What are Vidalia Onions and Tips for Storing Them

Today I’m telling you all about my recent visit to Vidalia, Georgia to learn more about Vidalia onions, in particular what Vidalia onions are and how best to store them. I also have a really huge giveaway of some onion-worthy tools and a $250 Visa Gift Card. Scroll down to enter. This post is sponsored by the Vidalia Onion Committee. To see all my tasty Vidalia Onion recipes, click here.

What are Vidalia Onions and Tips for Storing Them

The first time I had a Vidalia onion was shortly after we moved to Florida from Canada 5 years ago. I bought them by accident. “We need onions. This bag will do.”

The plan for that night was to make roasted onions (one of my husband’s favorite things) to go with a roast chicken. I cooked them up and we dug into our food. And then we started exclaiming about the onions.

He asked me, “Is there brown sugar in here?” “Nope.” “Honey?” “Nope.” “What’s that sweetness then?” “Carmelization. I’m just plain good at roasting onions!”

But then the next time I went to grab an onion I noticed that the bag said Vidalia Onions on it. “Hmmm…what’s that?” Google to the rescue! It turns out that the roasted onions weren’t sweet and delicious because of my talent. Nope. They were sweet and delicious because Vidalia onions are ALWAYS sweet and delicious.

Since that first taste, I’ve started looking forward to Vidalia onion season each year. So I was delighted when the Vidalia Onion Committee invited me to come visit Vidalia, Georgia (the Vidalia onion’s namesake), to tour a Vidalia onion farm, visit the annual Vidalia Onion Festival and check out the Vidalia Onion Museum.

 

V is for Vidalia at the Vidalia Onion Museum

Me at the Vidalia Onion Museum posing with the V is for Vidalia sign. That’s my recipe for Grilled Buffalo Chicken and Vidalia Onion Flatbread Salad on the poster. So cool. Click the picture for the recipe.

I had a fantastic time. The people of Vidalia, especially the onion growers and marketers, were so friendly and hospitable. I learned a ton. And ate a ton more. Before I get into all the details about what Vidalia onions are and some great tips for storing them, I want to tell you about a giveaway that the Vidalia Onion Committee is sponsoring right here on Cook the Story. And about some cool promotions they have going on this summer.

The Vidalia-tastic Giveaway and Some Special Offers:

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter to win a Wusthof 8″ Gourmet Ridge Vegetable Knife (value $80), a John Boos 24″ by 18″ by 2.25″ Reversible Cutting Board with Chrome Handles (value $145) and a $250 Visa Gift Card (so that you can buy a lot of onions to chop with your new knife on your new board!).

The Vidalia Onion Facebook Page is a great place to hang out. Once there, click on Special Offers to get a $0.50 off coupon for Vidalias. Also, every week in May they’ll be posting a trivia quesitons about Vidalia onions. The first person to answer correctly will win a goodie basket filled with Vidalias and other items.

A final promotion, this one for my food-blogging friends. Enter the V Culinary Challenge by developing a unique recipe featuring Vidalia onions. There’s a grand prize of $2,500 and two runner up prizes of $500 each. Head over to the Facebook Page and click on V Culinary Challenge to enter.

And now, back to Vidalia, Georgia!

Oh. My. Gosh. The food!

Onions found their way into almost everything that we ate. See:

Steak and Grilled Vidalia Onions

 

Applebee's Brilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin being prepared

While at the Vidalia onion farm we had the chance to sample a new Applebee’s menu item, the Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin served with a Sweet Hawaiian BBQ Sauce and Smashed Potatoes.

Vidalia Onions with Scallops, Bacon and a Pork Chop

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Vidalia Onion Rings

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And even Cheesecake with Carmelized Vidalia Onions on Top

Cheesecake with Caramlized Vidalia Onions

Our dessert at Elements Bistro in Vidalia, surprisingly delicious.

Can nothing surprise you after that cheesecake? Well, check this out!

Vidalia Onion Frozen Yogurt

Sadly, the Vidalia Onion Tropical Delight Fro Yo that we had in a little shop was not as good as the Vidalia Onion Cheesecake had been.

See, I meant it when I said that Vidalia onions found their way into everything we ate. Everything! Cool, right?

I really enjoyed touring an onion farm and packing house while in Vidalia. Here are some of the things I learned about Vidalia onions:

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What are Vidalia onions? Vidalia onions are the pioneer of sweet onions and Georgia’s official state vegetable. Their mild flavor is due to the unique combination of soils and climate found in Southeast Georgia. The onion variety is a yellow granex hybrid known for its sweet, mild flavor.

