Tuesday, November 01, 2011


"Every year, in November, at the season that follows the hour of the dead, the crowning and majestic hours of autumn, I go to visit the chrysanthemums ... They are indeed, the most universal, the most diverse of flowers."


~ Delicious treat adapted from an old SUNSET MAGAZINE clipping. As cut onions bake, they soften and open like flowers.
4-6 (6-8 oz.) red or yellow onions
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt & freshly ground cracked pepper
pinch of cayenne to taste
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (dark or white)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, chopped walnuts or pecans
chopped fresh rosemary, thyme, and chives
  • Peel onions; trim tops and root ends if needed to sit flat. Set onion on root end. From top, cut through middle of each onion to 1/2 inch from bottom. Repeat 10-12 cuts (1/2 to 3/4 inches apart).
  • Place onion, cut side up in 9x13-inch pan. Drizzle evenly with oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. Bake, covered, in 400-degree oven until onions are very tender when pierced in center, about 1 hour.
  • Uncover. Sprinkle evenly with vinegar, toasted nuts and herbs to taste. Bake until onion tips are lightly browned, 10-15 minutes longer. Spoon pan juices over onions before serving. Delicious with grilled steak. (4-6 servings)


Gatsbys Gardens said...

My mums have just about had it, so glad they lasted through Halloween. The onions could not be easier and sound delicious.


Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I never used to like our birthstone when I was a kid, but I'm fine with the color now, though I still prefer amber. I also like marigolds, which are used today on Mexican alters fr el día de los muertes. Happy November!!

sweetbay said...

I love the mix of colors in the first mum, and of course your collage is gorgeous! What a poster it would make.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous! These are some of my favorite flowers.

imac said...

I really like this post, its a beauty, and with your Artistic hand turned it too great work.

Unknown said...

My mums still look gorgeous, though flopping over from our rain. I don't mind...plan to add even more next year!

I will try this onion recipe. Where is your cookbook published?

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Joey girl and thank you for dropping by !
Happy November too : ) Mums play a big part in the Spring time with the Dutch and Belgium people .. we were amazed to see pots upon pots displayed in the Spring instead of the Autumn as we do here. They are gorgeous no matter what month they are out : )

Scott Law said...

What beautiful flowers and what a great texture on that top one.

Sorry I've been gone, my blog disappeared while I was in New England. I've put up a new one here to keep up for now.

The Sage Butterfly said...

What a grand tribute to such an awesome flower...especially for fall! And the recipe seems very interesting indeed...can't wait to try it!

One said...

Gorgeous collage! Talking about feast for the eye, my critters can't beat these.

Nature Rambles said...

Gorgeous colours in all your photos, Joey. Your collages are stunning as ever. How apt to have a recipe called Onion Chrysanthemums! Must try this one out.

Happy November!

Nutty Gnome said...

Oooh, those onions sound so good I can almost smell them cooking from here! Another 'must try' recipe Joey luv! :)
Beautiful collage too!

joey said...

Thank you, Eileen. Don't do mums in the garden (take up too much room for other favorites) ... always buy 'fresh and interesting' :)

Happy November dear sharing birthday friend, Monica. Never cared for Topaz either but this is our month to shine :) BTW ... luv you but hate marigolds :)

Thank you 'sweet' Sweetbay!

Welcome fun MI friend, GingerMandy, and thank you.

Oh iMac ... you always say the loveliest things :) Thank you.

Hi Freda ... mums have no place in my garden (taking up too much precious space for other garden passions) though I love them in containers. And my cookbook is still a dream on hold (one reason I began blogging to incorporate favorite seasonal with favorite seasonal plants ... after 5 yrs of blogging, you can see I am very slow ... ). Try the onion recipe and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by, Joy. Yes, November Joy!

A delight to connect again, Scott! Count me in for visiting ... love life through your creative eye! (And yes, textures are fun!)

Enjoy Sage Butterfly and thank you. A joy connecting :)

You are too kind, One! Thank you fun friend.

