Fitting hot boiled corncobs into a conventional strainer can be awkward; instead, we like to drain ours in a clean dish rack.
A big drawback to dinner parties is the pile of dishes afterward, especially once the dishwasher and drying rack fill up. If you run out of drying space, use a baking cooling rack: Just put a towel underneath to absorb the water that drips off. Alternatively, you can set an oven rack over the sink; the air circulation on all sides helps dry anything you put on it.
Not everyone has the luxury of copious counter space, so finding room for multiple cooling racks when you’ve just baked cookies can be difficult. We like to extend our work surface by setting the cooling rack right over the sink (it also makes cleaning up fallen crumbs much easier).
Like these? See more quick tips at Cook's Illustrated.