Yummy to the Tummy!

 Yummy Yummy Yummy I got love in my tummy . . .(Yes, for one frightening moment I thought about making that the music for today, but I love you too much — you get Flapper Man, Cliff Edwards, instead )

Some months back, one of our girlfriends, Jackie Geddes from Chattanooga, spotted this recipe for Onion Casserole peeking out of my recipe box and asked if I would put the recipe on the blog.  I said I would, soon, but “please remind me.”  Then Jack was so cute; I made chicken soup; the full moon came up; we got our first snowfall; I had my colors done — everything got in the way!  Jackie has been very patient!  We’re off to New York on Monday, so I figured it’s now or never!

This is a delicious side dish, cheesy and filled with caramelized onions, the recipe isn’t in any of my cookbooks (yet); here’s what it looks like when it comes out of the oven.  I’ll put the recipe at the bottom for you, so pay no attention to what I’m saying here! Just preheat the oven to 350°

There’s a small amount (a half cup) of rice in the casserole to give it texture and body.  In a small saucepan, bring water to boil, add rice — simmer for 5 min.  Drain it and put it in a large mixing bowl.

Chop four large Spanish onions into 1/2″ dice.  Try not to breathe through your nose as you do this . . . it helps with the crying.  Also, it helps if you keep the onion juice wiped off the cutting board and knife.

Melt butter in large skillet over high heat, add onions and stir often . . .

. . . until brown and caramelized — this takes up to 30 minutes . . . and makes your kitchen smell wonderful the whole time.  It’s the perfect winter day thing to make!

Put the browned onions in the bowl with the rice and stir well . . .

Then add 1 ½ C. grated Swiss cheese . . .  mmmmm, right?  Stop for a moment, look outside your window, isn’t it pretty?  Deep breath, happy.

Busy birds.

Add a half cup of milk . . .

And stir well . . .

Then some freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.

Pour it all into a casserole . . .

Sprinkle over 1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese,

. . . and pop it in the oven for about an hour — 55-60 minutes, until it’s all toasty brown, like . . .

this!  It’s Onion Pudding (in my colors! :-))!

You might have noticed that I wrote, “delicious with spareribs and juice” on that recipe card at the top of this post?  So I thought you also might like to have one of the best recipes for spareribs I’ve ever tasted . . . My mom (sometimes known as “Grandma Pat) made them the whole time we were growing up; it was often requested for our Birthday dinners; we love them as much now as we did then.   They go perfectly with the Onion Pudding and a green salad (with Blue Cheese dressing YUM!).

Did the song end?  Want to hear it again?

I would suggest you could make some people very happy by making this for your Valentine’s dinner! . . . 

S P A R E R I B S   A N D   J U I C E

 I say this is the way to a man’s heart, but it’s really the way to MY heart! 🙂 For dessert, try this: pineapple chunks, ginger ice cream, and warm caramel sauce.  Caramel Sauce is so easy to make and stays soft and pourable in the fridge.  You just stir together 3 Tbsp. water with 1 c. sugar in a non-aluminum pan.  Bring it to simmer, cook without stirring, watch closely until it turns amber colored; this takes a few minutes.  In another pan, heat 1c. heavy cream.  When the sugar syrup is amber, slowly whisk in hot cream until well-blended.  Good hot or cold.

It’s delicious when you dip fresh apple slices in it too; that’s when it becomes almost a health food!

Just so you know, I’m not suggesting you eat this every night!  But I look at Valentine’s Day as a free get-out-of-jail card.  You could exchange the dinner for the chocolate?  Unless you’re against that.  I love to read recipes, but I don’t make them all.  Trying hard to be supportive!  Bad and good at once!

And I leave you with this . . . and with love, and see you later.  Next stop, New York!  We go on Monday! xoxo

O N I O N   P U D D I N G

  • 5 c. water
  • 1/2 c. white rice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 large Spanish (yellow) onions, chopped in 1/2 ” dice
  • 1/4 c. butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 1/2 c. grated Swiss cheese (approx. 6 oz.)
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Bring water to boil in saucepan; add rice and salt, stir, simmer for 5 min. Drain rice and put it into a large mixing bowl.  Chop the onions; melt the butter in a large skillet, add the onions and cook over high heat, stirring often, until onions turn a golden brown (20 min to 1/2 hr.).  Add the onions to the rice and mix well.  Stir in Swiss cheese and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste and spread into an unbuttered baking dish (mine was 10″ x 7″.  Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the top.  Bake at 350° for 55 to 60 min. 

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249 Responses to Yummy to the Tummy!