Vidalia Onions in front and baby Vidalia onions in the back

Why are Vidalia onions only available in Spring and Summer? Because this particular variety comes to maturity during shorter days than other onions. They are therefore grown as a winter crop with a harvest that begins in Spring. Gorgeous, gorgeous spring. What a beautiful day!

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During our tour of the Vidalia Onion Museum we were advised about the best ways to store onions.

Inside the Vidalia Onion Museum

These are great tips that I am totally going to implement. Immediately!

One of the best places to store Vidalia onions is in the refrigerator: Wrap each bulb individually in paper towels, which will help absorb moisture, and place them in the crisper with the vents closed. A few will naturally go bad, but many will keep for months. If you buy a big bag at the end of the season you should have Vidalias through the holidays. What a treat!

Or, store onions in the legs of clean, sheer pantyhose. Yes. Really. This is a pretty cool trick. What you do is tie a knot in between each onion. Whenever you want to use one, cut above the next knot and pop out an onion. Hang your hose-strung Vidalias in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.

You shouldn’t store Vidalias with potatoes. It make the onions go bad quicker. Who knew? I totally keep my onions and potatoes together. Not anymore!

In addition to a tasty informative time, while I was in Vidalia I had the chance to make some new friends and get better acquainted with some old friends. Here we all are in the onion field:

Vidalia Onion Tour

From Left to Right: Brenda (A Farmgirl’s Dabbles), Alyce Head (Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine), Julie (The Little Kitchen), Maria (mother of The Divine Miss Mommy), Susan (Vidalia Onion Committee), Liz (A Nut in a Nutshell), Paula (Bell’Alimento), Karen (In the Kitchen with KP), Jennifer (Mother Thyme), Crystal (Mrs. Happy Homemaker), Susan (Doughmesstic), Meredith (In Sock Monkey Slippers), me, Julia (Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine)

So fun!

Now that I’ve told you all about Vidalia onions, I’m sure you want to get cooking. Check out all my Vidalia onion recipes here (and note that I have 3 more coming for you in the weeks ahead!).

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the Vidalia Onion Committee. The Vidalia Onion Committee also sponsored my trip to Vidalia, Geogia and paid me to develop and photograph Vidalia onion recipes to share on my blog. They also hired me as the photographer for the Vidalia tour. The above pictures belong to the Vidalia Onion Committee but were taken by me. All opinions are my own.

142 Responses to “What are Vidalia Onions and Tips for Storing Them”

  1. Kate F. — June 18, 2014 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    Who won the giveaway?

  2. Thomas Murphy — June 10, 2014 @ 12:33 am (#)

    I want to try the Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions Recipe

  3. Kim Reid — June 9, 2014 @ 10:54 pm (#)

    I want to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken and Grilled Vidalia Onions!

  4. Jennifer Marie — June 9, 2014 @ 10:26 pm (#)

    Hubby would like the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions

  5. Jimmy — June 9, 2014 @ 10:11 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Hot Dog Sliders Topped with Peach and Vidalia Salsa recipe.

  6. Janice Cooper — June 9, 2014 @ 9:52 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions

  7. Tabathia B — June 9, 2014 @ 6:35 pm (#)

    I would love to try out the Bánh Mì Tacos on the Grill

  8. Kim Kihega — June 9, 2014 @ 6:27 pm (#)

    I would most like to try the Bánh Mì Tacos.

  9. Danny Haynes — June 9, 2014 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    I love onions period

  10. Amanda Sakovitz — June 9, 2014 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    id love to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions recipe!

  11. amanda whiltey — June 9, 2014 @ 11:52 am (#)

    i want to try the Baked Blooming Onion Recipe Using Sweet Vidalias

  12. Erika W. — June 9, 2014 @ 11:17 am (#)

    I would love to try the Potato Salad Recipe with Italian Sausage and Fennel! It looks delicious!

  13. Claire — June 8, 2014 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    Steak w/ grilled Vidalia onions. Yum.

  14. Tara — June 7, 2014 @ 10:13 pm (#)

    I would like to try Bánh Mì Tacos on the Grill. These look amazing!

  15. christine jessamine — June 7, 2014 @ 9:47 am (#)

    they all look so good. I would love to try the Bánh Mì Tacos on the Grill first.

  16. Rebecca — June 7, 2014 @ 8:44 am (#)

    The bahn mi tacos look so good!

