I love to cook, so I have a lot of different pots. I use to have a trusty “spaghetti pot” but really I never used it for spaghetti. There are several reasons for that, the number one probably being pure laziness. I didn’t want to wait to fill that big of a pot with water and then wait for the water to boil; especially with the amount of pasta I was making for my family of four. Then I find myself doing one of two things with the awkwardly long spaghetti noodles: 1. Sticking them in the pot and letting the ends hang out until I can force the noodles to bend into the pot (and hope they don’t burn because I have my flame set too high). 2. Break all the hard spaghetti noodles in “half” causing fragments to fly across my kitchen where I’ll find them under the fridge when digging out the next matchbox car with my yardstick.
Let’s be real, why isn’t spaghetti smaller? Not every meal is a reenactment of “Lady and the Tramp”. It’s not going to change the flavor. So come on noodle companies, get with it! Well, Golden Grain has taken a hint from every parents’ secret strange desires and has created new Pot-Sized pasta to their product line. That’s right, they just fit into your pot. Open box, chose amount, stick in pot! BAM! Dinner. Everyone loves a short cut!
Golden Grains has other ways to help you in the kitchen by offering products that matter to your family like Hidden Veggies pasta and 100% Whole Grain pasta on top of their line of traditional pastas and egg noodles. What a great way to gather around the table for a family dinner.
What are your kitchen short cuts, tips, and tricks? We all have them and it’s brilliant to share either things we’ve learned over the years or the tips grandma passed along. My favorite short cut is making quesadillas. Here are my short cuts to this kid’s favorite:
- Use one whole tortilla as the bottom and one whole tortilla for the top. I use to bend mine in half, but that a pain if it doesn’t match up right and the cheese is all gooey and melting everywhere. Make a full circle.
- MY NUMBER ONE TIP: Shredding cheese can require a lot of cleaning either in my Cuisinart or via my hand shredder. I’m making quesadilla because I’m looking for an easy way out of dinner. I skip the shredding and grab my peeler, which I clean in the dishwasher. A peeler also makes the cheese thin, easy to melt slices, AND the slices are even.
- When it’s done cooking, I cut the slices with my pizza cutter and serve.
This Mom Start tip is on the Golden Grain Facebook page. Vote for Mom Start in Golden Grain’s “Show Your Short Cut” contest for our peeler quesadilla tip and you’ll be eligible to win a weekly $100 American Express gift card; one entry daily, so VOTE every day! Or try for your own shot to win $500 by entering your own tip or short cut.
If you’re looking for some easy pasta dinners, Golden Grain has you covered with a personal recipe box.