Cry Me an Onion Contest!!!

April 1st, 2009

Living through the cold, dreary winter of Chicago has led me to start using Peapod to order my groceries.  At first I was hesitant because I love going to the grocery store.  But soon I became hooked.  When it is below zero and snowing, I love not treking to the store for food.  Of course, once it gets warm and I’m not as busy with school, I’ll resume grocery store trips.  Sometimes, ordering food online has its negatives…

For example, this last week I misread my order… I assumed that I was going to be getting 1 yellow onion but instead, I received 1 3 pound bag of yellow onions… huh!  What does a girl do with 3 pounds of yellow onions?

J had a great idea…. why don’t you put it on your blog and ask your readers?  I knew there was a reason I was dating him…haha! So, I’m going to have a little contest… Cry me an Onion Contest…

Please enter by leaving a comment or emailing me (Ginnygetsfloury AT gmail DOT com) with a recipe involving yellow onions.  I’m looking for some quick, comfort foods that are budget conscious.

I will make up to three recipes, post the results, and link back to your blog.  On April 30th, I will randomly pick a winner from all the responses… The prize will be VEGETABLE LOVE!!!  It is a really neat cookbook with all sorts of vegetable recipes, including onions.  I bought it once as a present for a friend and hated giving it away.   Now, I must do it again.  Maybe I should get two this time…

For more Onion info check out the National Onion Association.

P.S. This may be kinda quirky but this is not an April Fool’s joke.  I really have a ton of onions that need to be used!  So, send me your recipes please!


24 Responses to “Cry Me an Onion Contest!!!”

  1. E on April 1, 2009 4:49 pm

    Hiiiii-
    Surprise! I read your blog today!

    There’s an argentine dish called fugazzeta which is, I guess, a kind of white pizza topped with lots of onion. I wonder if you could ask J’s mom if she knows how to make it ;) .

  2. Nags on April 1, 2009 6:52 pm

    There is a nice onion chutney recipe on my site: http://www.cookingandme.com/2007/09/egg-dosa-with-onion-tomato-chutneymutta.html

    It works with any kind of onions. Do try!

  3. kazari on April 1, 2009 8:58 pm

    I made a seriously good French onion soup last week.

    Link here:

    And if you want, you can end up with extra caramelised onion which is just JOY.
    http://krissyscookingblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/french-onion-soup-recipe.html

  4. Anne on April 2, 2009 1:25 am

    I have two favorites. One is a very decadent soup, the other a pie (or a tart, perhaps).

    The soup: http://annesfood.blogspot.com/2005/12/domestic-goddess-onion-soup.html

    The tart is from Orangette:
    http://orangette.blogspot.com/2005/02/pte-brise-for-pillow.html

    And then the simplest way to enjoy onions… just slice them, fry them with butter until caramelized, stir in some more butter or some cream. The perfect side dish to boiled potatoes and Swedish meatballs.

  5. Samahita on April 2, 2009 3:03 am

    Onions are like staple food. They are counted among the aromatics in the food kingdom. You can slice them, dice them, chop them as you will and add as much as you want in any recipe and it will only enhance the flavor. Good thing is it is winter in Chicago so they won’t go bad soon but still to preserve them, simply pickle them. Peel them and soak them in vinegar with a pinch of salt and sweetheart, you can forget about a single one rotting away and going to waste. We don’t wanna have to run that store any time soon do we? Here is the recipe – http://recipesbysam.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/vinegar-onion/

  6. Beth on April 2, 2009 9:17 am

    This is a quick, healthy, and tasty dish with some onions. It’s especially great for lovers of Indian food, like me!

    Indian Scrambled Eggs

    1 cup liquid egg replacer (or 3-4 eggs, beaten)
    1/2 tsp tumeric
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 tsp ground cardamom
    1/4 tsp cumin
    dash of chili powder

    1/2 T garlic, minced
    roughly diced yellow onion, to taste
    sprinkle of dates, dried, pitted, and chopped

    Spray a small skillet or frying pan with cooking spray. Warm over medium high heat. Add the garlic, onion, and dates. Saute for about 3 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown and grow translucent.

    Add the eggs, and then mix in the remaining spices. Cook as you would regular scrambled eggs, stirring often for approximately 5 minutes, or until there is no liquid egg remaining and the cooked eggs have reached your preferred consistency.

    Enjoy these plain, with a chutney of your choice, or (if you’re like me) doused with ketchup. Yum!

    Serves 1.

    http://muffinlovechick.blogspot.com/2009/02/indian-eggs-and-coupon-give-away.html

  7. Guru Kaur on April 2, 2009 9:56 am

    I’m hoping that your onions are quite sweet and not too tough on the digestion because one suggestion would be to eat them raw as a salad. Lots of lemon juice, actually fresh lime would be better if you can get it. I was told before I went to live in India for a year by my spiritual teacher to eat a raw onion a day as it naturally boosts the immune system. You may not be able to eat a whole one, but see if a slice or two can get you over the sniffles of Chicago.

