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6 Irresistible Lasagna Recipes

6 Irresistible Lasagna Recipes

Recipe SWAT Team tackles lasagna with delicious results

Winter can seem like one long, never-ending season of chicken soup, chili, and meatloaf, so when the winter blues set in with the winter chills, and the bounty of spring just seems impossibly far away, why not bring some cheer back into the kitchen with some great lasagna recipes? It's a definite step up from that boxed mac and cheese you've been guzzling with Budweiser longnecks.

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That's why this week for Recipe SWAT Team, The Daily Meal staff has created some fantastic lasagna recipes for you to try. Feast upon Nathan Cyphert's dangerously cute (yes, we said it) Cheesy Lasagna Cupcakes with Shrimp, which make use of unconventional techniques for unconventionally delicious results. Inhale executive editor Arthur Bovino's ridiculous 101-Layer Lasagna, but perhaps leave the last layer on the plate, for it may be your last lasagna ever — we're sure that Mario Batali had his reasons for leaving Del Posto's version at a piddling 100 layers. And don't forget to try my very own Mexican Lasagna Recipe, which happens to be vegetarian, but doesn't have to be if you insist on including some kind of animal in it. (Note to carnivores: I am not vegetarian.) But the winning prize goes to Dan Myers for his Smoked Mozzarella, Chicken, and Spinach Lasagna, which edged out all of the others in a very close competition this week.

So what are you waiting for? Break out that bottle of sangiovese and get ready to enjoy some melted cheese goodness.

Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.


17 Desserts That Go With Lasagna

If you&rsquore craving Italian food and are looking for desserts that go with lasagna, there are so many great options!

There&rsquos nothing like a rich and creamy lasagna to scratch that itch! But what about dessert, though?

If you&rsquore looking for a refreshing treat to cleanse your palate, you&rsquove come to the right place.

When I&rsquom making lasagna for lunch or dinner, I also make sure to have a dessert prepared.

Lasagna is super hearty and loaded with umami flavors that you&rsquoll definitely want something light and sweet to contrast its richness!

From Italian classics such as gelato and biscotti to American favorites such as fruit salad and Sprite cake, these desserts will surely delight your taste buds.

End your Italian meal on a sweet note with these luscious desserts.


Peanut butter lasagna

Peanut butter fans will be in heaven with this new dessert. Layers of nutter butter cookies, creamy peanut butter filling and chocolate make this Peanut butter lasagna a real treat.

It looks so gorgeous and tastes even better. If you enjoyed our Oreo Lasagna and Chocolate Lasagna Recipe, this new recipe for Peanut Butter Lasagna will be a hit for sure!

With so many delicious layers, the hardest part will not be eating the whole pan! It is so amazing and the best dessert.


Strawberry Jello Lasagna

  • Author: Vera Z.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 - 16 1 x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: Ameican

Description

Strawberry Jello Lasagna is quick and easy, no-bake dessert recipe for a delicious spring or summer treat. Made with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and cream cheese filling, Golden Oreo crust, and strawberry crunch topping, this strawberry lasagna is the best no-bake layered dessert.


How to make lasagne

See? I told you the meat sauce is just like making Bolognese! Though here, we cook that meat sauce long and slow, to develop incredible rich flavours and make the beef melt-in-your-mouth tender.


Joy Behar's famous lasagna recipe will become your favorite dish

Learn how Joy Behar makes the lasagna that "The View" co-hosts go crazy for!

Joy Behar makes her famous lasagna

“The View” co-hosts might have their differences but there’s one thing everyone can agree on: Joy Behar’s legendary lasagna.

A dish that is often discussed on the show, Behar makes Whoopi Goldberg a piece of her coveted Italian dish for Goldberg’s birthday every year.

“She’s an EGOT. She deserves the lasagna,” Behar said of Goldberg in her instructional video.

“This is so easy to do, any idiot can do this,” she joked. “I don’t know why they make such a big fuss over it. It’s just lasagna.”

Behar takes us into her kitchen to make her much talked about lasagna.

