Cook With Haley

Tips, tricks and culinary know-how for home cooks, entertainers and gourmets.

How To Chop an Onion – Alternative Method In culinary school I learned a very standard technique to chop, dice or mince onions. This process involves cutting an onion in half, placing it cut side down on your board, placing your hand on top and making horizontal cuts toward your arm! This has always felt a bit terrifying and insane to me. The beauty of not having chef instructors watching my every move when I’m cooking at home for my family is that I can cut my onions however I want! This is the way I’ve adapted to my fear of sharp things moving speedily in the direction of my limbs while still achieving a sufficient and evenly sized cut.

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Cheesy Mediterranean Vegetable Saute

fontina cheese melted over sauted vegetables
Fontina cheese melts very beautifully!

Tonight, I’m cooking just for me. I don’t have my kid or sweetheart to feed tonight and I am totally okay with that. It might have something to do with my introverted nature.

It wasn’t always so easy though. For a very long time I didn’t feel it was worth while to cook a meal just for myself. When I began to embrace my need to be home and to be alone to recharge I realized part of that includes feeding myself. I mean actually nourishing myself, not just have a bowl of cereal because my body needs food.

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Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Pistachios and Cranberries

This year my sweetie and I spent Thanksgiving with my aunt, uncle and cousin. We spent a lovely afternoon with warm conversation, delicious dishes and Chickenfoot Dominoes.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts

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