[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Happy New Year

  • From: "Kim Friedman" <kimfri11@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 23:39:22 -0800

Hi, Valerie, unfair! unfair! here I am in California and I can't try this
scrumptious-sounding cornbread. Anyhow, Valerie, I do know how to do pasta.
It really depends on the type you're making, i.e., if you have fresh noodles
you've bought or made yourself, or if they are dry pasta. The key is to have
a nice pot with a sufficiency of water and do not, repeat, do not put the
pasta in the pot until you're sure the water is boiling. You want there to
be enough salt in the pot so you can sort of taste it, but not to where it's
overpowering. Once your pasta is in, you stir it just so it's submerged in
the water and isn't sticking to the bottom. You don't stir it all the time,
just a little bit at first. Fresh noodles take from 1-1/2 to 3 minutes, or
more, depending on the type, dry pasta may take ten to twelve minutes (or
less if you're making very thin pasta). The way to tell your pasta is done
is to take a noodle and bite into it. If the pasta tastes cooked all through
and is toothsome, what the Italians call al dente, then you have some nice
pasta. Once you're pasta is al dente, take it out and drain it in a colander
set over a bowl or sink. (Do the former if you are using the pasta water to
moisten your noodles (very useful when you add simple sauces like olive oil
and garlic, pesto, and the like. Regards, Kim.


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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Valerie Maples
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 10:28 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Happy New Year

That makes two of us, Jamie! I could eat pizza every night, but
unfortunately, my husband can't, and he always only likes the meat pizzas.
Every once in a while I like to break loose and get the works or something
on conventional. I guess I never even dreamed about ordering out on New
Year's Eve, but we did do a weekends worth of cooking today. We made a large
kettle of a simplified version of my mom's pasta tuna salad as well as
another large pot of chili. I was going to make some spaghetti as well, but
Doug's aide was helping me, and it turns out he didn't know how to boil
water for noodles, so the tuna salad took a lot longer than expected. Who
would've thought? He is a cook at his house, so I just figured he knew how
to boil noodles. Go figure? 

Tomorrow it is black-eyed peas and if I am really lucky I will have some
white cornmeal and some bacon grease in the refrigerator to make Doug's
mom's famous southern cornbread. Absolutely can't be beat!


On Dec 31, 2009, at 11:55 PM, Jamie Yates, CPhT wrote:

No fair! I tried to get pizza tonight on my way home from work (yes,
Valerie, I am a pizza addict). the first place was open but not taking any
more orders. The second place, closed. Third place, closed. Fourth place,
closed! All before midnight! Don't these people know it's New Year's Eve and
we want food? Even McDonalds was closed. So not fair. 

Jamie in Michigan

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