their own version of a "spaghetti western," say
organizers. A dinner for cowboys and cowgirls on Monday, April
28 at the Italian Cibo Ristorante in downtown Monterey,
Calif., to benefit the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music
Especially since "spaghetti westerns" originally had
nothing to do with pasta. They were low-budget Italian-made
western movies that appeared in the 1960ís, according to
Wikipedia. (Remember Clint Eastwood in "Fistful of
is a nutrition column. So, nutritionally speaking, hereís
what cowboys and cowgirls might want to know about spaghetti
and other types of pasta.
almost every country in the world touts some variation of
pasta ó noodles made with flour dough. Italians however, are
given credit for the name "pasta" which is thought
to be derived from the Italian word for "paste."
any redeeming nutritional value to pasta? For one, itís made
with semolina flour which is ground from durum flour ó a
high protein wheat. In fact, an average serving of spaghetti
or other pasta (1 cup) contains as much total protein as 1
ounce of meat, poultry or fish. Whole grain pasta can provide
a good chunk of our daily dietary fiber requirements. And
carbohydrates in pasta also provide fuel to power our brains,
nerves and muscles for those long days on the range.
pasta is made from wheat, it is also on the "do not
eat" list for people with celiac disease. These folks
need to avoid barley and rye grains as well. Gluten ó a
protein in these grains ó can cause severe damage to the
digestive tract of people who are genetically intolerant to
can cowboys and cowgirls who are sensitive to gluten eat?
Pretty much anything that does not contain wheat, rye or
barley. Their OK corral includes rice, corn, fresh meat, fish,
poultry, fish, milk, beans, fruits and vegetables.
without spaghetti, if you like cowboys and cowgirls and the
western way of life, come support this worthwhile fundraiser
for Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. Along with a
nice dinner (Ciboís offers several gluten-free menu items),
youíll be entertained with musical performances from an
eclectic blend of local musicians...the better to burn off
your spaghetti, yes? And 20 of the proceeds from your dinner
will be donated to support this worthwhile non-profit
organization. Make reservations at (831) 649-8151 or get more
information at www.montereycowboy.org.
miss the fun on April 28 but Iíll be rocking out west with
my new grandson, who Iím sure is the cutest cowboy of all.