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Spaghetti Tacos...Who Knew?

An article on this kid-pleasing phenomena from the NY Times; as I don't have kids, I had never experienced this - are there parents out there that have, and what do you think about it?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/din...

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  1. My kid adores both pasta and iCarly. We are beyond amazed that she's never asked for spaghetti tacos, even though she was familiar with them when we asked about it. Our deal is that if she reads the entire NYT article, I'll make the tacos. My only stipulation is that the tacos have to have chopped up meatballs in them. If this gets her to read the Times I'll tolerate the occasional weird dinner.

    1. I used to eat spaghetti sandwiches - leftover cold spaghetti on white bread. Pretty much the same concept. Yet I never saw spaghetti sandwiches anointed by the NYT, perhaps because they are unspeakably trashy.

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      1. re: small h

        That sounds pretty weird, until you remember that spaghetti often gets served with garlic bread on the side. A spaghetti sandwich is just the next logical step.

        ~TDQ

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          It is weird, 'cause it's flour & water wrapped in flour & water. I should try making a spaghetti sandwich burrito. It would be like a starchy turducken.

          1. re: small h

            I truly think you're on to something here, small h. I like the way you think. How about adding a side of mashed potatoes?

            1. re: rockycat

              Mashed potatoes in a latke shell! And isn't there some chef somewhere who serves a poached egg inside a scrambled egg? I have a vague memory of reading that...somewhere.

              Crikey, I'm not the only one inventing over-the-top crazy pants food nonsense.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7390...

        2. re: small h

          "Yet I never saw spaghetti sandwiches anointed by the NYT, perhaps because they are unspeakably trashy.''

          Or perhaps because they were never a recurring feature on a popular children's television program in an age when children's television is a huge part of pop culture. (I'm trusting that, like me, you came of age before Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel were huge - or even existent.)

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            I'm of the (first) Sesame Street generation. The only food trends I remember were plastic tubes of electric blue frozen sugar water, wax lips filled with syrup, and dots. Come to think of it, spaghetti tacos seem like a real step forward. At least they're actual food.

            1. re: small h

              Me too. And you're right: spaghetti tacos aren't quite a balanced meal, but more so than Pop Rocks, probably the biggest trend of my '70s childhood.

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                but make sure you don't drink Coke with them because OMG that kid DIED! roflol

          2. re: small h

            Spaghetti on toast is pretty common, I think, although maybe it's an English thing (and therefore eaten in Canada but not the US?)

            1. re: julesrules

              Canned spaghetti, please. For at-home lunch when I was in public school.

              1. re: julesrules

                Is that right? Live and learn. I gave them up when I learned to cook the amount of spaghetti I could eat at one sitting - no more leftovers.

            2. It's strange to me that this passes as news, especially at the NYT. I mean, how many parents have been asked to make green eggs and ham over the years? But, forgive me, I have to say, my entire impression of this story soured when I neared the end and read that ICarly's writer is the husband of hungrygirl:

              "Mr. Schneider, the writer, said he plans to have the “iCarly” cast to his house to make a batch in the next few months, so that he can tape it and post it on his YouTube account. He’s only had a low-calorie/low-fat version prepared by his wife, Lisa Lillien, whose Hungry Girl franchise appeals to weight-conscious snack-food lovers. “I’ve never tasted the real, real version.”"

              Now I know who to blame for hungrygirl's media savvy. HG has somehow managed to popularize food-like non-foods with dieters in an age when farmers markets are flourishing and many --Jamie Oliver, Mrs. Obama, Alice Waters, and so on.--is pushing for Americans to eat real foods. Even Weight Watchers themselves has introduced the core plan, then the "simply filling" technique to encourage dieters to eat more whole grains and other real foods. And yet, they also embrace HungryGirl. Blech.

              ~TDQ

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              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Interesting that Dan Schneider wound up marrying Hungry Girl. He also had a well documented weight problem when he was an actor on the show "Head of the Class" , as well as a dramatic weight loss while working on that show. Dan Schneider also played was also the nerdy neighbor "Ricky Smith in the movie "Better Off Dead" with John Cusak.

              2. You haven't really lived until you go to Zippy's in Honolulu and order the chili spaghetti w/ rice and garlic bread.

                Humm... put that in a taco, batter it, deep fry it..... then douse it in brown gravy

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                  1. re: buttertart

                    humm... spam spaghetti.. what a concept. Or is that spam chili spaghetti? the possibilities are mind boggling.

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        Need more fusion. Have the spaghetti fried, like Hong Kong Style noodles w/ chili spam sauce served over it. If it's fried like that, it would be easier to serve as a sandwich--grilled as a panini (or panino for the purists). Or over a taco...back to the OP.

                  2. On garlic bread sure, but tacos?/ Yuck!

                    Though I used to make spanish rice sandwiches when I ws younger.....

                    1. love spaghetti. love tacos. what could be bad? i'm sure it's how pb&j started -

                      1. I didn't know that Spaghetti tacos made it to the NYT. I have been making them for a couple of years now - I posted about them on my blog. My boys love ICarly. I didn't make a low fat version; I just took spaghetti and plopped it in a taco shell. The boys and some of the neighbor kids loved them. I get requests for them quite often.

                        DQ - I will have to check out hungygirl - or whatever the name is. I wonder what the low fat, low calorie version is. That must have more carbs or something to be low fat. How can you pack more carbs - or make more low fat, a taco shell and pasta? I am a little confused.

                        1. I think this is funny and fun! The occasional kids meal that has little or no redeeming nutritional value is part of being a kid, IMO.

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                          1. re: c oliver

                            I agree. While I try to watch what I eat, I love a good spaghetti taco occasionally!

                          2. I don't know if this article a trend makes...the "expert" cited in the article is a bit of an NYTimes quote whore creating bogus trends
                            http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-p...