Most cooks like to keep a pump soap dispenser near the kitchen sink for hand washing. But it’s wasteful to discard the last drops of soap that always collect in the bottom of the bottle. Here’s a fast, neat way to get the soap from one bottle to another. Simply insert a long chopstick into the neck of the newer bottle and invert the older bottle on top. The soap will cling to the chopstick and trickle down more readily.
Jonesing for ravioli, but don’t have any homemade pasta sheets on hand? Use store-bought wonton wrappers instead. Just place one wrapper on a work surface, spoon some homemade filling on top, and brush the edges of the wrapper with a little water. Then cover with a second wrapper and use the tines of a fork to seal shut the edges of the ravioli. Make sure that the seal is tight so that the filling won’t leak out while the ravioli are being cooked.
Put your wooden chopsticks to work as a guide when cutting decorative fans to use as a garnish. Place a chopstick on a cutting board (straight-sided chopsticks work best), then position the item, such as a strawberry, in front of the chopstick. Holding the chopstick and the garnish with one hand, slice through until the knife hits the chopstick. Continue making ⅛-inch-thick slices, fanning the slices on a plate.