Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Food Rituals--Onions


Last week I indulged in one of my favorite ways of celebrating the fall season--my annual purchase of a very big bag of onions.

Onions seem to me to be the essence of the fall harvest--I look forward to the 25-pound bags appearing in the produce department of my favorite small grocery store. The texture of the onions and of the bag make me happy--and I simply adore the labels and graphics!

(I will admit right here that I am developing quite a collection of onion bag labels--many of them definitely deserve to be recycled and celebrated, and a couple of projects are swirling around in the back of my mind. We will see what comes out!)

While I was horrified to note that my bag of onions this year cost $6.00 (much more than I've paid in the past), it still comes out to only $.25 a pound--a definite good buy!

A 25 pound bag gives me plenty of onions to share and cook with for some time to come, though it's sometimes a race to use them all before they start sprouting in late winter or early spring. It then becomes a challenge!

Now to bring out my collection of onion recipes: onion soup, baked onions, onion pie, grilled onions. . . what else?

8 comments:

  1. I like to take them outside while it's still nice, fire up the burner on the grill, and cook a boatload of them down and freeze them for future use. I usually freeze them in 1/2 c portions and just pull out what I need. Mmmmm, and the whole neighborhood smells like a big, gigantic onion!

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  2. i love to buy onions like that too although we don't have the lovely labels here..

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  3. There's nothing better than chopped onions, oven-roasted in a little oil with salt, pepper, and Parmesan. I'd toss in a couple of sliced carrots and a diced potato, too.

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  4. caramelized onions on a steak.

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  5. Lea-Ann--Yum! Tell more--do you peel and slice? Leave them whole? Sounds wonderful!

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  6. Jane--How big are your big bags? Kilos, I suppose?

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  7. Lol--I can almost smell them now! I 'roasted' some carrots in a skillet on the stove-top and it worked quite well--only makes a small amount, of course. I'll test some onions next time

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  8. Kelly--. . .or a burger--yum!

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