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  • Meet the Italian Grandmothers Making the World’s Rarest Pasta

    03/28/2021 5:59:15 AM PDT · by mylife · 106 replies
    Pasta makes everything better. This we know. But in the ancient villages of Sardinia, where the art of handmade pasta is practically a sacred ritual, there are ancestral, mouth-watering secrets that even the finest fettuccine can’t hold a candle to. We’re talking about the most beautiful and intricate shapes you’ve never seen; braided, stretched, twisted and crocheted using mesmerising bygone techniques. Did you know there’s only three women who still make one of the rarest pasta on earth? These are the disappearing recipes of Italian elders, passed down for generations by Sardinian and Italian women (and maybe a few men...
  • Threads of God – The World’s Rarest Pasta Is Also One of the Most Difficult to Make

    01/22/2021 8:22:31 AM PST · by mylife · 39 replies
    oddity central ^ | 1/22/2021
    The small town of Nuoro, on Italy’s Sardinia island, is home to what many are calling the world’s rarest pasta, an intricate, hand-made treat that only a handful of people can make. Known as su filindeu (in Sardinia’s Sardo dialect), or Fili di Dio (in Italian), and translated as threads of God, this traditional pasta had been linked to La Festa di San Francesco, an ancient religious ritual celebrated every year, in May. For the past two hundred years, the only way to try threads of god pasta was to complete a 33km pilgrimage on foot or horseback from Nuoro...
  • Chinese Noodles Not the Inspiration for Pasta, Historians Say

    11/07/2020 9:56:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | NOVEMBER 06, 2020 | SILVIA MARCHETTI
    Pasta is Italy’s staple food, but it’s not only Italians who indulge in platefuls of the doughy concoction every day. People all over the world adore it. It comes in more than 300 shapes: long, as in spaghetti; flat, as in fettuccine; hollow (bucatini); short, as in penne; the butterfly-shaped farfalle and ear-shaped orecchiette; tubular (rigatoni); and stuffed, in varieties such as tortellini and ravioli. It can be bought dry or freshly made from egg-based dough. World Pasta Day, held each October , celebrates the universal love of this staple of the Mediterranean diet. But who invented pasta? Legend has...
  • Pasta becomes a vegetable under Trump administration as loophole is created which hacks away at Obama-era school lunch rules

    01/27/2020 7:40:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:07 EST, 24 January 2020 | Ross Ibbetson
    A Trump administration “loophole” in school lunch rules will allow for certain types of pasta to qualify as vegetables as well as for students to get more burgers and fries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposals will continue to erode Michelle Obama’s legacy by easing restrictions on the types and quantities on fruit and vegetables put on the table. “Pasta made of vegetable flour(s) may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable,” the new guidelines say. The department said the changes will help to reduce food waste, because students were often given...
  • MIT scientists crack the case of breaking spaghetti in two

    08/15/2018 4:19:17 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 65 replies
    cnet ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | JENNIFER OUELLETTE -
    How not to shatter spaghetti into half a dozen little pieces. ...It wasn't until 2006 that a pair of French physicists successfully explained the dynamics at work and solved the mystery. They found that, counterintuitively, a spaghetti strand produces a "kick back" traveling wave as it breaks. This wave temporarily increases the curvature in other sections, leading to many more breaks. (You can see slow motion videos of shattering spaghetti here if that's your jam.) Basile Audoly and Sébastien Neukirch won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize for their insight. ...One caveat: the technique only works on cylindrical-rod shaped pasta like...
  • Yale Friends Say Brett Kavanaugh Loved To Eat Pasta With Ketchup

    07/15/2018 8:22:25 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 103 replies
    Splinter News ^ | Sophie Weiner
    An article in the Yale Daily News today gives us more insight into the life of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And boy, is it exciting stuff. Kavanaugh attended Yale Law School from ‘87 to ‘90, during which time, according to classmates, he enjoyed playing devil’s advocate in conversations with his black friend, eating pasta with ketchup, and looking down his nose at friends who enjoyed watching Jeopardy. What a fun dude. His friends also remember his painfully dull taste in food. [W]hen it came to food, the future Supreme Court pick found hardly anything palatable, Christmas said. Kavanaugh was...
  • Monthly Cooking Thread - July 2018

