Add a little cooking water to the pasta and sauce; this will help the sauce “stick” to the pasta.
To bring pasta water to a boil more quickly, cover the pot with a lid while you are heating the water. Do not cover the pot while cooking the pasta.
Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them so they won't burn during cooking.
Store cheese in your refrigerator and keep it wrapped tightly in plastic away from air (air helps mold grow on cheese).
Herbs and Spices – Storage Tips:
Store spices in a cool, dark place. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor more quickly.
As a general rule, herbs and ground spices will retain their best flavors for a year. Whole spices may last for 3 to 5 years. Proper storage should result in longer freshness times.
When possible, grind whole spices in a grinder or mortar and pestle just prior to using. Toasting whole spices in a dry skillet over medium heat before grinding will bring out even more flavor. Be careful not to burn.
Because the refrigerator is a rather humid environment, storing herbs and spices there is not recommended. To keep larger quantities of spices fresh, store them in the freezer in tightly sealed containers.