I'm wondering what everyone's fave "truc" is. You know, someone showed me how to easily get at an avocado seed when I first started cooking. Whack at the seed (carefully, and you don't have to use much force) with your chef's knife and it pops out (of course, if the avo isn't ripe, that's a different story). Also, once we had a bunch of roasted hazelnuts that had to be de-skinned. We put them into a one-handled blanching *basket* with holes of a good size, but not big enough to let the hazelnuts fall out. Then we jeld the basket over a garbage can, and started rubbing the nuts with a clean towel. A lot of the skins fell out. Of course, it's pretty tough to get all the skin off, but this was sufficient for our needs. Anyone else?