Caramelized Onions..and VERY EXCITING news

MMMM…Caramelized onions, sweet like candy. Ok, so maybe not candy, cause I know I don’t crave caramelized onions when I am P.M.S ‘ing. But they are sweet as far as onions go. I used to have an aversion to cooking them. I suppose I burned them one too many times. They require pot stalking. Its kind hard to stalk a pot with 2 young kids. You know moms, while cooking we are pulled in every direction. You get the, “Mom, I need help”, “Mom, shes looking at me”, Mom, I spilled my juice”, Mom, come wipe my butt”(ya, I still have young kids that need my help in the bathroom..oh the joys of parenthood!!!) Ok, so you get the point. They need constant attention.

caramelized onionsSo just stick them in the oven, trust me, they require much less stalking!

I soooo swear this is not a pile of earth worms I dug up from the back yard!!!


Preheat oven to 425
Thinly slice your desired amount of onions( I always use Vidalia Onions)
Coat lightly with vegetable oil
Season with salt and pepper
In a dutch oven fitted with a lid, bake for around 1 hour, or until desired color is reached
Make sure you stir them every 15 minutes so they don’t burn( yes you still have to attend to the pot, but not as much)

Now a little toot tooting of my own horn!!

About a month ago I was asked to be a food contributor for Creative Loafing. They are a very cool urban magazine printed in Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Charlotte, Sarasota, Chicago and Washington D.C and also have a great website. Fun Fun Fun. They did a little article on me as well. Click here.

Also another BIG thing. I was chosen by the St Petersburg Times(the largest newspaper in Florida) as Someone to watch in 2009. You can see the article here. You have to scroll to the 3rd photo( yes, thats me doing my best James Bond 007 pose) and click on caption if you would like to read about it. Too cool huh?

I possibly have 2 more neat things in the works, so stay tuned.
I never in a MILLION years thought that my blog would bring me new ventures, but I am so very excited to see where it takes me!!!!!

Last but not least..a Huge Shout out to the Ladies of Where’s My Damn Answer, they passed along the “I love Your Blog Award” to me a few weeks back. And I thank them all so very much.

Have you seen there blog? No? Please Please Please check it out. They are funny, raw and real!!
I am sorry to spew about my self..but all the excitement was killing me!


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    Wow! That’s super exciting!!! Congrats!

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    Whoa, mama! You are really moving on up! Congrats on all the attention you’re getting – you deserve it! And yes, caramelized onions are truly wonderful!

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    Congratulations Leslie!

    Your writing is getting noticed because it’s so darn good. Keep it up and keep your sweet, funny, original voice and I predict you will go far. Paula Deen, look out!

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    Hmmm, why have I never thought of caramelizing onions in the oven?? Brilliant!

    Congrats on all of your exciting news as well!

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    Brava! It’s great to hear, read, see when something good happens to people who deserve it. You suffer for your art (10 lbs. is no small suffrage!) and your rewards are your – wait for it – just desserts! (sorry, but had to go there) Way to go girl, keep flour in business!

    My best, Lynn (

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Wow Leslie that is SO cool! Congratulations for your sucess! And the onions in the oven is a great idea, I usually use the pan stalking mode myself!

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    WOW…congratulations, Leslie!

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    D and Suz says:

    Yeah Chimney rock isn't for the faint at heart..but so beautiful! My husband and I got married in the mountains around there at a really cute B&B! So if you ever go again and want to stay at a place with a great view and great service.. let me know!

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    VeggieGirl says:

    I’m obsessed with caramelized onions – holy yum!!

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Wishing you soooo many congratulations on all the well-deserved recognition, Leslie!! WHOO HOO!!! 😀

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    Well look at you go girl!

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    Congrats Leslie…I knew I saw something in you…keep on charming them and break out the caramelized onions…good on burgers, cheese or as is.

