Monday, December 5, 2011

Hanging the laundry - and the pasta - out to dry

The little pasta drying gizmo I have is perfect for a Manhattan apartment. It is made of wooden dowels, breaks down into something that will slide into a narrow cupboard and is big enough for most purposes.

But once in a while I need more fresh pasta than it will hold comfortably, and I've improvised various stopgaps over the years. Then our friend Barbara gave Jackie a most useful birthday present: a Leifheit drying rack that holds quite a lot of laundry but folds pretty flat. Also perfect for a Manhattan apartment. At some point it dawned on me that what’s good for socks and tee-shirts is probably good for lasagne too. It is. When fully unfolded, the rack can hold vast quantities of rolled-out noodles. And the plastic-coated wire rods are easy to clean: we wouldn’t want to get flour onto our navy blue sweaters, would we?

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