October 17th is National Pasta Day, a day to enjoy your favorite fettuccine, spaghetti, or lasagna — the options go on and on! Earlier this month, on National Noodle Day, we learned that that noodles may have an long history, with remnants in China dating back to 2000 B.C. Today, pasta is enjoyed around the world, with many regions incorporating it into their own local cuisine. Traditionally, pasta is thought of as an Italian dish, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Italians eat approximately three times more pasta than Americans! With a seemingly endless array of pasta varieties and sauce pairings, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular food!
When I was growing up my mom cooked up a pot of spaghetti about once a week, but besides that my only exposure to pasta was from my collection of Garfield books … damn, that cat really loves his lasagna. It wasn’t until I was a little older that I realized how tasty all of the other types of pasta were. I still don’t eat it very often, but now I know how great it is to feast on some stuffed cannoli or ravioli when I’m craving carbs. And when paired with just the right sauce, or stuffed with delicious meats and cheeses, pasta can make a perfect meal. If only I could figure out the elusive “al dente!”
National Pasta Day is one of the handful of “unofficials” we had to celebrate “on the fly.” We actually “pre-celebrted” National Pasta Day several days in advance since we’ll be on a cruise when this post goes live on October 17th. (But who knows? Maybe one of our meal options on the 17th will include some delicious pasta, lovingly prepared by one of the Disney Wonder’s master chefs. Yum, my mouth is watering already.) This evening my parents, my brother and his wife, and Chris and I took my grandma out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse in honor of her 93rd birthday, coming up on October 20th. Chris ordered a nice juicy steak, while I chose the restaurant’s only pasta dish, the No Rules Fettuccine. I decided to forego the chicken, steak, or scallops option and just add vegetables, which resulted in a creamy dish that was tasty, but perhaps a bit on the buttery side. Still, the food was satisfying (and even though Chris and I picked off each other’s plates, there’s a good bit leftover), and the company was stellar. Happy Birthday Grandma!
Tomorrow I’ll get to enjoy the company of a handsome, clean-shaven husband. It’s No Beard Day!