Month: December 2020

Can You Leave Pasta in the Water After Cooking?

Boiling tomato sauce for pasta

I’m on a pasta spree this week. I’m cooking pasta, eating pasta, and answering the questions on the Internet that everyday folks like you and me are asking about pasta the most. 

Like many things in home cooking, making pasta in a way that it tastes good and is enough to feed your entire family is a deceptively-simple thing.

Unless you have the time to cook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and, let’s be honest, most folks don’t), you’re probably going to make more pasta than your household can eat in a single meal—and save the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch or next Monday’s dinner.

Are You Supposed to Wash Pasta Before Cooking?


Regular readers of this blog know about my obsession with pasta. And how I like to find out what questions people are actually asking about making pasta online, answering them in the form of blog posts here.

One of those questions, it turns out, is if you’re supposed to wash pasta noodles before cooking. Which is what we’re going to be looking into today.

Keep on reading if I’ve got you curious.

Can You Charge Your Phone on an Induction Cooktop?

Can you charge phone on induction cooktop

As I wrote in “Are Induction Cooktops Worth It?”, wife and I recently rented out a beautiful new apartment. One of the perks of our new home is a Bosch induction cooktop.

Before we moved in, I’d been cooking on an electric stovetop for years. So it took me a little research to find out how an induction cooktop works, and how to make the most of it for my home cooking.

Are Stainless Steel Pans Non-Stick?

Are Stainless Steel Pans Non-Stick?

I recently switched from cast iron to stainless steel cookware. This includes my frying pan. So I’m now cooking with a 10-inch stainless steel frying pan from a Dutch cookware maker.

Cooking with stainless steel is a great experience, as long as you know how to use it. When I was researching what kind of frying pan to buy, one of the first questions that came to my mind was just how non-stick stainless steel cookware was. It turned out I wasn’t the only one asking that question.

Easy and Tasty Arugula Salad Recipe

Arugula salad

Arugula, which some folks call “rocket” or “rucola,” is one of my all-time favorite salad greens. It’s super healthy and has an unforgettable tart, bitter, and peppery flavor that pairs well with sweet veggies like tomatoes, onions, and corn—and just as well with salty Italian cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano.

This week, I’m all about making simple and delicious salads with veggies I have in my fridge. Yesterday, I wrote about my best onion and tomato recipe. Today, I’m going to share my easy and healthy arugula salad recipe.

If I’ve got you hungry and curious, keep on reading.

How to Make Onion Tomato Salad (My Best Recipe)

Onion Tomato Salad

There are few salads as simple and as delicious as an onion tomato salad. The acidity of the tomatoes and the sweetness of the onions are like a marriage in heaven—especially when you garnish them with a herb or two and top them with pitted olives.

If the idea of an onion tomato salad piqued your appetite and curiosity, keep on reading. This is truly one of my best salad recipes.