Monday, January 11, 2010

How to onion your man

Not that I've ever had to resort to this (okay maybe I have), but just in case you do, this is an invaluable resource.

You may want to bookmark these instructions.

Two minutes before you expect your man to walk through the door, after he has just spent a long day at work and played a rigorous game of football, [REAL football, i.e., soccer ], do the following:

1. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium high heat until hot.
2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil.
3. Add some chopped onion. Any amount over a handful works.
4. If you still have time, add two garlic cloves, minced to pan.

Within seconds, the kitchen will smell like the promise of a delicious dinner and you have hopefully succeeded in the art of 'How to onion your man.'

Then you'd better hurry up and think of something quick to go with those onions before he finds out he's just been onioned!

Some ideas:

1. Omelet: Add beaten eggs, diced peppers and cherry tomatoes or spinach.

2. Easy Stir Fry: Add cut up veggies like broccoli, snow peas, peppers, and carrots, tofu and or precooked chicken or left over steak, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and some broth.

3. Reheated left overs, just with extra onions.

For the record, my husband isn't the kind who demands or even expects dinner to be one the table when he walks in the door at the end of the day. In fact, he's very cool about those days that he gets home and I don't have dinner even started. So much so that if I even waited for him to walk in the door to suggest take out, he'd immediately offer to be the one to go out and pick it up. It is important to me, to have a nice home cooked meal prepared for my family most nights, especially on work and school nights. So sometimes... I have to onion not just my man, but my whole family! ;)


  1. LOL, smart cookie :D It's true that panned onions really smell good :D

  2. Too good! *G* Stir Fry is a favorite around here. After Thanksgiving we'd throw some veggies (onion included) and leftover turkey in the pan and stir fry it. YUM. *G* Hubs and I both cook. Sometimes together, sometimes one or the other. *G* It's nice to have someone to share my kitchen with. He doesn't bake, though. *G*

  3. Oh that's a really great idea!

    Although, if Shawn walked in the house to the smell of onions he would wonder what the hell I did! I HATE the smell of onions cooking!! But he LOVES it! Needless to say onions don't get cooked often in my house since I'm the one who does the cooking :). But I do make exceptions, and only recently, to cooking onions and peppers for certain things. I just don't cut them up. He does, or I buy them already sliced and diced :).

  4. I just love the smell of onion & garlic cooking. Yum.

    Ig my boys would eat them in an omelet, I'd be all over that.

    Nope, it has to be over some sort of manly man meat.

  5. Love this. A way to a man's heart.

  6. If my boyfriend would expect dinner to be on the table when he comes home, he probably would walk in to the smell of onions every evening!

    Love this post. :9

  7. Haha, you had me laughing when I read this...what a great idea! ;-)

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I passed along the Happy 101 award to you, because it makes me happy every time you blog!

  8. And this, Christine, is why we love you! *hug*

    Thank you for the smile!

    (and boy, o boy, what a cool man you have!)

  9. This is hilarious. And smart!

  10. I'm glad you all appreciate my . . . methods. I surprise myself by how often I start out with an onion in a pan and then manage to put together something yummy on the fly.

    Amy, what about bacon? If there's one smell that can lure everyone in my family to the kitchen, it's bacon.

    Tracy, thank you so much for thinking of me with the Happy 101 Award. It's so very sweet of you and I will pay the blog love forward soon! : )

  11. This is SO funny. I happen to love the smell of onions and garlic cooking in a little oil or butter. It smells divine, and hubby already loves it too. It always draws him to the kitchen when I have those cooking.

    One super easy recipe that we've been eating a lot lately is this soup recipe, which uses - garlic and onion! Cooked just like you describe. ;)

    If your hubbs, or you for that matter, is a meat eater, I love adding cooked, sweet Italian sausage to it. YUM.

  12. Very clever. There's something about the smell of onions...and freshly baked bread...that always makes me hungry!

  13. How cute is that? A great idea. Unfortunately my husband doesn't like onions! lol

  14. Kmont, soup is another great addition to my list of easy followups to the ole onion in the pan trick. There's a lentil soup recipe from Cooking Light magazine that I've been making for YEARS that is a favorite of mine. It's so easy and delicious.

    I think I need to make that this weekend. Mmm!

  15. orannia, I was just reminiscing about a bread recipe that I adore after visiting Tracy's blog earlier today (Tracy @ Sugarcrafter .... see comment above). I'm going to make it this weekend along with the lentil soup I just commented on in my reply to Kmont. I've made these several times, although not in the last 2-3 years at least. OMG SOOOOOO GOOD!

  16. LOL, Tracy! Too bad this trick won't work for you then.

  17. Thanks, Michelle! It is quite brilliant if I may say so myself. You should try it sometime. ;)


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