Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fresh Pasta - Deal Of The Day

Join the Chef tomorrow morning (Thursday Jan. 15th) for an appearance scheduled at 9:40 am on KTLA's Morning News Show (9-10 a.m. on Los Angeles's Channel 5) for a budget cooking segment on local TV. Watch the Chef as he tries to cook and hold a conversation at the same time! For his local TV news debut, the Chef will try to squeeze in four recipes including: Ragu alla Mario Batali, Pita Pizzas, Eggplant Hummus and Mini-Banana Puddings (with the latest trendy dessert topping: a sprinkling of salt and bacon); all made with ingredients priced at a dollar or less. Tune in tomorrow to find out, will co-host Jessica Holmes taste the Chef's mini-banana pudding with bacon bits!?!

Fresh uncooked pasta has been carried in 99.99c only Stores for over five years now. Spaghetti, fettucini and linguini are sold in 9 oz. packs in the deli or frozen cold case. While the Chef prefers dried pasta with all its varieties and al dente bite, fresh made pasta is a tasty change of pace; tender and also quicker to cook. Pair it with the Chef's "Artichoke Pesto", "Lighter Than Air Meatballs" or "Mario Batali's Ragu" recipes.

Fresh pasta needs no special treatment; just boil in salted water for about three minutes. When the pasta is pulled out of boiling water, try the following 99 Cent Chef delectable flavor enhancers -- drizzle with lemon juice and dust with freshly ground black pepper, or toss with a fistful of fresh shredded garden herbs and olive oil. Marinated veggies from a jar, such as zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms or roasted red bell peppers make expeditious delectable vegetarian toppings. Keep a lookout for packages of fresh pasta and grab a few; it also freezes well.

4 comments:

Georgia said...

This is so exciting (the Morning Show, I mean...although the pasta is exciting too, of course)! I can't wait to see the segment!

Kathy A. McDonald said...

Congrats Billy! Hope you can podcast it.

Palm Axis said...

love the pasta but missed the show. Did it go well?

Billy Vasquez said...

The KTLA show was fun -- a little rushed, next time 2 dishes instead of 4, and will try to have an actual conversation!

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