1. Chopping an onion:
The trick is: Slicing it into a little grid with a sharp knife. It still takes practice, but this method is ~super~ easy once you get the hang of it. Watch the full video here.
2. Frying an egg:
The trick is: Not flipping until the whites are firm enough. And, if you're not feelin' fancy, using a spatula to do the flipping. Watch the full video here.
3. Slicing a tomato (without getting juice everywhere):
4. Cooking a pot of pasta:
6. Leveling off flour for baking:
7. Cooking an onion until it's translucent:
The trick is: Mostly leaving them alone, stirring only every minute or two! You'll know they're done when they're slightly translucent, like in the photo above. Watch the full video here.
8. Chopping a clove of garlic:
The trick is: Using the heel of your hand to smash the clove beneath a wide, flat knife, so the papery skin comes off easily. Watch the full video here.
9. Browning ground beef:
10. Chopping romaine lettuce for a salad:
The trick is: cutting out the core, then cutting it into a grid shape (using a knife. Tearing it with your hands takes much longer). Watch the full video here.
11. Peeling a carrot:
12. Pounding chicken breasts to an even thickness:
The trick is: Laying plastic wrap over the chicken, then pounding it with a meat mallet. Watch the video here here.
Pro tip: Make sure to do it on a cutting board, to prevent cross-contamination.