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Since the dawn of time a fight has raged on. A silent war between two vastly different factions who reside on this funny little planet called Earth. The battleground? The kitchen!
There are two types of people when it comes to cleaning up after the havoc of a home cooked meal. Those who prefer the classic resilience of a dishcloth, and those who prefer the versatility and general ease of the sponge. Like myself.
To represent for my team I’m sharing with you lovely folks how to concoct one of my favorite recipes. My Ooey Gooey Four Cheese Lasagna. Because few things are as guaranteed to please even the most finicky of palates quite like a delicious, homemade lasagna. And with this recipe you definitely can’t go wrong.
While this insanely tasty dish is definitely one of the most popular among my family and friends. it also happens to be one of the most (let’s face it, THE most) kitchen destroying recipes that I make. And while that may be true, I never worry too much because I know I have Scotch-Brite® Scrub Sponges to help me break through that grit and grime. After all is said and done. Time after time.
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Four Cheese Lasagna
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 mild Italian sausage
2 medium bell peppers, diced
1 large red onion, diced
4 gloves garlic, diced
28 oz. of tomato sauce
28 oz. of crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
2 tbsp. flat lead parsley, diced
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
10 lasagna noodles
8 oz. Ricotta cheese
24 oz. Mozzarella cheese, sliced
8 oz. Parmesan, grated
8 oz. Asiago, grated
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
While oven is preheating bring pot of salted water to boil.
Brown beef and pork in large skillet with olive oil.
Once browned on all sides, remove from pan and allow to drain.
Add onions, peppers, and garlic to pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook 4-5 minutes until softened.
Add meats back to pan and stir to combine, reduce heat to low.
Once water is boiling cook lasagna noodles for 4 minutes, drain in colander, and rinse with cold water. Remove from colander and place on baking sheet, coating with olive oil to keep from sticking.
In pot where you cooked lasagna noodles add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, seasonings, and meat and vegetable mixture. Bring to boil. Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
Begin to assemble the lasagna by coating bottom of baking dish with sauce, add a layer of noodles, cover with sauce, a layer of cheese, and repeat until dish is filled.
Top with remaining Asiago and Parmesan cheeses.
Cover with foil, insert toothpicks into dish to keep cheese from sticking to foil, and bake covered for 45 minutes.
Remove foil and place under broiler on high for 5 minutes or until cheese begins to bubble.
One of the best parts about this time of year in Louisville, AKA Derby Season, happens to be all the parties that lead up to the most exciting two minutes in sports. So today I’m sharing Kentucky Derby Party Cocktail Ideas to let y’all join in on the fun no matter where you are.
I’ve teamed up with Ghirardelli to host a Derby party with a few other bloggers using some of their classic chocolates, as well as their latest addition Dark Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Squares. Because what better time to celebrate that launch than the Derby? Especially since they’re an official sponsor of the Derby this year. Chocolate, bourbon, and horse racing? Sign me up. Especially since those are a few of my favorite things.
I took a few of my favorite classic bourbon cocktails and then put a twist on them inspired by Ghirardelli chocolate squares. First up; a Salted Caramel Old Fashioned that pairs perfectly with their new Dark Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Squares. I whipped up salted caramel syrup to use in lieu of sugar cubes, and the taste is out of this world. After all, there are plenty of caramel notes in bourbon to begin with, and this syrup brings them out in full force.
Salted Caramel Old Fashioned
1 ½ oz. of Bourbon
½ oz. of Salted Caramel Syrup
3-4 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Pour bourbon and caramel syrup over ice, add bitters, and stir for 30 seconds to combine flavors and chill ingredients.
Squeeze lemon peel, skin side facing the cocktail, then add to cocktail, and enjoy!
To make caramel syrup: Add 1 cup of white sugar and a pinch of sea salt to large saucepan and heat over medium heat until edges begin to crystalize. Using a plastic spatula gradually fold sugar into center until all sugar is melted and caramel in color. Remove from heat. Slowly, splash at a time, add 1 cup of water to melted sugar whisking vigorously. Take care to SLOWLY add the water, otherwise it will seize and not thin into syrup. Allow to cool to room temperature before using.
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The Chocolate Manhattan is perfect for those folks out there that don’t like a cocktail that’s too sweet but love the taste of chocolate. Thanks to the use of chocolate bitters. It expertly pairs with Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Squares. The slightly salty filling accentuates the rich notes in the bourbon while the dark chocolate rounds out the sweetness of the Cynar. In other words, this cocktail is the best of both worlds.
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. Cynar
3-4 Dashes of Chocolate Bitters
Combine bourbon, cynar, bitters, and ice in cocktail shaker.
Stir to combine, and then strain over prepared glass.
Top with lemon twist before serving.
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And no Kentucky Derby party would be complete without a Mint Julep. Before I jump in on this one I’ll be the first to say that I wasn’t always the biggest fan of these guys. Up until a bartender friend converted me. There are a few things that I’ve learned over the years to set your Mint Juleps apart. Make your own simple syrup at home. Because it’s really easy. And this should go without saying but always use a good bourbon. I like mine on the bourbon heavy side, while others may like theirs a little sweeter. When you’re making them at home it’s easy to make them to your guest’s taste! I also like to top mine with a Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Square. Because mint and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and who doesn’t love a good snack with their cocktail?
Ghirardelli Mint Julep
3-4 Mint leaves
½ oz. Simple Syrup
2 oz. Bourbon
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Square
Sprig of mint
Combine mint leaves and syrup into the bottom of a glass and use a muddler to crush together slightly.
Pack glass with crushed ice.
Pour bourbon over the ice, and top with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Square and a sprig of mint.
To make simple syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a medium saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool to room temperature before using.