The Best Lasagna Ever

PREP TIME: 30 Minutes 
DIFFICULTY: Easy
COOK TIME: 30 Minutes
SERVINGS: 12 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodles
  • (add 1/2 Teaspoon Salt And 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil To Pasta Water)

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sausage, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain half the fat; less if you’re feeling naughty. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil and salt. After adding the tomatoes, the sauce mixture should simmer for 45 minutes while you are working on the other steps.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and 1 more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside. Cook lasagna until “al dente” (not overly cooked).

To assemble:
Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat/sauce mixture over the top.

Repeat, ending with meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.

Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately: 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly.

A recipe shared from The Pioneer Woman

You want a healthy lifestyle? Get a juicer

We are what we eat. And drink. And drinking a good juice is a vital part of a good and healthy lifestyle.

All you need is a not only a good juicer but the best juicer. How to select what is best for you? Let me explain a little before.
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When it comes to a juicer, there are basically two kinds of them. Centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers.

A centrifugal juicer is perhaps the most common one. This type of juicer extracts juice by spinning a metal blade at very high speed and separating the juice from the pulp.

On another hand, masticating juicers crush and squeeze fruits and vegetables with an auger.

Having said that, let’s see some factors to consider when choosing the best juicer for you.

Will you surprise if I say Price is the main factor? Centrifugal juicers are cheaper, but have a lower efficiency compared to masticating juicers, giving it you less juice and most waste. And usually, most expensive juicers have higher quality, saving money in the long term.

Size does matter. Big or small? Do you have space in your kitchen for a big one? Do you need to make only a few cups of juice? A small one save you space but you need to spend more effort for large quantities of juice.

Who need to think on the noise level of a juicer? you do unless you want to wake up all home members while preparing your breakfast. Centrifugal ones use to produce more noise while the slower masticating juicer is the contrary.

Generally, the more parts a juicer has, the more functionalities it is capable of. But remember that you need to assemble, disassemble and clean the juicer. So think on this when you pick an easy to use the juicer.

With all this information know you can take a good decision. Let me tell you my options when I think of buying a new juicer.

Being the most sold masticating juicer in Amazon, worth something. Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is a silent, low speed and 15-year warranted juicer of choice. It is not the cheaper one, but you can be sure your family will thank you.

And if you like the centrifugal juicers, then I can only recommend Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. It has dual speed motor, a wide feeder chute and dishwasher safe parts.

So, there it is. Healthy brain, health body and best juicer. Go and make a good one.

Espresso machine: from a professional brew to a home brew

I own a small B&B and I know how important a good cup of coffee can be for someone who is starting the day away from home. This is why I tried getting good espresso machines, why I read all of the best espresso machine reviews on the Internet and why I can make some recommendations. I’ve been disappointed in the past by products which promised the world and only gave which made mediocre espressos, but I came across some good products online and these are the ones I will be focusing on.

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An impressive item, and maybe the most expensive in the bunch, is the KRUPS EA8255001 Espresseria. This is a fully automatic espresso machine, with a built-in conical burr grinder. This machine is great for personal homes because it does not take up a lot of space and it is very easy to use. Maintenance is easy as well, as it can run quite a lot before it needs to be cleaned. One thing to be aware of, however, is to always check for coffee and water levels, because it will stop working in the middle of the brew. Though price may be an issue for some, keep in mind that this is the least expensive item of the super automatic category.

A product which has caught my eye was the Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine. It is cheaper than the KRUPS model, but if you want a product operated by the push of a button move along! This espresso machine has received good scores in reviews and was even called the top home espresso machine for the price. You will need to work the power steam and the brew switch to make espressos. The machine is really appreciated by the people using it and has even been praised by coffee shop workers. There is a pod feature on it, but why use a great machine to a 20% of its capacity if all you want is pod coffee?

The most accessible of my recommendations is the Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker, Pure Black, which I personally believe some people buy because of its sleek design alone and for the possibility of placing the water container on either side or at the back. It takes a couple of seconds to get great espresso. The machine comes with the option of Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo. You simply insert the capsule, press the button and voila!

These are my top three options for the moment and I hope my short list has helped you get an idea of what to look for yourself.

Cook breakfast in bread maker

Last spring, my husband and I finalized the plans for our dream kitchen. Construction began late this summer, and the contractor said it would take at least 12 weeks to complete the remodel. Since then, I have learned a lot about how to prepare meals and snacks without an oven, burners or my built-in microwave. My favorite new appliance is a bread maker! I never realized how many delicious meals could be made in bread makers, including main courses, appetizers and desserts.

