Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Tuesday at the Table: Walla Walla Sweet Onions, and a Thread Storage How-to
Debbie, over at "A Quilter's Table" has decided that this month's theme is picnic! There's just about no more perfect food item for picnics as the sweet Walla Walla onion! There are other places that grow these (Vidalia, GA comes to mind), but one of the food gems of our area that I see popping up all over the place this time of year, is the Walla Walla sweet. I feel so lucky to live in such a great food-growing place!
These sweet onions are really best eaten raw, as they are indeed, incredibly sweet! My favorite way to eat them is simply on top of a fresh salad, but they're also fantastically delicious in cucumber salads or tomato salads, or on sandwiches or burgers. I had plans for pasta tonight though, so I cooked them up with some tomatoes in a pasta sauce! Yum!
Now, I just HAVE to share what I've been working on the last few days as well. I've been searching for years for the perfect thread storage rack, to no avail. I wanted something that I could cover, to protect from dust, and my cat, who likes to eat thread, and something with pegs that are long enough to store the bobbin on top of the thread spool. For some reason, I just couldn't find it, so I decided to make my own.
I bought a small 2 by 4 foot piece of 1/4 inch plywood, a few 3/16th inch dowel rods (which fit my bobbin spools perfectly), and some cheap plastic shoe box storage bins.
I measured the floor of the bin (in my case, 6 by 11 inches), marked the lines on the plywood, then used first a hand saw, then a jig saw to cut the rectangle out of the plywood.