Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Homemade Lasagna step by step, very easy this way

Homemade Lasagna step by step, very easy this way.

Let’s get started with the delicious main course: Homemade Lasagna. We chose this for several reasons. One, her recipe called for lots of cheese, and well – we looooove cheese. And we had spinach that we wanted to use up. We aren’t huge fans of meat in our lasagna so we substituted with the spinach instead and we also added cottage cheese. Other than that, the recipe is pretty much the same.

Homemade Spinach Lasagna

Homemade Lasagna

2 Boxes of Lasagna Noodles
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (but a jar would work just fine!)
Lots & Lots of Cheese (yellow & white)
1 small pkg. frozen spinach
2 cups cottage cheese
Parmesan Cheese

The noodles need to be boiled first. I agree with Tina, putting them in the casserole without cooking them, simply doesn’t work out that well.
Boil them.

Homemade Spinach Lasagna

Then just begin to layer them.

Homemade Lasagna

Next, in a bowl, mix together the spinach, trying to remove as much moisture as possible, mix in the cottage cheese and sprinkle some Italian seasonings in. Mix this whole thing together and put it on top of the noodles.

Homemade Spinach Lasagna

Next top with a layer of sauce. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of that.

Homemade Lasagna

Do all four things again – Noodles, Cottage Cheese Mix, Sauce, and Cheese.

Continue this over and over until you have it as big as you want it. I didn’t use a super thick casserole pan, so I had enough ingredients to make two casseroles and I threw one in the freezer for later.

Homemade Spinach Lasagna

Preheat oven to 350 and cover with foil. Cook at 350 for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on oven. (Last 15 minutes take the foil off)

Homemade Lasagna

Tina, this was honestly the BEST Lasagna I have ever eaten. My kids all raved, my husband raved – I don’t know what made it so different, but it was SO good. I am looking forward to thawing the other Lasagna next week on a school night for dinner.

But wait – there’s more.

While the Lasagna was cooking, two children made these:

Homemade Garlic Bread

Poor Man’s Garlic Bread - Any leftover bread you have (we used hamburger buns for this one, but we also use hot dogs and whatever we have. You spread with butter, sprinkle some garlic salt or garlic powder on each one, add some Italian seasoning. We topped with mozzarella cheese to make it cheesier. Broil for 2-3 minutes. So good!

And we ended the evening with Chocolate Camping Cake, which Tina said her hubby loves for his birthday and we can see why! Very delicious. I normally make all my cakes from scratch, but this one was super quick with the boxed mix, and I had some so I used it.

Chocolate Camping Cake

1 box Deviled Food Chocolate Cake Mix
1 box of Jello COOK & SERVE Pudding (can NOT be instant; either size box is fine, I use big box)
Chocolate Chips
Walnuts (or favorite nuts)

Make the pudding according to the directions on the box.

Chocolate Camping Cake

Then add the dry cake mix to the cooked pudding and mix well. Don’t add anything else. Nope not another thing. Nothing else.

Pour it into a greased 9×13 pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts (about 1/2 a bag, more if you’d like).

Chocolate Camping Cake

Bake. (approx. 30-35 minutes; I usually follow the cooking directions on the back of the cake box)

Cut & Serve! The cake was delicious and they ate the whole thing in one night! Thank you so much Tina, for so many great new recipes!!

Chocolate Camping Cake

Stopped a cook by taking poison food in a restaurant

Stopped a cook by taking poison food in a restaurant.

A cook in a restaurant in Empuriabrava (Girona) has been arrested for allegedly put poison in food, so the judge issued an injunction that prevents him from handling food in public, have confirmed to Europa Press the Mossos .

As he advanced on Tuesday 'Diari de Girona', the woman was discovered Friday evening to Saturday's local chief, the restaurant Chef Rubio, and his performance could have originated in a rematch for the conditions.

Early analysis has indicated that it is a product of low toxicity and never fatal but can cause gastric problems and was placed in a plastic container to be made judicial hands.

The chief saw the prisoner, Zoubida EH, neighboring Mataró (Barcelona) 32, a powder sprinkled green in the pots of food to be served to customers when the restaurant was fully operational.

He notified the local police and the Catalan police, who arrested the cook after finding the green powder in her apron pocket.

After going to court on Saturday, the woman was released with charges and the judge issued a temporary injunction that prevents him from handling food in public, which, along with his behavior led to his dismissal.

Sources of the Girona Health Region have told Europa Press that so far no evidence that anyone has been treated in a health facility as a result of poisoning after swallowing food restaurant.

Homo erectus, the first chef in the history of mankind

Homo erectus, the first chef in the history of mankind.

They used fire and tools in the preparation of their food because of this their teeth and small size reduced.

Homo erectus was probably the first chef in the history of mankind, for 1.9 million years ago and dishes prepared with the help of fire and tools, according to research in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science" (PNAS).

The team of Chris Organ of Harvard University , found that Homo erectus was clearly smaller teeth than other primates. And this indicates that the appearance of Homo erectus must have a change in eating raw food going to more soft and cooked.


Besides the size of the wheels, the intestine was also smaller, which also points to the intake of processed foods.

The wheels act as a small stone mill, which grind the food to make them easier to digest. To prepare food and heat tools, food is soft. According to scientists, the consequence is that the teeth shrink.

If man were a normal primate, would almost half of the day (48 percent) eat, researchers say. But actually only spends about five percent of the day to that activity.

To find out when evolutionary change developed shorter meals throughout the history of mankind, the scientists compared data of teeth, body weight and genetic heritage of non-human primates, 14 extinct hominids and modern man.

