Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy National Spaghetti Day


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By Chef Diane

Well the holiday season has finally come to an end.  The parties are over, the Christmas goose has been cooked, the New Year’s black eyed peas and greens have disappeared, and you are wondering, now what will I fix for dinner.  You are in luck!  Today is National Spaghetti Day!  Spaghetti is a simple dish to make, and it is something that will feed your whole family with just a few minutes of time in the kitchen.  Today, you can stop by the freezer section, grab some frozen meatballs, then head over to the grocery aisle, pick up a jar of sauce, and don't forget to stop by the bakery and grab some French bread!
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You can fix a salad, spaghetti and bread in no time.  According to punchbowl.com, we associate pasta with the Italians, who have revolutionized the dish and invented a wide variety of pasta shapes. These include farfalle, conchiglie, rotini, penne, tortellini, and, of course, spaghetti. Spaghetti is the most common round-rod type of pasta and in Italian, “spaghetti” means “little lines.” Spaghetti is traditionally served with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, but you can also add meat, garlic, oil, and pepper for extra flavor.
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I don't watch many cooking shows.  With just me here, I don’t try too many different recipes.  But...there is a man who has a short show that is shown on yahoo.com every week.  He is Italian, so many of his shows are of Italian food, which I love.  I checked today to see what he would have for spaghetti, and saw this clip.  He is very quick, and entertaining, and once you watch, you will be hooked too!
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So while you are recovering from all the holiday dishes, today, you can just kick back, boil some noodles and enjoy a fast easy dinner that is filling and delicious.

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