Sacramento Connect: Best of Blogs

Published: Saturday, Sep. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 8CALIFORNIA LIFE

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings:

• Natomas' Bill Bird, author of "Sacramento Vegetable Gardening," exults over a bumper crop of onions – and onion rings fit for a king:

"I have never grown onions this huge or this tasty before, and never before in the numbers that we experienced this year. As I began to pull mammoth whopper after mammoth whopper from the ground, I knew this was one of those rare experiments that had totally succeeded. Excuse me while I cry for a moment. This just doesn't happen often. …

"Short and sweet? If you plant the right kind of onion bulb or onion start, fertilize, water and care for it properly, you will be rewarded with monster-sized onions. Monster-sized onions mean monster-sized onion rings – made with a fresh beer batter. Sure, you can use your onion crop for healthy things like salads and such! But only I can tell you the wonderful taste behind taking a healthy thing like a freshly grown onion, dipping it into a batter and dropping it into a vat of hot oil! Mix in rings procured from a home-grown Super Star white onion, add in some beer, flour and salt, and you've got a meal fit for a king or queen."

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