Saturday, April 21, 2007

Carbs are not the enemy

My friend, Susan told me about Kraft's Food & Family magazine. It's free to subscribe to and it comes every few months. It's full of easy, tasty recipes. I am especially a fan of the desserts! I definitely recommend it to anyone who cooks. Along with the magazine, I get a weekly email with tips and yummy recipes. Today's email talked about some myths when it comes to cooking pasta. I thought they were pretty interesting:
Myth 1: You should add oil to the cooking water to prevent the pasta from sticking.

Fact: You shouldn't need to add any oil, if you use enough water. Aim for 4 to 6 qt. water per lb. so the pasta has plenty of room to cook.

Myth 2: You'll know pasta is done if it sticks when you throw it against the wall.

Fact: If your pasta sticks to the wall (or ceiling or wherever it lands), it's probably overcooked. Use the package directions as a guideline and test a piece about a minute before it should be done to see if it has the right texture.

Myth 3: You should rinse pasta after it's cooked.

Fact: Rinsing removes starch, and starch helps the sauce stick to the pasta. The only time you should rinse pasta is for a cold salad.
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Sara said...

I have been subscribing to this magazine for about 2 years now . . . Summer and Clay got me hooked. The Web site is pretty good, too, because Kraft displays ratings for the recipes. In my experience, other regular cooks like you and me rate recipes accurately, so pay attention to those stars!

Two recipes from Kraft that I absolutely love, are the no-bake cheesecake (minus the lemon juice) and a peanut butter chocolate pie thing . . . I can't remember the exact name, but I will send the link to you soon . . .

Jacki said...

Huh... great types. I thought those myths were true! One of my girlfriends bake a cake from It was the best cake i have had for a while! I need to check this place out!