Monday, July 16, 2007


The Eggplant uses De Cecco spaghetti. It used to use Barilla. But no more.

Why use cheap spaghetti? Even the more expensive, imported spaghetti is still cheap.

You need plenty of water in which to cook your spaghetti. Be careful that the ends do not stick out of the water, or they will be undercooked.

Bring water to a full boil before throwing in your spaghetti.

"Spaghetti" is the diminutive plural of "spago," twine, and thus means "little cords or twine".

Use the time posted on the box as a guideline, but you must fish the spaghetti out to taste for doneness.

Do not break spaghetti before cooking. It actually makes it harder to eat if it is shorter.

Do not rinse spaghetti in the colander.

To eat spaghetti with a certain degree of elegance, take only a few strands quickly with your fork, twirl, and eat.

Avoid eating spaghetti (and other pasta, and risotto) from a plate. This causes dispersion of heat. Eat it from a bowl.

Sauces and other ingredients should not be placed on top of the spaghetti. Just before eating, it should be quickly and thoroughly mixed in order to coat all strands. Ingredients such as clams or veggies should be interspersed in the pasta.