Surviving the Slaughter of Onions

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Are you looking at that picture of me and wondering why I’m wearing swim goggles in my kitchen?  It would be to illustrate a little kitchen tip I use.  

My family is home for the weekend, and for me, that means doing some serious cooking.  The tribe will all be gathered around my dining table tomorrow for platters of a Tuscan Medley, salad, and a few other dishes.  The recipes I have selected require lots of onions – chopped, sliced, diced and minced.  

Some cooks know if they throw the onions in the freezer for a few minutes, it helps, while peeling them without as many tears.  Ditto for running them under cold water.  But I have found an even more effective trick.  And that is the use of my swim goggles while chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing.  You should try it!


Here’s my Tuscan Medley recipe, which you might like to try as well.


  • 1 Chicken cut into parts
  • 2 Yellow Onions – Sliced
  • 5 Cloves Garlic – Sliced
  • 1 Large Can Stewed Tomatoes
  • ½ Cup Sliced Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 1 dozen Sweet Peppers – Halved lengthwise & Roasted
  • 2 Cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Olives (Kalamata, Green, Black)
  • Fresh Italian Seasonings – Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Several types of pasta – Penne, Mostochioli, Rigatoni, Shells, etc.




Sauté chicken parts in olive oil, that has had grated garlic added. 

Once chicken parts have been sautéed, add a little more oil to pan, and add, sliced and halved onions to the pan, and sauté.  Add stewed tomatoes, with most of the juice removed.  Add, tomato sauce, and sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and olives.  Simmer/stew until chicken is completely cooked.

Place on bed of pasta, and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.



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Roberta Kayne
Dublin & Central Ohio Homes - Dublin, OH
CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates

Thanks for the giggle Myrl...  I love the humor and the tip and although I don't eat chicken, it was nice of you to share the recipe. ;-). 

Feb 18, 2012 10:12 PM #12
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Myrl - that is funny and I will look for a pair of swim goggles before my next marathon onion cutting gig. The recipe sounds wonderful-thanks for sharing.

Feb 18, 2012 10:14 PM #13
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

I am giggling SO hard with that picture, Myrl, but I TOTALLY underestand!  I am definitely using swim goggles next time I chop onions!  This Tuscan Medley looks absolutely amazing - I have added it to my menu for the remainder of February!

Feb 18, 2012 10:17 PM #14
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, Whatever works!  That Tuscan Medley looks absolutely delicious!  Have a great time with your family!

Feb 19, 2012 12:08 AM #15
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Myrl,  Roy sent me over to say Hi.  What a great idea.  I have started using a mini electric chopper for my onions.  It helps.  I also heard buring a candle while chopping can help.

Feb 19, 2012 12:38 AM #16
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I gave my snorkel mask away. I think the best way to chop onions is to take a few wooden match sticks and put them between your lips, leaving the red-tipped sulfur part exposed. Smelling the sulfur stops your eyes from watering.

Feb 19, 2012 01:08 AM #17
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Myrl, I'm heading out to my pool storage area right now.  What a great tip.

This recipe sounds wonderful.  Can't wait to try it.  Thanks for sharing a great tip and a great recipe. 

Feb 19, 2012 01:21 AM #18
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

lol Myrl, I never would have thought of wearing goggles to peel onions!

Feb 19, 2012 01:40 AM #19
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

You are so funny!! I like it! But I am sticking with my favorite trick. That is to get my hubby to chop them for me! :)))

Feb 19, 2012 02:17 AM #20
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Debbie - If you have a Big 5 Sporting Goods in your area, they often run sales on Speedo goggles for $5.00:-)

Roberta - The recipe is flexible.  If you are a vegetarian, you could part out the chicken and use things like carrots, Crooked Neck and Zucchini Squash, etc.  I often add shrinp, and slices of sausage.

Toni - I always look upon the onion gig with dread. . .LOL

Feb 19, 2012 02:56 AM #21
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Leesa - Try it, you'll like it. . .Both the goggles and the recipe:-)

Tony and Darcy - It is one of the few things that works for me, when it comes to onions!

Belinda - I have one of those mini-choppers, and love it when I don't have a gazillion onions to chop.  But, in this instance what I really needed for one of the recipes, was oodles of slices.

Feb 19, 2012 02:59 AM #22
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - That's a pretty good tip. . .BUT the last time I tried something like that I singed my bangs:-)

Juli - Those goggles are a godsend - both in the pool and in the kitchen!

Maria - Necessity is the mother of invention:-)

Joni - A hubby is likely to be a handy kitchen gadget.  I live alone, but must admit there are two times when I miss having a man around most. . .(1) When I need gas in my car on a rainy day.  AND (2) When I need onions peeled:-)

Feb 19, 2012 03:06 AM #23
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Myrl, I know your family is going to enjoy that meal, it looks delicious.  The goggles are a great idea,you look like you are prepared for a major cullinary mission!  and to think-  I just tough it out with those onions and then do the cold water thing :-0

Feb 19, 2012 05:01 AM #24
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

How interesting - nothing has ever worked for me with onions.  I will definitely have to give that a try!

Feb 19, 2012 07:04 AM #25
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Myrl  I don't have any any googles but what a great tip.  I think I will be over for diner, what more to the party won't make a difference :)

Feb 19, 2012 11:29 AM #26
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Myrl, You look like a WWII Flying Ace. I bet you would have even more fun than peeling onions if you wore the goggles shopping. You know the latest fashion in eyewear. LMAO. Your recipe and dish looks awesome as do you in goggles. Necessity is the mother of invention and your solution is actually a very smart one. 

Feb 20, 2012 11:26 AM #27
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hi Myrl - What a great idea! I use a lot of onions as well and your recipe sounds deilcious. All you need is a motorcycle and helmet to go with those googles :-)

Feb 21, 2012 02:09 AM #28
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

For a moment I thought you were going for a motorcycle ride.  I do like the idea.

Feb 21, 2012 06:10 AM #29
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Hi Myrl, very funny picture and clever idea too!  Looks like a yummy recipe perfect for a cold evening.

Feb 22, 2012 06:23 AM #30
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Hi Myrl, Too funny and very creative!  Sounds like a delicious recipe, will give it a try sometime.  Enjoy the weekend.

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