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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.

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