My final column featured some of my favorite kitchen hacks. I had many feedback on the assorted concepts I discussed, although, solely Marilyn Gattuso, a local of North Adams and a former Pittsfield resident, now of Naples, Fla., supplied her favourite. A retired English instructor from Wahconah Regional Excessive College, she despatched me an electronic mail saying:
“Once you burn your hand/fingers whereas baking or cooking, instantly place your hand in a container of flour or cowl the world with flour — sting and potential blister/scar will disappear. You might also wish to preserve a Ziplock bag of flour within the freezer to have on the prepared. Take pleasure in!”
She added in a subsequent electronic mail: “It’s a staple, particularly for grease splatters, in our household. All of the grandchildren have identified for years to ‘Seize the Flour!'”
I can not attest to its effectiveness; I check many issues for The Eagle meals web page — however purposely burning myself to check Marilyn’s treatment was above and past the decision of obligation. I did, nevertheless, put a bag of flour in a vibrant purple storage bag in my freezer for future reference.
A hack I forgot to say — I did not consider it as a hack till somebody just lately watched me do it and remarked on it — is coring a head of lettuce to clean previous to utilizing it in a salad.
Fellow foodies put these knives down! Merely take the pinnacle of lettuce, maintain it with the core pointing downward and — this is the enjoyable half — whack it in opposition to the countertop. The core virtually falls out. All it’s important to do is rip the pinnacle of lettuce aside a bit and it’ll separate completely.
On the grocery store, I have been noticing individuals shopping for cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and contemporary pasta like they are going out of fashion. Truly, they’re a part of a pasta recipe that is gone viral on TikTok. I made a decision to strive it the opposite night time once I wanted dinner in a rush. One chunk and I understood what all of the fuss is all about! This recipe is a particular keeper!
BAKED FETA PASTA — TIKTOK ORIGINIAL
(Courtesy of grilledcheesesocial.com)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Prepare dinner time: 40 minutes
1 pound bowtie pasta
1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra for ending
2 containers cherry tomatoes (round 20 to 25 ounces)
1 8-ounce block feta
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
A number of pinches purple pepper flakes
1 handful contemporary basil leaves
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 levels.
Add olive oil to a baking dish and toss with complete cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper till all the things is coated. Add the feta within the center and high with a splash extra of olive oil plus just a few cranks of contemporary pepper.
Bake for half-hour.
In the meantime, put together bowtie pasta based on instructions then pressure.
After the half-hour have handed, crank the warmth as much as 450 levels and bake for one more 5 to 10 minutes or till the feta and tomatoes have browned.
Take away the baking dish from the oven, and add garlic and purple pepper flakes. Stir so the residual warmth cooks the garlic and releases the flavors from the purple pepper flakes.
Toss within the pasta and stir yet one more time. End with contemporary basil, one other splash of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.