JOY'S FAMOUS LASAGNA

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 lbs sweet Italian sausage (removed from casings)

• 1 lb. whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded

Ingredients for Sauce

• 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

• 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

• 1 28 oz can crushed Italian tomatoes

• 1/2 cup fresh basil (chopped)

Ingredients for Cheese Mixture

• 1 lb. whole milk ricotta cheese

• 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

• 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (for garnish)

1. Prepare Oven & Noodles

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and position the oven rack in the middle. Soak lasagna noodles in hot tap water while you cook your sauce or according to box directions.

2. Make The Sauce

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add chopped onion cooking over medium-low heat until translucent (about 5 minutes). Then, add the garlic and stir for one more minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

3. Cook The Sausage

While your sauce is simmering, cook the sausage in deep skillet over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fully cooked and no longer pink.

4. Prepare The Cheese Mixture

While the sauce and sausage are cooking, make the cheese filling. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, one cup of Parmesan, the beaten egg, chopped parsley, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.

5. Assemble the layers

Ladle one-third of the meat sauce into a 9"x 12"x 2" casserole or baking pan. Spread the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then add approximately half the pasta (in one layer, cover the sauce with the noodles), half the sliced mozzarella, half the cheese mixture, and one third of the sauce. Add another single layer of noodles, mozzarella, ricotta and the remaining sauce.

Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan on top and bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling.

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
  • 6 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 ½ cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup hot water

Cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink drain. Stir in pasta sauce.

Spread one-third of meat sauce in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish layer with 3 noodles and half each of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. (The ricotta cheese layers will be thin.) Repeat procedure spread remaining one-third of meat sauce over mozzarella cheese. Slowly pour 1/4 cup hot water around inside edge of dish. Tightly cover baking dish with 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce.


14 lasagna noodles (2 extra for filling in holes)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup (140 grams) chopped onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic, (3 cloves)

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

One (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, 1 heaping cup

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

Generous handful fresh basil leaves, chopped

One (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese or cottage cheese

2 ounces (60 grams) parmesan cheese, grated, about 1 cup

8 ounces (230 grams) low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


Irresistible Italian Sausage Recipes

Whether you’re craving pasta, pizza, sandwiches or a warm-and-cozy breakfast casserole, Italian sausage always fits the bill. It’s easy quick and easy to prepare and packed with some seriously savory flavor — making a great meal doable any day of the week.

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Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Giada&rsquos genius secret to cramming more Italian sausage into every bite of these delicious Italian sandwiches? Hollow out the bottom of the roll to make space for extra fillings!

Italian Sausage Pasta Skillet

Looking for a hearty, family-friendly dish? Ree&rsquos veggie-and-sausage pasta is the way to go. Best of all, the whole thing is ready in just 16 minutes.

Italian Sausage and Pepper Strata

Bake up breakfast, lunch or dinner with this cheesy, eggy sausage-and-pepper casserole. It makes 4-6 servings, so it's perfect for feeding the whole family.

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Not a fan of red sauce? This pasta dish uses olive oil, red pepper flakes and shaved Parmesan instead.

Italian Sausage Balls

This version of sausage balls, a traditional Southern appetizer, gets an Italian twist. Pickled cherry peppers add a touch of acid and spice that complements the richness of the sausage and the mozzarella.

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage

Giada combines savory Italian sausage with broccoli and rigatoni for a warm, comforting baked pasta dish that will become part of your regular rotation.

Sheetpan Sausage Supper

Weeknight dinners just got a whole lot easier. Toss your sausage and vegetables onto a sheet pan along with a little olive oil and seasoning and roast until tender. It's that easy!

Italian Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Katie upgrades her burgers by using two types of Italian sausage (sweet and hot) instead of ground beef. How do you top a sausage burger? Onion, bell pepper, banana peppers and provolone, of course!

Pasta with Clams, White Wine and Spicy Italian Sausage

Italian sausage is right at home with littleneck clams in Guy&rsquos flavor-loaded pasta dish. First, he seasons and cooks the sausage until well-browned, then adds the rest of the ingredients. When the clams pop open, it&rsquos time to reduce the sauce a little &mdash and eat!

Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

A mix of sweet and hot Italian sausage makes the perfect stuffing for halved zucchini &mdash along with some Parmesan and mozzarella, of course!

