Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Blogging from A to Z: Onions
What is the deal with onions? Specifically, why do so many people dislike them? Okay, not everyone is going to eat raw onions like apples the way my mother-in-law does, but I cannot think of a single entree in my repertoire that is not enhanced by the addition of onions. Just like Jenny over at Dinner:A Love Story, even when I am not sure what I am going to make for dinner, I never go wrong by putting a little olive oil in a pan with a chopped onion. And ever after years of cooking with onions on a near daily basis, there are still revelations. After listening to a story on The Splendid Table a month or two ago, I realized that I had not been caramelizing my onions for nearly long enough. It seems that 15 minutes is the minimum, 30 is better. Since I have begun stretching out my onion saute time, I have gotten several compliments specifically related to the onion flavor in my food. Yep, there is something magical about onions. In fact, I hear that in some cases, they can even save your life.