Have you ever picked up a book and from the first page you knew you could not put it down. I know that we do that often with a good novel, but how about a short story/recipe book? As I read the book I will share from today, I felt that way.
Maybe a year or so ago a friend sent me a book as a gift and it is call “bread & wine” by Shauna Niequist. It is an easy reading book with recipes and stories about food, life and entertaining, pretty much describes things here at our house.
The chapter is titled “start where you are” and it talks about inviting people to come and sit at our table. Whether we are coming from a place where we do it all the time or have never done it and are terrified, we don’t have to be.
She says “Each one of us should be able to nourish ourselves in the most basic way and to create meals and traditions around the table that tell the story of who we are to the people we care about. And the only way to get there is to start where you are.” (bread & wine, page 40)
So even if it is just having people and ordering some pizza or cooking the pizzas for them, you have to start somewhere. Don’t be intimidated and don’t be afraid, people are hungering for the fellowship of others around a table.
Sweet Onion Broth
10 Large Onions
Kosher Salt and Pepper
Beef or Vegetable Broth
- In a large baking pan cover bottom with olive oil and add whole unpeeled onions drizzle some olive oil over top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes until onions are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cut onions in half and continue roasting for another 20-30 minutes. This will give more area of the onion time to get crispy and flavorful.
- Remove from oven and when onions are cool enough to handle peel off outer “tough” skin.
- Place onions in a stockpot with broth and deglaze pan with some water to get all the brown in the bottom of the baking pan.
- Bring to a boil and turn to a simmer for 30-45 minutes until onions are really softened and begin to separate and become very soft.
- With an immersion blender or blender, blend onions and broth to smooth consistency. If your broth has a bit of texture to it, you can add more broth or water to smooth it out. I didn’t mind it this way but if you are making some thing that would require it to be smoother just add some more water or broth and blend some more.
- Now you are ready to do some great things with this broth. Use it as a base for any soup or stew and enjoy the sweet onion flavor.