  17. Cheryl Rogers — June 6, 2014 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    I would love to try your STeak with grilled vidalia onions. I need a grill first though, guess I need to enter a grill giveaway now.

  18. Tracy Robertson — June 6, 2014 @ 5:51 am (#)

    The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions looks yummy! I would like to try making that.

    • Christine Pittman — June 6, 2014 @ 6:37 pm (#)

      Tracy,
      It is super good. Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to hear what you think.

  19. Dandi D — June 5, 2014 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions!

    • Christine Pittman — June 6, 2014 @ 6:38 pm (#)

      Dandi, Great choice! If you decide to try it, let me know. I’d love to know what you think.

  20. Danielle — June 5, 2014 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    Steak w/ grilled Vidalia onions. Yum.

    • Christine Pittman — June 6, 2014 @ 6:38 pm (#)

      Danielle,
      I do believe that that recipe is on the Apelbee’s menu this summer. If you give it a try, let me know. I’d love to know what you think. I particularly loved the Hawaiin BBQ sauce on it.

  21. HS — June 4, 2014 @ 12:01 am (#)

    I want to try Baked Blooming Onion Recipe Using Sweet Vidalias

  22. Tracy — June 3, 2014 @ 8:22 pm (#)

    Mmm! The Onion-Top Stir-Fry! And toss it with some rice and fried tofu.

  23. Crimson — June 3, 2014 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the bloomin onion recipe.

  24. Taylor Closet — June 3, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    I would LOVE to try the A Pesto Recipe Made With Onion Tops, Parsley and Walnuts.YUMMY

  25. Kait — June 3, 2014 @ 11:08 am (#)

    I love your recipe for Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions… YUM!

  26. alena svetelska — June 2, 2014 @ 6:17 pm (#)

    i like the Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes and Vidalia Onions

  27. Linda — June 2, 2014 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    I would most like to try the baked blooming onion recipe.

  28. Laura J — June 1, 2014 @ 10:11 pm (#)

    Oh I would love to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions first! YUM

  29. Sandra VanHoey — June 1, 2014 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    The French Roasted onion recipe I would love to try and will be soon

  30. Melissa S — June 1, 2014 @ 7:23 am (#)

    The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions sounds delicious, I would love to make it for my family.

  31. Janet W. — June 1, 2014 @ 7:06 am (#)

    I’d most like to try the Potato Salad Recipe with Italian Sausage and Fennel.

  32. Katie Contests — May 31, 2014 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    I’d like to make the Potato Salad Recipe with Italian Sausage and Fennel!

  33. Barb — May 31, 2014 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    The baked bloomin onion

  34. Wanda McHenry — May 31, 2014 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes and Vidalia Onions! It looks absolutely delicious!!!!!

  35. Kim D. — May 31, 2014 @ 1:08 am (#)

    The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions.

  36. Angie B. — May 30, 2014 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    Grilled Chicken Panini with Pesto Greek Yogurt Spread

  37. Sherrie C. — May 30, 2014 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    All of you Vidalia Onion recipes look fantastic! It’s hard to choose just one but the recipe I’d most like to try first is the Baked Blooming Onion Recipe Using Sweet Vidalias. Never had one baked before but it sure looks delicious :)

  38. Amy S. — May 30, 2014 @ 12:01 am (#)

    The onion rings!

  39. Birdie Skolfield — May 29, 2014 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    Id like to try the Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions

  40. Auntiepatch — May 29, 2014 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    Nothing can beat a roasted onion on steak, chicken, or seafood! Especially Vidalia onions!

  41. Susan — May 29, 2014 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    Love to use Vidalias in potato salad, always sweet, never hot. Delicious.

  42. Sara — May 29, 2014 @ 9:48 am (#)

    I am so trying that blooming Vidalia onion recipe—with siracha sauce, omg.

  43. Kimberly C — May 29, 2014 @ 9:19 am (#)

    I would love to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions!

  44. Andrea — May 28, 2014 @ 11:08 am (#)

    I’d most like to try the Potato Salad. Looks delicious!

  45. Rebecca A — May 28, 2014 @ 10:01 am (#)

    I love vidalias! The onion ring recipe looks incredible.

  46. Ashley Tucker — May 28, 2014 @ 2:27 am (#)

    I’d like to try the Baked Blooming onion recipe.

