Shape-shifting pasta

This may be a little too personal but seriously: How’s your pasta life? If you’re like most Americans, pasta night is fairly bland and predictable.
Susan France

This may be a little too personal but seriously: How’s your pasta life?

If you’re like most Americans, pasta night is fairly bland and predictable. You probably have fewer than six shapes of pasta on your shelf, led by the usual suspects: spaghetti, elbows (or macaroni), fettuccine and penne with maybe some ravioli and rigatoni. Cue the weekly spaghetti with marinara and mac-n-cheese.

Yet, if you look on Boulder supermarket shelves, you’ll find an arsenal of other great dried pasta shapes and sizes. You can upgrade your pasta meals simply by switching up the shapes of pasta you use without changing anything else. It’s worth experimenting because pasta is an affordable pleasure — even imported pastas aren’t that pricey.

“Pasta is our common language,” says Claudia Bouvier, who grew up in Brazil in a thoroughly Italian family devoted to traditional cuisine. Bouvier trained under a pasta maker in Bologna, Italy, and opened Pastaficio, a Boulder company producing fresh and dried pastas from freshly ground, locally grown ancient and heritage wheat. She hand-makes and cooks pasta virtually every day ranging from malfaldine (frilly fettucine) to gnocchetti sardi (shells) to ruffled casarecce.

“The goal is to match the geometry of the pasta with the right sauce,” Bouvier says. It’s not an arbitrary Italian thing. “Different pasta shapes really are better with certain kinds of sauces. Flats including long, thin pastas like fettucine and spaghetti go with thin, light and oil-based sauce. Chewier shapes are for thick and hearty sauces,” she says.

It’s not a question of fresh versus dried. “People perceive fresh pasta as being higher end, but each type is used for different preparations. You can’t get al dente pasta unless it’s dried first,” Bouvier says.

Here are some easy pasta substitutions:

Instead of spaghetti, use linguine for a little more chew with tomato sauce. Substitute wider pappardelle noodles that will grab chunky preparations. Papardelle also works perfectly for Thai “drunken noodles.”

Instead of rigatoni, try radiatore — yes, they look like little radiators! — with lots of nooks and crannies to grab thick Bolognese meat ragu.

Instead of penne or shells, try small shapes like “trompetti” (shaped like a horn) or orrechiette (little ears) in baked pasta dishes.

For mac and cheese, skip the same old macaroni elbows and try chewier small shapes like gemelli, fusilli or farfalle. “With mac and cheese you have to cook the pasta very al dente, use better cheeses and have lots of sauce because the pasta will absorb it,” Bouvier says.

Instead of sauce, try cooking tiny orzo, cheese tortellini or ditalini pastas in hot chicken or veggie broth. For extra zest, add roasted green chilies.

For a simple preparation, sauté al dente farfalle noodles with olive oil, chopped fresh garlic, chile flakes and finely chopped broccoli rabe or kale.

To cook dried pasta, use a much bigger pot than you think you need “so the pasta has room to cook properly and evenly,” Bouvier says. Also, use plenty of salt in the water but no olive oil ever. When the water boils hard, put the pasta in and stir gently. After it comes back to a hard boil, turn it down to medium. Check cooking times on the package and add a few minutes because of the altitude, but remove when al dente. You want a little crunch because the pasta needs to finish cooking in the hot sauce, she says.

“The main thing cooks get wrong is in draining the pasta. Don’t use a colander,” Bouvier says. Use tongs or a slotted spoon. You get the pasta directly from the pot and put it into the hot sauce, toss and serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil.

“There’s a magic that happens when you get that technique right,” she says.

Pastificio pastas are available online, at Isabelle Farm Stand, the Boulder County Farmers Market and as part of farm CSAs.

Local Food News

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Words to Chew On

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505 GAMES BRINGS SHAPESHIFTING DRUIDS AND FEROCIOUS FURFOLK TO FANTASY …

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CALABASAS, Calif – Feb. 20, 2020 – 505 Games and developer Keen Games have debuted an action-packed expansion ‘fur’ the popular fantasy sandbox game Portal Knights, now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC players worldwide for £7.99.

The ‘Druids, Furfolk and Relic Defense’ expansion pack offers Portal Knights players more adventure, discovery and gameplay styles than ever before.

Introducing a new Class to Portal Knights for the first time, players can now adventure through immersive and colorful 3D worlds as a shape-shifting Druid. Players who begin their Portal Knightsadventure as a Druid can embrace their wild side and transform into a variety of forms with unique abilities and attacks, including: a ferocious bear, a spine-chilling spider and… a really gross slime. A new Race, the ferocious Furfolk, is also available, giving players an opportunity to create their very own member of this proud, new race with customizable fur colors, ears, muzzles and more!

Three new action-packed arenas debut in the latest expansion in which Druids and Furfolk players will defend ancient relics knowns as the Star Stones by crafting traps and magical bombardments to overcome waves of enemy onslaught to earn heroic rewards including mythical unicorn and dragon mounts. Each arena also features a Hard Mode, where only the most daring of players will conquer the toughest of enemies and claim victory.

For a limited time, players can purchase the ‘Druids, Furfolk and Relic Defense’ expansion pack from the Microsoft Games Store, PlayStation Store and Steam at 10% off but must be quick before this deal shapeshifts away!

A free content update has been made available to all Portal Knightsplayers beginning today, with fun features including:

· Basic mounts now available for all players including horses, pigs and more – available at NPC merchants throughout the land of Elysia

· Musical pressure plates are now available for in-game purchase in Portal Knights adventure mode. Team up with friends and make beautiful music together!

