I’m not sharing my family’s traditional recipe, but I will give you some pointers to make your own.
Use sirloin beef only, no pork or veal.
Use a dry red wine; I almost always use a Montepulciano or a Malbec
Use cream, not milk
Use San Marzano tomatoes
Go easy on the condiments – you want them to ENHANCE the existing flavors, not add new ones
I personally prefer to use two bay leaves.
Your choice of pasta really makes a difference. I prefer Rigatoni, Penne or another shape with a hole in the middle, as the sauce fills up said hole and make each bite that much more satisfying. If you’re feeling adventurous, stuff Manicotti with ricotta and all the sauce you can fit (lest you want the pasta to sink), then pour what’s left over the finished product.
Since I’ve received quite a bit of attention for my post about my cooking experiments (more than I have for most of my other entries), I’ve decided to dedicate some of my time to posting my other kitchen adventures! Make no mistake, I won’t be posting any less of what most of you know me for; this is just a new addition to what I’ve already been doing.
I know what I said earlier about pandering – and I still hold true to my words – but I do not believe this to be that. I’m not trying to appeal to anyone specifically; rather, I’m posting another one of my preexisting hobbies because people seem to enjoy when I do.
Mark this day in your calendars, I’m calling this now:
One day, VR Technology is going to advance to the point that it will enable a person to enter an entire virtual world, enabling them to do whatever they want without physically moving their bodies. I’m sure this will appeal to millions of people.
I believe that some psychopathic hacker will take advantage of the fact that all the users will be in a prone state, trap them in said state and once he has all those millions trapped, kill them by frying their brains.
That’s right, I’m predicting that one day MILLIONS of people are going to die because VR will be taken too far.
I’m sure at least the majority of you have read FanFics that include OC’s who are vastly more powerful, and at least somewhat more important to the plot, than the canon characters. These, as you know, are called Mary Sues (males are sometimes called Gary Stus), named after who is credited as the first character written that way. What you may not have read are works from authors who fell into the opposite trap. Out of the fear that their character would turn into a Gary Stu/Mary Sue, some authors write their characters as vastly UNDERpowered and almost completely useless to the plot. I personally do not find that to be any better.
I myself fell into the former trap with my first OC, Yosef (as those of you who have read at least part of FE:CSR should know). In an attempt to distract from the main plot (which I thought by now most people would be sick of reading), I centered a lot of the content around him and made him a lot more powerful that I should have. In addition, in an attempt to make him seem psychologically damaged I accidentally wrote him as cruel. Now that I am more experienced, I plan to go back and rewrite Tale 9B (in which he is featured); hopefully this time around I’ll get it right.