Sharing Tips & Tricks
Welcome to Food Hugs Kitchen, my new meal delivery service! I am very excited to share with you what I know, what I continue to learn and what I love about food and the joy that you feel when you make someone happy with the food you share with them.
That is the true definition of a “food hug” and this is how the idea and reality of how Food Hugs Kitchen home meal delivery service came to be. I want to provide lovingly and responsibly prepared food that you can serve your loved ones without the worry of shopping, cooking and cleaning, giving you more quality time to spend with the ones you love!
With my blog, I will share with you weekly tips on how to make your time in the kitchen more productive and economical. Over the course of my cooking career, I have developed techniques and systems to economize your time in the kitchen, while at the same time giving you “go-to” items in your fridge and freezer to put together delicious, nutritious dishes in a very short time.
Bulk is Beautiful!
This will be a consistent message that I will continue to share. The idea is that if you are cooking an ingredient or dish that takes time and commitment, then bulk up the recipe so you can store in the freezer for quick go-to ingredients that will enhance what you are cooking or meals to have on the table in minutes!
Caramelized Onions!!!!! How I love the sweet, savory deliciousness of caramelized onions. They can be used to give a dish a savory richness often only achieved through low and slow cooking. They can also be used to put together a quick dip for entertaining, a salad dressing for your favorite salad, or they can be used for any other reason you want to take your dish from ordinary to extraordinary. Here’s how we do it;
Recipe for Caramelized Onions
- 8 large yellow or white onion (vidalias, Texas 1015's when in season) Halved and sliced into thin half moon slices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
In a large metal or cast iron skillet (my preference), heat your oil over high heat. Once hot, add onions and allow to cook for at least 5 to 7 minutes before turning. Resist the temptation, as this is a crucial step to achieving great caramelization.
After 7 minutes is up, give the onions a toss bring the onions from the bottom of the pan to the top and allowing the raw onions time to get some color. After another 7 to 10 minutes, repeat the process.
You will do this several times until you see the onions are getting a light caramel color. Once that color is achieved, reduce the heat to medium and continue this bottom to top stirring step. Once a deeper color has been achieved, reduce the heat to low. Stir every five minutes or so as to not burn your beautifully caramelized onions. Now, you can salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 5 minutes and turn off the heat and allow to cool. The whole process will take about 40 minutes.
Once cooled, place plastic wrap over the surface of a 12 compartment muffin tin, pressing the wrap down into the wells to create a workable indention. Scoop about a half cup portion of the onions into each muffin well. Place muffin tin into the freezer, uncovered overnight to allow the onions to freeze solid. Once frozen, pop each onion portion out and place into a Ziploc freezer bag and store in the freezer. You can take out and use for any dish or recipe you think will be enhanced by these beautiful caramelized onions. I have provided a caramelized onion dip recipe below that is packed with flavor and relatively guilt free!!
Recipe for Caramelized Onion Dip
- 1 cup low-fat mayo (I prefer the olive oil base)
- 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt (Face is my brand of choice)
- 1 cup caramelized onions, chopped
- 1 tsp. garlic power
- 1 tsp. onion power
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
- 6 dashes of your favorite hot sauce (this can be omitted if you are spice adverse)
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least two (2) hours for flavors to marry. Perfect with your favorite baked chip or veggie.
Bulking up the recipe helps you to cook smarter. You can store the extras and freeze to use at a later time. Bulk is beautiful as it creates a freezer full of quick go-to ingredients that will enhance what you are cooking or meals to have on the table in minutes!