Back to Basics–chopping an onion

Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore.
~ Thomas Keller – an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer

I had a lovely, new, healthy recipe for you all last night and after chopping an onion and throwing it in the pan I went to turn my stove on and (gasp!!)–NO GAS!! 😦

Today they’re filling up the tank and I should have something for you tomorrow. I know that you’re probably all on the edge of your seats waiting for a new post (yeah right) so I’ve decided to begin a new series of posts that I will sprinkle intermittently throughout my other posts…..Back to Basics.

There are certain kitchen skills that everyone should be able to do. Bottom line-these skills make cooking more enjoyable. One of these is knowing how to properly chop an onion. Sounds easy enough, right? You would think so, but I’ve seen so many people butcher those poor onions and in the process become so frustrated that it takes all the fun out of preparing their meal. In theory, you could clear your counter space, take out the food processor, plug it in, peel and quarter the onion, chop it in the machine, and then have to wash all those food processor parts orrrrrrrr you could just grab a knife and a cutting board and be done in less than half the time. Trust me, all it takes is some practice and you’ll be chopping an onion like Julia Child in no time! Your first time probably won’t be stellar and might take you longer than expected, but I promise that if you keep practicing you will slaying those onions like nobody’s business! 😉

This sort of skill is best demonstrated visually so I have included a link to a video that I think demonstrates it easily and clearly. Bear with me, it’s a bit cheesy but it gets the job done.

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