Rural Missouri - May 2011 - (Page 24)

H E A R T H & H O M E Sweet georgIa BROWNS A delicious discovery during the Great Depression has become a favorite of onion lovers from coast to coast Swampy Joe’s photos and recipes courtesy of the Vidalia Onion Committee by Heather Berry hberry@ruralmissouri.coop page design by Megan Schibi I 24 n the movie, “Shrek,” the loveable, green ogre has to explain to his pesky buddy, Donkey, how complex ogres are. “Ogres are like onions,” the animated character says. “Onions have layers and ogres have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” Of course, Donkey quickly turns up his nose as Shrek eats an onion and reminds him that not everybody likes onions. Unfortunately, movie characters aren’t the only ones who turn up their noses at onions. Many people have disdain for the fragrant bulbs. But there’s one variety everyone should try at least once, and that’s the sweet Vidalia onion. Vidalia onions began taking root in 1931 when Georgia farmers were disappointed with the profits from cash crops such as tobacco and cotton. Looking for new ways to make money, they began planting onions. Much to their surprise, the pungent crop turned out sweet instead of hot like most onions. A decade after the discovery, a farmers market in Vidalia, Ga., helped popularize the crunchy crop with buyers. Soon people were talking about, “Those sweet onions from Vidalia,” which are now a delectable spring treat for onion lovers across the United States. You can find Vidalia onions at most grocery stores. Take time to get to know the official state vegetable of Georgia — it might bring tears of joy to your eyes once you find out what a treat Vidalias can truly be. Creamed Vidalias & Sweet Corn 1 ounce olive oil 2 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 3 ears of corn, shucked and kernels removed 3/4 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste Using a 2-quart, thick-bottomed sauce pan, heat the olive oil, thinly sliced Vidalia onions and chopped garlic over medium heat. Toss as needed until onions are lightly golden. Add corn to onions and toss gen- tly to combine. Add heavy cream and bring to simmer. Simmer slowly until cream has reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - May 2011

Rural Missouri - May 2011
Table of Contents
Comments
Columns
Jim Peters’ Passion
Help & Hope
Twist of Fate
Mail Bag
Shoot Like a Pro
Out of the Way Eats
Aircraft From Another Era
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
The Pared-Down House
Marketplace
Around Missouri
Neighbors
Just4Kids

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