Why this blog??

Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Red Onion Marmalade

I attended a cooking class last week, at Whisked Away (Maggie ROCKS),  and we made a bunch of recipes from "Cowgirl Cuisine" cookbook. We made this red onion marmalade along with Cowgirl Peppercorn Steak and I LOVED the onions. The steak was a bit too peppery for me. I will definitely make this marmalade with any steak I make. We tweaked the recipe a little bit, so this is a little different than the cookbook.  I also cut the recipe in half when I make it for the family since I'm really the only one in my family that loves onions. This recipe makes enough for 8 servings.

* 4 T olive oil
* 4 large red onions, thinly sliced
* kosher salt
* generous pinch of red chile flakes
* 2 thyme branches
* 2 fresh bay leaves
* 4 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 bottle red wine
* 6 T honey
* 4 T unsalted butter
* Freshly ground pepper

Heat oil in large skillet (sauce pan) over medium-high heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and saute, stirring, until softened. (about 6-8 minutes). Add the chile flakes, thyme, bay leaves, and garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add the wine and honey and bring to a boil. Keep at a boil and stir occasionally until the wine reduces almost all the way. Mixture should be thick and sticky. Stir in butter and some pepper and salt.


It's ALMOST done here... I still boiled it down a for another 5 minutes or so after this.

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