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Spuds, Sprouts and Kitty Tales.... 
Mar. 22, 2012 7:39 am 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2012 9:15 pm
It feels like Christmas.  Some good things have happened this week.  

When looking for faceless recipes just before St. Patrick's Day I came across "The Irish Potatoes". I looked at the recipe, saved it but didn't hold out much hope for it. In fact, I even commented to a friend, "I am going to make these but I imagine that they will be one of those calorie wasters." 
Boy, am I eating my words!

I did a half recipe - darn, if I had only known - but that is probably a good thing as I had to keep telling myself, "STEP AWAY FROM THE POTATOES!"

This recipe is going on my Easter Menu, probably Christmas too. These will be absolutely smashing with the Easter ham. I am going to do a couple of trial runs - making the whole thing in advance and refrigerating over night then baking and another one where I will do just the potatoes & onions and then pour the hot cream and butter over them just before baking. For Easter I will have to do 2 trays, one with onions and one without for the onion haters in the family.

Can you believe that anyone could hate onions?
We have a couple in our family and NO I did not raise them!

See, by doing a couple of trial runs I get to eat more of them. :)

On another note, did you see the post about re-sprouting green onions? I don't know about you but through the years I have wasted a lot of green onions. So when I saw this trick on the internet I was right on board. I immediately headed to the produce bin and dug out my green onions. Some were fine and a few skinny ones were already starting to look sad and a little slimy.
March 19th - new growth from the edge of the cup. 

I washed up the slimy ones and chopped off the green part then put the little stub of a green onion root into a small cup with a little water. Within days the roots were growing and green was sprouting from the top. After just one week it had grown almost 4 inches and a new sprout had started.

March 22nd - more growth and a new sprout!  

Remembering Petey's trick for storing lettuce in mason jars I decided to store my good green onions in a mason jar in the refrigerator. I washed them up, trimmed up the tops so they would fit into the jar with the lid on. Into the refrigerator root end down. The trimmings from the tops I saved in another pint sized jar to use as garnishes etc. Well guess what? When I opened the jar, that had been the the cold dark refrigerator those darned things were growing! They had grown to the lid of the jar and were all bent over curling around, trying to stretch out! New little roots were forming too, even though there was no actual water in the bottom of the jar, just the dampness from washing them. 
I cut the roots off, leaving a small amount of onion and placed them in a shallow dish on the window sill. Success again, the roots are growing and they are starting to sprout!

By the way, the green onions in the refrigerator are happy as clams after almost 2 weeks. I am thrilled! 
It doesn't take much to make be happy, does it?

The other story I want to share is not food related at all. But I know you animal lovers will appreciate this.

A couple of years ago a cat adopted us. She parked herself under No Baking Papa's truck, screaming "MEOW MEOW" over and over again. Our cat Patchy did her best to chase off this intruder. "MEOW" would not be deterred - she would get beat up and come back for more. Soon she was sleeping in the garage, up on top of the cabinets to avoid a surprise attack from Patchy. She had obviously been someone's indoor cat - she had the personality of a house cat but wouldn't let anyone but the girls or me pet her. Patchy passed away and Meow had the run of the garage all to herself but she would never go near Patchy's cat tree or food bowl.

When we moved here in October we brought Meow with us - she hid in the garage for a couple of days and then started venturing out. She would go for the day, who know where and be back for dinner and a good nights sleep in the garage. All was well until January when we left for 3 days. We came home and she wasn't around - I figured that she would be back but after a week and no sign of her I called my former neighbors and let them know to keep an eye open for her.

Weeks passed and nothing. I kept the cat carrier and a can of wet food in the car - just in case. I would go back to the old neighborhood, calling for her. Finally I gave up hope and I gave away the giant bag of cat food.

Then Tuesday the phone rang - our old neighbor Terry calling to tell me that Meow was sleeping his back patio. I jumped in the car and flew over there. There she was fast asleep in the sun. I called her and she picked up her head, jumped down... "MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW!"