  47. Trish F — May 27, 2014 @ 4:27 pm (#)

    Hello, I would love to try your Baked Blooming Vidalia Onion with Sweet Sriracha Sauce. It looks like a much healthy version of a favorite of mine. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  48. Priscilla S. — May 27, 2014 @ 3:33 am (#)

    I would love to try the Parmesan Roasted Potatoes w/ Vidalias. They look amazing!

  49. Lori K. — May 26, 2014 @ 10:52 pm (#)

    Would love to try the Bánh Mì Tacos on the Grill!

  50. Kayte CookWatts — May 26, 2014 @ 6:27 pm (#)

    I would definitely try the stir fry. I am always looking for ways to make a “plain old” stir fry stand out. The sweetness of the onions would be a nice contrast with all the spicy stuff we usually put in. I was blown away by the onion cheesecake on this post too! I would be all over that!

  51. courtney b — May 25, 2014 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    i would pick the potatoe salad.. thanks for the chance!

  52. mysweetiepiepie — May 25, 2014 @ 8:24 am (#)

    I’d most like to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions recipe.

  53. Barbara Montag — May 24, 2014 @ 8:38 pm (#)

    I’d love to make the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions – oh yum!
    thank you

  54. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) — May 24, 2014 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    i like the baked bloomin onion recipe!

  55. Mary Beth Elderton — May 24, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#)

    The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions sounds delicious!

  56. Betsy Barnes — May 24, 2014 @ 10:26 am (#)

    I would really love to try your Baked Blooming Onion Recipe. This is a great, healthy way to enjoy a blooming onion without all the calories! :)

  57. Cálaeb Temple — May 23, 2014 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    i’d like to try the Garlicky Manchego Toast on Bean Soup.

  58. amy pugmire — May 22, 2014 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions looks so tasty!

  59. Rust — May 21, 2014 @ 10:38 pm (#)

    I most would love to try the baked blooming onion recipe.

  60. Heather Hayes Panjon — May 21, 2014 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    I Like The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions Recipe! Looks Delicious!

  61. Kelly D — May 21, 2014 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Baked Blooming Onion Recipe.

  62. jeccica simpson — May 21, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    I love the Onion Rings

  63. Melissa Mazzur — May 21, 2014 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    They all look so tasty but I think the Bloomin Onion!

  64. steven weber — May 21, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    The bloomin onion for sure.

  65. Brittany Koelmel — May 21, 2014 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    the baked blooming onion! YUMM

  66. Steph Halland — May 21, 2014 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    I love onion rings!

  67. Kathie Newell — May 21, 2014 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    I used to buy Vidalia onions front he Shriners in Montana, and I thought they got them from Washington state. They are SWEET onions, and I love all of your exciting new recipes that I can try them in! Thanks! I just store them in my veggie crisper in my frig, but I am open to better storage ideas. :-) THANKS!!

  68. shaunie — May 21, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Would love to try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions

  69. Anne — May 21, 2014 @ 11:06 am (#)

    I fully intend to roast some Vidalias the way you describe them in your “How to Roast Onions So They’re Soft, Sweet & Creamy” post. I’ve never roasted onions that way, but they sound divine!

  70. Lisa Brown — May 21, 2014 @ 10:12 am (#)

    i would try the Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions recipe

  71. Tammy S — May 20, 2014 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    Boy oh boy I would like to try several of your Vidalia onion recipes, they all look so amazing! The first one I am going to try is the Baked Blooming Onion Recipe Using Sweet Vidalias, We love Blooming Onions but they aren’t the healthiest choice. So I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  72. MaryB — May 20, 2014 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    I have Marinated Baby Vidalia, Pomegranate and Goat Cheese Salad on the menu already for next week and can’t wait to try the crawfish boil, too.

  73. Leidy — May 20, 2014 @ 11:26 am (#)

    I would like to try the Bánh Mì Tacos on the Grill

  74. Denise — May 19, 2014 @ 7:22 pm (#)

    Oh some of my favorite onions. Love caramelized and made into a dip. Or simply grilled and tossed on a burger!

  75. Rosie — May 19, 2014 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    I love the shrimp boil!

  76. illyjunus — May 19, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    I’d love to try the flatbread with buffalo chicken or the steak and Vidalia onions and also the pesto too

  77. Linda K. — May 19, 2014 @ 8:16 am (#)

    I want to try the French roasted onion recipe. It looks really good.

  78. Tina W — May 19, 2014 @ 5:36 am (#)

    I really want a giant pile of those onion rings, right now!

