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February 17, 2006


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Maybe you should just throw that container straight in the trash, or have a bottle of bleach on hand when you take the lid off.

EEEK! Mold for sure. I agree with Luke, throw the container away.

Once when we were first married I invited my M-I-L over for dinner & tried to impress her with from scratch chicken noodle soup. What I failed to realize was that you had to BOIL the noodles before tossing them in the crock pot. It was seriously like eating baby food. Nasty smushy gooey egg noodle baby food.

I give you an A+ for effort though. :0)

HA! Funny. I've seemed to manage cooking the noodles but the sauce, the sauce is another story. Not to mention the competition I have....my mother-in-law! She was born in Italy and makes her own sauce from scratch and it's SO good but I could NEVER duplicate it b/c she's all, "oh, it's simply, a dash of this, a pinch of that....."
I don't understand or comprehend that kind of cook talk.

John taught me how to cook a lot. He said that the trick to cooking pasta is to start of with warm water and throw in a 1/2 tsp of salt. When the water starts to boil throw the pasta in. Just keep your eye on it, stir it every so often and test the noodles a few times. A way to test the noodles if you think they might only need a few extra mintute, which those extra minutes could make those mushy noodles, is to take one noodle out and toss it at the wall, if it sticks it is done :o) Then drain the noodles and rinse with cool water this will make the noodle from cooking anyfurther. I guess if you do not rinse the noodles with cool water they can continue to cook while sitting in the strainer and then they can become mushy.

When you go back to work Monday take your stuff and just throw it away in someone else garbage can! Or hopefully the nice garbage guy seen it on your desk and tossed it.

your noodle boiling instructions sound like those for mac and cheese- the inexpensive meal of choice for college students. the instructions should be universal... boil yadda yadda, then clip open this pack of sauce included in the box, and stir- there you have it, spaghetti. no? :)

I would greatly disagree with the rinsing of the noodles with cool water. All that will do is make you pasta cool down faster.

When cooking in the boiling water the pasta is re-hydrating and absorbing water. If it cooks too long in the boiling water it will absorb too much water and become mushy. If you follow the rest of Brooke's instructions and drain when the pasta seems the right consistency you won't have any problems with mushy noodles.

I also used to think that running the cool water over the noodles was a good idea as well....to keep them from sticking together, but as it turns out thats not the case at all. If you want the noodles to not stick together, add a little bit of olive oil to the boiling water before adding your pasta. The one downside to this, it also keeps the sauce from sticking to the noodles...so if you are like me, and like lots of sauce on your noodles, its not going to work for you.

Another thing you can do to keep the noodles from sticking together is to throw the noodles (post-draining) into the pot with the sauce and stir, you get pretty even sauce distribution...but it doesn't leave any room for someone that doesn't like sauce to take less, or vise-versa.

Rinsing them in cool water does cool the pasta down but it also helps prevent it from cooking any further. The noodles are still so hot that they continue to cook even out of the boiling water. The out side noodles not so much but all the ones in the middle do because the heat is trapped in the middle. They teach you that in cooking school. The cool water does not prevent them from sticking together, put a tiny bit of oil in them like David said.

And once you have kids, and they're let's say three yrs old and you put forth an honest effort to put together a meal, you'll get "Eewww!!!! This is YUCK-ie, MOM-mie!"

But, I guess that's what you should expect from a child who practically got a parade in her honor for putting her ka-ka in the potty.

For a pretty good guide on pasta cooking practices and the reasons for doing so, Whole Foods has a decent article here.

You'll get it eventually.

Your mom almost failed foods class in high school and she got it together. It takes time.

mmmmmmmm mold..... Don't even peek.
Send it right off to tuperware heaven!

I give a big A+ for trying. Don't give up. You'll get it!

Well, it is Monday. What is the Bahsketti report?

Dun, dun, dun....hope you didn't come back to mold today at work. Sorry I've been slacking on reading, I feel in an internet kinda slump.

where are you frema?

You have plenty to talk about, how much fun registering was.

Frema, where are you? You didn't eat the moldy spaghetti did you?

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