Knife Skills

How to Slice Mushrooms

Slicing mushrooms, or any vegetable really, is no great miracle. It’s just slicing vegetables. But I have seen some techniques that truly make me cringe. Most important, using sloppy knife skills and a poor technique can be unsafe, but it can also be slow, and give you an inconsistent finished product, that makes creating a great dish more difficult.
Dave Beaulieu June 29th, 2011 Mushroom

How to Cut Corn Off the Cob

I love corn on the cob. It’s one of the true culinary joys of summer time. And while I love to have corn on the cob, cooked in the traditional ways…steamed, grilled, roasted with a bit of butter and salt, I also love to use fresh corn as an ingredient in other dishes. I supposed if I had to, I...
Dave Beaulieu June 20th, 2011

How to Chop Parsley

Parsley is maybe the most ubiquitous of herbs, and I use it all the time…despite my memories of the curly, leathery version tucked into the corners of the buffets of my childhood. Today, I know to leave the curly stuff in the grocery store and reach for flat leaf, or Italian parsley. The flavor is...
Dave Beaulieu June 14th, 2011 Other

How to Dice a Mango

The mango (the fruit, not the SNL character ) is one of my favorite fruits. The flesh itself is a beautiful color, the texture is soft but not mushy, and the ripe ones are sweet and delicious. However, like avocados, they can be a bit tough to cut. In this cooking video, I want to show you some...

How to Chop Green Onions

How to Slice A Pear

Everybody loves a good fruit plate right? Or at least a fruit plate with a bit of cheese, maybe a few nuts thrown in. Well, for that fruit plate, you gotta cut the fruit, and you don't want to be slicing all day. In this video, I how you a technique for quickly and consistently slicing a pear...
Dave Beaulieu June 6th, 2011 Fruit

How to Pit an Olive

Nobody (except maybe your dentist) wants to see you bite into an olive pit. Those little guys, despite be very small and harmless looking, are hard and rocks, and it could really ruin someone’s day to bite unexpectedly into a pit; So, is this quick cooking video I show you my technique for removing an olive pit. Granted, you can find olives that are already pitted…and if you like them, and can find them…by all means use them. But, if you come across some that need pitting, you can follow these simple steps.

How to Clean Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my favorite Spring vegetables. I love the nice, clean, grassy taste, and it’s really versatile to cook with. You can grill, steam, sauté it…asparagus also makes a great addition to pasta’s and salads. However, before you do any of that, you've got to get it cleaned and prepped...

How to Make Fettucini Pasta

I’ll admit that making your own pasta is a bit time consuming. But, I’ll also contend that homemade pasta is one of the best things you can make at home. While it does take some time, it’s not super hard, and there is a high level of satisfaction you’ll get from making your own. And it’s sooo tasty...

How to Slice an Onion

Here is a short cooking video where I show you how to slice an onion. One of people’s chief complaints about slicing onions, is doing so makes them cry. Well, the best way to reduce the tears is to move quickly. And to move quickly, you need to have solid knife skills. Unlike julienne onions , when...
Dave Beaulieu March 26th, 2011 Onion

How to Chop Apples

Fruit is probably under-used in savory recipes and apples are one fruit that shouldn’t be. In this cooking technique video, I show you how to chop up an apple, which, in this particular case, I used an apple and black bean salsa. But no matter what recipe you’re making, savory or sweet, knowing the right knife techniques will help you in a number of ways.
Dave Beaulieu March 20th, 2011 Fruit

How to Dice an Onion

I would guess more than 50% of the dishes I cook call for onions, and many of those for diced onions. Getting proficient at cutting an onion (along with other knife skills) is absolutely essentially, if you want to cut down (pun intended) on your prep work, and spend more time eating. In this...
Dave Beaulieu March 14th, 2011 Onion

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