  1. MMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!! You had me at the onion casserole…and then you went and added THOSE ribs! How many days til Valentine’s Day????????? Thanks for sharing, and your photos are so wonderful! Happy trip to NYC 🙂 xoxo Debbie

  2. Priscilla says:

    Your post has personality, in fact, you have personality plus. It makes me laugh when we must stop in the middle of the recipe and look outside the window. I guess you are slipping in a little bit of a recipe for living in the middle of your recipe. I was going to make onion soup today but maybe I will try the onion casserole instead and I will definately stop and look out the window at all the beautiful snow.
    By the way, every morning I drink my coffee from my Big Boy mug that my friend Peggy gave me while I check out your blog. Have been using that mug for 12 years.

    Have a wonderful time in NY and Happy Anniversary!!

  3. dottie says:

    Okay — so as it appears at this moment as I’m typing there are no comments showing — once this shows up — count the ones that appear BEFORE it — and then it will be obvious why we have some difficulty knowing that our posts are actually here. We sim,ply must have patience with the wait time!

    What I want to know, Susan, is how did you know I’d prepared pork ribs in a VERY similar way for our dinner last night? And how did you know we have leftovers to go with this delicious sounding casserole? But — alas, no Swiss cheese on hand. Hubby will have to stop for some when he returns from his Saturday of volunteering. And I love the dishes in that photo of the recipe box!

    New York, New York!!!!! Here they come! Have only been there for a brief four days once in my lifetime but it’s someplace I want to visit again one day. Enjoy your days there! And forget the blog! We can wait — celebrate that anniversary!

  4. Tina in Ky says:

    Can’t wait to try this!!!!! 😉 ~Tina

  5. Amy D. says:

    Oh my!! The onion casserole looks wonderful–I will be making that very soon. And the ribs!!! I think I may have to make those for the Super Bowl! and try not to eat them all myself! Have a wonderful trip to the city. Can’t wait to see the pictures and hear about it! Relax and enjoy!

  6. Ann says:

    Have a wonderful trip to the big city! Today’s recipes look wonderful–I could only have a small bite of the onion casserole so have to save that for a holiday dinner with family. Love the saying you ended with. I have a folder on my desktop named “Susan Branch” where I keep all these little gems so I can revisit them when I need some inspiration.

  7. Susan Havey says:

    Wow, what a Valentine’s dinner! And so nice the rib sauce is Valentine-colored so I will be in style with it on my face after eating all the ribs. The onion casserole sounds wonderful. Any leftover and you could pour beef broth over it and have French onion soup!

    Have a wonderful trip to NYC. Be sure an take a picture of yourselves at Times Square like it’s New Years Eve. Happy Anniversary and many, many more.

  8. nicole says:

    I heard yesterday, that if you pull your tongue out as you peel your cut onions you will not cry… I haven’t tried yet!
    Have a good WE

    • sbranch says:

      How do you hold your tongue and cut onions at the same time? My dad says to hold a piece of bread in your mouth!

  9. Evelyn Silvas says:

    This is timely. Woke up just a little bummed that I could not take my early Saturday walk. I’ts some howlin’ winds in Southern Cali today! so instead, I read your blog, while sippin’ on my Christmas Blend :). You have made me smile and I’m back to my zippity self! Will be trying this Onion Casserole and perhaps the ribs too! Thank you for that beautiful blessing at the end too. EnJOY NY!!


  10. Pam says:

    Thanks for the recipe Susan. Have a great trip to New York and Happy Wedding Anniversary. xx

  11. Kerry S. says:

    As Evelyn noted the winds are really strong – and cold (at least here on the coast)! Can’t wait to for cooler weather to try both recipes – thank you!
    Have a wonderful time in NYC! Happy, merry anniversary! Here’s to many more!

  12. Susie Stevens says:

    Sounds yummy especially with the ribs:):) smiles to you,Susie(She Junks)

  13. Carol C says:

    Thanks for the great Valentine dinner suggestion! We gave up long ago going out, every restaurant is mobbed. We’ve been doing the anniversary dinner from the “Butt’ry Shelf Cookbook by Mary Campbell and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. It’s a book like yours that I just read and re -read. Anyway, the ribs will be a nice change.
    Have a wonderful anniversary in NY and don’t overlook the chocolate bar in the Plaza Hotel. We went for hot chocolate every day!

  14. Joan Lesmeister says:

    I’m so happy we have smell-o-blog! And, my eyes are watering! Onions frying in butter, & looking out at the beautiful birdy & snow, & the double bonus of ribs & caramel sauce, & the beautiful blessing, what a way to start the day! Thank you! Blessings to you dear Sue & all! PS A memory just popped into my noggin’ – onions & potatoes frying in bacon grease, for breakfast, while camping in the pines – smell-o-memory!

