A colleague of mine forwarded an article from Boston.com about "Hell Night" at East Coast Grill in Cambridge. I’ve heard of the event but have never been. I’ll admit that I find it daunting at least, and perhaps even a little scary. "Pasta From Hell" sounds like a test of fortitude, not a culinary creation!
Even though it goes off into a discussion about how all sorts of ethnic foods are becoming more and more popular and common throughout the United States, this article in the San Francisco Chronicle starts off by saying "After decades of being satisfied with mild foods, it’s now craving bold flavors that pack a punch — hot and spicy, sweet and heat, and interesting combinations that add new meaning to kicking it up a notch" to which I say "god bless America!"
According to the article, 1,463 products with the word "spicy" were introduced in the last two years, as well as a 4.5 percent increase in "hot" and "spicy" items found on fast-food menus and a 2 percent increase at fine-dining restaurants during 2005.
So clearly this blog is right on track!
Something that I must admit I didn’t know: the original recipe calls for margarine, NOT butter!
The article doesn’t appear to be online yet, but as soon as it is, I will provide a link to it.