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OnDaFence 31M/38M
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1/3/2019 9:11 pm

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1/16/2019 7:54 pm

itriyya day



Spaghetti, a long, cylindrical, and thin pasta made of milled wheat and water, is celebrated tomorrow January 4th!



. Its name comes from an Italian word meaning "thin string" or "twine." The first written record of pasta is in the Talmud, which dates to the fifth century AD. It mentions dried pasta that could be cooked by being boiled. A popular theory claims that spaghetti was invented in China and Marco Polo brought it to Venice, but it is more likely that spaghetti was originally created in Sicily more than 500 years before his time.



Arabs occupied Sicily in the seventh century AD, and brought a meal called itriyya, which was described as a "dry pasta". This is likely where spaghetti came from. In a geographical survey of Sicily and surrounding regions called the Book of Roger, commissioned by Sicily's monarch King Roger II and published by Muhammad al-Idrisi in 1154, a long strand hard wheat pasta is mentioned. It was manufactured in large quantities in the Sicilian town of Trabia and exported to other regions. This is the first definitive historical record of spaghetti production.



The popularity of spaghetti and pasta was bolstered by the Age of Sail, and because it could be dried. By the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, spaghetti was a common meal throughout Sicily and Italy. Spaghetti factories established in the nineteenth century further increased its popularity in Italy, by allowing it to be produced on a mass scale. Factories also helped spread its popularity around the Mediterranean.



Tomatoes didn't become a staple in Italian cooking until the nineteenth century; tomato-based sauces to go with spaghetti are a more recent creation. In Italy today, spaghetti is often served with tomato sauce, which may contain herbs such as basil and oregano, and olive oil, meat, and vegetables. Grated hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan, and Grana Padano are



In the United States, spaghetti arrived at the end of the nineteenth century, and was served in Italian restaurants. "Spaghetti Italienne" was the usual dish, which consisted of spaghetti noodles, and mild tomato sauce that was flavored with spices and vegetables, such as cloves, bay leaves, and garlic. It was not until the twentieth century that basil and oregano were prepared with spaghetti. Pasta and spaghetti rose in popularity worldwide and in the United States in the early and mid twentieth century because of a few factors: large amounts of Italian and Sicilian immigrants were coming to America; US soldiers returned home from Europe following the World Wars with experiences with European meals; refrigeration allowed for pre-made pasta meals; and canned pasta products began being sold.



Fresh spaghetti can be made at home with only a knife and rolling pin, and home pasta machines are also available to make the process easier. Most dried spaghetti is made in factories with extruders.



Both types are cooked in a pot of boiling water, usually with salt. Spaghetti pasta is about ten to twelve inches in length, and there are various types. For instance, spaghettoni is a thicker spaghetti, spaghettini is a thinner spaghetti, and capellini is extremely thin and is also called "angel hair spaghetti."



Celebrate National Spaghetti Day by eating spaghetti. If you can't get to one of the country's best Italian restaurants, make one of the spaghetti dishes from a cook book or from the net.. You could even make your own fresh spaghetti pasta. While you are enjoying your spaghetti tomorrow , why not watch a Spaghetti Western film?



OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/3/2019 9:15 pm

I started this about 8


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/3/2019 9:15 pm

and sound asleep while doing the pictures.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/3/2019 9:16 pm

It's been a long arduous day


Stevie1954 60T
109 posts
1/4/2019 4:17 am

Thank you for the delicious treatise on pasta. Now let's eat!!


Stevie1954 60T
109 posts
1/4/2019 4:18 am

Mangia!!


Hungr4Yungr 69M
3734 posts
1/4/2019 6:02 am

Interesting history lesson on persketti, as I call it. I am having some for dinner tonight, so I am taking your recommendation to heart. Pasta is one of my favorite dishes, but does elevate blood sugar levels.


bychance4709 56M
1377 posts
1/4/2019 7:26 am

Mamma Mia, is tomorrow spicy meatball day?!?!?!


strtsexboy_1 58M
265 posts
1/4/2019 9:55 pm

Yummy I'll take a pot full LOL


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/5/2019 3:29 am

    Quoting Stevie1954:
    Thank you for the delicious treatise on pasta. Now let's eat!!
We had pasta with homemade meatballs and sauce for dinner last night too!


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/5/2019 3:30 am

Chin chin!


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/5/2019 3:31 am

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    Interesting history lesson on persketti, as I call it. I am having some for dinner tonight, so I am taking your recommendation to heart. Pasta is one of my favorite dishes, but does elevate blood sugar levels.
Think it elevated mine too and put me to sleep on the couch watching TV with JD and the mutts last night.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/5/2019 3:33 am

    Quoting bychance4709:
    Mamma Mia, is tomorrow spicy meatball day?!?!?!
It sure was for us!


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/5/2019 3:34 am

I made us a pot full for dinner.


maineiac 76M
2966 posts
1/5/2019 4:45 pm

We had spaghetti last night, didn't know it was spaghetti day, and had enough sauce and meat left over for lasagna tonight. I think my next move will be a nice, big ice cold root beer float.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26519 posts
1/5/2019 7:22 pm

    Quoting maineiac:
    We had spaghetti last night, didn't know it was spaghetti day, and had enough sauce and meat left over for lasagna tonight. I think my next move will be a nice, big ice cold root beer float.
Gawd I can't remember the last time I/we had rootbeer floats... sure sounds good about now.