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