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N is for Noodles

April 17th, 2011 at 01:55 pm

It's funny how things go in cycles. For awhile the idea of eating bread was considered radical and horrible and now bread making has become somewhat popular again. Same thing with casseroles...I saw a bunch of casserole dish recipes in a recent cooking magazine.

I would say noodles are sort of becoming popular with some. Personally, I never stopped liking them. But, for some of my friends, they kind of looked down their noses that I would even think about fixing chicken and noodles or beef and noodles.

Recently our newspaper actually ran some noodle recipes in it and I figured being smack dab in the middle of the state of Illinois, if our paper is running noodle recipes, they must be popular again.

Am I the only one who remembers people making noodles at home -- ideally one a kitchen table with a metal top? My mom never made them, but the neighbors did and it was fun to watch. One of our local churches has a chicken and noodle dinner for a fundraiser and they have a large crowd, including folks who don't go to the church, just because they have this dinner with their homemade noodles.

I have a friend who claims she doesn't cook, but she does make her own noodles.

And it is fascinating to go to an Amish store and see various types of noodles that were made there...garlic noodles, whole wheat noodles, well, you get the idea.

I remember a few years ago it was a big thing to invite folks over to make your own pasta. Do people do that anymore?

People also used to say if you did something bright, that was using your noodle. That must have been when it was OK to eat those carbs!

However, Ramen noodles seem to be a big hit because of their ease. Did they lose popularity?

Do you have a favorite noodle dish? I would have to claim chicken and noodles as one of mine.

4 Responses to “N is for Noodles”

  1. snafu Says:

    I substitute the word 'pasta' to mean noodles and while I'm too lazy to make them from scratch [flour & water] I love that my nearby grocery chain store has 70 different types, sizes and shapes. I think every ethnic group has it's own versions of noodles and the only difference is the sauce and spice. Rice noodles for example need only to be soaked in hot water to be ready to eat. Angel pasta or vermicelli turns roasted chicken that remains from Sunday's dinner into exotic Vietnamese fare or Chinese dumplings.

    Anyone trying to trim spending knows making home made soups uses all the small bits of vegetables and meat and is substantial with the addition of noodles no matter the shape.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I love making homemade chicken noodle soup with egg noodles. A lot of times there isn't enough broth for it to really be soup so it ends up more as a chicken/veg/noodle thing than a soup. My kids love it, I love it, and DH eats it anyway.

    I have a pasta maker so I have made various types of noodles in the past. My favorite homemade one was lasanga noodles with basil and tomato added to the flour, water, and egg. It was so good. Unfortunately I put it in storage until we move again because there is just no room for it, here.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    What a coincidence! NT just made homemade linguine for lunch today. He mixed it with homemade pesto, mushrooms, onions and sundried tomatoes. He's really good at making them (and he makes them vegan, no eggs). My sister used to make a really thick egg noodle (like 1/3 inch wide and nearly 1/8 inch thick) that she'd pair with a simple homemade tomato sauce; I loved that dish.

    I pretty much love every kind of noodle/pasta dish there is, from pad Thai to spaghetti to Cantonese noodles to macaroni goulash

    I myself have never attempted to make my own noodles, unless you count gnocchi; I do that every couple of months. I have a super-simple recipe that just takes potatoes, flour, salt and I believe oil.

    Oh, and my cat is called Noodles! So that's the first thing I think of when I see the word. Smile

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Good kitty! Love it, Ceejay!

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