it is safe to say that i enjoy chopping up things. fruits, vegetables, magazines...but when it comes to onions, i am not a fan. it is as if those pungent onion fumes like to take up residence in the space between my eyeballs and the lenses of my glasses. you would think that since i have no sense of smell, i could chop an onion free of tears but i swear the glasses wearing traps it all in. here's a photo tutorial for how i chop up an onion. mind you, this may be old news to you or it may have been in a famous mag or something, i wouldn't know. i came up with this about ten years ago when i got fed up with the boo-hoo-i-ness of onion chopping. here ya go: remove one end of your onion victim and make shallow vertical cuts from one end to the other.rotate your onion to the right (or left, either way just make those lines face a different direction than your knife.) and make a second batch of cuts across the surface so that your onion looks a bit like a checkerboard.hold onion in your non-cutting hand so that the flat end faces your prefered side and slice downwards.viola! happy little onion pieces for your soups and salads and no tears or mascara trails on your sweet little face!
i only cut as much onion as i am going to use. the rest is stored in the fridge in a container that has a lid. (i have lots of containers though finding a matching lid is somewhat of an adventure.) if you want larger onion bits, make fewer slices.
**recipe for the corna, basil & onion salad can be found here.