  15. Tawni urrutia says:

    Susan, my family applauds your blog as they have enjoyed lots of delishious treats as a result of it. Tonight onion pudding for sure! Thank you for such a warmth and humor, I really believe it’s contagious!
    I have thoses Arianna dishes…wedding presents many moons ago!:)
    Can’t wait for NYC.

    • sbranch says:

      The ones with the flowers? In the hutch with the apples? Mine don’t have a name on them, is that what they are, Arianna?

    • Tawni urrutia says:

      Sorry Susan…i didn’t mean to get your hopes up for the name of the darling flower patterned dishes in your cupboard! The Ariana dishes I have are the same as your casserole dish filled with that beautiful onion pudding. Which we ate last night…sooo delish!
      Happy Anniversary to you and Joe!

  16. Oh my goodness, now I am starving & am so wanting to try your Grandma’s sparerib recipe! I so enjoy reading your blog, thanks so much for sharing your enthusiasm for hearth, home, family, and Art! Peace, Donna

  17. Deb from Dixie says:

    Susan, that onion pudding looks so good…I could take a bite out of the photo!
    Thanks for all the recipies…….can’t wait to try them. And also the blessing on the plate is one of my favorites, it touches the heart.
    Happy Anniversay….have a wonderful time in New York, hope your trip is filled with laughter and love! ……….a fun, cozy thing to do, is have hot chocolate at Serendipity Cafe…….( Serendipity isn’t that one of the greatest words.)
    P.S. Those kitties are going to miss you!

  18. Susan Simon says:

    Good morning, Susan and everyone!
    That looks delicious. Will give it a try next week! Have a great time in New York… hope the weather is good and that you enjoy it from start to finish. Will you be taking any of your new clothes?

    Have you ever used a Vidalia Onion Chopper? Takes most of the tears out of onion chopping, makes the dice uniform and quick. I use mine all the time, not only for onions, but for celery, carrots, peppers, apples, potatoes, etc. My SIL showed it to me years ago and I think of her and remember her every time I use it!

    Have a good weekend, all!

  19. Deb says:

    OOh the Onion pudding looks so good – It’s snowing and I have all the ingredients so I’ve jotted down the recipe and will make it tonight 🙂 Thankyou.
    A tip to help with tears when cutting onions is to light a candle on the kitchen counter. It really works!
    Love your little wooden recipe box ♥

    • Karen D says:

      I do that too and it does really work!
      You have to have the candle pretty close to the cutting board so I like the kind that comes in its own jar with a lid. The lid helps too when you blow it out – not so smokey.

  20. Martha Ellen says:

    Headed to the grocery this afternoon–have to make that onion pudding–yummy! Sounds like I might be making this for Valentine’s dinner for the two of us! Thanks for the inspiration always Susan! Love the joy coming through the blog!! ♥

  21. Karen Saunders says:

    mmmm-on your casserole, save me the dark-crusty corner. aaa-YUM!!!

  22. Pamela Jewett says:

    Hi Susan,

    Yummy for the tummy,
    Feast for the eyes,
    Wonders for the heart,
    YOU are the prize!

    Have a wonderful time in New York 🙂
    xoxo Pam

  23. Heartsdesire says:

    Wow! New York. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary. Hope you have a wonderful trip, and I’ll be looking forward to lots of pictures. I’ve never been there, and probably never will get there, so I’ll have to do my visiting through your photos. Thanks so much for the onion casserole recipe, and the ribs recipe. My son and grandson are coming to visit next week and do a bit of work around my house. I know they will love this hearty man dinner when I make it for them after a long day of pruning trees, reno-ing a small bathroom, and power washing the eaves and deck. I know I can always count on you for a delicious recipe or two.

  24. ellen scott says:

    love onions and this dish sounds really goooood….can’t wait to try it, and baking something in the oven is what i like to do on a cold winters day…you end up with good food and a warm house…thanks for sharin and have a great trip

  25. Karen Saunders says:

    ps….and carmel???? i’m going to make it and do a face-plant!!

