I'm still a novice in the kitchen, and up to this last week I still hadn't gotten the hang of how to chop an onion the right way—well, at least in such a way as to produce little pieces of onion that are even remotely similar in size.
But this last Saturday I was able to observe a "real life" chef—in person—chop an onion "the right way," and I actually paid close attention this time. So today I tried his technique on an onion and I was so excited that it actually worked for me!
Here's what I did.
1. Cut one end of the onion, leaving the root in place.
2. Peel the onion and cut it in half through the root.
3. Make several parallel slices in the onion, but don't cut through the root end.
4. Turn the onion a quarter turn and cut through the onion parallel to the root.
And voila! Perfectly—or at least almost perfectly—chopped onion!
Now if I can remember how to chop an onion I will have increased my life skills.