Chop: Cut into pieces using a sharp tool. Hold knife tip down with one hand and move blade up and down chopping food with the other.
Crush: Press with garlic press, side of knife, or mallet to release the juice of an ingredient.
Cube: Cut into cubes of a half inch or larger.
Dice: Cut into cubes of a half inch or less.
Grate: Cut into tiny pieces using the small holes of a grater.
Julienne: Cut into small sticks.
Mince: Cut into very small pieces, smaller than chop but not crushed.
Peel: Strip off the outer covering.
Shred: Cut into thin pieces using the large holes of a grater.
Sliver: Cut into long thin pieces.
Snip: Cut into very small pieces without any chopping action, using scissors.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana