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Recently tried a new macaroni shape.

(Seen below. Yes, it's from the same fine people who bring you those irresistible little crackers.)

What kind of pasta noodle do you like?

Do you prefer standard spaghetti or do you tend more toward the angel-hair or the fettuccine side?

How about good old mac and cheese? 'Elbow' or 'shell'? Bacon bits or not? (Ha! That last one was silly!)

Or do you have the 'it's all good!' feeling? :P

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As a die hard Pho eater (Tripe and tendon included please), rice noodles are my current favorite. I prefer Angle hair for spaghetti (garlic Alfredo clam sauce) my current go to. And elbows for mac(which I never have except when my friends that live down the street, mother comes to visit. Makes a mac and cheese that is 10 times better than any other I ever had.

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Glad you guys brought up the idea of Asian noodles.

More variety to choose from! And they're 'all good' too.

Elbows are probably better for mac than shells in most cases.

In my experience, it's difficult to drain shells well and you just

don't want cooking water remaining in your final product.

Although I think I've had a couple shell dishes that got a long

slow bake and were great.

The Pho looks delicious, but you're definitely both die-hard

and hard-core by my standards. I like the wimpier stuff. :blush:

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Might be a prejudice but Dutch think about Americans that they almost never cook for themselves exept Thanksgiving Day,and use ready-made meals and take away dinners,anyway i don't get the impression here.

By the way i like Asian noedels and Italian pasta's,but not the elbow and shell things.

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I haven't had the crackers in ages.

Parmesan is a new one on me. Do they have pretzel fish?

If they do I'd like to mix them up with the parmesan and cheddar ones.

Fish mix! I'd probably eat it all day... ( :

Here's the fish-mac product. Available recently at the Dollar Tree.

I thought it was particularly good, which got me wondering whether it was

the flavoring or the shape. And lead to the original pasta shape question.

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Winnie, I think you're right.

If I could afford it, I'd probably be eating Thai carry-out every night.

But with our current economy there isn't much choice.

The one lucky thing is that American tastes are such that the

healthiest foods are not in demand, so at least they're the cheapest.

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I cook almost every night! (and yes I can make the sukiyaki) about the only time I don't cook is at marble shows.lol tonight(should taken a picture) we had buttered angel hair pasta smothered with king crab, sea scallops and shrimp. with garden fresh tomatoes :-)

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Angel hair. Sometimes I use ditilini rather than elbows, just for the heck of it.

Fav angel hair sauce "alla capo" copied roughly from a nearby Italian restaurant involves both sausage AND chicken as the meat part. Yum.

Don't much care for seafood.

But stone crab claws (with a bowl of garlic butter} are acceptable. Also fresh yellowtail.

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Your post made me laugh Winnie..you are not alone re: your views about Americans and food. We were visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and were chatting with 2 ladies from Poland while waiting in line. Don't recall how the topic came up, but I mentioned cooking dinner and they snickered and looked surprised...said they thought Americans ate Mc Donalds every day. When I told them that I eat McDonalds a few times a year, they did not believe me. Had to go on and on about all the things I liked to cook before they believed me.

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(There's going to be some mild bad language here if you don't want to see it.)

Here are a couple frames from the tv show 'Mike and Molly'.

They're having their first Thanksgiving dinner as a happy newly-married couple.

I can see how people might think we don't like to cook, if this is the way our

tv programs show how we feel on the one day a year we actually do! :rolleye-842:

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A husband who likes to cook!

You're going to have some people jealous of you!

It's always fun to hear how the rest of the world sees us.

After all, we're the people who put ethanol in our gas to save

petroleum, even though mileage goes down and you need more of it.

And require low water use toilets, which need to be flushed twice to work. :D

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How much do Europeans cook from scratch?

I use nearly instant foods -- like canned soup and just-add-boiling water soup pouches. So I'm not eating out but rarely am cooking from scratch.

My grandmother cooked from scratch so much that she made her own noodles. But she was a home economics teacher in the first half of the 1900's.

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How much do Europeans cook from scratch?

I use nearly instant foods -- like canned soup and just-add-boiling water soup pouches. So I'm not eating out but rarely am cooking from scratch.

My grandmother cooked from scratch so much that she made her own noodles. But she was a home economics teacher in the first half of the 1900's.

Can only speak for myself and the people i know.

We don't cook from scratch but as fresh as possible.

Not much instant food but sometimes it's easy.

For example a grilled chicken on a spit is prepared food but fresh isn't it?

Soup we make ourselves using fresh herbs and ingredients.

If we don't like to cook or in a hurry,we buy chinese or thay take away dinners from restaurants,hoping they're fresh LOL.

I don't know how it is where you live Steph but Amsterdam is multi cultural,so you can buy here almost all kind of food from all over the world.

I think Dani is a great cook,it looks delicious.

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I believe many Urban Europeans may spend a larger percentage of their budgets on food than we do. When I spent some time in Berlin all the locals shopped almost every afternoon for that nights dinner in the local small corner market. Always a quick stroll from their homes(Apts)

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