Sunday, September 13, 2009

how to chop an onion

for an onion to cook evenly, the pieces need to be chopped in uniform shape and size.

1. Cut the onion lengthwise, through the root and stem ends. trim the stem ends. Pull away the paperty skin and tough outer layer. Place each half on it's flat side.
2. Grasp the top of one half and hold it steady, keeping fingers away from the blade. Make a series of horizontal cuts at even intervals through the onion, stopping short of the root.
3. Position the knife perpendicular to the root. Cut lengthwise at even intervals not cutting through the root.
4. Hold the onion steady and curl your fingers. Cut crosswise at even intervals, working toward the root. Use a rocking motion with the blade and move your hand back with each slice. The pieces will fall away as you chop.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

How to set up a buffet

- If you don't have a long table, put 3 small tables end to end. Creat a unified look by covering the tables with a large cloth.
- Stack plates where guests will start. Place silver and napkins at the opposite ends so guests don't have to hold them until they're done serving themselves.
- If guests will be standing or balancing their plates on their laps don't serve anything that requires a knife.
- Use cake stands for smaller dishes to make room for larger platters underneath.
- Provide at least one serving utensil for each dish. Place utensils on saucers to protect your linens from stains.
- Offer food in individual portions. Carve meat into slices and ladle soup into mugs before setting them out.
- Use scentless flowers and candles so they don't compete with the food.

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