  26. pat addison says:

    good morning susan, hello everybody. yummy recipe looks like the onion casserole my grandma used to serve us with a big dollop of sour cream on top. may have to look in her old recipe book and see. have a fun trip to NYC and have a Happy Anniversary. hugs……… 🙂

  27. zinnia patch says:

    Hi Susan! Wanted to thank you for the yummy recipes! LOVE the bowl, you did the mixing in!!! Your blog is always so cheerful….it just gets me going! Have a great time in New York and Happy Anniversary…now i’m headed to the kitchen to make scones….got a new scone pan, can’t wait to try it out…( lol)
    P.S. I’m sure my Joe will love the spareribs for our Anniversary…We celebrate it Valentine’s Day ( 38 years)

  28. Lezlee says:

    Nice homey pictures . . . . but when I saw that sparkling clean oven the guilt set in (again) . . I have an oven you have to clean the old fashioned way (only I don’t – much . . I always plan to get to it . . . ). But I guess a picture of a lovely casserole going in to a dungeon of an oven probably wouldn’t have the same effect:)

    • dottie says:

      As long as the oven heats properly and cooks the food correctly — eh! My oven supposedly has some sort of ongoing self-clean feature that may or may not work properly from what I’ve seen over twenty plus years — due for a new oven when it’s the kitchen’s turn.

  29. Laurie Austin says:

    I so appreciate your blog and the time you take with posting such lovely photos!
    Loved all the shots after the snowstorm and of the moon!! Keep ’em coming!
    Also loved seeing all your dishes. I have some of the Rose Chintz as well.
    This recipe looks divine…have a nice trip to NY.

  30. Linda says:

    The BEST pastry I have ever had is at a small and wonderful place in Greenwich Village called ROCCO’s. Heaven on earth – and the cappucino is glorious also. http://pasticceriarocco.com/

  31. Marie (Long Beach, CA) says:

    Hi Susan!

    Bet you’re busy packing and getting ready for your trip to New York. Thanks for the beautiful blog today and for the recipes, can’t wait to try them both! I want that plate with the beautiful saying hanging in my kitchen! I wish you could have them made so we could buy them from your online store. Love everything about it! Bye for now.

    • Margot says:

      How is Long Beach today? I lived there from ages 1-2 so I don’t remember anything, but I would love to see it.

      • sbranch says:

        I lived there from zero to seven :-)!

        • Margot says:

          We are all just beach babies. My mom said that when they were filming it’s a Mad Mad Mad World they wanted her to take me down to where they were filming a crowd scene. She didn’t. LOL

      • Sharon (Ashland, OR) says:

        I was born there…closest hospital to home. ♥

        • Marie (Long Beach, CA) says:

          The weather has been beautiful all week, in the high 70’s, perfect! I’ve lived in California from the day I was born in 1954 to now. Wow, 58 years, that’s a long time!

  32. Wendy Jacobs says:

    Sue – I’m heading to Cronigs for onions now. Thanks for sharing. Have a great time in NYC. It’s one of my favorite places. And, don’t forget your lipstick! 😉

  33. florence rozler says:

    Oh those ribs !!!!! your blog starts my days. Hope you enjoy New York as all of us New Yorkers do. When will see Vatentine desk top wallpapers, yours are all I use? Have a great day !!!!!!!!

  34. Trish K. says:


  35. Margot says:

    Thank you for that onion dish, it reminds me of my Zwiebeln Kuchen, loosely translated to Onion Pie. Think quiche with less egg and more onions. I love onions and Gruyere! The ribs look good too. After all the talk about Big Boy’s it reminded me of Mark’s(sp?) Big Boy in Milwaukee and I wonder where all those delicious diners have gone???

    • Margot says:

      Could a person use bread cubes instead of rice in the onion pudding???

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      Hi Margot~
      If you remember Big Boy in Milwaukee do you remember Dutchland Dairy?

      • Margot says:

        No, but I will ask my mom about that. Our field trip in kindergarten was to the Golden Guernsey Dairy and I still have my book. “Our Friend the Cow”

        • Lynn McMahon says:

          That restaurant dates back to the 60’s. I was just a little girl but I remember the food was great! I can’t remember any field trips in kindergarten. Have a good day!

  36. Nellie says:

    Oh, yes! Onion Pudding/Casserole, or whatever name, definitely a wonderful aroma in the house! Yum!

    Did someone else mention a chocolate bar in New York? Oh, dear! I wouldn’t get very far with any other sightseeing.:-)

    By the way, those Christmas pounds are off, and my regular monthly weigh in this morning has me .4 down from December! Persistence pays off!:-)

    I will wish you a happy anniversary, too. Somehow I thought it was a month later, though. Goes to show you how well I remember.:-) xoxo

    • Margot says:

      Yes there is an all chocolate restaurant in NYC. My girlfriend’s son worked there before he went to Vietnam to teach English.

  37. Margot says:

    I should have said with more cheese.

