Stuff to save time

Red all over
To ripen tomatoes wrap them individually in newspaper.

Mick Jagger-approved
Soften brown sugar by keeping the sugar in its plastic packaging, add a few drops of water, and heating on medium for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave.

Use your unbroken noodle
Don't break pasta to fit it in the pot. Let the ends stick out until the submerged sections soften, about 1 minute. Then stir to bend the pasta and push it underwater.