I've gotten my 72-year-old dad into cooking recently. He's finished up dishes I've started, he's begun stuff when I've been late, and he even followed from beginning to end an Ina Garten recipe for a fennel-encrusted pork loin for which he made the rub with my mini-Cuisinart (delicious). However, I've been trying to figure out what makes him say, "Oh, you'd better do that," or, "We'll get pizza tonight and you can make that tomorrow when you can be here earlier," and I think it's the stuff requiring a lot of slicing and dicing. This makes sense: he's a brilliant guy, but he put his hand through a window as a young man (not quite so brilliant, that) and is not very dextrous (you should see him try to pick up the cat...). And, obviously, I don't want him to "work on his knife skills"; that would be asking an ER visit.
I want to buy him one of those onion choppers for Christmas, if I can get some testimonials about which are junk and which are miracle-workers. I've seen the Nicer Dicer (BB&B, $40), Progressive Onion Chopper (BB&B, $15), Vegetable Chop and Measure (Williams-Sonoma, $30), and Alligator Onion Chopper (Sur La Table, $30). On the boards, I've seen a rec for the Nicer Dicer and one for the Chop and Measure, plus a thumbs-down for the Nicer Dicer.
If anyone has any experience with any of these, I'd really, really appreciate a quick comment. Many, many TIA.
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