Meow is home with her best friend.   
She is thin and a little scraggly but she is happy to be home & has settled into her old routine.
Mar. 22, 2012 7:54 am
My green onions are growing fast. I didn't know about the mason jar. And what about lettuce? . . . That's a trick I missed. Thanks for another great blog! :-)
Mar. 22, 2012 7:56 am
Allie - Petey stores her romaine lettuce in mason jars and seals them with the food saver jar sealer. She says it lasts a long long time that way.
Mar. 22, 2012 7:58 am
Great blog! Awe, such a sweet story about the cat and cute picture of her new hideout. I guess she was happy to get upgraded from the garage to inside :-) Potatoes look great, but I'm not making them until Easter brunch! Thanks for another great recipe.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:01 am
Oh hurrah for the return of the furbaby! I am going to have to try the green onion trick as well. that looks nifty!
Mar. 22, 2012 8:04 am
when I plant onion bulbs in the spring, I patiently await the small greens to start growing. Very tender and tasty. Onions are like weeds, even the large yellow onions I store in the cold room start spouting on their own in the spring, they just seem to wake up a grow in the bags.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:05 am
....no light is needed, the cold room is pitch black
Mar. 22, 2012 8:20 am
Who needs to read all the reviews for new ideas when you can just read Baking Nana's blogs for great recipes and reviews. I'll bet that's one happy cat.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:22 am
Thanks for all those tips, Baking Nana! I will try all of those things today! Perfect!
Mar. 22, 2012 8:25 am
I've seen the onion thing mentioned but didn't really get it (I'm a little slow sometimes...) but I think your picture helps! So, if I have a few green onions that have been in my fridge two weeks and starting to look pretty sad, I should cut off all the green and put the white things in a dish of water and they'll be good as new again?
Mar. 22, 2012 8:33 am
DelMarGirl - Meow is still an outside / garage cat. Her hair is not to be believed! She likes to hang out with the dog in the back yard. It is bad enough to deal with the hair in the garage - but there is no way she is moving inside the house. Besides, she doesn't like NB Papa.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:36 am
Hi Linda - Meow looks a bit like your kitty avatar. I hope the green onion trick works for you. I guess you don't really need to store them in the refrigerator. Hmmmm.....
Mar. 22, 2012 8:38 am
RNG - I have had onions sprout before and I just tossed them. Why didn't I ever think of storing green onions this way? No more slimy bags of green onions.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:39 am
Thanks for the tips about onions. I'll have to try that too. Cats are characters aren't they. Oh, to come back in next life as a cat would be fun!
Mar. 22, 2012 8:44 am
I wish I'd known about the green onion trick. Yesterday was garbage day, and some of mine went to the curb. Pretty cool trick, going to have to try that.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:46 am
Good morning bd.weld. Thank you for stopping in. Meow is one happy kitty. I can't believe that she survived. We have a lot of brave coyotes around here. I am glad you wasn't dinner for one of them.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:48 am
Hi Marianne - this is a nifty way to store green onions even if you don't want to plant the roots. I am going to try and plant those root trimmings. I guess this works with leeks too. :)
Mar. 22, 2012 8:48 am
Glad your fur baby made it back home. I have a couple senior cats but, thankfully, they don't stray far from home these days. They have their routine and know the benefit of air conditioning.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:49 am
Alex - I would just wash them up and cut off anything that is yucky and stick them in a little water - they should start to grow roots and then the shoots will start to grow too. :)
Mar. 22, 2012 8:52 am
ibbz- Cats are really amazing. When we left in January we took the dog with us - I think she decided to go find us at that other 'home'. I am sure she was scared to death. She's been gone almost 3 months - I wonder what she did all that time.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:53 am
B'Nana, when I moved back to Virginia after college, I brought Merlin with me. I'd had this cat for six years and went to he!! and back with him. He had gotten caught in a car engine and we almost lost him. He made it through that tragedy and several of his other 9 lives as well! Within a week after moving, Merlin disappeared. We never found him, but I like to imagine that he hit the trail to go back to Boston. I 'know' he made it safe and sound! Happy to hear that you were reunited with your kitty, it's amazing that she made it home safe. Thanks for the tips about the green onions! I am always trying to find ways to use them up before they start sliming up. Now I know how to resurrect them....off to the fridge!
Mar. 22, 2012 9:00 am
lutzflcat - I have thrown out so many green onions it is pathetic. No more! I am so happy! Can you tell? All of our cats are ones that have adopted us. Funny - how they seem to know who to pick as family.
Mar. 22, 2012 9:03 am
I am so happy Meow made it home safe and sound!! Cats are amazing and thank goodness you had the instincts to check on her and contact your old neighbors!! Lucky kitty :) The potatoes look fantastic, wow.. my irish grandma will be happy at Easter.. thank you for sharing. So you have your garden afterall?! In your fridge, I love this. a fun little project for the kids too, maybe it will get them to eat onions!!
Mar. 22, 2012 9:03 am
Wyattdogster - Sorry to hear about your kitty. I bet he found a new home on his journey. Meow was certainly someones cat - you can just tell. I wish I could let them know that she is a survivor. As for the green onions, I will never store them in a bag again. :)
Mar. 22, 2012 9:09 am
wannabefarmer - I can't believe these things are growing so fast. You are right - this would be a great learning experience for the kids. The mexican market has green onions on sale today for 10 bunches for $1. I think I feel a project coming on. :) As for Meow - she and the dog were so happy to see one another. Although for the dog, I think she is just happy to have cat bowls to raid again. ;-)
