I went home to visit Mom this weekend and she made the best pasta sauce I think I have ever had. It was a blush-style sauce but it was tangy and herby and did not have big hunks of tomato and onion to ruin the texture and it was pretty awesome. The recipe, it turns out, is a fairly straightforward doctoring of Prego Traditional sauce with a few additional ingredients. I thought about it, and this isn't the only off-the-shelf item that people upgrade when they get it - beyond even food. For example, I have an ordinary wireless router that I upgraded with DD-WRT so I can use it as a bridge and do all sorts of cool shit with it. Some people tweak their musical instruments or their cars. FOCUS: How do you take ordinary off-the-shelf items and upgrade them to work better for you? Share tips for the benefit of the TiB community.