  38. Barbara T from Wolverine Lake, MI says:

    oh gosh, are those photos beautiful, or what?!! and yes my birds are at the bird feeders too…I can’t cook without noticing them myself. This morning, late, I cut up fresh vegetables and tossed into the crock pot with cut up boneless chicken breasts, sprigs of thyme, some wine, and a can of cream of chicken soup….later on I’ll make mashed potatoes and call it dinner! (meanwhile, I’m knitting)….dinner cooking, sun shining on the fresh snow and me knitting. What a perfect Sat afternoon 🙂 Have a delightful time in NYC on your anniversary trip! shopping, I’m sure. oh gosh, maybe you’ll find something wonderful for your blog followers to anticipate winning at a future date?? hint hint! xoxoxo

  39. Sharon says:

    Thank you for the Onion Pudding recipe. Will make that for sure!. My all time favorite Susan Branch recipe is the Spareribs and Juice. Pure heaven.

    Have a wonderful time in New York. I have never been there so looking forward to seeing it through your eyes.

    Have a good weekend.

  40. laurie says:

    I have made yourrecipe for ribs (yummy)!! and i will have to give the onion casserole a go too! Looks wonderfullly yummy!!!
    Loys of snow here today, how much would you like , I’ll send some!

  41. Terri says:

    Thank you for the recipes… they look so yummy. Think we’ll start with the ribs. He isn’t partial to onion, although he does like the taste, he doesn’t like the texture…. 43+ years of this!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Patty says:

    I wish you and Joe a Wonderful time together in NYC! Happy Anniversary!!
    (Thanks for another lovely post!!)

  43. mari1017 says:

    I laughed at your choice of song ~ Yummy, Yummy, Yummy ~ was actually hoping for the musica link – 🙂 of course, not disappointed by your choice ♥ LOVE the onion recipe ~ can’t wait to try ~
    ♥ wishing you and Joe a fabulous trip to NYC ~ Happy Anniversary ! ♥

  44. Pattie Callaghan says:

    Start spreading the news. Have a lovely time in the big apple! Happy anniversary!

  45. Gill says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I am definitely making this for Sunday lunch tomorrow! I’ll put it together with claypot roast chicken, roast potatoes and greenbeans; with a blackcurrent fool for dessert. Come for lunch!

  46. Pat says:

    I love all your recipes, Susan! I have your cookbooks and I’ve also tried ones I’ve printed off from your web site over the years. They are always so delicious!

    Have a wonderful time in New York! I’m a life long resident of NYC and I’ve been blogging about many places of interest in NYC for the past five years. If you have some free time you might get some ideas of things to see in the city if you looked around on my blog.

    Safe travels!


  47. Karen L. says:

    Susan, Thanks so much for the recipe! Now, maybe I will have a dish that will make my brothers stop asking about Grammie’s recipe. I guess Jackie G. and I both recognized the recipe!
    Karen L.

  48. Lynn McMahon says:

    The onion pudding looks yummy~
    I may try it with brown rice~ a little heathier! Ha ha!

  49. Lois Burgess says:

    Hi Susan!

    I haven’t been able to read your blog for the past week, as I was busy with other activities. Boy, is it good to be back!! Congratulations on finding your “true colors” and the red lipstick! Just in time for New York! My niece is going with her school band from Cape Breton to the Big Apple in May . She is SO-0 excited. Happy Anniversary!! Hope you and Joe have a wonderful trip! Thanks for the delicious onion casserole recipe–do you have a recipe for ginger ice cream?
    I absolutely LOVE ginger–especially crystalized.


    • sbranch says:

      We found that ice cream at the supermarket — I don’t have a recipe right now, but I do love homemade ice cream!

  50. Mary Cunningham says:

    Susan…you are making me hungry…..lol…..Happy Anniversary in the “Big Apple” ! Be sure that Jack doesn’t stow away in your luggage….hope he and Girl Kitty behave while you are gone…thinking “Home Alone”

    • sbranch says:

      Yikes! We have a kitty babysitter coming to stay with them, I don’t think he knows what he’s in for!

  51. Nel E from Michigan says:

    I was looking at your recipe box and thinking…. Could you come to my house and re-write all of mine with your handwriting??? 😉

  52. Carolyn says:

    I am still chuckling about the homemade caramel sauce and fresh apples “almost being a health food.” That sounds like one of my many rationalizations! So fun! Wishing you and Joe a joy-filled get away and a blessed anniversary.

  53. Gris Svejcar from Vancouver, WA says:

    I look forward for your blogs and your photos complete my day! Happy Anniversary and may you & Joe be blessed with many, many and many happy, healthy and loving years!

