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Re: “On pasta

Mmmmmm Pasta. In my family we start eating pasta early, like baby food early. My great aunts from northern Italy used to cook pastina (tiny star-shaped pasta) in broth until tender and feed it to grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Then there was tortellini soup -- beef, spinach and cheese filled little wonders cooked in chicken broth and served with a sprinkle of parmesan. Oh heavenly joy!
My favorite pastas have changed over the years. As a kid, I loved angel hair pasta...really liked the texture. But as my tastes matured, I began to appreciate mostaccioli and rigatoni more and more for their slight chewiness and ability to grab onto the sauces. Nothing better than mostaccioli topped with sweet Italian sausage chunks with whole olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions sautéed in olive oil. Delicioso!

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Posted by Arkhobbit on 09/24/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Roberts vs. durian

How did it turn out with the sticky rice?

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Posted by Arkhobbit on 09/05/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Saucy

It's a little bit different than mine. The family recipe I always used doesn't have the red pepper flakes, and I was always told to warm any dried herbs in the oil with the onions and garlic before adding the tomatoes. But those minor differences are just probably regional as my family comes from the northern mountains. But, it does sound like an excellent sauce, will try it someday. It's also great with sausage and peppers to put over polenta.

Posted by Arkhobbit on 09/05/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Roberts vs. durian

I've always wodered about the Durian, ever since I've heard one described in a Jonathan Kellerman mystery decades ago. Good for you for being curious and adventurous.

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Posted by Arkhobbit on 09/02/2014 at 7:48 PM

Re: “At U.S. Pizza, Judy's Favorite is ours, too

I love their vegetable pizza which is the one I go for every time.

Posted by Arkhobbit on 08/27/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Cheers & Jeers: From Boulevard to Brunelle

Franke's is my go to place for lunch many times. You can't go wrong with any of their vegetable dishes. Had their fried okra and pickled beets just last week. Their panko-coated fish is very, very good also.

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Posted by Arkhobbit on 07/16/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “MAPCO tries to gussy up convenience store; fails

Laughing, Dan. Well, the truth is, that when all of the residential housing that is being built downtown fills up there will be a need for another gas station. And the one school downtown, won't hold all the children who live in the area and those who come to work with their parents from outside areas too. So gas will be used as parents transport all these kids either out of the area to schools or into the area to attend the estem school. Not to mention the residents who don't want to drive all the way down Main St for a gallon of milk at 10 at night. They'll want something closer and more convenient.

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Posted by Arkhobbit on 06/26/2014 at 8:20 PM

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