Italian Unstuffed Shells

A family-favorite dish with a twist! This unfussy version has all the flavor of stuffed shells &ndash without all the work of filling the pasta. The best part? You can make this dish ahead of time and freeze for later.

Hot Sausage Cast-Iron Skillet Pan Pizza

Who needs a pizza oven when you can make a delicious pie in the oven, using your cast-iron skillet? Toppings like sweet sausage, chili flakes and honey give it the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage

Ina&rsquos 5-star pasta recipe has rave reviews. Fans say that the dish has &ldquoamazing flavor&rdquo and is one &ldquofor the whole family to enjoy&rdquo. There aren&rsquot many ingredients in this dish so be sure to use the best quality you can find. It will be worth it!

Italian Sausage-and-Pepper Pigs in Blankets

Pigs in blankets get an Italian makeover! The combo of cheese, pesto and peppers stuffed into the sausages is a winner. Use hot sausage if you like a little spice.

Sausage and Rigatoni Dump Dinner

Skip boiling a big pot of water. This hearty pasta dinner calls for uncooked rigatoni and layers of ricotta and Italian sausage to be layered right in the casserole, so you'll have nothing to wash while it bakes.

The Best Italian Wedding Soup

We tried all-sausage meatballs but found them heavy and dense &mdash adding ground pork keeps them light but still extremely flavorful. If you really want to up the umami factor in this soup, toss a Parmesan rind into the broth as it simmers.

Italian Sausage and Egg Bake

Breakfast will never be boring with Giada&rsquos sausage and egg bake. She nestles the eggs into a hearty sausage stuffing for a casserole-like dish to be shared with the whole family! When cracking the eggs, be sure to keep the yolks intact so they&rsquoll still be a little runny when the whites have finished cooking.

Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni

Ree&rsquos layered sausage-and-rigatoni dish can be cooked right away &mdash or stored in the freezer for a night when you need a low-maintenance meal.

Italian Sausage Stuffing

You might think of stuffing as a holiday side dish but this one makes a great accompaniment to many wintry meals like pork chops, roast chicken and more.

Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel

Don&rsquot know what to do with fennel? Ina incorporates it into her rigatoni, along with Italian sausage and grated parmesan for an adult version of mac and cheese.

Sunny's Italian Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Ricotta Cannelloni

One of our favorite ways to use Italian sausage? As a filling for stuffed pasta. This recipe calls for homemade pasta and sauce. If you don&rsquot have time to make everything from scratch, store-bought works great too.

Meatball-Sausage Subs

The next time you&rsquore making slow-cooker meatballs for meatballs subs, throw some Italian sausage in too. It will add extra flavor to the sauce and simmering meatballs &mdash and be a welcome addition to the traditional sandwich.

Spinach, Walnut and Golden Raisin Pesto Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage

When you need a quick, satisfying dinner, reach for Italian sausage. It cooks up fast and adds tons of flavor to anything you pair it with.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Want to give your stuffed mushrooms maximum flavor? Fill them with a blend of Italian sausage, fennel, mushroom and garlic.

Sausage-Spinach Stuffed Shells

The best way to eat your leafy greens? Stuffed into al dente pasta along with hot Italian sausage and three different cheeses!

Sausage Lasagna

Pro tip: when you&rsquore assembling lasagna, alternate the direction of your pasta with each layer. That will give the finished dish more stability!


Best Tips for Storing Leftovers & Freezing Lasagna

Keeping leftover lasagna fresh: allow lasagna to cool before storing in an airtight container and keep chilled in refrigerator for 3-5 days.

How to freeze & reheat lasagna (two ways): You can prepare the lasagna (do not bake), freeze ( 2-3months) then thaw and reheat as instructed. Or you can prepare and bake the lasagna then allow it to cool – freeze for 2-3 months then thaw and reheat in oven at 350F (covered) until center is hot.

Why did my lasagna turn out dry?
Not having enough sauce can cause your lasagna to dry out after baking. Avoid dry lasagna by always having a little extra sauce on hand. Sometimes with lasagnas it’s hard to gage how much sauce you need, I always make more than what I think I need – but for this recipe you will need around 8-9 cups. This question also has to do with how you bake your lasagna – which I explain below.