  54. Patricia says:

    The onion pudding looks amazing! I’m definitely making it this week. I had to comment as well that my mother is also referred to as “Grandma Pat”…not just by her grandchildren but by pretty much everyone! 🙂 Enjoy NY! xx

  55. Susan Roubal says:

    The Plaza Hotel…Oh, my, that was a long time ago for me! I had high tea in the Gold Room (or was it the Gilded Room? Everything was gilded, I recall. A Harp playing.) Dessert at the little sweetd place just around the corner from the Plaza’s main entrance, was it Rumplemeyers? Oh, some wonderful treats were had there! Have fun in the big city.

  56. Jane alexander says:

    Susan! I wish you were my sister! I want to come to your house for supper!! Your recipes sound SO good. Hopefully, I’ll copy them and make this delicious food you are showing us!!
    Love and blessings to you.
    Jane Alexander…and Richard too.

  57. Nancy says:

    Onion casserole may well be on the Sunday dinner menu tomorrow! Yum! thank you!

  58. jeannine leonard says:

    I am so hungry! This is pure comfort food. Looks like I will be making a trip to the butchers on Monday for ribs.

  59. Paula B. says:

    Oh my. it’s “between meals time” right now and I’m so wanting to eat this bit of deliciousness. The girlfriends will be having Souper Bowl Sunday next week and this would go nicely with all our potluck dishes, I think. We will play board games and cards, eat, and generally catch up with each other: some will go home later in the day for that big game and the rest will stay on, having fun sans husbands – our yearly tradition!

  60. Carolyn Weaver says:

    Just love the look of the onion casserole…not waiting for Valentine’s..no sweetheart….love the ribs and casserole….HAPPY DAYS TO YOU AND JOE IN NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Debbie Borne says:

    Hi Susan
    Happy Anniversary! I am pretty new to your blog so don’t know if you’ve shared your relationship story or not. I would love to hear it(-: I’m Vegan – yeah, one of those, but have discovered that I can adapt most any recipe to work for me. I’m still wanting to make the milk cake and I made the cranberry cobbler you posted – it was FABULOUS. Blessings for sunny CA
    Debbie Borne

    • sbranch says:

      Not yet, I think it would be fun to put it in my autobiography . . . give it a happy ending!

    • Karen D says:

      Hey everyone!
      Got a question for you (and Susan too- of course! It’s your blog after all ;0)
      I was asked to bring my rum cake to a party – and then was asked if I could make it gluten-free and vegan. I don’t mind the challenge but was wondering if anyone had ideas about exactly how to do that-??

      • Debbie Borne says:

        When I adapt a recipe I use whole wheat pastry flour and sub any “other” milk for the dairy kind = my favs are vanilla soy and almond soy. For the eggs I use ground flax seed and water (Mix in a blender about a minute or so then refrigerate for at least and hour) 1/4 cup equals one egg. And I use raw sugar instead of the bleached over processed stuff(=: Brown sugar, if that’s what your recipe calls for is vegan. As a butter sub I adore Earth Balance spread. There could never be a sub for Rum and one is not needed.

  62. Debbie Borne says:

    PS I’m jonesin’ for a Jack video MEOW

  63. Mia Sophia says:

    Nothing could be finer than a morning blog from Susan! Beautiful music, photos, drawings, recipes, writing, and colors! Now if we could only have “scratch and sniff” too! The onion pudding looks divine and is vegeatarian so I can’t wait to try it! Enjoy New York City…Bon Voyage!

  64. Martha B says:

    Sounds like a great menu for Valentine’s Day. Wondering how to do both at once with the different temps–maybe try the ribs in a crock pot?

    • sbranch says:

      That’s a good idea . . . my stove has two ovens. You could also make the ribs first . . . and just reheat them the last 15 min of cooking the onions.

  65. Marilyn ( in Ohio ) says:

    This sounds delish !! (I just sounded like Rachel Ray!). And I have to tell you – I’m in awe of your oven – it’s so clean!!! Mine still has drips & splatters from holiday cooking :). You inspire me to get it done!!
    Enjoy New York & be safe.

  66. Rae Ann Roche says:

    Loved seeing Albion MI on the bottom of the “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” music…my husband, daughter and son went to college at Albion College in Albion MI where the song was written…but I can’t stop humming “yummyyummyyummy…” You spoil us all so much, Susan with your tasty blogs and wonderful pictures…thankyouthankyouthankyou…have a wonderful anniversary in NYC…

  67. Mary Ann says:

    oh yum! I often make ribs this way, in the winter adding the extra hour and sauce , in the summer we take them out to the grill to finish off and add grill marks. But this onion casserole is new to me and I can’t wait to try it! thanks and have a wonderful time in NY!

