You are really going to have to use your noodle for this one! You might know pasta like spaghetti and ravioli, but what about conchiglie and pappardelle? Even if you love a variety of sauces from pesto to alfredo, those are still the basics. Let’s see how much you know about your favorite Italian dishes beyond Chef Boyardee. You probably have sampled a lot of these tasty meals, but did not realize they were the names of noodles. Take a few minutes to quiz your knowledge. It’s only a yes or no option, so you already have a 50% chance of getting the correct answer. Who knows? You might even sound well-traveled the next time you order pasta at a fancy Italian restaurant (sure, we can count the Olive Garden if you’re new to this!). If you don’t do so hot, challenge your friends to see if you beat them at least. Bon Appétit!
Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.
Ettore Boiardi was born October 22, 1897, in Italy. He went on to become a famous chef. At the age of 16, Ettore Boiardi arrived at Ellis Island. In 1924, he opened a restaurant named Il Giardino d’Italia opened in Cleveland, Ohio. His customers loved his food, especially his spaghetti sauce so much that they started asking for it. Four years later, the company Chef Boyardee was born in 1928. He opened his factory in Pennsylvania where the land was plentiful with tomatoes and mushrooms. Ettore Boiardi changed the spelling of his last name in an effort that Americans could pronounce it correctly. His product was a success. During World War II, the US military required his factory to be open round the clock in order to make army rations. American Home Products purchased the company after the war in 1946. In 1985, Ettore Boiardi died of natural causes at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife and son Mario along with 13 grandchildren. The company moved from International Home Foods in 1996 and crossed over to ConAgra Foods at the turn of the century. The canned pasta is still popular and bears the chef’s image and name.
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