Why did my lasagna turn out watery?
Bake covered for half the time and bake uncovered for the remaining time. For this lasagna I bake for 20 minutes covered to contain the right amount of moisture, and then 20 minutes uncovered so that the cooking process is even. I split the time so that I’m avoiding both the lasagna drying out or becoming too watery.


20 irresistible recipes for the perfect Sunday supper at home

Got a case of the Sunday night blues? Banish your bad mood by gathering around the table for a special meal with family and friends. These recipes will help you make the most of the weekend’s waning hours and set you up for the week ahead. Plus, several dishes make for great leftovers, so you’ll have Monday’s lunch already in the bag. Here are 20 delicious Sunday supper recipes to try.

1. Lemony Chicken Thighs with Couscous and Spinach Salad

Inspired by the classic Moroccan pairing of lemon, chicken and olives, this dish is salty, tangy and bright and with a pleasant chewiness from the couscous. Serve the chicken with the couscous salad as is or shred leftover chicken and mix with the couscous to serve the next day.

2. Al Roker's Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is always a crowd pleaser, but Al Roker’s stands out for being packed with vegetables — he uses a colorful mix of red bell pepper, zucchini and yellow squash. Leftovers will be a welcome sight for lunch the next day. In fact, you may want to make a double batch, so you're guaranteed to have plenty of extras.

3. Jamestown Prawns with Baobab-Roasted Corn Salad

Ready to get a jump-start on barbecue season? Grilling over charcoal is the favored way to cook most fish and seafood in Ghana. This recipe is inspired by Zoe Adjonyoh's time in Jamestown, Accra, where she watched local fishermen hauling in their catches.

4. Springtime Pasta Bake

This lighter version of your traditional pasta bake has springtime vibes galore but also feels so homey and familiar. You can substitute any quick-cooking spring vegetables in place of the asparagus and zucchini.

5. Chicken Biryani

Forget takeout — make one of your favorite Indian dishes at home. The robust flavor of a variety of spices like cumin, coriander and garam masala bring warmth and heat to the biryani. The saffron and milk add color and aroma.

6. Lidia Bastianich's Chicken Scaloppini

The bracing acidity from the lemons and bright brininess of the olives and capers makes this a standout dish. It works for a casual weeknight dinner but is special enough to serve for that perfectly satisfying Sunday meal.

7. Kimbap (Gimbap)

These easy sushi-style rolls make for a fun Sunday dinner activity. They're great for kids because they love helping make them as much as eating them! Not sure where to start? Use our illustrated guide for step-by-step instructions.

8. Caramelized Orange Pork Roast

Roasts are made for lazy Sundays and this fuss-free pork is no exception. The secret is in the marinade of white wine, soy sauce, brown sugar, Sriracha, mustard, rice wine vinegar, garlic and orange zest and juice — if possible, let the meat marinate overnight. Leftovers, if there are any, are perfect for sandwiches.

9. Slow-Cooker Falling-Off-the-Bone Short Ribs

This versatile, tasty cut of beef gives us everything you could ask for in meat. It's wonderfully tender and the marbling keeps it incredibly moist while cooking. The sauce for this recipe is incredibly comforting, too.

10. Beef Stew with Dill

Stew season isn't over just yet! In addition to being simple and satisfying, this beef stew is ripe for improvisation. Swap in your favorite seasonal herbs and veggies to make it your own. And take a cue from Gail Simmons of ‘Top Chef’ and Food & Wine: She makes a big batch over the weekend and warms up leftovers for quick family dinners during the week.

11. Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Vegetables

When it comes to Sunday dinner, no dish is quite as classic as roast chicken. This version is stuffed with onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme and lemon, while carrots, potatoes and shallots are roasted alongside. The final step is a bit of kitchen genius: Escarole is wilted in the yummy pan juices then tossed with the veggies and mustard to create a dynamite side.

12. Pan-Seared Salmon with Braised Kale

If you think fish is hard to cook, this recipe will change your mind. Because salmon is so rich and full of flavor the fillets can be simply seasoned and quickly seared. Served with gently braised kale, this makes for a well rounded and good-for-you dinner. It’s just the thing to enjoy on a Sunday night.

