Happy National Lasagna Day!!! – Easy Cheeseburger Bacon Lasagna Recipe

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Ingredients

1 1/2 – lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

2 – medium onions, chopped (1 cup)

1/4 – teaspoon salt

1/8 – teaspoon pepper

1 – can (28 oz) chunky tomato sauce

1 – cup water

1 – egg

1 – container (15 oz) ricotta cheese

1 – cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz)

1/4 – cup chopped fresh parsley

8 – slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled (1/2 cup)

12 – uncooked lasagna noodles

2 – cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Directions

  • 1 Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef, onions, salt and pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat egg with fork. Stir in ricotta cheese, Swiss cheese, parsley and 1/4 cup of the bacon.
  • 3 Spread about 1 cup of the beef mixture in baking dish. Top with 4 uncooked noodles. Spread half of the ricotta mixture, 2 cups beef mixture and 3/4 cup of the Cheddar cheese over noodles. Repeat layers once, starting with 4 noodles. Top with remaining noodles, beef mixture, Cheddar cheese and bacon. Spray 15-inch sheet of foil with cooking spray. Cover lasagna with foil, sprayed side down. Refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake covered 45 minutes. Uncover and bake about 30 minutes longer or until bubbly and golden brown. Cover and let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Credit: Betty Crocker

Happy National Hot Fudge Sundae Day!!!

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Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! A sundae is the perfect treat to enjoy on a summer night. The cold ice cream paired with a warm, chocolate topping is one of the most delicious combinations known to man. Add some nuts, whipped cream, and cherries on top and you’ve got yourself a world-famous dessert!

The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. For example, the most expensive sundae can be ordered at Serendipity 3 in New York City for the hefty sum of $1000. In 2009, the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia created the world’s longest sundae. It measured over 130 feet long!

Credit: Punchbowl

Photo Credit: Cupcake Blog

 

National Tequila Day!!! – Pee Wee Herman Tequila Song (Happy Flashback Friday)

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The annual celebration of National Tequila Day is on July 24th.

  • Tequila is a distilled beverage which is made from the blue agave plant.
  • Made primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 40 miles Northwest of Guadalajaraand in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of 
  • More than 300 million blue agave plants are harvested in that surrounding region each year.
  • Agave tequila grows differently depending on the region.
  • Blue Agave – grown in the highlands region – larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste.
  • Agave – grown in the lowland region – have more herbaceous fragrance and flavor.
  • Mexican law states that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jaliscoand limited regions in the states of Guanajuato,Michoacan, Nayarit andTamaulipas.
  • Mexico is granted international right to the word “tequila”.
  • Bulk amounts can be shipped to be bottled in the United States.
  • Tequila is normally made at 38-40 % alcohol content but can be produced between 31-55 % alcohol content.
  • Don Cenobio Sauza, founder of Sauza Tequila and Municipal President of the Village of Tequila from 1884-1885, was the first to export tequila to the United States.

Credit: National Calendar

Photo Credit: Womens Health Mag

Happy National Hot Day!!! – Where to get your FREE Hotdog?

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National Hot Dog day is actually the third Wednesday of July (except when Wednesday falls on July 1st, then it is held on the 4th Wednesday).  “One year, the event was held on July 23 and now everyone thinks that’s the date of National Hot Dog Day,” states Janet Riley, president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Whether they are grilled, boiled, broiled, pan-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple.  They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut.

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Where to get your FREE Hotdog or less than a $1?

7-Eleven

Get a Quarter Pound Big Bite hot dog for $1 at select locations.

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With a coupon you can find on their social media accounts, get a free Oscar Meyer hot dog.

Sonic Drive-In

Get an All-American Dog or Chili Cheese Dog for $1 all day.

Free (and almost free) Hot Dogs Around the U.S.

Callahan’s – New Jersey

Get a free quarter-pound hot dog from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Evos – Southern U.S.

Buy one “healthy dog,” get one free all week.

Hop Dog – Western U.S.

Get a free hot dog from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kangaroo Express – Southern U.S.

At select locations in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina, grab a Ball Park hot dogs for 50 cents each (free with military ID) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Philly Pretzel Factory – Eastern U.S.

The first 300 customers get a free pretzel dog.

2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – Matt Stonie Upsets Joey Chestnut!

Happy National Junk Food Day!!! – What’s your favorite junk food?

