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Sunday, September 11, 2011

PASTA

Since I will be teaching a class on Pasta today I thought I would post some facts about Pasta on the blog. Pasta is in every culture in one way or another.  Pasta was first found in China in the 2000 BC. The Greeks and the Romans all have references to Pasta.  One the most interesting to me was a dish called lagana that was very popular in the Roman Empire.  It was flour blended with lettuce juice and made into thin sheets. These sheets were then fried and served with herbs.  Most historians credit this dish with what we now call Lasagna.

The use of the word Pasta was first used in England. The Italians then adapted it to describe their "Pasta". Italian Law defines what can be used to make pasta - dry pasta or Pasta Asciutta, can only be made with durum wheat flour or durum wheat semolina.  In other cultures other grains are used.

If you are able drop the class today.  However we have over 30 signed up. Space is limited.  Let me know if you have any questions about Pasta.

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