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Late dinner? Fry onions...

Although last week gave us an extra day with leap year, you may still be feeling harried with all that needs to be done, especially at dinnertime. We know we do! A friend of ours suggested a tip for when you’re running behind. She said if dinner was going to be late, try frying up some onions. You don’t have to worry about using the onions for anything, but the smell will make everyone think you’re cooking something great. You can always carmelize the onions and use them later.
Caramelized Onions
Put 2 tablespoons of oil into a heavy, large skillet for every large onion that you slice. One large onion per person is a good portion. Sweet yellow or white onions are good choices, but you can also use red onions. In addition, you can use a combination of olive oil and butter for your fat. Heat up the fat, then add your onion slices. You can add a scant amount of salt and pepper at this point, or you can wait. If you add salt and pepper, stir constantly for 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. The onions will first soften and then turn translucent at which point you can sprinkle in some sugar or brown sugar if you like a sweeter taste (about 10 minutes into the cooking time). Use approximately 1 tablespoon sugar per onion. (If you add sugar, you will have to watch the onions more carefully as they are more likely to burn.)  As the onions grow darker, stir more frequently to prevent burning. After 20 to 30 minutes, the onions will have caramelized. If you want, you can add some soy sauce now for a different taste. Or add a small amount of balsamic vinegar. Viola!