Things That Made Me Go Mmmm… #4

by Kathy Strahs on November 4, 2010 · 4 comments

Let’s call this the “Stroke of Genius Edition” of Things That Made Me Go Mmmm…a couple of brilliant ideas that stopped me in my food blog browsing tracks recently.

>> Have you ever caramelized onions in the slow cooker?? Me neither. But how smart is that?! I absolutely love having a stash of sweet caramelized onions on hand to add to sandwiches, pizzas, pastas. The only problem is that it’s hard to find time to stand over the stove for an hour while they cook. As Kathy from Electrified Cooks describes the slow cooker approach, “Just thinly slice sweet, yellow onions and put them in the Crock Pot with just a little olive oil and butter. Cook on the high setting 6 to 8 hours and you will have wonderful caramelized onions.” I’m so doing this!

>> Using toasted marshmallows to “frost” cupcakes. Again…brilliant! I don’t know what entices me more – giving cupcakes the s’mores treatment, or the ability to frost a whole batch in a matter of minutes. Yet another creative gem from Kate at Framed Cooks.

Just two links this time around, but I didn’t want to hold off on sharing them. Have a fabulous weekend!



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Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie November 7, 2010 at 2:20 PM

This is brilliant!! A few weeks ago I made a pizza that was totally covered in Carmelized Onions. And then a layer of Swiss Cheese. (Yes, it was amazing and I wrote about it on my blog.) In fact I think I cooked down about four pounds of onions for this experiment in deliciousness. I spent two hours checking on the onions about every 10 minutes or so. I would certainly use ’em more often with an easier way to make ’em – like this. Thanks for a great idea.
Denise Michaels – Adventurous Foodie´s last blog post ..Tis the Season for Pumpkin Pancakes

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Kathy November 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I thought so too! I’ve got a pot slow cooking at this very moment. 🙂 Pizza is in the plan for this week as well!

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Mindy November 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I’ve caramelized onions in the slow cooker for French Onion Soup…but apparently I’m a little slow because I never thought to not take the next soup steps and just keep the onions for other things! Doh!
Mindy´s last blog post ..Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans

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Kathy November 16, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I would love to try French Onion soup in the slow cooker next – you’re right, you’re already halfway there if you’re making the onions!

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