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View Poll Results: Do you break your spaghetti/linguine prior to cooking?
Yes, almost always or always 27 35.06%
No, never or barely ever 41 53.25%
Less than 50% of the time 6 7.79%
More than 50% of the time 3 3.90%
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:22 AM   #181
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I never break spaghetti and I use only salted water, no oil.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:51 AM   #182
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No break camp. I use a tall pot and fill about half. The spaghetti goes in, softens in a minute and then get it stirred up and all totally submerged.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:44 PM   #183
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Wow! Still going! I never thought it was such a passionate subject. I personally didn't like the mess of breaking pasta prior to cooking nor did I ever think of it before I met my husband, very much. Now, I must say it's official. I break it. I came up with a way to break it neatly at any length the family wants which is normally 1/2 or 1/3 (unless I am making some kind of soup then my usual is 1/5) and it still twirls very good. Now the whole family is happy. As for meatballs, if anything we cut them with the side of a fork. No knife, but I have learned that's just our preference and what other people do doesn't bother me unless they are complete and utter slobs when eating in a restaurant or are in the company of others. Then I just loose my appetite. (or not look) :-)
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:03 PM   #184
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I have seen some that spear their meatball with their fork, and gnaw on it like they never learned how to cut into small bite pieces. Sure makes you want to sit at a table with them in an upscale restaurant.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:48 PM   #185
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I break it in half. It is easier for DA to eat it, as she is blind. I cut up the meatballs for her and mix it very well on her plate. All she has to do at this time is put her fork in and twirl it until I tell her it is all there.

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Old 10-02-2013, 07:48 AM   #186
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I was brought up twirling it with a fork into a soup spoon. Till this day my wife says it looks odd. I tell her thats the way we did it back when the dinosaurs roamed. To each their own.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:17 AM   #187
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I was brought up twirling it with a fork into a soup spoon. Till this day my wife says it looks odd. I tell her thats the way we did it back when the dinosaurs roamed. To each their own.
I remember those days. We had one as a house pet.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #188
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I remember as a kid we used to stick the end of the spaghetti strand in our mouth and then suck it in, while sauce flew everywhere.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:40 AM   #189
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I remember as a kid we used to stick the end of the spaghetti strand in our mouth and then suck it in, while sauce flew everywhere.
Yes, so you look like my avatar!!! LOL!
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:24 AM   #190
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I can't think about slurping spaghetti without thinking of a scene from one of my favourite movies, Tampopo:

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