    06/28/2018 4:06:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 164 replies
    I’ve become very interested in Italy lately, and am especially drawn toward the Sorrento Peninsula/Amalfi Coast area. Searching for recipes from the region – and continuing in the interest of finding ways to use all of those squashes that are beginning to burgeon in your gardens - I found a recipe for Spaghetti alla Nerano. This is a pasta dish that comes from the fishing village of the same name, and uses fried zucchini. I found the recipe on a beautiful website dedicated to Italian cooking: ‘Memorie di Angelina’. Frank Fariello has done an amazing job with this blog, which...
  • Trump’s new food-stamps plan: A basket of U.S. food, direct to your doorstep

    02/12/2018 3:26:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 108 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 12, 2018 3:01 p.m. ET
    The White House says the changes could save $214 billion over a decade. “The Budget proposes to combine the traditional retail-based SNAP electronic benefit with the direct provision of nutritious and 100 percent American-grown USDA Foods to participating households. This cost-effective proposal maintains our commitment to helping needy families avoid hunger while generating substantial savings,” the budget said. Households receiving $90 per month or more would get a portion in shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish. The remainder of the benefit would go onto the debit card...
  • Snail Noodles Museum Offers Taste of Guangxi's Signature Dish

    01/12/2018 3:10:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    China's Liuzhou Luosifen Food and Culture Museum takes visitors on a journey of the history, production process and development of luosifen, or rice noodles with snails. A signature dish of Guangxi, the snail noodles are made from pickled bamboo, dried turnip, fresh vegetables and peanuts, and served in a spicy noodle broth flavoured with river snails. The local dish has risen to national fame in recent years, with restaurants specialising in it in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and even overseas.
  • The Truth About Vodka Sauce

    10/03/2017 1:45:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | October 3, 2017 | Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite
    Besides fettuccine Alfredo, is there a dish reviled by pasta snobs as much as penne alla vodka? The other day, one of these detractors summed up the recipe for us as follows: Bring a large pot of water to a roiling boil, add salt, toss in penne, and cook until al dente. Meanwhile, in a small pot, heat up a can of cream-of-tomato soup. Drain pasta. Dump soup over pasta. Mangia! Although the pasta snob was just being extra snooty and probably secretly craves the stuff, he wasn’t so far off the mark. The problem with vodka sauce is the...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    04/06/2017 4:16:59 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 90 replies
    One of the best dishes that my husband makes is a ‘Chicken Primavera’ pasta dish, with asparagus. This recipe calls for Vermouth, which I don’t like very much; so we use a dry white wine instead; and you don’t have to use Fettuccine - it’s also nice with little shells or any other whimsical pasta. I think I originally found this in one of those little recipe books that they place at the supermarket checkout to lure you into an impulse purchase. I’ve been ‘impulsed’ many times, and have found some very nice recipes in those pamphlets ;-) Chicken Primavera...
  • Eat away: Italian study shows pasta doesn't make you fat

    07/06/2016 2:50:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies ^ | 05 Jul 2016 11:40 GMT+02:00
    If you’ve banished pasta from your kitchen cupboard in the hope of squeezing into last year’s Speedos or bikini before your summer holidays, you’re making a terrible mistake. An Italian study, published in the journal “Nutrition and Diabetes” this month, reveals for the first time a link between how much pasta you eat and how slim you are likely to be. […] “Our findings show a negative association of pasta consumption with general and central obesity,” the authors wrote. In short: the more you eat pasta, the less you are likely to be overweight. …
  • Underground Mafia lair had guns, pasta pot, and a plate of ricotta

    01/29/2016 11:00:44 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 1/29/2016 | Associated Press
    ROME — Italian police have discovered an underground bunker in the countryside of southern Calabria with two fugitive mobsters holed up inside. The convicted ‘ndrangheta clan bosses had a dozen firearms, including a Kalashnikov, and a pasta pot neatly hanging on a wall. Tomatoes, salad and what looked like a plate of ricotta were on the counter when police raided the bunker early Friday. Vines and bushes camouflaged the hideout. Police said they are trying to find a network of accomplices they suspect helped Giuseppe Crea to elude capture for 10 years and Giuseppe Ferraro for almost 20 years. Crea...
  • ‘Best-before’ labels on rice, coffee and pasta reach their sell-by date (in European Union)