13. Siri Daly's Salmon and Veggie Rice Bowls

If Sunday is your day to reset and recharge, set aside time to prepare a healthy dinner. These bowls can be customized, so each family member can pick and choose the ingredients and combinations they like best. To get a jump-start on meal planning, make double batches of your favorite components and use them to create different lunches and snacks throughout the week.

14. One-Pot Slow-Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

If there’s anything that can make spaghetti and meatballs more enticing, it's being able to prepare the whole dish in the slow cooker. This recipe makes a generous amount of meatballs, so pick up some rolls and enjoy meatball subs for lunch the next day.

15. Balsamic Chicken Massimo with Artichoke Soubise

A rich balsamic glaze, plus sauteed onions and artichokes transform ordinary chicken breasts into a meal to remember. Follow New York City chef Mario Carbone’s advice and toss some arugula with the vegetables to give this dish some bite.

16. Lidia Bastianich's Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Onions

Who knows more than mother, grandmother and chef Lidia Bastianich about Sunday suppers with family? Her pork tenderloin is a cinch to make yet still feels extra special. Complete dinner with a simple green salad or roasted asparagus.

17. Seafood Stuffed Shells

With both shrimp and scallops, this is no ordinary pasta bake. If you really want to indulge, swap the shrimp for lobster. Or, fill the shells with veggies like bell peppers, spinach or broccoli. The vegetarian version is far less expensive and you definitely won’t regret having leftovers for lunch the next day.

18. Joy's Low-Calorie General Tso's Chicken

You could order in Chinese for Sunday dinner, but takeout is far from a healthy way to kick off the week. With some pantry staples, plus chicken, pineapple juice and scallions, you can whip up this low-calorie take on a delivery classic in little more than 30 minutes. Steam some broccoli or snap peas to add more green to the menu.

19. Vegetarian Taco Bake

Have a Sunday night movie routine? Whip up this casual, Mexican-inspired casserole and enjoy dinner in front of the TV. If you serve it with chips for scooping, you can even skip utensils, so there’s less to clean up.

20. Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

For those Sunday nights when you need a little TLC, meatloaf has your back. Thanks to onion, carrot, celery, garlic, ketchup, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, this version is brimming with flavor, but it’s the bacon layer that really sets it apart. You’ll want to balance all that richness with a light green salad on the side.

This article was originally published Apr. 28, 2017 and was updated on Apr. 16, 2020.

Veteran, retired cop takes case against police to high court

A 70-year-old man arriving for dental work was put in a chokehold and thrown to the ground by federal police officers in an altercation that was caught on camera. The man, Jose Oliva, left needing surgery on his shoulder and also required treatment for his throat, eardrum and hand, on which he wore a gold watch he received when he retired after 25 years in federal law enforcement. The case puts before the justices the issue of suing law enforcement officers who used chokeholds and possibly excessive force at a time of national reckoning over police tactics and treatment of people of color.

Prince Harry insists Oprah Winfrey interview was done in 'most compassionate way possible'

The Duke of Sussex has insisted that his Oprah Winfrey interview was done in “the most compassionate way possible” to pave the way for reconciliation. Speaking on his new AppleTV mental health series, he claimed that the “forces working against” him and the Duchess of Sussex had tried to make it “impossible” for them to leave the UK, admitting that their departure was “incredibly sad”. He accused both the Royal family and the media of trying to “smear” Meghan, 39, in what he described as a “combined effort” that had left her sobbing into her pillow whilst trying not to wake him because he was “carrying too much.” But the Duke said he knew his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, would be proud he was living the life she had wanted for him. He said that “grandma Diana” was one of the first things his two-year-old son, Archie, had said and that he has a photograph of the Princess on his nursery wall. Explaining their decision to give a bombshell interview to Ms Winfrey, in which they accused members of the Royal family of racism and of ignoring their pleas for help when Meghan was suicidal, the Duke insisted that it was “about being real and authentic” and sharing experiences that are relatable to people around the world. “I like to think that we were able to speak truth in the most compassionate way possible therefore leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing,” he said.

