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Ovation: National Spaghetti Day!

01/04/2014

SpaghettiI’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions.  I guess I’ve made enough of them in my life to realize that they’re just not for me.  The only thing worse than not doing something? … promising yourself that you’ll do it and THEN not doing it.  This year, one of the things that we talked about doing differently around our house is cooking.  We hope to do more of it.  For some reason, during our “we need to cook more” conversation the topic of spaghetti came up.

We love spaghetti.  It’s easy to prepare, it’s relatively inexpensive and it makes for good left-overs, too.  While it might not be the healthiest meal that we could prepare, in moderation it’s certainly not the worst.

“Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.” – Sophia Loren

Today is National Spaghetti Day!  The fourth day of the year is the day set aside to celebrate the thin, round-shaped pasta from Italy that so many of us can’t seem to get enough of.  The word spaghetti is actually the plural of spaghetto, which comes from the Italian word for “thin string”.  Makes sense, no?

No matter how you serve it, with a common tomato sauce, a fancy Carbonara, brown butter or just a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, the noodles are always the main attraction.  What to do with the spoon that you might receive with your order in some restaurants …? Miss Manners says we don’t need it.  A fork, she insists, is the only utensil that may be used to eat spaghetti while anyone is looking.  The inevitable slippage of spaghetti from the fork back onto the plate is Nature’s way of controlling human piggishness.

She could be right.

To celebrate National Spaghetti Day, make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner or head to your favorite Italian restaurant and enjoy!

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2 Comments
  1. I will honor the day by eating my leftover spaghetti and meat balls from last night. Thanks for the reminder and nudge. On top of spaghetti…….

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  2. Love spagetti, we’ll have to make it for dinner tonight!

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