and stuff?
    Napoleon Dynamite: Yes... probably the best that I know of.
    Pedro: Just draw a picture of the girl you want to take out... and give it to her for like a gift or something.
    Napoleon Dynamite: That's a pretty good idea.

  10. Juanita - that is classic right there. Good job!

  11. This is a great guest post! I'm happy to be introduced to such a talented Italian cook! The lasagna looks wonderful. Thanks for reviving guest posts, Lazaro!

  12. Catherine, it's nice to see you here! The Pork Ratatouille Lasagna looks terrific, I love the addition of jalapeno in both the veggies and the sauce.

  13. Loved the video with the dog putting in his two cents every now and then. :)
    This is a lovely combination of pork and ratatouille...something I would never have thought of. Catherine is certainly a talented cook!

  14. I have been following her for a little while now and I find her food to be healthy and comforting. Because of you I now know her better.

  15. Hi Catherine, so great to see you here...fantastic guest post and as always a wonderful family feast!
    I agree with Laz, just love your videos and you have an amazing beautiful as well as talented family :)

  16. I'll say what a talented family, great recipe too. Glad to have found Catherine too. I think guests are a great idea.

  17. Hi Laz - thanks for the introduction to Catherine.
    The lasagna sounds crazy-good.

  18. I need to check out Catherine and her amazing family thanks as always for expanding our horizons and this dish does indeed look amazing.

  19. very good video thank you for share



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