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Each year on July 21st we observe National Junk Food Day.  This day is dedicated to the foods that everyone loves to snack on.  Junk food by definition are usually high in fats, sugars, salt and calories and contain very little nutritional value.

What kind of Junk Food do you like to eat?

Ours is Maple Bar with bacon from Voodoo Donuts

Happy National Fortune Cookie Day!!! – What was the best Fortune Cookie saying you ever had? Do you believe in them?

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A fortune cookie is a crisp cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil with a piece of paper, a “fortune”, on which is an aphorism, or a vague prophecy. The message inside may also include a Chinese phrase with translation or a list of lucky numbers used by some as lottery numbers, some of which have become actual winning numbers.‪[1]‬ Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States and some other countries, but are absent in China. The exact origin of fortune cookies is unclear, though various immigrant groups in California claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century.

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As far back as the 19th century, a cookie very similar in appearance to the modern fortune cookie was made in Kyoto, Japan; and there is a Japanese temple tradition of random fortunes, called o-mikuji. The Japanese version of the cookie differs in several ways: they are a little bit larger; are made of darker dough; and their batter contains sesame and miso rather than vanilla and butter. They contain a fortune; however, the small slip of paper was wedged into the bend of the cookie rather than placed inside the hollow portion. This kind of cookie is called tsujiura senbei (辻占煎餅?) and is still sold in some regions of Japan, especially in Kanazawa, Ishikawa as the lucky items to start Happy New Year.‪[2]‬ It is also sold in the neighborhood of Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto.‪[3]‬ As many of the people who claim to have introduced the cookie to the United States are Japanese, the theory is that these bakers were modifying a cookie design they were aware of from their days in Japan.

What was the best Fortune Cookie saying you ever had? Do you believe in them?

Happy Tapioca Day!!! – How to make TAPIOCA from scratch?

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Tapioca Day is dedicated the starch that is extracted from Manioc, otherwise known as ‘Cassava’. This plant is most commonly known as the source of the translucent beads in Tapioca pudding. But while this is the most commonly known use of this substance, it has cultural significance around the world. It’s origins can be found in Brazil, where the cassava plant is called the mandioca, and it’s extracted starch is called Tapioca.

One little known fact about the Tapioca starch, is that when it’s extracted from the green branched variety of the plant, it is the source of a potent cyanide based poison, and must be processed to remove this before it becomes edible. Once this process is completed it is processed in different ways, which produces the spheres, flakes, or sticks.

Happy National French Fries Day!!! – Jalapeno Chili cheese Fries!!!

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Today is National French Fries Day! French fries are the ultimate feel-good food, and there are dozens of different ways to enjoy them. Whether you prefer your fries Cajun-style and spicy, sweet, crinkle-cut, curly, waffle, or covered in chili and cheese, today is the day to celebrate this American favorite.

Although the exact origin of French fries is unknown, one theory suggests that they date back to 17th century Belgium. The inhabitants of this region often cooked small fried fish to accompany their meals. When weather conditions made it too dangerous to go fishing, they cut up potatoes in long, thin strips (to resemble the fish) and fried them!

Today, French fries are a global phenomenon. Whether it’s “pommes frites” in France, “patatas fritas” in Spain, or “chips” in the UK, French fries are a worldwide favorite.

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Happy Free Slurpee Day – Where to get your free Slurpee?

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About 7,290,000 gallons of Slurpee — or 12 Olympic-size swimming pools worth — are consumed worldwide every year. Today is FREE Slurpe Day!!! 

If you’re thinking, “So what’s in it for them?”, Free Slurpee Day is in fact a huge sales day for 7-Elevens nationally. And that doesn’t just go for savory side snacks. Oddly enough, the sales of Slurpees themselves on Free Slurpee Day in 2011 were up 38 percent from average — proving that people are willing to pay for more of what they love.

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Just walk into any 7-Eleven store and ask for one, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Happy National Blueberry Muffins Day!!! – To Die For Blueberry Muffins Recipe

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

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3/4 cup white sugar
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1/2 teaspoon salt
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2 teaspoons baking powder
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1/3 cup vegetable oil
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1 egg
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1/3 cup milk
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1 cup fresh blueberries
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1/2 cup white sugar
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1/3 cup all-purpose flour
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1/4 cup butter, cubed
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1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • PREP 
15 mins
  • COOK
 25 mins
  • READY IN
 40 mins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  • Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  • To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

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