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HGTV's Nicole Curtis wins dispute over Detroit home project

The star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict Rescue” has won a dispute with Detroit over ownership of a blighted home. Nicole Curtis said she has spent at least $60,000 to start fixing up the home after buying it from a couple for $17,000. Wayne County Judge Tim Kenny ruled in Curtis' favor, saying her renovation group had recorded a title to the property before the Land Bank did, The Detroit News reported Friday.

'Running out of time': Tibetan president-elect warns of cultural genocide

The top political leader of Tibet's government in exile said on Friday that there is an urgent threat of "cultural genocide" in Tibet, and the international community must stand up to China ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Penpa Tsering, who was this month elected president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), told Reuters that they are committed to a peaceful resolution with China, but Beijing's current policies threaten the future of Tibetan culture.

Lady Gaga says rape at 19 led to a 'total psychotic break'

Lady Gaga says she got pregnant at 19 after being raped by a music producer early in her career, a trauma that triggered a “total psychotic break.” The singer-songwriter opened up about the ordeal on Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry’s Apple TV+ show “The Me You Can’t See,” which focuses on mental health. Lady Gaga, whose hits include “Born This Way” and “Shallow,” recalled having a “total psychotic break” years after she was raped.

Trump charged US taxpayers $40,000 for Secret Service to use a room at Mar-a-Lago in the months since he left office: WaPo

Trump moved to his Bedminster, New Jersey resort earlier this month and it's unclear whether he's charging Secret Service to stay or work there.

I tried 3 celebrity chefs' recipes for white sangria, and the best was also the prettiest

I followed Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Trisha Yearwood's recipes for the summertime classic to find my new go-to. Here's which drink was the best.

Car buyers still sceptical about going electric, says Ford boss

The car giant's UK boss tells the BBC says shifting away from petrol and diesel cars will need more government support.

Prince Harry says 'it doesn't make sense' that Prince Charles told him and Prince William they would struggle with royal life like he did

"Isn't this all about making sure that history doesn't repeat itself?" Prince Harry said in the mental-health series "The Me You Can't See."

The US and Mexico aren't on 'the same page' about cartels, and now thousands of people are fleeing to the US

"Mexico is now overwhelmed and out of capacity," a Catholic priest in southwest Mexico told Insider.

