In a world where onion rings merge to double deliciousness, mine melded last year.
Daughter Beth found a great recipe for onion rings online. And we love them like crazy.
And then we had a writer's retreat in Nebraska, and we stop at the Rustic Inn in Fort Calhoun and guess what the cute local restaurant served???
ONION RINGS LIKE THE ONES BETH MAKES.
My worlds collided.
(Work with me here, I don't get out much. There's probably a reason for that.)
So here is the recipe... a great one that's simple and marvelous and delicious and yes, we deep fry them, but we only make them once in a while, not daily (like I would like) so it's okay...
A little of this, a little of that.
Slice two or three large Vidalia onions into 1/4" slices.... If they break, no worries!
Spread onion rings in flat bottom pan, like a 13" x 9" baking pan, or bigger...
Pour milk over onion rings until about half-way up the onions. Mix them around now and again for about 1/2 hour, like when you think of it, or when you end a chapter of a really good book!!!
Drain the milk away... I just added this, realizing that if you didn't do this, #MESS.
Shake them in flour mix below.
FRY at 375° until golden brown and delicious smelling.
Drain on paper towels.
Serve and I've even got dipping sauce akin to Blooming Onion sauce at Outback for you to try!
2 cups of flour
Salt & Pepper
1-2 tsp Cajun Seasoning (we kind of do this to taste, like when you're making fried chicken flour mix, but I go heavy on the seasonings because I like to!!! So be liberal....)
Make the dipping sauce whenever, and this is also a great burger dressing for burgers on the grill:
1/2 Cup Mayo
2 Tbs ketchup
1 Tbs. horseradish (can add more if you like more bite)
1 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (I use Red Hot Pepper sauce instead, about six shakes... and then I taste it to see if it is PERFECT... and if not, more red pepper sauce!)
We've got a busier than usual summer with kids this year, so there are smallish children here every day, all day.... It's a little cray/cray, but we're doing okay. We do better at 80° than at 95°.
(Have I mentioned I'm kind of whiny and short-tempered in the heat??? I am. I don't even like myself!!!)
But this day the crew were fossil finders:
And behind them is my bean garden... this was one of the gardens that had English ivy, so we killed that repeatedly.... and it was empty and the whitetail deer kept eating the beans on the farm, so there are about 40-45 bean plants right here.... Healthy, being hand watered, and starting to blossom....
So we'll have some beans, after all.
WE FOOLED THE DEER!!!!
But every now and again, something else pops up and hybridization brings new and amazing surprises!
So we'll see what the bean garden produces next May!
This is my crazy busy time of year.
The farm is rocking with people coming to buy eggs and veggies.... Workers are in and out all day. I've got kids full time in the summer, so it's a busy from long before sun-up until long after sun-down kind of season...
So this time of year that early morning, pre-dawn writing is critical... and my therapy!!!!
Well, that and playing in the dirt.
I just finished my historical Christmas novella for "Cowboy Christmas Homecoming" from Gilead Press this October....
And I'm diving into a Christmas story for 2017 for Love Inspired.
And when it's a crazy hot summer up here, I love delving into cold, snowy, windy terrains!
Give me sweater weather....
But look at what releases in TWO DAYS!!!!
Dolly has Mosaic Down's Syndrome, so she bears the challenges that many Down Syndrome children face, but she doesn't have the notable facial features we generally see... which means people expect her to behave like her twin brother, but of course, her reality is quite different.
It was an absolute pleasure to develop this story with an overprotective single dad, a beauty queen who worked with special needs kids during college, and a town that wraps itself around you, waiting for a nice, long visit!
I'm so delighted to be releasing this now.... and yes, (of course!) here's the link to my buddies at Amazon.... Her Unexpected Family Here!!!
And that's it from the Northern sector this week.... the trees are full of leaves, frogs and bugs, and life is good!