Wednesday, October 06, 2010

NY Times: Spaghetti Tacos and the Extremes of Young Cuisine

It started as a gag: spaghetti tacos.
 
On an episode of the hit Nickelodeon series "iCarly," the lead character's eccentric older brother, Spencer, makes dinner one night. Glimpsed on screen, the dish consists of red-sauce-coated pasta stuffed into hard taco shells.

That punch line has now become part of American children's cuisine, fostering a legion of imitators and improvisers across the country. Spurred on by reruns, Internet traffic, slumber parties and simple old-fashioned word of mouth among children, spaghetti tacos are all the rage. Especially if you're less than 5 feet tall and live with your mother.
 
Mom blogs and cooking Web sites are filled with recipes from dozens of desperate parents who have been confronted with how to feed their offspring the popular gag. A Facebook page has sprung up with more than 1,200 fans.
 
There's a dessert version, made with brownie mix, white frosting and strawberry preserves; a guacamole-covered version, with Mexican-flavored tomato sauce, at Barefoot Kitchen Witch, the Web site of the Rhode Island blogger Jayne Maker; and a recipe available at spaghettitacos.com that uses Italian sausage and peppers.
 
 
full @ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/dining/06tacos.html
 
 

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