Luv you, Liz luv! Do try for 'tea time' and let me know. I luv them (and you)!

Rick said...

Always has been a favorite of mine - my father grew them commercially when I was young. What a variety of colors and petals they could have, but what I liked most (and still do) is the fragrance when you rub a leaf between your fingers - hard to describe.

Your shots are beautiful and the collage is gorgeous.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Wonderful chrysanthemum collage and a fun onion recipe--I will have to try it.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Joey, It was interesting to read this little bit of background information. I don't know why it is that people dislike mums. Perhaps it is because they are often used poorly. I happen to like them. Your last collage is especially colorful and shows the flowers diversity to perfection.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Yum, that sounds really tasty! And the Mums are incredible!

joey said...

Thank you, Rick, and very interesting. I love the many varieties but can't say I like the smell :) You trip looks grand!

Enjoy the recipe, Carolyn, and thank you. BTW Again Happy Blog 1st Birthday (I just quietly celebrated by blog's 5th!)

Jennifer, thank you for the kind words. I enjoy mums in containers outside and inside but can't say I like the scent! Not my favorite :)

Gee thanks, Plant Postings ... if you like onions, the onion mums are great!

Andrea said...

Hi Joey, that is some interesting information about this flower. I thought at first that you will be cooking mums with onions! Are you born in November? I am, so mine is topaz, which i also don't like much. I like how the mums in spray looks like but like you, I also don't like their scents. I've long been wanting to plant mums in time for the short days but haven't done it!

joey said...

Hi birthday buddy, Andrea :) Yes, this is my birthday month too so I am partial to November (especially the 13th) ... so when is yours? Happy Birthday fun friend!

Autumn Belle said...

Chrysanthemums does not grow well in our climate. I love mums and use them in prayers, floral baths to cleanse the body and I also like to drink chrysanthemum tea. We buy dried chrysanthemum flowers and make an infusion for drinking, suppose to be good for the eyesight. We also boil the dried chrysanthemum flowers with/without sugar to make herbal drinks. Sweet chrysanthemum herbal drinks are sold in eateries and off the supermarket shelf. Fresh flowers of some varieties are edible too.

Happy Birthday!

lindalou said...

What a lovely way to brighten up November. (Although....it's pretty beautiful out there today.)

Such a beautiful array of colors.

Donna said...

Joey I have been gone to long from your blog. I keep up with the lovely pics thru FB but I miss the blog...trying to make time to check in frequently with blogs I love...

Kala said...

I have seen these onion blossoms in restaurants, but never tasted them! And Joey, your chrysanthemum collage is aces!

Anonymous said...

I've learned to appreciate chrysanthemum more in the past several years. I can remember when my mother and I used to go to a farm where they grew and they would dig the one we wanted... then the work began because they had to be planted right away! I don't miss that!! I also didn't realize they were tied to the "dead" until yesterday. Nice to learn something new every day. :) Anyway... enough of that... the photographs are brilliant in every way!

joey said...

All so lovely and interesting, Autumn Belle. I too love to sprinkle them on food. Thank you for the input. Always a joy to hear from you.

Thanks Lindalou. Just returned from UP NORTH where all was November awesome as I heard weather here was too. Let's hope it continues!

Thanks Donna. Yes, I too find FB so easy to connect with and often fall short visiting blogs where input is so much more involved and should be viewed as a gift. All about time crunch for all ... so when it happens, it's a good thing :)

Thanks, dear Kala ... how kind. This is a 'somewhat' healthier version of those 'deep fried' in restaurants. Good flavor ...

Again an interesting observation, Jewel, and thanks ... always a delight sharing with you.

Unknown said...

That is the perfect recipe to share for November! I am glad I still have some onions left over from the garden...need to try this!

Marysol said...

Joey, I saved your onion chysanthemums a while back, and had forgotten all about it, until now. I want to make them, yesterday.

And, needless to say, your autumnal collage should be available for purchase.

joey said...

Enjoy Rosey and Happy November :)

Yes this is an annual repeat, Marysol. Enjoy and thank you dear friend.