Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

I hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day. I'm off to the University of Texas' graduation in Austin. Safe travels and please don't drink and drive!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Best Lasagna Recipe

This lasagna recipe is out of this world!! The combination of the meat sauce and the cream sauce is simply divine. This is one recipe you don't want to miss out on!

Ingredients

Noodles and Cheese:
1 pound lasagna noodles
16 ounces Parmesan cheese
16 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
16 ounce cottage cheese

Meat Sauce:
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 pound mild sausage
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (12-ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoons salt
Black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Cream Sauce:
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk

Instructions
1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse with hot water. Drain again. 2. To prepare the meat sauce, brown ground beef in a skillet. Add onion and garlic. Drain grease and add sausage, tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir in oregano, basil, salt, pepper, fennel seed and parsley. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
3. To prepare the cream sauce, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Cook 1 minute. Add milk and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick.
4. Preheat oven to 375F. To assemble the lasagna, pour 1/3 of meat sauce in bottom of a 15-by-12-inch pan. Lay 6 or 7 noodles over sauce. Pour 1/2 the remaining meat sauce over noodles. Sprinkle with 1/2 the Parmesan cheese. Add another layer of noddles. Sprinkle on mozzarella. Pour hot cream sauce on top. Layer with remaining noodles, cottage cheese, remaining meat sauce and remaining Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake until cheese melts, about 30 minutes. Serves 12.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Poor Reporting on Margarine

There was a really crappy article in The National Post recently that helped to perpetuate the myths that margarine is one molecule away from plastic, was originally used to fatten turkeys AND increases one's risk for cancer five fold.

WOW, that certainly is giving one food product a lot of credit and power! If it can do all of those things, what can't margarine do?

Awful, awful, awful. These myths unduly harm consumers and may prevent them from consuming a product that not is harmless, but can help reduce the amount of saturated fat in one's diet.

Please do not believe these margarine email hoaxes that pop up sporadically. For more information, check out www.margarine.org.

Emma, out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Take Care of Your ticker - Toddler Style

I found this cute little poem about heart health. Sure, it's made for young kids but when you get down to it, the advice is applicable to all of us.

The Heart

The heart pumps blood from your head to your toes
Through arteries and veins the blood smoothly flows
It goes round and around and around and around
From side to side
And up and down
The heart can beat slowly or it can beat fast
But good food and exercise will make it last
So be sure to eat all your veggies today
And when you are through
Just go out and play
These are the things we all need to do
Then your heart will be healthy...
And so will you too!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child."
-Sophia Loren, "Women and Beauty"

I love that quote and how true it seems to be. I'd like to wish my mother, my grandmother and all of the other mothers out there a truly fantastic Mother's Day. There's nothing we as children can do to thank you enough.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Pita Crisps

I love potato chips but they don't particularly love my waistline so I've become a pretty big fan of pita chips. This recipe is easy and sure to please even the most devoted chip fan

Pita Crisps
Instructions:
Yield: 4 servings
2 Pita breads (6" diameter)
2 teaspoon Margarine
2 teaspoon Oregano
4 tablespoon Grated parmesan cheese

Preheat broiler. Split pitas horizontally into 2 rounds. Spread rough edges with margarine. Place on cookie sheet. In a small bowl, toss together oregano and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over margarine. Cut each bread into wedges. Broil about 5" from heating element until crisp, about 2 minutes. Watch carefully! VARIATIONS: experiment with other herbs of your choice such as chives and parsley; or, omit oregano and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve alone or with dips or pates.
Your Pita Crisps is ready. Buon appetito!