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    I haven’t quite found love for the onion yet. I like the smell of it cooking okay and the flavor it imparts to a dish but to eat, hmm, not there yet. A year ago I wouldn’t even cook with one now I’m adding them just not eating them.

    Yay, the new year is starting off well for ya! You go girl….that’s awesome. By all means toot your own horn. I don’t think anyone will begrudge you. Now if you start going around talking about how you’re “da bomb” and all that that’s another story. LOL! By all means keep us posted….I’m gonna check out the articles.


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    Congrats!! We will be watching you for sure! You are fabulous!

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    Awesome! Well, you do rock girlfriend, so it was only a matter of time before someone sees you and your assets! (had to add that in, you know me)
    Yahoo! Congrats!

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    Fearless Kitchen says:

    Congratulations! Making the caramelized onions in the oven is a great idea. It really cuts down on burning.

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Hey – Happy New Year!!! This is your year!!! Congratulations and thanks for the shout out!!

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    How exciting! Keep us updated with all the new developments!

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    Leslie, I can attest to the wonders of caramelized onions. Yes, you do have to stalk them to keep them from burning, but oh, such sweet rewards.

    Congratulations on all the publicity!

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    Congratulations, that must be so exciting! These caramelized onions look sooo tasty – thanks for the tip, as I cook them quite a bit. All the best, and continued success.

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    Congratulations! That’s soo exciting! You deserve it!

    Now those onions look great! I never made them in the oven before but it sounds like a good idea! You should top a piece of pizza dough or puff pastry with those! YUMMY!!!

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    I do love caramelized onions but have always been afraid to make ’em :D.

    Congrats on being recognized, that’s exciting :)! I know 2009 is gonna be a great year for you!

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    That’s really fantastic news, congratulations!!

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    Hey!! I am SO excited for you! Wat FAB news!! I wish you all of the best! I missed all of you guys! So funny when you take a break. You start to miss all of your blogging friends!

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    DeniseRMT says:

    Congratulations to you on your success! That is so awesome! 🙂

    BTW…Love your new banner! Who designed that?

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    Very cool!!! That is so exciting!! Thanks for stopping by the other day by the way!

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    oneshotbeyond says:

    Congrats and thanks for the tip of baking the onions. V’s are my favorite type too.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Very exciting!!!!

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    I just love Caramelized Onions… and Cheers to you Les… you soooo deserve all these recognitions… I’m so happy that you’re having a grand start this 2009… 🙂

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    wooo hoo gorgeous m ommy love the caramelized onions!

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    That is really exciting. Congrats!

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    Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer says:

    We DO love your blog – you rock!

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    I’m right there with you on the whole wiping rears thing! 😉
    Awesome news for you and congrats! Toot away!

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    I ADORE carmelized onions! And does anything smell more appetizing than that? Oh YUM.

    Congrats on the new endeavors! SO thrilled for you!

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    I would have never thought to have made them in the oven, thanks for the idea. Congrats Leslie!

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    Great news! That is exciting. And those onions YUM!

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    Great news! That is exciting. And those onions YUM!

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    Mrsfatface says:

    Congratulations! Sounds like some wonderful stuff going on for you. I am looking forward to trying your recipe. It is so hard to cook some days. I also have kids that need help in the bathroom and pester each other….always at the most inconvient times.

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    Leslie, this is exciting! Congratulations!

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    I never thought onions could look so good!

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    I could eat these up right now, with nothing but a spoon. As a midnight snack.Delicious!

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    YUM! I love caramelized onions, especially on pizza.

    Congratulations on your new ventures!

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    The picture of you doing your ‘James Bond’ pose is AWESOME!

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    Those are such exciting pieces of news! Well done!

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    Randi Lynne says:

    Any suggestions for cooking these in the oven if you don’t have a dutch oven?


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    Megan Carroll says:


    Just stumbled onto your blog. Sounds like you are doing tremendous things and keep it up…
    I am trying the method you describe for caramelized onions right now – tonight is pizza night and every week I have to out do myself from last!