I remember the first time I ever watched the Food Network.
My roommate in college used to watch Rachael Ray and I ended up watching an episode of 30 Minute Meals with her one day in between classes. That’s all it took – I was hooked.
I started watching everything. Unwrapped, Emeril, Barefoot Contessa, Food Finds. Good Eats.
Food Network wasn’t the first time I had ever seen cooking shows; I used to watch Julia Child episodes on PBS and remember a few chocolate shows with Jacques Torres. The difference was I was finally starting to think about cooking.
And it wasn’t long before I was completely addicted to the Food Network – and still am. Because I still learn new things on every show I watch.
The first day I watched Rachael Ray, I didn’t know anything about cooking. And I mean – nothing.
I could boil pasta, I could make a grilled cheese, but that was it. I had never even cooked chicken for myself or made oatmeal from anything other than a packet.
I saw these chefs slicing and dicing through vegetables super fast, and they never cut their fingers. How did they do that?
I’m still amazed watching how fast some of them work, but picking up these little tips – like how to cut a pepper or slice an avocado – were the things that gave me that first push to get in the kitchen and really start cooking.
I don’t remember where I saw this method of cutting the pepper, but it’s the easiest for me, so that’s what I’m sticking with. Also…every time I cut any kind of pepper, I end up with pepper juice squirting into my eye. Every time, no lie. I don’t know how this happens – I don’t put my face right over the cutting board. It’s just what happens.
Start with your pepper standing up and slice each side off, leaving the seeds and ribs in the center.
Once the sides are cut away from the core of the pepper, slice each piece into 4 or 5 pieces, then turn the opposite way and dice into small chunks.
And you’re done!
Diced pepper, in seconds.
But I want to know – how do you cut your peppers? This same way? Do you slice it in half, remove the seeds, then slice? Have another method?