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Versatile chopsticks

I like to keep some chopsticks on hand in my kitchen because they’re so useful. It’s best to save the wooden chopsticks you get from Chinese take-out restaurants rather than using nice lacquered ones.

  • Slide one or two under the lid of a pot when you want it partially covered.
  • Slide a couple under a hot pot in place of a trivet to protect your table or countertop.
  • Lay two chopsticks across the top of a pot of boiling pasta water while the pasta cooks. Set your serving bowl on top of the chopsticks for a few minutes to warm it.

Philip May, Chicago, IL

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