Cooling pasta that will be made into pasta salad in an ice bath before adding the vegetables and dressing helps the pasta from getting too sticky once it cools.

Vidalia onions are a special variety of onions grown only Georgia. In fact, according to a law called the Vidalia Onion Act of 1986, if the onions aren’t grown in certain counties in Georgia, they can’t be called Vidalia onions! Vidalia onions are extra sweet because the soil in these parts of Georgia is especially low in a mineral called sulfur, which contributes to the “onion-y” taste of other types of onions. So if you don’t like onions yet, sweet, less-“onion-y” Vidalias are a great variety to start with!

What makes the place where you live special? It could be your state, your city or even your own home!