North Korean Weapons Are Likely Here to Stay, Even if Biden Won't Say It

WASHINGTON — Just weeks after President Joe Biden took office, North Korea sent a subtle message to the new administration: It switched on key parts of its nuclear fuel production plant in Yongbyon, the aging complex where the country’s nuclear weapons program was born four decades ago. North Korean officials knew the heat signatures from their radiochemical laboratory would light up American satellites overhead and make it into the President’s Daily Brief, even if it was not clear whether the move was a deceptive fake or a sustained new round of production. “It’s part of the playbook,” said Victor Cha, who released an analysis of the images for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “It says we are here to stay.” Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times The staying power of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal highlights an uncomfortable truth for Biden as he prepares to greet President Moon Jae-in of South Korea at the White House on Friday. Moon has said denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a “matter of survival” for his country, and he has called on Biden to revive negotiations. But North Korea’s arsenal of nuclear weapons and its stockpile of fuel have roughly doubled in the past four years, a steady rise that proceeded even as President Donald Trump held high-drama meetings with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. The best unclassified estimates are that the North has at least 45 nuclear weapons, and appears headed to an arsenal roughly the size of Pakistan’s, another nuclear state the United States once demanded must disarm, and now has all but given up that it ever will. For the North, that has always been a model to follow. In private, officials in the Biden administration admit they harbor no illusions that North Korea will ever give up the entirety of its program. Yet, like his predecessors, Biden has made the decision not to officially acknowledge the North as a nuclear state, aides say. It is a little like pretending that the New York Yankees do not play baseball. But maintaining the myth has a purpose, for both the United States and South Korea. Any official acknowledgment that the North Korean arsenal is here to stay would revive the long-simmering debates about whether U.S. allies like South Korea and Japan can depend on the American nuclear umbrella — essentially a security net for countries that do not have nuclear weapons of their own. Robert J. Einhorn, a former State Department official who was long a nuclear expert for the agency, said a formal acknowledgment that North Korea is a nuclear state would “increase interest by South Korea and Japan in acquiring their own nuclear weapons” and “damage the global nonproliferation regime.” So he said he expected the administration would use the visit to “reaffirm complete denuclearization” as the ultimate goal, “even if it privately doubts that goal will ever be achieved.” For months now, the Biden administration has been engaged in a North Korean strategy review, often in consultation with South Korea and Japan. But it has offered little detail in public about its conclusions, other than to avoid trying a grand bargain with Kim that Trump did. Instead of trying to wrap a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War, the promise of a new relationship between Pyongyang and Washington, and a sweeping disarmament plan into one package, it will turn back to small, confidence-building steps. If that seems like a familiar, step-by-step approach, it is — past presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, tried similar strategies. Agreements were reached, and sometimes facilities were destroyed — notably the cooling tower for a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, which was blown up in front of CNN cameras. It was all for show — the facilities were rebuilt, and the North Koreans kept on producing nuclear material. Moon’s meeting is the second in-person visit of a world leader to the White House. He was crucial in arranging the summits between Trump and Kim, and has continued to encourage dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang. While at the White House, he is expected to reiterate those goals, while emphasizing with Biden a series of South Korean investments in the United States in semiconductors and batteries for electric cars — ways of deepening the technological alliance at a moment of heightened competition with China. The result is that Biden is not likely to dwell much on North Korea, at least in public, Cha said. “They will change the topic,” he said. And officials in the Biden administration have made clear they are not interested in giving Kim the satisfaction of being the center of attention, as he was during his dramatic meetings with Trump in Singapore, in Hanoi, Vietnam, and at the Demilitarized Zone. But the Biden White House has not thrown out all of Trump’s diplomacy. The White House says it wants to build on the “Singapore declaration,” which called for a new relationship between the United States and North Korea, a permanent peace plan, complete denuclearization and a full accounting of soldiers missing in action from a war that ended nearly seven decades ago. The document is only one page, and it is not specific about how to achieve those objectives. Trump, speaking in Singapore in June 2018, told reporters that the relationship with Kim would make all the difference. “Honestly, I think he’s going to do these things,” he said. For the most part, Kim has failed to follow through, though he has maintained a promised moratorium on long-range missile tests and made some progress on the return of remains. But the fact is that Kim did not dismantle a single weapon, and the nuclear production program sped up. In the past several years, Pyongyang roughly doubled its supplies of fuel that can be turned into nuclear weapons, according to analysts. It did so mainly at the Yongbyon complex, where the nuclear program began in the 1960s. Today, the site’s many hundreds of industrial buildings cover an area of more than 3 square miles. Siegfried S. Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos weapons laboratory in New Mexico who is now a Stanford professor, cast the fuel rise in terms of potential weapons: In 2000, at the end of the Clinton administration, Pyongyang had no nuclear arms. In 2008, at the end of the Bush administration, it had four to six. In 2016, at the end of the Obama administration, it had roughly 25. In 2020, at the end of the Trump administration, it had about 45 and perhaps as many as 60. “The policies of the past three presidents have failed,” Hecker said in an email. “Unless the Biden team changes course, North Korea will continue to expand the size, sophistication and reach of its nuclear arsenal.” In size, experts say, the North’s stockpile of nuclear arms is fast approaching those of India, Pakistan and Israel — relatively small members of the club who are seen as deploying about 100 or so weapons, whereas the big players have thousands. That is the model the North is pursuing: No one expects any of those countries to give up their nuclear arsenals. In a recent report, Brad Roberts, a Pentagon official in the Obama administration who now directs global security research at the Livermore weapons laboratory in California, said the North overall had achieved an important new stage — that of “a heavily armed nuclear state with intercontinental reach.” Barring war or leadership change, he added, Pyongyang’s “nuclear weapons appear to be here to stay.” On Trump’s watch, new missiles also came to life. In 2017, Pyongyang for the first time successfully test-fired two kinds of intercontinental ballistic missiles — both, in theory, able to drop warheads on the United States. In June 2018, Kim told Trump that he would stop testing his long-range missiles and nuclear arms. So far, he has kept those promises. But Kim has also proceeded to introduce new generations of shorter-range missiles, capable of targeting South Korea, Japan and U.S. forces based in the two countries. During the Trump years, experts were able to look at satellite images at 16 of Pyongyang’s missile bases, which were much camouflaged. They found inconspicuous patterns of growth that suggested the North had engaged in a great deception: Curbing its long-range missile program while expanding its ability to pummel nearby rivals with conventional and nuclear warheads. Kim test fired three new missiles in 2019 and one this year. Those models, analysts say, have greater accuracy and new maneuvering powers that could help the warheads outwit American defenses in the region. “They’ll probably end up being able to strike more targets,” Vann H. Van Diepen, a former weapons analyst for the National Intelligence Program, said of the new missiles. The differences between the United States and North Korea on how to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula have grown all but unbridgeable over the years. But a strong voice arguing that the gap can be narrowed through continued dialogue has been Moon, who assumed the role of mediator and cheerleader during the Trump administration. Even after the summit meetings between Kim and Trump ended without an agreement, Moon’s government insisted engagement was the only viable way to end the nuclear threat and establish peace. In an interview in April with The New York Times, Moon urged the Biden administration to start negotiations with North Korea, and build on the broad goals outlined by Kim and Trump. This month, after Washington released its North Korea policy review, Moon said he saw no difference between the two allies’ approach to North Korea. Both countries intended to build on the Singapore agreement and take “diplomatic, gradual, phased, practical and flexible” steps toward the ultimate goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. When he sits down this week with Biden, Moon said, one goal would be bringing North Korea “back on the path of dialogue.” But those mutual interests have limits. For its part, the Biden administration has aimed to deepen Washington’s strategic partnership with South Korea and draw it into the evolving U.S. strategy to compete with China. It is a delicate dance because of South Korea’s enormous trade relationship with Beijing. U.S. officials have also accused Beijing of helping North Korea steal funds to finance its program through cybercrime. A United Nations panel of experts released a report this year claiming North Korean hackers stole $316.4 million from 2019 to November 2020 through cyberattacks, including $281 million from a cryptocurrency exchange in September 2020. The stolen cryptocurrencies were laundered through over-the-counter brokers in China, the report said. The fruits of the theft, many experts believe, are funding the North’s most important project: expanding the nuclear arsenal. This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company

