We try to please our customers, god we try. If they want bread without wheat we’ll make it, Pizza without wheat or cheese? You want what? Ah, yes sir, no problem. We’ll even make you a “Why bother” Latte’. That would be a double decaf Latte’ with nonfat milk and sugar free vanilla syrup. Why bother?
We have one customer with a challenged appetite who has quized us quite often. One day he said, “I love your soups but onions make me gassy. Can’t you make some of your soups onion free?” In this rare case it was without hesitation that we replied decisively, No.
A fresh onion is hard and crispy like an apple. There is a satisfying resonance when pulling a knife blade through it. The onion has sustained civilizations. Ulysses S. Grant would not move his army without onions. Abe Lincoln had to send him three train cars full to get the civil war off to a good start. In Egypt the onion was a symbol of eternity because of its circular design. The bulb shaped dome and pointy top of the Russian Orthodox Church is designed after the onion. Captain Cook would not set sail from England until his sailors had each eaten twenty pounds of onions.
A few favorite quotes;
“Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time; And sometimes you weep.” —Carl Sandburg, American poet
“For this is every cook’s opinion, No savory dish without an onion; But lest your kissing should be spoiled, Your onions should be thoroughly boiled.” —Jonathon Swift, Irish satirist
“It’s probably illegal to make soups, stews, and casseroles without plenty of onions.” — Maggie Waldron
“The onion and its satin wrappings is among the most beautiful of vegetables and is the only one that represents the essence of things. It can be said to have a soul.” — My Summer in a Garden by Charles Dudley Warner