French onion and mushroom soup

Over the years, I have made French onion soups or mushroom soups, but never the two have been combined.  This recipe, inspired by Rachel Ray, is a true classic.  It comes together quite fast and is not one of those many hour French onion soups.  Surprisingly, it has a great flavor and is super tasty. …

Bistro onion soup

French onion soup is one of my all-time favorites.  I have tried several recipes over the years and have three other onion soup recipes already posted on this blog. However, this recipe is made in a slow cooker. I prepared the onions at the start of the day, turned on my Cuisinart slow cooker and…

cherry street market –a wonderful fall experience

Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan.  I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake.  The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into…

grilled red onions

  these tasty grilled onions have become a summer addition.  i almost can’t wait until grilling season to make this easy treat.  slice one or many large red onions into 1/4 inch slices.  spray with olive oil and grill.  those are the directions. however, something special happens to these onions when grilled over an open…

baby zucchini

  on a quick trip to the Whole Foods Market, i happened to find baby zucchini.  what a cute product. usually zucchini are ripe when they are approximately eight inches in length. zucchini are nutritionally low in fat and calories, and a good source of Vitamin A, folate and potassium.  if you are interested in…

growing green onions in November

so, my edible garden is still growing onions.  i planted these green onion sets in may.  i still have green onions growing in November in my Michigan garden.  i harvested these green onions today, and have them cleaned and ready to use in recipes for the week. growing green onions is so easy.  i find…

peppers and onions

fresh peppers and onions are such a wonderful tasty side dish.  this is such a simple recipe, it doesn’t even really need an explanation.  slice red and green peppers and mix with a sliced white onion in a small skillet. heat with olive oil until soft and slightly browned.  these peppers can be used to…

vegetable garden inspiration

last month i took advantage of viewing many yards on traditional summer garden walks. i always seem to be inspired by viewing what others have in their own home gardens.  on this particular walk, i was totally impressed with this home and the postage-stamp sized vegetable garden. this vegetable garden was not huge, as i…

balsamic roasted pearl onions

for a different type of side dish, try this recipe from everyday food by Martha Stewart.  the onions are very tasty, with the recipe coming together in a matter of minutes.  the calorie count on this dish is low as well, recorded as 81 calories per serving, with low carbs and fat grams. i used…

egyptian walking onions

  i was lucky enough to have a friend who was growing Egyptian walking onions, and she shared some plants with me last year.  i love these onions.  they are so unique and will provide so much fun to your herb garden.   they are very hardy and will grow nicely in Michigan gardens coming back year…

planting red onions

  i just finished planting my baby red onion sets and am so excited.  each year i try something new, and this is something i have never tried in the past.  onion sets are commercially produced baby onions that are guaranteed to be free from viruses.  they are slow-growing and will take several months to…

crispy healthy onions

  onions should be part of every meal.  they are high in fiber and vitamin C.  they lack sodium, fat or cholesterol.  they can be prepared in many ways and are a standard in many types of cooking worldwide. i found this recipe in Rachael ray’s magazine last year. for my version, i used medium-sized yellow onions. …