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Lasagna Bolognese Recipe, The Real Deal

We have all had lasagna. It is usually layers of sauce, bechamel, pecorino, parmigiana, ricotta and mozzarella.  The end product is in our opinion, delicious. The problem is this is not the real deal.  Lasagna, or as it is called in Bologna lasagne (because it is layers and therefor referred in the plural, is much simpler.  It has four (4) ingredients; the noodles, preferably green ones (made with spinach), bechamel, bolognese (ragu), and Parmigiano Reggiano. That's it.   If you don't make your on noodles we found it pretty much impossible to find the spinach lasagna sheets, so we used store bought regular noodles.  We also cheated a bit and added a touch more sauce so we didn't have to pre-cook the noodles.  We don't by the "special" no boil, just the regular ones.  Once you try this version, we are pretty sure you won't want the overly cheesy version you will get in most restaurants outside of Bologna.  It is delicious and light. The flavours of the ragu

Bolognese Sauce/Meat Ragu Recipe

  First things first.  Let us set the record straight. This is not the true ragu alla bolognese.  Ragu alla Bolognese is   a slowly cooked meat-based sauce from the city of Bologna, Italy used specifically for lasagna or to dress the long ribbon like pasta, tagliatelle. Outside Italy, the phrase "Bolognese sauce" is often used to refer to a tomato-based sauce to which minced meat has been added, and are  more similar in fact to the ragu alla napoletana.   Serves 6-8  ¼ cup/60ml extra-virgin olive oil  1 medium onion, coarsely chopped  2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped  1 celery stalk, minced 1 carrot, minced  1 pound ground meat, beef, turkey, or pork  1 28 ounce/794g can crushed tomatoes 2 tablespoons/30ml tomato paste 1/2 cup/125ml white wine ¼ teaspoon/1ml cinnamon ½ teaspoon/2ml thyme 1 teaspoon/5ml oregano small handful of flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped 8 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade  1 teaspoon/5ml salt ½ teaspoon/5ml black pepper  In a large sauce pan, add extra

Ricotta Recipe

  Making Ricotta at home is easier than you might think.  You can make it plain or add herbs, garlic or spices.  We find that it is more economical than the tubs you buy in the store.  You control the size of the curds and the moisture content.  We made ours in a more traditional way, Many times if you buy ricotta in Italy or specialty shops it is shaped almost cone like. Whilst we didn't have the mold, we chose to make it a bit drier like that.  You can easily have it with more liquid.   Okay, so technically what we made is a fresh cheese as we strained out the whey (which is really what ricotta is made from), but it is delicious and better than most of the stuff you buy in stores.  Ricotta salata is produced in the south of Italy.  in some places, it is made from whey that comes from the production of Pecorino Romano, which is a sheep's milk hard cheese. The curds are molded into a basket. The cheese curds are then salted and pressed after straining them, extracting even more

Vegan Caramelized Onion Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe

  This Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna with Caramelized Onions and Spinach features a creamy tofu cashew bechamel sauce and lots of melted vegan cheese. A vegan lasagna recipe perfect for feeding a crowd during the fall holidays. Soyfree option Nutfree option. Ingredients For the butternut squash: 10-12   ounces   ( 283.5   g )   cubed butternut squash   use double amount for a double layer 1   teaspoon   oil 1/4   teaspoon   salt 1/4   teaspoon   pepper 1/4   teaspoon   thyme For the caramelized onion: 1   yellow or red onion   thinly sliced 1/2   teaspoon   salt 1/2   teaspoon   sugar 2   teaspoons   balsamic vinegar 1   teaspoon   vegan Worcestershire sauce   optional 2   teaspoons   oil For the cream sauce: 3/4   cup   ( 96.75   g )   raw cashews 4   ounces   ( 113.4   g )   of firm or soft tofu 1.5   tablespoons   flour 1 3/4   cup   ( 414.03   ml )   of water 1   tablespoon   extra virgin olive oil 2   teaspoons   lemon juice 2   tablespoons   nutritional yeast 1/2   teaspoon   on

Guy Fawkes Day - November 5

  Guy Fawkes Day (UK): celebration in honour of Guy Fawkes, a member of the “Gunpowder Plot,” who was arrested whilst guarding explosives that had been planted under the House of Lords waiting for King James I to enter. King James fell ill and never went to the meeting. Supporters of the King lit bonfires celebrating the failure. Today people gather around bonfires and light off fireworks, staying warm by drinking plenty of mulled wine. Get the full mulled wine recipe here . private chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach | 954-367-YADA (9232) fort lauderdale catering and personal chefs

Tips for Throwing the Best Stay-at-Home NYE Party Ever

BY   MEGHAN ROONEY     Updated on Apr 29, 2021 Why host an  at-home  NYE party? Because there's always a certain amount of pressure surrounding New Year's Eve plans. For one, everyone wants to start the New Year off right (with champagne, that is), and second, you're usually required to make arrangements well in advance since even the most casual bars can require you to purchase tickets or commit to a spending minimum ahead of time. And while we appreciate the typical celebrations that welcome the new calendar year, hitting the town can come with a bit of stress involving transportation (ever tried to hail a taxi on NYE in NYC?), expenses like prix fixe menus and ticket parties, and general inconveniences (road closures, long bathroom lines, missing out on live coverage) that can create a more stressful environment than a celebratory one. That being said, we're huge fans of hosting an at-home NYE party that is cost-efficient, cozy, convenient. Plus, it will save you and