Tuesday, April 15, 2008

kitchen experiments

A lot of brilliant ideas come from experimenting with different ways of doing ordinary things. The very best ideas seem obvious in retrospect, and after someone comes up with the clever thought, everyone else wonders why people haven't been doing things that way all along. On the other hand, sometimes there are good reasons why people don't do things a certain way. But the only way to find out is to try it.

I did this today. It turns out, there's a good reason why be boil pasta instead of steaming it -- namely, that the pasta turns to unpleasantly-textured mush in a steamer. The other experiment worked out much better; bacon bits go great in a jar of Ragu. So I had a 50% success rate for my culinary experimentation. I can live with that. And, it was a learning experience I can pass on to y'all so you don't have to do the experiment. Don't steam pasta. And if bacon bits in spaghetti sauce sounds good to you, you're probably right.

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