In our experience of cooking, dining, researching and writing about food, as well as running a restaurant and catering business in Laguna Beach, we have accumulated a wealth of tips that may help you avoid kitchen nightmares or just make your cooking life easier.
Here they are in no discernible order:
•Take your bananas apart when you get them home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they will ripen faster. Peel the banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little strings off. That's how primates do it.
•Bell peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with four bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
•After roasting peppers over an open flame, wrap them in a paper towel. Wait until they are cool and rub the skin off with the paper towel. The skin will stick to the paper towel and come off easily.