Master these moves to get dinner done before the final buzzer.

By Janet Taylor McCracken
May 30, 2017
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1. Halve Tomatoes In Half The Time! 

prep cutting cherry tomatoes hack
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

1. Place a plastic takeout lid, rim side up, on a work surface. Fill with cherry tomatoes and place another lid on top, rim side down.

cutting cherry tomatoes in half hack
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

2. Using a sharp knife, cut between the lids from one side through to the other, while pressing down gently with your free hand.

halved cherry tomatoes
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

3. Remove the lid and—voilà!—you've cut your tomatoes and your prep time in half, and turned an annoying task into a fun challenge!

2. Make A-Peeling Ribbons

peeling zucchini ribbons
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

Trim both ends of a zucchini. Using a vegetable peeler, peel from one end to the other, forming a long ribbon. Repeat, turning the squash as you go. Serve raw with vinaigrette, or cook in olive oil over high until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. 

3. Be All About The Baste

frying steak
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1. To boost pan-fried steak, chicken, pork or fish, try a side-baste. When your meat is almost done, add butter, garlic and thyme sprigs to the pan.

basting pan fried steak
Credit: Photography by Joseph De Leo

2. Once the butter has melted, use a large spoon to baste the meat with the sauce for about a minute to infuse it with the flavored butter.