Right after construction began, my neighbor brought over her bread machine and shared a few pointers. Bread makers typically have several different cycles like Dough, Jam, Basic, and Crust Control. You have to experiment a bit to find out what works the best for you. The first meal I made was a vegetarian chili. Take a can of corn, two cans of beans (any type you like), and a can of stewed tomatoes. Add in some seasonings and cook on the Basic setting. I served the chili with a fresh loaf of bread, and it was very tasty. Since then, I’ve made numerous main dishes in my bread maker including sloppy joes, soups, and even risotto.

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Once I’d mastered dinners, I learned how to cook breakfast in bread makers. Scrambled eggs are a snap. Just whip up 6 eggs together with a little milk using the Jam cycle. This will heat and stir the eggs at the same time. Keep an eye on the eggs and when they are almost set, add in cheese, sliced ham, salsa, or your favorite omelet ingredients. Oatmeal is another breakfast choice that works very well in a bread machine.

We still have eight more weeks of construction left, so I have plenty of time to test out desserts next. I’ve read that bread makers can be used to cook pudding, stewed fruit and even cheesecake. I haven’t tried this yet, but will let you know as soon as I do!

Healthy juicing recipes for nourishing and ridding your body of toxins

Whether cleanses are your thing, or you just prefer to consume an abundance of fruits and veggies by juicing each day, these healthy juicing recipes will aid in nourishing and ridding your body of toxins.

green-juice

ULTIMATE GREEN JUICE

I drink this juice daily, and with good reason. The base is celery, which is a little known nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with potassium, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and essential amino acids. On top of all that, it’s one of the most alkalinizing things you can put in your body. To the celery, I add kale, green apple, parsley, lime, lemon and ginger, creating an extremely potent, detoxifying cocktail.

INGREDIENTS:

1 bunch celery
4-5 kale leaves (preferably lacinato)
1 green apple
one big handful of flat leaf parsley leaves
1 lime
1 lemon
1 inch of fresh ginger

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BEET APPLE AND BLACKBERRY JUICE

Beet juice is a powerful cleanser of the blood, and highly nutritious. It’s full of folate, manganese potassium, iron and Vitamin C. To the beets, I add apples, blackberries and ginger, creating a deep red and delicious elixir.

INGREDIENTS:

3 small beets
2-3 apples
8 oz. blackberries
1/2 inch fresh ginger

WILD SPICED DANDELION BERRY BLISS JUICE

This Wild Spicy Dandelion Berry Bliss Juice is a fantastic example of how a pulped juice is not only healthier and more beneficial, it is actually more texturally pleasing.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups strawberries
1 cup dandelion leaves or more to taste
1 cup raspberries
1 small chili with seeds and placental skin removed (more or less depending on the heat) *optional
10-20 drops of alcohol-free liquid stevia depending on the ripeness and sweetness of your berries *optional

paradise juice

TROPICAL PARADISE JUICE

The perfect way to brighten your morning, this juice blend is easy on the digestive system and gently loosens any build up that may have occurred while the body was at rest.

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium ripe papaya, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 (1-in.) piece peeled fresh ginger
1 medium kiwi, peeled
1.2 cup fresh young coconut water (stir in after juicing)

Juicy Fact
This juice was a chance discovery at a roadside juice stand on the beautiful island of Kauai. Although the juice stand is no longer in business, we are happy to share this recipe and keep this best-selling juice alive. It is simply incredible.

BLOSSOMING LOTUS JUICE AIDE

The simple ingredients in this fresh green juice create an exotic combination. This sweet, herbal drink is a wonderful departure from mundane juice blends.

INGREDIENTS:

5 large Fuji apples, cored
1 (2-in.) piece peeled and sliced fresh ginger
1 medium lime, outer 20 medium-large fresh rind removed, white basil leaves pith intact
7 large sprigs cilantro sectioned

Juicy Fact
This juice is served in Oregon’s Blossoming Lotus restaurant, co-owned by our very own Bo Rinaldi. This is an all-time favorite signature offering in the restaurant and is revered for its Thai-inspired flavors.

Full recipes at The Cultureist.