  68. Jeanette says:

    Susan, It all looks and sounds wonderful. Will be making the onion casserole after my next grocery store stop. Too bad I’m reading this AFTER I just ran my errands. Good things come to those who wait! Right?? Bit, really I’m at the store several times a week, so I won’t have to wait too long, thankfully.
    Safe travels and happy hearts as you celebrate your special Anniversary. You deserve it. Hope you get to stop at the stores I mentioned in an earlier post this week.
    Hugs & Love, Jeanette

  69. Diane says:

    Omgoodness….the onion casserole looks delicious! I also cannot wait to try the ribs! I have never cooked ribs before, but these look like I might actually be able to do them. Thanks! I have my bags packed (in my imagination) and I am totally excited to travel with you and the girlfriends to New York! It is going to be so much fun to see what you see…..and I only wish we could taste the delicious food you are going to discover, but it is better at this point of my eating plan that I don’t since I know I would lose self control and go crazy! The great thing is that you can walk all over the place so you can indulge and not worry. You probably also have much more discipline than I do. Lol. I hope that you and your true love will have THE most wonderful, romantic time of your lives! Have a fun journey and we will see you there!

  70. Jackie says:

    Hi Susan. Here I was, just glancing through my emails, when I was stopped by one from you. What a surprise to see my name along with the recipe I had requested!! Your blog (except for my daughter’s) is my absolute favorite….. you just totally made my day. I can’t wait to try the recipe and thank you so much for remembering. Have a wonderful time in New York!

  71. Hi Susan, There is so much inspiration in one blog post from you! I look forward to every one of them, even if I don’t get to post you a message. Thank you for the wonderful, YUMMY sounding recipes. I can’t wait to try them!!! I might not wait until Valentine’s Day – who knows?
    I hope you have a super time in New York! Maybe you’ll see a show and go to a wonderful restaurant for dinner!
    Enjoy it all!!!

  72. barb from colorado says:

    Susan, thanks for all the happy moments you bring! Be sure to have a big slice of NY pizza and one of those best in the world bagels while you are there! Enjoy, enjoy!

  73. Terry Kokko says:

    Susan- Thank you for the yummy recipes! can’t wait to try them! Have aWONDERFUL time in NYC. Happy Anniversary!

  74. Ann Y. says:

    That sounds so good…I can almost smell it ! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe….Happy Weekend and Happy Anniversary Trip !

  75. Karen Z says:

    Oh yes YUM! Can’t wait to try the onion dish! I have found pressing my tongue to the roof of my mouth, (a suggestion from someone) works reasonably well for the tears. My bag’s packed and looking forward to New York. Have a lovely time! OXO

  76. Gert says:

    Oh Susan that onion casserole looks amazing and so easy to make! Of course those ribs look oh so yummy!! We do love the ribs!! smile… I sure hope you two have a wonderful time in New York! Happy Anniversary week to you both!


  77. Marie (from Virginia) says:

    Susan~Valentine dinner solved! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    Happy Anniversary to you and Joe! Enjoy every moment in my home town. The frozen hot chocolates at Serendipity 3 are waiting for you and Joe. Hmmmm!! Can’t wait for the NY post.

    Travel safely!

    Marie xo

  78. veronica says:

    Today’s blog ‘sweet Susan’,is ‘The Heart of The Home’. I sigh;and I’m blessed.
    So much gratitude for you my friend……

  79. veronica says:

    Oh! Have a safe and very blessed trip,you and Joe.

  80. Angie(Tink!) says:

    ♥ Happy Saturday Night Sweet Sue!…..Pure Yumminess….Just Flying By…Wishing You & Joe a Wonderful Anniversary….& The Most Fun in NYC! Yay! Meet You on the Ferry….L♥ve & Joy…xoxo Poof! ( ♥’s & Pixie~Dust EVERYWHERE!) 🙂 ♥

  81. Carol says:

    Have a wonderful trip and thanks for the recipes! You have made me a better cook and I am grateful! Your creativity in all you do is inspiring!

  82. Peggy says:

    Thank you for the recipes going to try them
    have agreat time in New York

  83. nonnie says:

    susan, thanks for the awesome onion recipe . . .have been looking for one for ages and I think this is it!! Bonus that you also gave us the ribs!!!

  84. Sue says:

    Those recipes are way too good to have to wait for Valentine’s Day….
    Thank you for sharing them.
    Have a Happy celebration and a fun trip to New York.

  85. Francine says:

    Oh yum! Delicious recipes! I’ve never had a onion casserole before! I can’t wait to “go” to New York, via YOU!!!! I was there when I was 10….loved it! Have a wonderful time Susan!

  86. Cynthia Krynock says:

    All I can say is YUM! I am going to make this for my hubby and me for our special Valentine’s Day supper….as much as we both love onions, I know this will be a hit! So many thanks Susan, for sharing this with us….