    The French have the classics of their Onion Tart and Onion Soup. My other favourite is stuffed onions which I’ve really enjoyed down in the south. Fond, fond memories… It doesn’t really seem to matter too much what you stuff them with, other than to ensure that there’s lots of olive oil or butter to go with them.

    with love, blessings, gratitude
    gracefully
    Guru Kaur
    http://www.gurukaur.com

  8. Diana on April 2, 2009 1:07 pm

    Oooh onions are great in curry. I usually use red onions but yellow would be good too. Just slice or dice them along with any other veggies you want, frozen or fresh, it’s very flexible. To keep it cheap you can leave it vegetarian, or add any meat you want. Served over rice it’s great for leftovers too.
    http://dianasaur.blogspot.com/2009/02/vegetarian-curry.html

  9. CG the Foodie on April 3, 2009 8:18 pm

    Here are a couple of recipes that use yellow onions!

    Lentil Chili: http://www.uncoveringfood.com/2009/01/lentil-chili.html

    Black Eyed Peas and Ham: http://www.uncoveringfood.com/2009/01/black-eye-peas-and-ham.html

  10. Mary on April 4, 2009 7:40 am

    I really like Julia Child’s French Onion Soup that I blogged about here http://shazaminthekitchen.blogspot.com/2008/02/channeling-julia.html

    But you don’t have to enter me in the contest because I already have Vegetable Love! :) Good luck with all the onions!

  11. Wyn on April 4, 2009 4:54 pm

    I use onions in everything so go through a bag of them every 2 weeks. Tonight we are having an easy one pot honey mustard chicken:

    chicken breasts
    potato wedges
    carrot wedges
    onion wedges

    oil, salt and pepper
    garlic
    rosemary

    1 1/2 tbsp honey
    3 tbsp dry mustard

    Spread oil, salt, and pepper in the bottom of a flat oven pan, toss potatoes, carrots,onions, and chicken breasts in the oil to cover. Sprinkle with garlic and rosemary. Cook for 30 minutes at 400. Remove from oven, remove chicken and stir the vegetables around again to turn them and recoat them.

    Spread honey and mustard mixture on chicken, return to dish and cook for another 30 minutes or until done.

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  13. toontz on April 6, 2009 6:19 pm
  14. My Kitchen on April 7, 2009 7:59 am

    I would like to join you Cry Me an Onion contest and here’s my recipe with yellow onion. I wish I win.

    http://www.mykitchencooking.com/2009/04/beef-steak.html

  15. Libby on April 7, 2009 10:07 am

    Caramelized on top of a pizza with basil and marinated artichoke pesto:

    http://allergickid.blogspot.com/2008/10/peter-reinharts-pizza.html

  16. Ben on April 7, 2009 5:30 pm

    I used onions so much in my cooking that three pounds is what we eat in a week here, and we are only two! LOL. Here are a couple of recipes to use those delicious onions:

    Onions stuffed with homemade queso fresco
    http://whatscooking.us/2009/04/06/for-the-love-of-food-and-entertaining/

    Stuffed yellow onions
    http://whatscooking.us/2009/02/04/stuffed-onions/

    Cheers!

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  18. tigerfish on April 18, 2009 3:19 am

    Hope a simple onion soup can help you utilize more onions! :)

    http://teczcape.blogspot.com/2009/04/onion-soup-non-french-style.html

  19. LyB on April 23, 2009 6:23 pm

    Oh, wow, that is a lot of onions! I use onions in pretty much everything, but my favorite way is to caramelize them. Just put a skillet over medium-low heat, melt some butter, add thinly sliced onions and let them cook slowly until they are golden, tender and sweet. They are delicious with a baguette and some cheese or as a topping for a pizza, or in a quiche, or… Well, you get the picture. :)

  20. emiglia on April 29, 2009 6:01 am

    Hey! I just put up a post with a recipe for your contest: it’s for onion confit that is pretty much my favorite condiment in the whole world.

    http://www.tomatokumato.com/2009/04/29/so-good-you-could-bathe-in-it-onion-confit/

  21. monica on April 30, 2009 3:30 pm

    Okay I know she’s the most annoying person on the planet but it’s like a trianwreck i can’t look away from…..The rachel ray show-she made a carmalized onion dip pizza that i would actually consider..here ya go!:) http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/french-onion-dip-pizza/

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  23. Wyn on May 1, 2009 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much for drawing my name. I love onions and as I said go through a 3 pound bag about every 2 weeks. We use them in everything! I’m sure to find some scrumptious recipes in the new book and I know that I could do with more vegetables.

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