Search for the best cookware set

Soon after my contract with one of the biggest retailers of cookware sets came to a drastic end, I knew deep in my heart that what I had done for years was not going to stop there. In fact, way before the end of the contract, I had seen myself getting into the same business. Two weeks after I left my job, we sat down with my wife and we immediately discussed on how were ware gong to start one of our own in town. Thankfully, we had had saved enough money; so the starting capital was not going to be a problem; all we needed was the best products and probably the best location in town.

good-cookware

Soon after we had identified the best spot in town, we embarked on our search for the best cookware set for our customers. My wife and I went through some of the cookware set reviews for the best ideas. Plus, my wife did make a number of phones call to some of her trusted friends for some of the best ideas they had in their minds. From our own reviews and recommendations we got from our friends, we were able to fully stock the store and keep it running.

 

One year down the line and the cookware sets store is doing marvelous. On a good day, we receive over 100 customers and that alone has been blessing to us. The profits are soaring though the roof and we are even planning to take our products to a number of places in the regions. With all that is happening to us, had it not been for the best copper cookware set we have in store, the story would have been completely different.

Overall, with the best cookware set we have consistently and constantly provided to thousands and thousands of customers, our store is destined for greatness. As a matter of fact, we have become a sort of reference point for consumers when it comes to the best cookware set reviews for many people and other stores that are looking for the best cookware sets. My advice to people who are thinking of going into the same industry; make sure you provide the best ; after all, just like us, that will make you stand out from the crowd. Take your time and go through tons and tons of cookware set reviews as that will help you pick the best. It is that simple.

Why I Would Go With This Rice Cooker Anytime

To begin with; I love eating rice; it is one of those meals that a day does goes without a plate of it. Now, A few months ago I was out there in the market looking for the best rice cooker. The one I had in my kitchen was getting old and my friends had over and over told me to buy a new one. Since I wanted the best, I called a friend who sold some of these items in town. I wanted to get some of the best ideas from him. We talked for a while and at the end he suggested I go for a rice cooker with stainless steel bowl. I had so much trust in him and I made up my mind that I was going to do exactly that. Two days late, I had it my kitchen.
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Three months down the line and I cannot even start to mention all the good things I have been able to do with my rice cooker with stainless steel bowl. To begin with, this is one of the safest rice cookers to have tried my hands on. The inside coming fully complete with scratch resistant steel, my food is not contaminated by any kind of metals. As if that is not even enough; it is easy to clean. With warm and soapy water, I am good to go. That has not even been the best pat; unlike in the past, the kind of versatility I have been able to net from my rice cooker is simply unbelievable. Other than rice, I can do quite an array of other cooking with my cooker. Overall, if you are out there looking for the best rice cooker, I suggest you go with the one that comes with a stainless steel bowl. The benefits are far reaching.

More options at Frontera Cooking.

How Jane Saved My Day-Kitchen Knives Issues

I have been a bachelor by choice, but I had to rethink my stand later when I moved in my new apartment. After I had completed the paperwork with my landlord, I went to do some shopping in town. I bought utensils and cutlery, some furniture, decorations for bedroom and bathroom. I didn’t think about the kitchen so much. The apartment was secure, well designed, but a distance from any budget restaurant. This is reason I made a personal decision to prepare my own food. As a bachelor, you can just walk in any shop and order knives-this was my mistake number one. If had taken time to read top knife set reviews, then things could have turned out a little bit different.

my cooking knives

It all started when I tried to prepare vegetable salad and found it to be quite a daunting task. This is not because I do not understand the process, but the knives were blunt and couldn’t just cut. The next day I took them to be sharpened and was happy that cutting fruits I had bought wouldn’t be a problem at all. However, the next two days I saw something that really upset me. As I was washing the utensils, I realized the knives I had used had started to rust with the first washing. This was so disappointing because Jane was visiting that evening. In fact, it was only an hour before she knocks on the door.

Little did I know that she was right behind me listening to me complain all this time. It was my biggest surprise-she looked at me with eyes full of pity mixed with love. She asked, “why did you not try to research on top knife set reviews before buying any knife?” I said ” my laptop had issues” “what about your smartphone? “she asked almost immediately. I just smiled because I knew I would give a silly answer. In order to change the topic I asked her how she got in, and she said she found the door open and after knocking for sometime she walked in. She asked, “Now where do we start, show me around as I go to buy you this set-she had already googled about top knife set reviews on her smart phone.

Have you ever imagined doing things in the wrong way, trying to hide your shame and ignorance? Jane made my day, and her love covered my shame. I love her so much much-I know it was not all about kitchen knives-but love! I’m really thinking about marrying. You never know what you can miss because you have no wife.

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