In the quiet suburbs of Palm Beach County, Florida, a 12-year-old boy named Austen MacMillan became an unlikely hero. Austen, a typical pre-teen with a penchant for video games and schoolyard adventures, found himself thrust into a life-or-death situation that would forever change his life and the life of the man he would save. The incident unfolded as Austen was spending time by the pool. Jason Piquette, Austen’s behavioral therapist, had joined him by the poolside. In a heart-stopping moment, Jason accidentally slipped into the water, plunging beneath the surface.
Learning CPR From ‘Stranger Things’
Austen’s courage was remarkable, but equally astonishing was his knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This critical skill, typically reserved for trained professionals, had been acquired by Austen in an unconventional manner: through his love for a Netflix series called Stranger Things.
In the show’s first season, there is a pivotal scene where the character Hopper, portrayed by David Harbour, administers CPR to the young Will Byers in the eerie and mysterious realm known as the Upside Down. Little did Austen know that his fascination with this fictional moment would soon translate into a real-life act of heroism.
A Brave and Quick Response
Without a moment to spare, Austen sprang into action. He dove headfirst into the deep end of the pool and retrieved Jason from the water. With the therapist now unresponsive, Austen raced outside the house to call for help. But as seconds turned into minutes with no one coming to his aid, Austen made a crucial decision.
He returned to the pool, his unwavering resolve evident in his every move. It was here that he began CPR, performing chest compressions and rescue breaths on his therapist. The entire incident was captured by the home’s recording system, and the video quickly made its way onto social media, touching the hearts of people worldwide.
One-pot pasta dishes are incredibly versatile, delicious, and hassle-free. When you’re pouring all the ingredients along with the dry pasta at the same time into the pot, you’re actually cutting back your cooking and cleaning time by more than half, without sacrificing the textures and flavors. Here, we’ve come up with a super easy and flavorful one-pot spaghetti recipe for you.
This specific one-pot spaghetti dish involves simple seasonal ingredients like chicken stock, fresh tomatoes, jarred capers, and canned artichokes. While tomatoes add a burst of sweet juice, the capers deliver a much-needed salty bite, cutting through all that sweetness of the tomatoes and the starchiness of the pasta. Finally, you can take everything up to a notch by adding a grating of mild cheddar-like briny Manchego cheese. Let’s look at the simple recipe:
Ingredients (4-6 Servings)
● Dry spaghetti, 1 pound
● Halved grape tomatoes, 1 pint
● Drained and halved artichoke hearts, 1 can or 14 ounces
● Drained capers, ¼ cup
● Chicken stock, 4 cups or 32 ounces
● Finely chopped fresh basil leaves, 1 packed cup
● Kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon
● Ground black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon
● Grated Manchego cheese, ½ cup (optional)
● Take a large lidded skillet and add the dry spaghetti, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, chicken stock, capers, and basil leaves. Season with salt and black pepper. ● Place the skillet over high heat and bring it up to a boil, while covering it with the lid. Stir occasionally to make sure that the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet. You’ll need 6-7 minutes for the stock to start boiling. ● As soon as the stock comes to a boil, uncover the skillet and stir the spaghetti well. Continue cooking without putting the lid on. Keep stirring occasionally. It’ll take about 13 minutes until the pasta becomes al dente and the stock reduces to a glutinous sauce. ● If the skillet looks dry and the pasta isn’t cooked through at this point, pour an additional ½ cup water or stock and keep cooking. The final cooking time will basically depend on your stove’s strength and your spaghetti brand. ● After the pasta is cooked through, remove the skillet from the heat. Taste and add more seasonings if needed. Sprinkle in Manchego cheese if you like, and then toss to combine. Serve the spaghetti dish warm, and enjoy!
You can refrigerate the leftover spaghetti (if there’s any) by storing it in an airtight container for a maximum of three days. Reheat the dish on the stovetop over low to medium heat. Add a little bit of water or chicken stock. Cook until it gets warmed through and then it’s ready for serving!