According to the researchers, these anatomical changes can not simply be due to common evolutionary advances.

What to eat after consuming alcohol?

What to eat after consuming alcohol?.

Here, tips to overcome the hangover that picture of symptoms that appear after taking alcohol in excess

The hangover is the name we usually give the state after the consumption of alcoholic beverages , also known as withdrawal syndrome includes symptoms such as dehydration, tremors, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, sweating, nervousness, anxiety, memory loss. These are between 8 and 16 hours.

"The Alcohol inhibits the action of the hormone vasopressin, which is secreted by the adrenal gland that helps the kidney to absorb water, so alcohol causes dehydration, "explains nutritionist Arnaldo Hurtado.


According to the expert, the hangover is the result of metabolic processes in the liver, the diuretic effects of alcohol and less sugar in the blood. "Some components of these drinks as tyramine, phenyl ethylamine, histamine, sulfites, phenols, flavonoids and even (especially in dark or red liquor) have a relationship with the headache," he says.

After the ingestion of alcohol, it is important to consume foods rich in vitamin B6, B1 as cereals and grains, others of fat and protein as dairy , meat and eggs as well as those that are rich in fructose and fruit sound (especially bananas ) or juices of various fruits, as they help reduce nausea.

Many times the consumption of alcohol has been so intense that produces gastric irritation and vomiting, making it difficult to eat. Despite this, says nutritionist is important to rehydrate: a soup with potatoes and yellow light with egg whites can help. Not eating increases the likelihood of gastritis, decreased glucose and dehydration.

Limit consumption of alcohol, know how to choose (a high alcohol content means more calories), eating before drinking, to know the consumption limit hydrated during and after intake are some of the recommendations of Hurtado.

"It's an increasingly common belief that the use of tablets or antacids for alcohol helps to reduce its effects on our body. However, the overall effect is always the same, since these products only reduce the acidity of the stomach and slow absorption of alcohol coming .

"There are people with problems of heartburn and bloating showing improvements taking antacids before drinking alcohol. However, once the effect of the medication, these symptoms may be exacerbated if they have drunk alcohol. It is advisable to limit alcohol consumption to avoid problems of gastritis, ulcers and diarrhea, "he suggests.

It is important to eat before drinking to avoid alcohol is absorbed faster.

One beer contains 5% alcohol, while wine is between 12% to 18%, a short drink scotch , pisco and vodka contains more than 40%.

The coffee may give a false sense of recovery, but the body does not accelerate the metabolism of alcohol. Not recommended for consumption or energy drinks with caffeine .

Stars: these famous opened a restaurant but were unsuccessful

Stars: these famous opened a restaurant but were unsuccessful.

Britney Spears , Steven Spielberg , Jennifer Lopez and Kevin Costner are among those listed.

Neither the free publicity generated by the celebrity of their owners saved. The restaurants that someday we will know then were inaugurated under the watchful eye of the press, because it was known establishments stars Hollywood . But that failed to ensure the success and soon went unnoticed until the day came they had to close their doors.

Of course in the business of celebrities in the restaurant business there are exceptions. For example, we have Robert De Niro , who follows local opening worldwide in partnership with renowned Japanese chef Nobu . And there are other celebrities who are still struggling, like Eva Longoria with Kiss, his local in Las Vegas.

Within the list of Hollywood stars whose restaurants have failed to Britney Spears, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez and Kevin Costner.


Perhaps the most striking initiative was that of Steven Spielberg, who opened his restaurant Dive! in Las Vegas. It was a local theme: the appearance of submarine referred to the house specialty: the sandwiches called 'subs', but with a twist gourmet.

Although the atmosphere was worth the popular imagination of the filmmaker-there special effects, walkways, exposed pipes, meters, control valves and control panels as well as a simulated dive every half hour, the business prospered.

In 2002, when he was still at the peak of his career, the pop princess then ventured to open a restaurant in the city of New York. The name, Nyla, was the result of the addition of zip codes in his native Louisiana and the state of the Big Apple.

Only six months. That's what Britney Spears lasted owner of this restaurant, featuring Cajun food and ended with $ 400,000 in debt, according to The Daily Meal ' .

Also in 2002, when She walked the red carpet red carpet on the arm of actor Ben Affleck , Jennifer Lopez launched a Puerto Rican restaurant in Los Angeles: Madre's.

As noted by Eater.com , a website specializing in food, Lopez had a local merit was open for six years. "With lackluster reviews, but with a constant amount of people who wanted to try what I thought J. Lo ate, Mother's lasted much longer than anyone, including J. Lo, anticipated."

Posing with a chef's hat and a plate of spaghetti, so Hulk Hogan promoted the restaurant, PASTAMANIA!. The restaurant opened in 1995 in a mall in Minnesota, but that was not the year before it closed.

The dishes on the menu were clever names that played with the popularity of its creator and investor, who until it advertised his restaurant in a program of the World Wrestling Association.

Do you remember the image of supermodel Claudia Schiffer , Elle MacPhearson , Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington posing at the opening of The Fashion Café in New York City?

These pictures were seen around the world and attracted the attention of several figures from the culinary world, as the critique of "The New York Times", Ruth Reichl. "Criticism lost his appetite after waiting over an hour for lunch on a Monday and be forced to see 'so many thin, tight clothes." However, food Reichl found 'surprisingly decent, "but it was not the only one who found the topic of sex and food exhausting. The Fashion Cafe closed after a few years, "says" The Daily Meal. "

Many may not know, but in 1999 the actor Kevin Costner, with a group of investors, opened a restaurant in Costa Mesa, California. The establishment was called The Clubhouse and lasted a respectable ten years in the market.

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