a new TWIST for a great snack

A party snack idea with a twist!

4 cups curly macaroni/twisty pasta
1 tablespoon oil
Oil for deep frying

One of the following seasoning mixtures:

* 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon garlic salt

* 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon each chili powder, cumin, and onion salt

* 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Or for a sweet version try:

* 2 tablespoons lemon zest (or orange), 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water with 1 tablespoon oil until just tender. Drain, spread onto waxed paper and blot away excess moisture with paper towels.

Fry the cooked pasta in batches in hot oil (375°) until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Transfer the fried pasta to a serving bowl and sprinkle it with the seasoning of your choice while still warm and moist. Toss and serve.