Its come to my attention there is a sinister and diabolical movement in this country far worse than lost WMD, more full of holes than a New Orleans levee and may possibly bring this country to its knees with all the ugliness of post-Facist style racism. Its happening right now in some kitchen somewhere in this country. We eat billions of pounds of pasta in this country. Consider this, in the year 2000 we, Americans that is, consumed over 5 billion pounds of pasta. Our temporary obsession with eating massive amounts of protein while shunning carbs had very little effect. We are poised to eat well over that tonnage this year. The problem is that 4.99999999 billion pounds of this pasta was overcooked, mushy and rinsed of its lovely starches and wheaty goodness. That's right I said rinsed. You know it would be bad it enough that it was over-cooked and mushy. Or that is was probably eaten with a weak and bland sauce anyway, so who cares, right? But what gets me in all of this is the is the rinse. You know who you rinsers are. You drain the pasta in your fancy stainless steel All-Clad colanders. Then, while its still in the sink you reach for the cold water tap and let it run over the $5 a pound artisan pasta you just bought at the tony food shop or co-op. Washing down the drain is not only the lovely starch that was going to help your well-crafted Bon Apettit or Molto Mario sauce stick to the squiggly little shapes or long golden strands, but gurgling down the pipes below is all the flavor of hard winter wheat that developed in the boiling water and sea salt bath.
So Stop It Now. Stop the madness. I know that once you try it you will never go back. Not only will you stop rinsing your trofie and gemelli, but soon you'll quit soaking your linguini or washing your rigatoni. Why you may even stop torturing your children with watery and weak boxed macaroni and cheese. To many of you this may sound silly, but when you do make the plunge not to plunge your pasta the world will start to seem a little more right than it was before. The world turns on good food...so hop on and let it flow.