Friday, March 13, 2015

Yummy recipe!

So, I'm going to try to be more consistent with this blog but don't really have any grand ideas or information to share, at this point, so I thought I'd share a REALLY good recipe for a quick, easy casserole for your family or the next potluck you attend. I made a DOUBLE recipe of this for a potluck 2 weeks ago and came home with a couple little pieces of noodle stuck to the sides of the dish and that was it!!! This was very good and disappeared in a jiff. I will DEFINITELY makes this again!
Amazing (Yes it is!) Pizza casserole
12 oz. bag of egg noodles (or any pasta you want, I would guess)
1 lg. (2lb. 13oz) jar of pasta sauce (or mix of smaller jars/cans in whatever flavor you like -
 I used Hunts Traditional sauce & Prego Italian Sausage & Garlic)
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (I used Italian sausage)
3.5 oz. (or more!) pepperoni slices

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Boil noodles and drain. Brown the meat and drain off grease. In a 9" x 13" baking dish, spread a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom, then layer 1/2 of the noodles, 1/2 of the ground meat, 1/2 of the remaining pasta sauce & 1/2 of the cheese. (I put a layer of pepperoni on top of the cheese here
too before I started the next layers!) Then layer the rest of the noodles, meat, sauce and cheese ad top with pepperoni. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil & bake for another 15 minutes.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Considerations for Buying Butcher Blocks

If you want to make a useful addition to your kitchen furniture then you should consider buying a butcher block. You don't have to be a chef to buy one. Everyone who cooks can make use of these. You can use these to replace the countertop of any of your kitchen furniture. There are different kinds available in the market and you can buy one depending on your needs. There are inexpensive blocks that can be used to chop vegetables, mince meat, etc. if you have a kitchen island or if you are planning on buying one then you should definitely buy one of these to place on the kitchen island. This will reduce the cost of buying a countertop.

A butcher block is made by gluing hardwood strips which creates a smooth surface when the entire block is manufactured. These blocks allow the knife to slip between the wood fibers when something is being chopped on them. This helps to preserve the sharpness of the knives being used. Usually when you use normal wooden surfaces for chopping, some fibers enter the food and cause some health problems on consumption. This is why you need to buy one that fits the purpose. You can get the best deals on these if you buy these online. Some online merchants sell these at discounted rates. They are available in different sizes, so you can buy one that is appropriate.

If you have some empty space in your kitchen then you should consider buying a kitchen island. Butcher blocks go extremely well with these islands. They also increase the working space in the kitchen. Usually cooks and chefs use these because they find it more convenient. But they can be availed by anyone now and you can buy one of your own.

Make sure that you check the quality of the wood before you buy one. It is not that difficult to find one. If you look for it in the right places you will see that there are a plethora of varieties to choose from. If you are buying one online then you should check its features and quality in order to acquire a good one. Reading the customer reviews will also help you choose one for yourself. The smooth surface makes it easier to clean and it requires minimum maintenance. A good quality butcher block will last you a long time and help keep your knives in good condition.