· Creative Mode additions including waypoints set for enemies and new items to help players build their very own race tracks for newly earned mounts.

· PC ONLY: Players can edit the text of NPCs and create their own mini-adventures!

· Bug fixes and stability improvements throughout Portal Knights

This new game expansion and update will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch very soon!

In Portal Knights, players begin their journey as a Warrior, Mage, Ranger, then level up their character while gathering resources to craft powerful weapons, armor and spells to defeat formidable monsters and epic bosses in real-time combat.

Players can work cooperatively with friends or family to build structures, explore dungeons and combine the unique attack styles of all classes to overcome challenging perils together while traveling between expansive, imaginative 3D worlds.

Portal Knights is rated 7+ by the PEGI.

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Publishing highlights in premium games include Remedy Entertainment’s critically-acclaimed Control, Typhoon Studios’ comedic action-exploration game Journey to the Savage Planet, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Indivisible, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, Last Day of June, PAYDAY 2, Terraria, Portal Knights, ABZÛ andVirginia. Free-to-play publishing highlights include Battle Islands, Gems of War and Hawken. Distribution highlights include No Man’s Sky, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Dead by Daylight andInside/Limbo. Upcoming titles include Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding for PC.

505 Games has offices in California, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China and Japan. The company works with a network of distribution and sub-licensing partners in all other markets. For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit 505games.com.

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MoneyGram announces partnership with Visa

Ripple even invested millions in MoneyGram, but the company just … that would use Ripple’s decentralized products and the XRP cryptocurrency.
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February 17, 2020

MoneyGram is one of Western Union’s competitors and a major partner of Ripple. The company competes for leadership in the international securities transactions sector. Ripple even invested millions in MoneyGram, but the company just announced a partnership for a new product … with Visa.

The international trading giant has announced a new service that allows the transfer of values ​​in real time. But the new partnership does not include Blockchain technologies, let alone Ripple, Moneygram’s longtime partner.

According to CoinTelegraph the new service is called FastSend and allows customers to send money to a phone number through a website or a mobile application.

Kamila Chytil, COO at MoneyGram, explained to the website that FastSend uses Visa’s Direct Original Credit Transaction to transfer funds between banks through credit card deposits.

The new product drew the attention of those who follow the partnership between Ripple and MoneyGram, because Ripple invested heavily in the transfer company so that it could create solutions that would use Ripple’s decentralized products and the XRP cryptocurrency.

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Ripple is working to become a common solution for transferring values ​​cheaper and faster than on traditional platforms. Interestingly, before being partners, Ripple and MoneyGram were competitors.

Did MoneyGram abandon Ripple?

It is possible to find people commenting that this is a sign that MoneyGram “laughed in the face” of Ripple when using a competitor of the platform in its new product. But Kamila Chytil ensured that decentralized and blockchain solutions are still present at the company and that they are widely used on the company’s backend.

“Today MoneyGram is using Ripple’s On Demand Liquidity, which allows our company to transact at the corporate level using XRP. It is a back-end financial function that is not ideal for consumers. Technology is helping us to solve most of the costly and time-consuming process problems, reducing the amount of money the company needs to be around the world, which eventually reduces the necessary movement capital. ”

MoneyGram’s COO broadly praised the Distributed Ledger technology and added that the company believes that Blockchain will be the future of cross-border payments worldwide.

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15213 Shares in Crowdstrike Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CRWD) Acquired by Adviser Investments LLC

Adviser Investments LLC bought a new position in shares of Crowdstrike Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CRWD) during the fourth quarter, according to its …

Crowdstrike logoAdviser Investments LLC bought a new position in shares of Crowdstrike Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CRWD) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 15,213 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $759,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Prescott Group Capital Management L.L.C. boosted its holdings in Crowdstrike by 127.3% in the fourth quarter. Prescott Group Capital Management L.L.C. now owns 25,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,247,000 after purchasing an additional 14,000 shares in the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC acquired a new position in Crowdstrike in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $174,000. Comerica Bank acquired a new position in Crowdstrike in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $337,000. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. boosted its holdings in Crowdstrike by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 83,573 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,168,000 after purchasing an additional 2,295 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. boosted its holdings in Crowdstrike by 404.2% in the fourth quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 21,004 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,047,000 after purchasing an additional 16,838 shares in the last quarter. 37.11% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group increased their price objective on Crowdstrike from $60.00 to $75.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, December 6th. Royal Bank of Canada decreased their price objective on Crowdstrike from $83.00 to $67.00 and set a “sector perform” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, December 4th. DA Davidson raised Crowdstrike from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $58.00 to $75.00 in a report on Tuesday, February 11th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Crowdstrike from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 5th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group decreased their price objective on Crowdstrike from $67.00 to $61.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Friday, December 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.09.

Shares of NASDAQ CRWD opened at $66.03 on Thursday. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $59.90 and a 200 day moving average price of $62.73. Crowdstrike Holdings Inc has a 1-year low of $44.58 and a 1-year high of $101.88.

Crowdstrike (NASDAQ:CRWD) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, December 5th. The company reported ($0.07) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.12. The company had revenue of $125.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $118.79 million. The firm’s revenue was up 88.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, sell-side analysts predict that Crowdstrike Holdings Inc will post -1.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CFO Burt W. Podbere sold 215,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.79, for a total transaction of $10,704,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 215,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,704,850. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO George Kurtz sold 2,344 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, January 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.50, for a total value of $125,404.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 8,251,745 shares of company stock valued at $430,850,775.

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