Eight Pits Full of Murdered Women Found in Ex Cop’s Backyard in El Salvador

Jose Cabezas via ReutersPolice in El Salvador investigating the double homicide of a mother and daughter have made a gruesome discovery, unearthing a mass grave of mostly women in a former cop’s backyard. Authorities are said to have found the clandestine cemetery this week when investigating former police officer Hugo Ernesto Osorio Chavez, who is suspected of murdering a 57-year-old woman and her 26-year-old daughter, which the former cop reportedly admitted to.Chavez, 51, had a rap sheet that included allegations of sex crimes. Osorio Chavez’s home in Chalchuapa, about 50 miles from San Salvador, was being searched as part of the investigation when police said they found what appeared to be uneven, soft ground. They found eight separate pits with they believe could be more than a dozen bodies in each. Local media say police say sexual violence was involved in the demise of the women. “The central axis of the investigation is sexual violence,” Graciela Sagastume, the prosecutor leading the investigation, told reporters. The former cop and 10 others have been arrested in what police believe was a violent sex and murder ring in which women, and perhaps some young men, were snuffed out. Justice Minister Gustavo Villatoro suggested that the depth and complexity of the secret burial site pointed to the complicity of more than one person. None of the suspects in custody have so far shed light on the matter. By Friday, a number of people with missing relatives gathered at the cop’s home with pictures of loved ones in hopes of identifying a corpse. Many of the grave sites are thought to be at least two or more years old. Osorio Chavez was dismissed from the local police force in 2005 after admitting to being a sexual predator.“He told us that he found victims on social media and sought them out, luring them with the American dream,” Police Chief Mauricio Arriaza Chicas told reporters. “This psychopath has been detained and I believe that 99 percent of the people who assisted him have been detained.” As of Friday, two dozen bodies had been exhumed but police believe there could be 40 or more. Authorities say it could take a month to dig up all the dead. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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