Basic Knife Skills: Chopping an Onion
Video by TJ O’Brien

“Refine the basics!” You’ve probably heard this once or twice in the gym, and now we’re taking that philosophy to the kitchen. Chopping an onion is like the air squat of kitchen skills. It will be the first thing you are assigned when you start at the bottom rung in any kitchen, and like an air squat, it will reveal compensations you’ve been making in your more advanced movements. The onion is a placeholder for almost any vegetable, the same technique will apply to any round/cylindrical veggies too.

Basic Knife Skills: Chopping an Onion
Video by TJ O’Brien

“Refine the basics!” You’ve probably heard this once or twice in the gym, and now we’re taking that philosophy to the kitchen. Chopping an onion is like the air squat of kitchen skills. It will be the first thing you are assigned when you start at the bottom rung in any kitchen, and like an air squat, it will reveal compensations you’ve been making in your more advanced movements. The onion is a placeholder for almost any vegetable, the same technique will apply to any round/cylindrical veggies too.

How to Sharpen Your Knives for Safer, Easier Meal Prep
Video by TJ O’Brien

Some people have never really cut with a sharp knife before, so they don’t know what they’re missing, and that’s ok. If you’re one of those people, this video is for you. But if you know what it was like when you opened that brand new knife and easily sliced through a tomato, and that same knife now has trouble making it through a cucumber, stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

Some people walk into your house and judge the art on your walls or the books in your bookcase –

How to Sharpen Your Knives for Safer, Easier Meal Prep
Video by TJ O’Brien

Some people have never really cut with a sharp knife before, so they don’t know what they’re missing, and that’s ok. If you’re one of those people, this video is for you. But if you know what it was like when you opened that brand new knife and easily sliced through a tomato, and that same knife now has trouble making it through a cucumber, stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

Some people walk into your house and judge the art on your walls or the books in your bookcase –

Become a Modern Day Hunter-Gatherer by Foraging Your Own Food
Written by Michele Vieux
(Originally Published June 23, 2013)

When I was a kid, my mom didn’t let me go out and play in the summer until I had either read something or watched an educational video. She would take me and my sister to the library to pick out books and videos each week and I was always drawn to the mysteries and survival guides. As an adult, I still enjoy both – a la my love for The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes and my love for foraging.