The renowned food scientist Harold McKee wondered whether we need to cook pasta in so much water. Not as superfluous a concern as it may seem — after all, heat is energy. So he did some experiments…
I’ve found that we can indeed make pasta in just a few cups of water and save a good deal of energy. Not that much in your kitchen or mine — just the amount needed to keep a burner on high for a few more minutes. But Americans cook something like a billion pounds of pasta a year, so those minutes could add up.
My rough figuring indicates an energy savings at the stove top of several trillion B.T.U.s. At the power plant, that would mean saving 250,000 to 500,000 barrels of oil, or $10 million to $20 million at current prices. Significant numbers, though these days they sound like small drops in a very large pot.
The problem with this scenario is that cooking pasta in less water concentrates the starch, and then you end up with sticky, gummy pasta.
"Records show she secured the loan partly against property, but also by putting up as collateral the copyright, negatives and contract rights to every photograph she has ever taken or will take in future until the loans are paid off."
This is really disappointing. She used to be something of a personal hero but as time goes by…I just really wonder about her.
“Photoshop was something I resisted using for years, but I’m now pretty good with it and clean things up and sometimes remove things and such. But I would never use it to try and make a dull photo interesting — which we now see a lot of.”—Bil Zelman via strobist.blogspot.com
I miss the filters feature in tumblr. I never listened to peoples’ audio posts when they posted them, I always went back later when I had a free minute. Now it’s impossible to find them—they just get carried away in the current.