Stupid Good Summer School 2014 Roundup

Below you will find a roundup of all the recipes and videos from my summer project, Stupid Good Summer School! Looking for the perfect way to cook bacon? I’ve got the video right here! Perhaps you’d like a way to use up diced onions? Let’s check out this recipe. I’m working on a few new projects for the Fall but until then, check out some of my attempts at videos. If you have any suggestions for next year’s potential Summer School, leave your ideas in the comments below!

DSC_7049Week One: How to Poach an Egg
Video // Recipe: Poached Eggs on Asparagus Toast

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.54.53 PMWeek Two: How to Dice an Onion
Video // Recipe: Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells

10513272_246785078854988_998196453435287399_nWeek Three: How to Cook Bacon
Video // Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar

DSC_7192Week Four: How to Roast a Chicken
Video // Recipe: Roast Chicken with Lemon, Paprika and Thyme

DSC_7219Week Five: How to Prepare a Tomato
Video // Recipe: Spicy Avocado Salsa

marinara-sauce1Week Six: How to Make Marinara Sauce
Video // Recipe: Easy Marinara Sauce

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.22.05 PMWeek Seven: How to Make Grilled Cheese
Video // Recipe: Pimento Grilled Cheese

DSC_7405Week Eight: How to Make a Simple Cocktail
Video // Recipe: Gin Mint Lemonade

cookiesWeek Nine: How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies
Video // Recipe: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

how-to-make-salad-dressingWeek Ten: How to Make Salad Dressing
Video // Recipe: Red Onion Vinaigrette


Stupid Good Summer School Week 2: Dicing an Onion

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Dice (v): to cut into small cubes

When I begin making dinner, it typically starts with an onion. Sweating diced onions turns into sautéed greens, or maybe taco fillings, or even marinara sauce for pasta! The great onion is a flavor enhancer to so many dishes, and learning how to properly cut it is essential.

How to Dice an Onion

Here is the simplest way to dice an onion and get the most consistent results. It looks complicated, but only requires a little bit of practice!

  1. Start by cutting off the root
  2. Next, peel off the outer layer
  3. Cut the onion in half lengthwise
  4. Place the onion on its side
  5. Make horizontal cuts, leaving about 1/2″ from the stem to hold the onion in place
  6. Do the same vertically, holding the onion together
  7. Cut across the top of the onion
  8. Hooray! Diced Onions!

Stupid-good-summer-schoolSchool may be out for the summer, but it’s time to get your kitchen game onto the honor roll! ‘Stupid Good Summer School’ features a technique every Tuesday, and a recipe using that technique every Thursday.