  87. shirley burt says:

    The onion pudding has been a favorite of my Folk Art Ladies. Thank you for sharing the ribs, when we have our next luncheon the new dish will be there for all to enjoy. Thanks for the memories and for the new ones to come.
    Have a lovely time in New York, wish we were all there to share the fun.

  88. maryb says:

    Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza 32 Spring Street New York City!! I’m just sayin’! Happy Romantic Anniversary and many more!!!

  89. Ellen Beeton says:

    This is definitely going to be our dinner tomorrow night! Thanks so much.

  90. Cheryl Walsh says:

    Yum, as always! Have a wonderful trip- I’ve never been east of Minneapolis-will enjoy New York thru your eyes!
    Don’t forget to feed the birds before you go! I take care of mine here in Bend, Oregon. :o)

  91. Tamar Weaver says:

    If someone already said this – sorry but, i learned from watching jacques pepin and also the guy who does mexico one plate at a time, that you can deflame an onion by soaking it in water after it has been cut up. like, if you are going to use fresh onion in a recipie like guacamole or garnish with it, chop it and then soak in water and a dash of vinegar and that will take all the stinging from the sulferic acid out. random, i know. but good info.

  92. Ginnie says:

    Oh, yum, that onion casserole looks and sounds great! And, btw, when I wear my contacts, chopping onions doesn’t bother my eyes. I’ll try to remember, next time I’m cooking while wearing my glasses, that tip about mouth-breathing.

    Have a wonderful time in NY! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  93. Patty says:

    Oh, be still my heart, an onion casserole!!! As much as I love onions I can’t believe I have never tried this! And spare ribs! I actually just made some today for my fella, but my mom always boiled them before browning and putting barbecue sauce on. Now I have a good recipe to try the oven method. Thank you and thank your grams! I won’t be able to make it for Valentines Day because my boy friend actually made reservations at a B and B Valentine weekend/spa package for us! I was shocked!!! Can’t wait!! I am soooo ready for that massage!! God bless you with a very happy anniversary and an extra special wonderful time on your trip! I have never been to New York so I am looking forward to your pics! : )

  94. Mmmm! Can’t wait to try the onion pudding. I bet pork chops would be good with it!
    Happy Anniversary Susan & Joe, Happy trails!

    I bet Jack is going to be one unhappy kitty, but Kitty Girl will set him straight, she’ll let him know you will be back, and I bet the house sitter will give him lots of love!
    Bye! See you on the blog in NYC!

  95. Wendy says:

    Not gonna lie – that’s way too much onion for me! Sure does LOOK good, though, all browned and perfect on top!
    Love the birdie eating at the feeder!!

  96. Kirsten Wichert says:

    I’m so excited now that I can print your recipes. One of the girlfriends told us (a few blogs ago) how to copy and paste to Word program. It’s so easy…. but I wrote it down…….now I can do it! I guess you can teach an old dog after all! I will make the onion pudding casserole right away. I always have lots of onions, love them. I didn’t realize how easy caramel sauce is to make…….will make that too. How long will the caramel sauce keep in the fridge? Ribs will have to wait for some kind of company (grandkids).
    Thanks for taking the time for us when you are leaving so soon! Have a great time in N.Y.C. with your honey. Can’t wait to see the adventure!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m finding that if you can dream it, the computer can do it! And everything turns out to be so easy, once you find out HOW! I never have the caramel sauce around long enough for it to go bad — it’s such a good and handy thing to have in the fridge, it makes so many things more special. Have a great day Kirsten!

  97. Oh, I LOVE onions…thanks for this recipe with onions 😉 🙂 I really try to include them in just about every meal, that’s how much I love them 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  98. Pat Mofjeld says:

    That onion casserole looks wonderful and I can almost smell it…unfortunately onions don’t agree with either of us or I would definitely try making it. I think they smell so good when they are cooking and they give such good flavor to dishes…We’re going to have your yummy chocolate sauce for Valentine’s Day…but will have to try making the carmel sauce as it sounds really good, too! Have a good trip to New York! 🙂

  99. Janet says:

    Hello Susan [and friends]! Thanks for the recipe – will be trying it for sure. Also anxious to try tofu noodles. Read some reviews for them on the website of my grocery store and they were echoes of what you told us – [1] be sure to rinse them and [2] they taste exactly like “regular” pasta! Can’t wait to try them. PS -have a wonderful time in New York. If you get a chance and are in the area, try Luna’s in little Italy [Mulberry Street]. Teeny tiny place, big big flavor. Trivia – there was a quick shot of them in “Moonstruck.” :>)

  100. Christine says:

    All I can say is yuuummmm!!!

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