Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Macararoni (Onagizhinsan)

Macaroni (/ˌmækəˈrni/Italianmaccheroni) is pasta shaped like narrow tubes.[2] Made with durum wheat, macaroni is commonly cut in short lengths; curved macaroni may be referred to as elbow macaroni. Some home machines can make macaroni shapes but, like most pasta, macaroni is usually made commercially by large-scale extrusion. The curved shape is created by different speeds of extrusion on opposite sides of the pasta tube as it comes out of the machine.

The word macaroni is often used synonymously with elbow-shaped macaroni, as it is the variety most often used in macaroni and cheese recipes.[3] In Italy and other countries, the noun maccheroni can refer to straight, tubular, square-ended pasta corta (“short-length pasta”) or to long pasta dishes, as in maccheroni alla chitarra and frittata di maccheroni, which are prepared with long pasta like spaghetti. In the United States, federal regulations define three different shapes of dried pasta, such as spaghetti, as a “macaroni product”.[4]


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Hunger is such a problem on some parts of the White Earth Reservation that there is a neighborhood some people call Hungry Hill.

“It’s hard, you know, living day to day,” said 29-year-old Melissa Manypenny. “Especially when you have children, and it’s hard for you to feed your children from day to day.”

Manypenny and her boyfriend, Daniel St. Clair, 38, both grew up on Hungry Hill in the town of White Earth. They often relied on a macaroni, which many on the reservation call “Mac.” For them, that meant hamburger, macaroni noodles and tomato paste.

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