Author Archives: Lillian

How natural is your lifestyle?
Does the term “heirloom” hold an appeal’?
Are you familiar with Phil Nauta, the Smiling Gardener – organic all the way?

Several years ago, my semi-natural lifestyle led me to the Smiling Gardner.
Several months ago he, thus, introduced me to Heirloom Food Stories.
The first story: “The Onion”.

Gina Lorubbio, the author of “The Onion: Slow and Steady Brings Out Sweetness” (in one page) accomplishes much of what I have been attempting for several years.

See if you, too, CONNECT, both with the writer and the onions.

To date, Ms. Lorubbio’s Heirloom Food Stories include: the onion, the potato, rhubarb, and asparagus. Any day now the next one will be published/shared, and I await eagerly. There is a definite feeling of admiration and appreciation.

Are you curious?

Noteworthy Veggie Cutting Gadgets

Hopefully by now you will have watched the clever Chef Michael Smith videos about kitchen knives and cutting boards.  Hopefully by now you are developing cutting techniques that work well.  Two new ideas have come to my attention.

First, check out this video of a rather amazing, though simplistic, veggie cutting gadget... skillfully operated.

You have watched the video, right?
You're thinking of making your own, right?
You will be very very very very VERY careful.  Right!

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Background to the Drama

The little onion prank began innocently enough.  One of our daughters (probably due to parental influence) adores chocolate.  Lately, she has been saving some of the pretty packaging.  Meanwhile, berry-filled chocolate has been sounding good to me, so I have been imagining varied original versions.

One week I purchased a BIG slab of dark chocolate.  Another week I purchased a jar of mixed berry jam.  The wheels had been turning – to no great avail – so (this time) rather than make a creamy berry filling, the jam simply got encased in chocolate.

How so?  I borrowed some of my daughter’s plastic chocolate holders (ones that many people tend to put in the trash once the chocolate from them is eaten).  Sure, I washed them!  After I melted the chocolate then cooled it to near room temperature, a daub went into each “cup”.  Then came the daub of jam.  Then came the topping of chocolate – enough to encase the jam.  After refrigeration, they popped out of the cups with ease.

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The story continues.  Note: Each member of my family was busy with other things while I played, even though I was center stage (in the kitchen).

The slab of chocolate was truly BIG (much more that I would want for making icky-sweet, jam-filled chocolate candies).  What else sounded good?  Mmmm – mint!  A few drops of peppermint oil stirred into the remaining chocolate.  A few shallow plastic “cups” from my daughter’s stash.  Result?  Variety.

What About the Onions?

Background: In years past, I essentially abhorred onions.  Now, obviously, ONIONS HAVE BECOME MY PASSION.  Not so, to this extent, for the others in the family, particularly that one daughter.

Once the candies were released from the molds, I displayed them, offering tastes.  Is there such a thing as “cautionary delight”?  At this point (spur of the moment), I mentioned that one piece enclosed an onion slice as a bonus.  Though the announcement was audible to all, my focus centered on the gal most likely to react.  She did not disappoint!

Once that little scene ended, I admitted to telling a tale.  No onion was included.  No, not one slice.  That brought about an opposite reaction from the other gal of the family… as in, “Too bad; might have been fun!”

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In Celebration of Two Years of...


...An Onion ABC Approach to an  Overview

Onion Attention: Onion Lovers (and haters)

Onion Bigger bulbs are not always better bulbs.

Onion Cousins.  Onions have them.

Our website has one.

Onion Define “a serving of vegetables”.

Onion Eyewash Extraordinaire! ...continue reading

Threads of Onion; Threads of Poetry

Are you vegetarian?  I am vegetarian… maybe one meal out of fifty.  Yet, early in this “mindset onions” venture, a grand vegetarian website began to tantalize my senses.  Sure, the initial draw was the page dedicated to onion – oodles of onion thought-starters.  Soon, the style of the wording began to catch my attention.  Notice, for example, this seemingly simple statement:

“How delightful is the addition of half-moon slices of sweet onions to a salad of crisp mixed greens!”

Found Here: ...continue reading

A Taste-Testing Adventure

Have you read about our "Like-Apple Pie"? The developers of that recipe have plunged deeper into new territory.

Picture blonde brownie batter ... with cooked onions added.  Why not! Picture a cream cheese frosting ... with diced raw onions added.  Why not! 

One of my five taste-testers would have been happier without the raw onions. Four reported the combinations: "REALLY GOOD!"

blonde brownie batter  baked blonde brownie  blonde brownie frosted

Moving on...  Our five adventurers – each a lovers of ice cream – ate some ice cream topped with caramelized onions and some ice cream topped with raw onions.  Somehow I had imagined trying it with vanilla ice cream.  Not so!  ...continue reading

That onions are a versatile food choice...  Many people totally agree.
That onions are Household-Wonder-Workers...  Many people are totally oblivious.

How informed are YOU?

Quite an array of unusual uses for 'humble' onions can be found when one searches the thought.  All are worth considering.  Following, are thought starters.  You will need to follow the links or explore on your own to obtain the 'how' details.

Let's begin with ways onions can be used as natural medicines in our homes.

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remotely related rabbitOnion Dreams
(Books Remotely Related to Onions)

Just for fun, ask yourself which you would choose.  This is assuming you have the time and interest to explore the books.  Of course you are welcome to purchase, but otherwise just have fun dreaming as I dream.




About Your Cutting Board

Is it a wooden board?  Is it a glass board?  Is it a plastic board?  Why is it what it is.  That is, why do you have that board?  For example, did your cutting board arrive in your kitchen as a gift, or did it arrive via an informed choice?

Maybe you are noticing that the board in the photo is not wooden.  The video will explain.

A while back, I discovered a Chef Michael Smith video – an excellent video about cutting an onion and the knife itself – on Vimeo.  More recently, I discovered this video – another winner – on YouTube.