Have you ever wondered how to cut an onion?
My sister called me up the other day and told me how she tried to make chili.
She’s currently up at her cabin in a small town in the mountains of Colorado and doesn’t have a ton of ingredients on hand. She found a recipe that called for 1/4 cup of chili powder, some cumin and pepper. She went to the small country market and could not find chili powder. Instead she found cayenne pepper and thought she could easily substitute this out for chili powder.
She tossed 1/4 cup of cayenne pepper into a hot skillet with some onions and bell peppers and everyone in the cabin immediately started choking on the spicy smoky in the air.
At this point in our conversation, I am dying laughing.
She proceeds with the recipe and sticks everything in the crockpot. 5 hours later she tries the chili and she said it felt like her mouth was on fire. She was able to tame the chili slightly with some sugar, extra tomato sauce and more diced tomatoes. But she said it was still extremely spicy.
I pointed her in the direction of my awesome Crock Pot Chili. 🙂
Then she asked me to show her how to cut an onion. She didn’t want just pictures, she wanted a video.
I’ve been wanting to make a video in my new kitchen for some time now, so I happily agreed to give it a try.
I will tell you… this is my first video, so it’s not the greatest. I’m hoping to be able to break out into full blown recipe videos soon, as well as more How To videos. I’m sure I’ll get better as I go…
Watch the short video and let me know what you think!
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FIRST OF ALL I WAT TO TELL YOU, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! SECOND OF ALL, FOR YOUR FIRST VIDEO, WELL DONE! YOU HAVE TAUGHT NOT ONLY YOUR SISTER WELL BUT THOSE WHO HAVE NO CLUE THE PROPER WAY TO CUT AN ONION. I ALSO LEARNED THIS WAY WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG! AND STILL DO CUT THEM THIS WAY.
AS FOR YOU EXPLAINING WHAT YOUR SISTER DID WITH THE PEPPER, I’M LAUGHING SO HARD!!! NOT “AT” HER THOUGH.. WELL MAYBE A LITTLE , BUT I DID SOMETHING VERY SIMULAR!
I’M SIGHT IMPAIRED. (SO IF YOU KNOW THE COLORS OF ALL THESE SPICES, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND HOW EASY IT WAS TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE!) AND I HAVE MY PAPRIKA, CAYENNE, CINNAMON, CORIANDER AND CUMIN ALL TOGETHER.
WELL I WAS MAKING AN AWESOME BATCH OF VEGGIE SOUP (OR I THOUGHT) LOL I STARTED WITH THE TYPICAL TRIFECTA, (ONION, CARROTS, CELERY) BUT I THOUGHT HMM LET ME TOAST THE SPICES FIRST TO BLOOM THEM FOR MORE FLAVOR BEFORE I ADD THEM INTO THE SOUP! I WASN’T PAYING TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO WHAT I WAS GRABBING.. I’VE DONE THIS 100’S OF TIMES!
I WANTED BASIL, GROUND CORIANDER, PARSLEY AND SEA SALT TO START.. WHAT I ENDED WITH WAS CAYENNE, CINNAMON, THYME ( MY BOTTLES WERE REARRANGED )AND ALTHOUGH IT LOOKED THE SAME, WHEN THEY HIT THE HOT PAN, I CHOKED LIKE I WAS DYING! AND MY EYES BURNED! SO THATS WHY I LAUGHED HYSTERICALLY BECAUSE IT HAPPENS. I MADE THE MISTAKE OF WASHING THE MIX DOWN THE DRAIN! I SHOULD HAVE LET IT COOL OFF AND PUT IT IN A BAGGIE AND THREW IT IN THE TRASH, BUT I WANTED IT GONE AND FAST!
MY SOUP HAD TO WAIT OF COURSE UNTIL I TOOK ALL MY HERBS AND SPICES OUT AND PUT THEM IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER! I WASN’T ABOUT TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN!! I NOW AM MORE CAREFUL WHEN I CHOOSE MY COMBINATIONS. I LAY EVERYTHING OUT BEFORE I START!
OH AND SOME ADVICE FOR YOUR SISTER.. MY HUSBAND AND I TRAVEL A LOT, I PLAN MY MEALS SOMEWHAT BEFORE I GO EVERYTHING FROM INGREDIENTS, TO THE DISHES I NEED TO PREPARE AND SERVE THE MEALS. I USED TO ADD ALL MY SPICES TOGETHER OR IF THEY HAD TO GO IN AT DIFFERENT TIMES, i’D USE SNACK BAGGIES AND LABLE THEM PER MEAL AND WHAT STEP. I’D ALSO MEASURE OUT AS MANY INGREDIENTS AS POSSIBLE AND BAG THEM. I ALWAYS PUT A PIC OF THE RECIPE ON OR IN THE BAG ESPECIALLY IF IT WAS DOUBLE BAGGED. WHEN PACKING, LEEP A BOX OR BIN FOR NON PERISHABLES AND THE BAGGIES YOU PACKED ALREADY. YOU CAN WRITE ON EACH BAGGIE IF IT’S MISSING ANOTHER BAGGIE (EX. MEATS FROM THE FREEZER OR PRODUCE FROM THE FRIDGE) AND CANNED GOODS CAN BE PACKED AS YOU ARE WORKING ON GATHERING THE INGREDIENTS. ALSO HAVE A LIST OF WHAT MEALS YOUR PREPARING AND WHAT YOU STILL NEED TO PURCHASE IF YOU COULDN’T GET EVERYTHING. JUST HANG IT ON YOUR BOX OR BIN. IT MAKES MEAL PREP SO MUCH EASIER. AND NO SURPRISES.
HOPE THAT HELPS! And THANKS FOR MAKING MY DAY!!! I NEEDED TO LAUGH TODAY!!
Haha! Great story!! I love that you put your spices in alphabetical order! I should totally do that too! 🙂 Thanks Debbie!!
More recipes than you can count start with a little sliced or diced onion, so it’s important to learn the right way to cut an onion into uniform-sized pieces.
Thanks for sharing my blunders in the kitchen. I’m going to start carrying a spice rack in my trunk. LOL
George in Quito
That’s pretty much how I learned to do it in culinary school, Shawn. That was a very good video. Short and to the point. If you don’t mind, I’d like to put a link to your video into my book. If all your videos are gonna be like this one, I can foresee your blog becoming very popular indeed!
I just learned this method for cutting onions recently and it was a miracle! It makes chopping so much easier!!
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Well done on your first video – really great job! I do not cut my onions that way so I’ll give your method a go and see how it compares with my way. Thanks for sharing.
That’s easy but very tasty. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog