Day 6 is
In celebration of your love for Spaghetti
(one of my favorites too)
I have made you a page
full of spaghetti facts and recipes. Enjoy!!
(This is really making me hungry... LOL)
Who "invented" pasta?
Popular legend has it that Marco Polo introduced pasta to Italy following his exploration of the Far East in the late 13th century; however, we can trace pasta back as far as the fourth century B.C., where an Etruscan tomb showed a group of natives making what appears to be pasta. The Chinese were making a noodle-like food as early as 3000 B.C. And Greek mythology suggests that the Greek God Vulcan invented a device that made strings of dough (the first Spaghetti!).
Pasta made its way to the New World through the English, who discovered it while touring Italy. Colonists brought to America the English practice of cooking noodles at least one half hour, then smothering them with cream sauce and cheese. But it was Thomas Jefferson who is credited with bringing the first "maccaroni" machine to America in 1789 when he returned home after serving as ambassador to France.
The first industrial pasta factory in America was built in Brooklyn in 1848 by, of all people, a Frenchman, who spread his spaghetti strands on the roof to dry in the sunshine.
Is pasta fattening?
Pasta is not fattening. If you eat too much of any food, you can gain weight. According to USDA's Handbook 8-20, a 1/2 cup serving of cooked pasta (spaghetti) contains a mere 99 calories, less than half a gram of fat, and less than 5 milligrams of sodium.
What are the most popular pasta dishes?
According to the American Pasta Report, 40 percent of respondents say spaghetti is their personal favorite, followed by lasagne (12%), macaroni and cheese (6%), fettuccine (6%), linguine (3%), elbows (3%), pasta salad (3%), and angel hair (2%).
Did you know that people selected Oprah Winfrey (31%) and David Letterman (34%) as the TV celebrity with whom they would most like to share a bowl of pasta? Source: American Pasta Report
I have collected some Spaghetti recipes for you. There is quite a variety here...
Savory Spaghetti And Meatballs
Spaghetti Aglio E Olio (spaghetti With Garlic)
Spaghetti A La Brindisi
Cheesy Spaghetti Delight
Spaghetti Mizithra (Greek-Style Spaghetti)
- Red Gravy (otherwise known as Tomato Sauce!)
Now lets go eat!!