  79. Kristen — May 18, 2014 @ 3:14 pm (#)

    I’d like to try the Potato Salad Recipe with Italian Sausage and Fennel.

  80. Courtnie — May 18, 2014 @ 2:22 pm (#)

    I’d like to try the The Parmesan Potatoes.

  81. Jennifer Lachman — May 16, 2014 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    I want to try the baked blooming onion recipe. I get them every year at the fair and I can’t wait to wait to try and make my own at home.

  82. Denise L — May 16, 2014 @ 3:40 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the Onion Top Stir Fry. Always looking for ways to use the whole veggie. Sounds delish!

  83. Kiara — May 16, 2014 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    Potato Salad!

  84. Meredith In Sock Monkey Slippers — May 15, 2014 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    It was so much fun and good to hang with you again! This looks awesome! V is for Vidalia!

  85. Elle — May 15, 2014 @ 12:59 pm (#)

    I would most like to try the Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions Recipe. I love roasted onions.. so yummy.

  86. nicole dz — May 14, 2014 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    I really want to try the Baked Blooming Onion Recipe Using Sweet Vidalias. All the recipes look awesome though! YUMMY!

  87. alaine — May 14, 2014 @ 9:27 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the steak with onions.

  88. KLZ — May 14, 2014 @ 9:38 am (#)

    I’d love to try the flatbread with buffalo chicken or the steak and Vidalia onions.

    Or honestly I’d really love to try that cheesecake.

  89. Vicky — May 14, 2014 @ 7:18 am (#)

    I’d try the Baked Blooming Onion, love anything you can dip.

  90. Tian A. — May 13, 2014 @ 7:04 pm (#)

    I’d love to try Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions, thank you.

  91. tammy shelton — May 13, 2014 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    The steak with grilled Vidalia onions sounds like heaven.

  92. Stephanie — May 13, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions

  93. Elena — May 12, 2014 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    I like the Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions recipe

  94. Anna Pry — May 12, 2014 @ 12:27 am (#)

    i’d like to try the onion top stir fry recipe

  95. meredith — May 11, 2014 @ 9:36 pm (#)

    The Flatbread Salad with Buffalo Chicken & Grilled Vidalia Onions sounds good!

  96. Dee Fedor — May 10, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#)

    Roasted onions. Just found the first Vidalia onions of the season on Thursday.YUM!

  97. Ruth Little — May 9, 2014 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    I have never tried roasted onions, so hearing that it’s your hubbie’s favorite, I’ll definitely be giving that a try! Thank you

  98. Deborah Curran — May 9, 2014 @ 12:58 pm (#)
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  100. Karen Lynch — May 9, 2014 @ 11:25 am (#)

    Sweet petite roasted onions look great. I love roasted onions espcially on the grill.

  101. Jes — May 9, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#)

    The steak with grilled Vidalia onions would be my first choice — perfect for this weekend, actually.

  102. Vacas — May 9, 2014 @ 2:40 am (#)

    I would like to try the onion rings, and probably will since I have some vidalias on hand. I am going to try the pantyhose trick also.

  103. Sandy Headtke — May 8, 2014 @ 10:12 pm (#)

    Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions Recipe sounds delicious.

  104. Monica Jertson Cateron — May 8, 2014 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    Great story !!! I love reading blogs that are not just recipes but also a learning experience- thanks for sharing !!

  105. Maggie Wallace — May 8, 2014 @ 11:25 am (#)

    Love love love vidalia onions! I love to add them to anything for a good crunch or my favorite, pizza!

  106. Trina Williamson — May 7, 2014 @ 11:34 am (#)

    LOVE Vidalia’s! I live in Washington where we can get Walla Walla sweets but I really, really love my Vidalia’s! (Don’t tell anyone here in the Northwest!) So looking forward to grilling these on the BBQ!

  107. Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road — May 6, 2014 @ 10:30 pm (#)

    The Parmesan Potatoes sound amazing!!

  108. Josh Murdock — May 6, 2014 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    Vidalia Onions with Scallops, Bacon and a Pork Chop, because everything is better with Bacon!

  109. Kerry Ann — May 6, 2014 @ 3:47 pm (#)

    I LOVE Vidalias. I sometimes buy them in bulk when they come in season. Fresh from the ground, I can eat them like an apple. Great recipes.

  110. Meg Hobbs — May 6, 2014 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    I love vidalias sauted with sweety peps, mushrooms, and shrimp. Serve over grits with cajun cream. My favorite meal. ever.