    05/19/2014 5:21:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:08PM BST 19 May 2014 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is poised to scrap compulsory “best before” labels on coffee, rice, dry pasta, hard cheeses, jams and pickles to help reduce the estimated 100 million tons of food wasted across Europe each year. Officials of the European Commission will table proposals next month allowing national governments to extend the list of foods that do not require best-before dates, in a move which they believe will mean 15 million tons less food a year is discarded by households wrongly worried that it is no longer fit for consumption. […] EU legislation on labeling currently requires all food to...
  • Study: Pasta Linked to Depression in Women

    11/07/2013 12:09:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 4, 2013 | Adrienne Cutaway
    Officials at Harvard conducted a 12-year study on 43,000 women and found higher rates of depression in those consumed more pasta and other refined grains, according to Newser. The study found that women who cosumed more soda, red meat and refined grains like pasta, white bread and chips were 29 to 41 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression when compared to women who consumed more wine, coffee and vegetables.
  • Barilla president apologizes again for anti-gay remarks

    10/02/2013 5:00:01 PM PDT · by Salman · 48 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Oct 1, 2013 | Chris Isidore
    NEW YORK (CNN Money)-- The head of Barilla pasta issued a new apology and said he will meet with gay groups, adding he "has much to learn" about the evolution of the family. Guido Barilla, president of Barilla, said on an Italian radio program last week that he wouldn't feature same-sex couples in his company's commercials because he prefers the "traditional" family. The company quickly issued a statement apologizing for the comment. Now Barilla has posted a video of him apologizing in English on its Facebook page. "Through my entire life I have always respected every person I've met, including...
  • Barilla: ‘Gays can eat someone else’s pasta’

    09/26/2013 2:50:54 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 131 replies ^ | September 26, 2013 | Bruce Golding
    Anger is boiling over at the chairman of the Barilla pasta company after he vowed to only feature heterosexual couples in commercials — and added that anyone offended by his anti-gay stance could buy a different brand of noodles. Guido Barilla told Italian radio on Wednesday that he would never use a gay family to promote the world’s leading brand of pasta, according to The Guardian. “For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company,” Barilla said. ”I would not do it but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals...
  • Italian pasta baron's anti-gay comment prompts boycott call

    09/26/2013 11:13:34 AM PDT · by bgill · 62 replies ^ | Sept. 26, 2013 | Reuters
    Guido Barilla, chairman of the world's leading pasta manufacturer, prompted calls for a consumer boycott on Thursday after telling Italian radio his company would never use a gay family in its advertising. "I would never do (a commercial) with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect but because we don't agree with them.
  • Big Cuts to Hospitals and Beds in Molise, Lazio and Trentino [Italy]

    11/13/2012 5:13:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies ^ | 08 novembre 2012 | Margherita De Bac
    ROME – Italy’s hospitals are to lose 30,000 beds as the scenario outlined in last summer’s spending review begins to take shape. Regions have until 31 December to indicate where the reductions will be made. In the upcoming three-year period from 2013 to 2015, the current average ratio of 4.2 beds per thousand residents will have to drop to 3.7. The total should include 0.7% set aside for rehabilitation and long-stay patients who no longer need acute care. Some regions, including Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Tuscany and Lombardy, have already begun to wield the axe while others have yet to start....
  • 'If he's not a hero, I don't know who is'

    11/18/2011 3:43:13 PM PST · by Pelham · 21 replies
    Huntington Beach Independent ^ | October 5, 2011 | Mona Shadia
    runo Serato says his Italian mother is responsible for his good deeds. It started when she spotted a boy eating potato chips at a Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim donation ceremony. When Caterina found out the chips were all that boy and other children at the club were having for dinner, she told her son to cook for them at his restaurant, the Anaheim White House. "I had to say yes because I had to listen to my mom," said Serato, who lives in Huntington Beach. That night — April 18, 2005 — he fed about 70 kids. "I...