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Why does the pantry smell like bad onions?  I don't have any onions.

New York Hot Dog Cart Onion Sauce 
Serves 3-4

2 T. vegetable oil
2 medium onions, sliced very thin
1/4 ketchup
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon

Saute the onions in the oil over medium heat until very soft but do not brown.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer for 20 minutes, until water is reduced by half.  Top hot dog with spicy brown mustard, onion sauce and warm sauerkraut.  

Tip:  To soften the sauerkraut boil with water added. 

Rock Hard Ciabatta Rolls

Well, those are inedible.

Bet me.

Cinnamon French Toast with Caramelized Peaches
From Curtis Stone  
Serves 4

For the Caramelized Peaches:
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter
2 peaches, pitted, each cut into 8 wedges
For the French Toast:
6 large eggs
Four 1/2-inch-thick slices brioche bread
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup crème fraîche

To prepare the caramelized peaches:
  1. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the pan and cook without stirring for about 5 minutes or until the sugar melts and slowly begins to caramelize.
  2. Add the peaches and butter and sauté for 2 to 5 minutes depending on the ripeness of the peaches or until the caramel melts and the peaches are just heated through and tender.
To prepare the French toast:
  1. Using a fork, beat the eggs in a 13x9-inch/33x23-cm baking dish to blend. Place the slices of brioche in the eggs. Let stand for 5 minutes or until the eggs are absorbed, turning the brioche slices once.
  2. Melt the butter on a heavy large griddle pan over medium heat. Add the brioche slices to the hot pan and cook for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown on the outside and heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, stir the sugar and cinnamon on a large plate or pie dish. Transfer the French toast to a cutting board and cut the French toast diagonally in half. Immediately place the hot French toast in the cinnamon-sugar and turn to coat completely.
  4. Divide the French toast among 4 serving plates. Spoon the peaches over the French toast, and drizzle the caramel sauce from the pan over the peaches and around the French toast. Spoon a dollop of crème fraîche atop each and serve immediately.

The Rot Cellar

AKA the root cellar.  I had some butternut squash wintering there and were doing quite well until it turned into the warmest March on record.  I managed to salvage some. 
Caramelized Butternut Squash 
From Ina Garten
Serves 6-8 
  • 2 medium butternut squash (4 to 5 pounds total)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut off and discard the ends of each butternut squash. Peel the squash, cut them in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch cubes and place them on a baking sheet. Add the melted butter, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. With clean hands, toss all the ingredients together and spread in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 45 to 55 minutes, until the squash is tender and the glaze begins to caramelize. While roasting, turn the squash a few times with a spatula, to be sure it browns evenly. Taste for seasonings and serve hot.