  111. Becca from ItsYummi! — May 6, 2014 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    Ohmigerrd… too many recipes, too little time! I have to try your flatbread salad for sure, and OH MY GOSH, I had NO idea that I was supposed to store potatoes and onions separately! Geez… it’s probably why my potatoes turn to crap after 5 days, too

  112. Lily Sheng — May 6, 2014 @ 11:55 am (#)

    I would love to try and make the Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions recipe, it looks so elegant yet simple

  113. Kim Champion — May 6, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Found out years ago the reason for becoming ill so much was raw onions…but cooked are okay for me to eat, still not sure why that is….but I love, love, love Vidalia Onions. I Caramelize them to use on things like hot dogs…and even on a bagel with cream cheese.

  114. Heather — May 6, 2014 @ 11:24 am (#)

    I cannot stop thinking about that Steak and Grilled Vidalia Onions picture! Yum!! I want that for lunch and dinner!

  115. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — May 6, 2014 @ 10:22 am (#)

    We hardly get them in our area but when we do-I buy them all. Thanks for the amazing tips.

  116. Angela Davis — May 6, 2014 @ 10:19 am (#)

    Flatbread Salad looks delicious! Defiantly making that for lunch on Saturday while hanging out by the pool!

    • Christine Pittman — May 13, 2014 @ 10:21 am (#)

      Angela, You guys should come over some time for a beer and I’ll grill that up for you over here! Hope you had a great weekend by the pool!!

  117. Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:15 am (#)

    Amy, Your tomato sauce sounds fantastic. Do you use fresh tomatoes or canned? I can imagine a garden-fresh summer version that would be unstoppable.

  118. Jackie @ MomJovi — May 6, 2014 @ 10:13 am (#)

    I’ve been storing onions wrong this whole time! Such good info. I never would have thought to put them in the fridge but that totally makes sense for summers in Fla, even if the house is air conditioned. I bet the humidity can doom them too.

    And I ALWAYS go for Vidalia onions. They’re the best. I only buy white onions in an emergency!

    Great pics and great info!

  119. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 6, 2014 @ 10:03 am (#)

    Looks like a fantastic trip!! I would totally make the Onion Tops, Parsley and Walnuts Pesto and the Sweet Petite French Roasted Onions for my dad!

    • Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:06 am (#)

      Angie, it was a blast. Yes, I love that pesto. I think you’d like it too!

  120. Alyson — May 6, 2014 @ 9:49 am (#)

    Onion rings! Yum!

    • Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:06 am (#)

      Alyson, They were soooo good! And they served them with three different kinds of dipping sauce. Such a treat!

  121. Sarah Hutson — May 6, 2014 @ 8:51 am (#)

    Can I just say that I am obsessed with onions? I eat them everyday! In fact, probably the cheesecake topped with onion is one way I haven’t had them! Sounds good though! Can’t wait to buy some Vidalias this year!

    • Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:07 am (#)

      Sarah, I hear you. I love onions too. And they show up in everything I make. Although, desserts was definitely a first this trip. A delicious first though!

  122. Sandhya — May 6, 2014 @ 8:37 am (#)

    Thanks! I learnt a lot in this post. I think my French onion soup is about to get even better!

    • Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:12 am (#)

      Sandhya, Oh man, Vidalias are amazing in French Onion Soup. I have to whip up a batch soon now that Vidalias are in season. Can you get ahold of them where you are?

  123. Leanne — May 6, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    By far my favorite, favorite onions! All of your recipes look good but honestly, I just like them in a greek salad. :)

    • Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:12 am (#)

      Leanne, I really like them in salads too. They’re so much sweeter than any other onions and add such a great crunch and flavor.

  124. Marco — May 6, 2014 @ 8:35 am (#)

    I want to be in this trip too

    • Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:13 am (#)

      It would have been fun to have you along, Marco :)

  125. Skye Gregerson — May 6, 2014 @ 7:27 am (#)

    I love Vidalia onions. I am looking forward to trying your Flatbread salad with buffalo chicken and griled Vidalia onions. Looks delicious!

    • Christine Pittman — May 6, 2014 @ 10:14 am (#)

      Skye, It’s a super-tasty dish. My favorite part is that you toss thick onion slices with Buffalo Wing Sauce and then grill them. They end up charred and sweet and spicy. So good.

  126. Amy Williams — May 6, 2014 @ 6:12 am (#)

    Love vidalias can’t get enough when they make their way to PA. We eat them raw, grill them and love them as a feature in simple tomato sauce with butter and basil.

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