Mar. 22, 2012 9:13 am
yes, a project in my very near future. The kids will love this. 10 bunches for $1.. how does one resist?! That is so sweet, I am so happy for the very happy reunion. Cats are survivors, amazing. :)
Mar. 22, 2012 10:18 am
Love the tip about the onions. So glad Meow is back where she belongs. She's a beauty!
Mar. 22, 2012 10:20 am
Thank you for sharing! You know, I have kept my green onion bundles in a glass of water just like my dad did, but never have thought of resprouting the bottom part....genious! Since I have a few left, I am going to try that. Perfect timing because my daughter is in the middle of planting and learning about plant life.
Mar. 22, 2012 10:34 am
Magnolia Blossom - Thanks for stopping in. I am going to try this same trick to store leeks - I took the top off the jar in the refrigerator too - we will see which way keeps best. Meow says MEOW and thanks for the well wishes!
Mar. 22, 2012 10:35 am
moaa ~ jada - Your dad was a smart man! Now if I can figure out the best way to store cilantro I will be set. I hope they grow for you.
Mar. 22, 2012 11:13 am
I have been mis-using green onions all these years - who knew? Thanks for the tutorial. Meow is a beauty, too bad she has to stay outside. We had a cat do that too when we moved. The vet told us to confine the cat to the house for 48 hours (I guess the garage in your case) somehow that sort of resets the animals natural GPS. Oh, and I gained 5# just reading the recipe for those potatoes!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:18 am
Love this tutorial on green onions. We may never have to buy them again:) So happy that Meow found his way back. Love the pic too!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:58 am
What a wonderful blog! Loved the potatoes. Petey has great tips. And we animal lovers always love a good story with a happy ending :)(:
Mar. 22, 2012 12:30 pm
Meow wasn't worried at all. She knew her staff would find her! ... I've kept green onions in water but you have added another idea that makes a lot of sense. I have some going right now, so I'll try your technique right away. ... We have a similar recipe for potatoes and I always anticipate leftovers. To warm up in the nuker? Nope! I make patty shapes and fry them in a coated pan lightly oiled with vegetable spray.
Mar. 22, 2012 3:31 pm
I use green onions so much. (excuse me for a second while I run to the kitchen and throw a bunch in a mason jar and into the fridge) What a fabulous tip. I so love your story about "Meow's Journey Home." Glad to hear he made it back into your life.
Mar. 23, 2012 5:09 am
We've had three cats for about 10 years. Each with their own amazing story of how they came to be with us. Last year a tattered calico walked in our lives and stole our hearts. She was definitely someone's pet because she loved people so much. She, Pumpkin, as round as a pumpkin, had a litter of kittens last April. Three survived. Long story short, the assuming father of the kittens has decided to stay along with his brood. He was extremely thin. We've been feeding him as well. He must be someone's cat. We live in the country. None of our neighbors claim the kitties. I've concluded that cats always manage to find cat people :) Also, I love the onion thing. I too have wasted many a green onion. You've given the poor dilapidated green onions in my fridge a new beginning! Thanks for the great blog!
Mar. 23, 2012 7:14 am
Boy, am I having a DUH moment. I have thrown away so many green onions! I am definitely giving that little trick a try...I have some now! Those potatoes sound really good. And last but not least I'm SO glad Meow is home and happy and safe! : )
Mar. 23, 2012 7:57 am
Merry Christmas, Friend =D
Mar. 23, 2012 8:09 am
Hello Baking Nana. Great Blog-all of my favorite things, food, furry animals, and something unusual. Meow is back and all is well with the world.
Mar. 23, 2012 3:40 pm
Good blog Baking Nana. I knew about regrowing the onions but not about the mason jar, so good to know! I'm SO GLAD to hear about Meow! Kitties love 'their people!' Like you said, she must've went back to the old place looking for you!
Mar. 24, 2012 12:41 am
I love reading your blogs and this latest one is great! The tip about green onions is brilliant and I can't wait to try it. My boyfriend stores chopped green onions inside of a folded paper towel which is then placed into a plastic sandwich bag and kept in the fridge. They will last up to two weeks without ever becoming slimy, honestly!
Mar. 24, 2012 5:41 am
Great blog, I can't wait to try this with green onions! Those potatoes look yummy. What was the lettuce trick you mentioned?
Mar. 24, 2012 12:17 pm
What a great idea! I just used some green tops. Going to go put the white parts in a dish. Thanks! Glad Meow made it home!
Mar. 27, 2012 9:45 am
My MIL has done that for years with the green onions. I did not know about the jar in the fridge trick, though. And, I am dumbfounded that people exist who do not like onions:) Butter, garlic, onions, and celery are a base for a large part of my recipe collection. In fact, I just planted yellow onions in my new backyard garden this morning!
Mar. 27, 2012 4:27 pm
I love happy endings! Glad your baby made it home. I had one missing for 7 days and then there she was, by the bush! I assumed she got locked in a garage. She was skinny and glad to be home! She lasted many years after that! Great blog!
Mar. 28, 2012 11:15 am
You have the best tips!! i hate wasting food, so planting limp green onions is genius!! Thanks!!!
Mar. 29, 2012 6:29 am
I just shove those little onion tips in some good compost outside and watch them grow. Clip the tops off and they come back time and time again. Glad you found your kitty. We had a very similar situation years ago where a wonderful cat adopted us after we had to put our own cat down. However we went on vacation for a week and never saw the cat again. So you and the kitty are lucky to have found each other again.
Apr. 1, 2012 9:15 pm
Thank you everyone. Meow is still home - safe and home and back into the routine. :) The green onions are growing - planting more tomorrow.
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