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Old 06-03-2011, 09:28 PM   #21
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And Roadfix, any pasta I have to Google is not simple
I should have said sprinkled dry seaweed spaghetti....
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:37 PM   #22
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Hmmm, now I'm wondering if when someone says they made a simple salad they opened up a bag of greens. Which is more simple, opening up a bag of mixed greens or quartering a head of iceberg?
Is there a simple answer to this?

And Roadfix, any pasta I have to Google is not simple
Or...if they grew the veggies and harvested the veggies for the salad, it wouldn't be simple any more.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:21 PM   #23
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OK, I just have to be the dissenting voice, just because it's fun. There is another way of looking at the term simple pasta. Simple syrup is a description of a particular syrup made from table sugar (sucrose) and water in equal amounts.

I wish I could find something that identifies a particular type of salad with the name, simple salad. Alas, a search of the internet gave me easy to make salads. I have to bow to the majority decision (heavy sigh). I so like to stir the pot when I can.

Ah well, one of these days, I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too! Ahhhhahahaha.

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Old 06-04-2011, 06:23 AM   #24
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That's interesting, GW. So a simple syrup is actually a specific syrup, with a specific composition. That makes me wonder if simple syrup came first, then other dish descriptions followed on the same premise of limited ingredients that are readily available.
I imagine in colonial times it was easier to make simple syrup than it was to collect honey
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:53 AM   #25
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...I imagine in colonial times it was easier to make simple syrup than it was to collect honey
On the contrary. Sugar was a luxury in colonial times.

I think you are WAY over thinking this. A simple pasta is as described earlier by jennyema and Uncle Bob.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:25 AM   #26
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On the contrary. Sugar was a luxury in colonial times.

I think you are WAY over thinking this. A simple pasta is as described earlier by jennyema and Uncle Bob.
I was hinting at the whole bee thing

And it isn't so much over thinking as it is learning others' terminology for the food they are describing. It's just not a term I see a lot, so when it comes up it catches my eye... and imagination.
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Would it have been a different thought process for you if she had said "an easy pasta."?
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:33 AM   #28
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Would it have been a different thought process for you if she had said "an easy pasta."?
lol, not really. I still wouldn't have had any idea what she was having
Maybe if there was only one type of pasta and only one way to sauce it...
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lol, not really. I still wouldn't have had any idea what she was having...

Maybe you could ask her....
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Maybe you could ask her....
I did
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