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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?

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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So Simple, So Sweet 

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An Onion Metaphor

Don’t allow the word "metaphor" to alarm (or bore) you. Remember...  A metaphor is a figure of speech that identifies something as being the same as some unrelated thing for rhetorical effect, thus highlighting the similarities between the two. Remember...  Rhetorical means that it is expressed in such a manner as to make a statement or produce an effect.

Therefore, allow this title and its link intrigue (and challenge) you.


I wept.  You may also.  little sunshine onion

Yet, the pendulum swings.  After allowing my heart strings to be tugged by the onion metaphor, curiosity led me to further browse the site.  It held several onion-related tips and quite a few recipes, including one that offers a fun diversion from the ordinary. (assuming budget and health concerns allow for generous flexibility)


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Our First Story

Upon request by me, one of my family members wrote an onion story − simply whipped it out in a few minutes, called it "Onion Story" and left it at that. I tweaked the wording (no surprise to her), and now its official title is "Winks".

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I turned my attention from washing vegetables purchased at the market that morning to focus on my young son, Toby, whose brown eyes were lit up and big as saucers. My eyes dropped to the object of his delight, cradled in his small hands.

...continue reading

"How to Find Fortune"

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... as shared by Clotilde

... who in turn shares the source of the excerpt

... along with additional words of wisdom


Hope You Read This Fine Story!

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Treasure can be found in the strangest places
...in the strangest ways.  
You have heard that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder?  
Might treasure be similar?