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onion straws

Kim of Red Dirt Farm and Studio

I fumbled around in the darkness, feeling for a flashlight.  It’s 4:30 am, the power has gone out and it is twenty degrees outside.  The dogs need to go out to the bathroom.  Peanut can no longer navigate the stairs on her own, so I clumsily balance the flashlight, the dog and me down the stairs and out the door.  Carefully, trudging down the frost-coated porch steps in my fashion forward fuzzy slippers and robe, so as not to face plant me and the dog.







This is GRUMPY Henny Penny















The power came back on by sun-up.  The house was chilly and I laid back in the recliner snuggled in an old patchwork quilt, hoping to catch some extra sleep, but that just didn’t happen.  A few hours later, I started working on this post, when of course, the power went out again.  Why?  Don’t know, it’s cold out, but sunny and not storming.  Just another one of those mysteries.

Snowball’s favorite show is Barnwood Builders – she takes a front row seat to watch.

To me – a prized piece of art-work, an oil pastel by my Mother, that she made long before I was born.  It now hangs in my front hall and brings me a lot of joy and happy memories.

We went out to vote on Tuesday, Mr. Cottage had his first and only outing since surgery.  He is technically house-bound for at least another week.  When it was my turn to present my ID, the lady said to me “You’re Red Dirt Farm lady.”  That was a surprise, to say the least.  It made me feel good.

Upon returning to the house from voting, I went down to check on things in the farm stand.  I found a note from a disgruntled customer – we were sold out of eggs – how dare we!  Sheesh – molting has been long and hard on the girls this year – molting means they don’t lay eggs.  The eggs sell as quickly as I put them out, it is such a good problem.  I have my other goodies out too – hoping they will be purchased, it’s a tough sell sometimes.

Henny Penny is a grumpy hen.  She simply doesn’t want to get along with the other girls and during her molt, it hasn’t helped her disposition at all.  NOT ONE BIT!

The first two years of her life she roosted in the big coop in the back; this past spring she decided she didn’t want to live in there anymore.  She packed her bags and moved into the smaller, older coop.  Last week, she decided she didn’t like it there either and moved her bags into the back porch coop.  She is snapping at the girls in there and trying to take over as head chicken – it isn’t going over well.  Such chicken drama, she is running out of coop options.  This morning she walked in the back door and announced to me that she was moving in.  We had a talk and I explained to her that wasn’t happening.


Onion Straws

I rarely fry food – maybe once a year if that often.  Recently I found I had an abundance of onions and inspired by onion straws we had on vacation recently, I decided to try my hand at making some.  For $3.00, Mr. Cottage purchased a food mandolin at a yard sale a few years back, which we had not used so this was the perfect opportunity.  It worked so well, slicing those onions paper-thin.


2 Large Sweet Onions Sliced super thin

2 Cups Buttermilk

2 Cups Flour

2 TBS Cornmeal

2 Cups Vegetable Oil – heated to 400 degrees F – 200 C. – I made mine in my dutch oven since I don’t have a deep fryer.

Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Paprika to taste –  Mix with Flour and Cornmeal

Soak onion slices in buttermilk for at least an hour.

Drain onion and coat with flour mixture.

Fry onions in oil until light golden brown.  Takes a few minutes as you work in batches, not to overcrowd the oil.

Drain on paper towels – ENJOY!

We like these, they are lightly breaded and crispy good.

Thank you for stopping in.

xo Kim

17 thoughts on “onion straws

  1. DA Squires says:

    I must admit the antics of Henny Penny capture me… she who cannot make up her mind and wants to rule the roost– a high maintenance gal if there ever was one : ) As always, the warmth of your home and heart come shining through…(the photo of Snowball w/ painting is a prize..) Hope Mr. Cottage is doing better everyday… and the onion straws look divine…and I want to visit your farm stand SO much!! xo
    PS Hope Papaya is okay…the camera loves him : )

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    1. Hi Debbie – Henny Penny continues to rock the boat – she has started using Snowball’s nesting box and that isn’t going over well at all! Mr. Cottage is making wonderful progress and we are so grateful. My heart has broken a thousand times with so many choices I have had to make recently, I haven’t been able to write about because it has been too painful. I rehomed Papaya in an effort to simplify things here at the farm for the sake of our health a very difficult decision. However, he is doing well in his new home and now has a girlfriend. I miss him. xo kim


  2. lindasschaub says:

    I sure hope the new year brings easier days to you Kim. As always I enjoyed scrolling through the photos as much as I enjoyed reading the narrative. The old Singer treadle sewing machine brought back some nice memories of my grandmother’s Singer which sat in her back kitchen underneath a large window for decades. She never sewed a day in her life and the sewing machine was passed to her after her mother died. She used it for her houseplants – the Christmas cactus got top billing! The onion straws sound and look so tasty – I have had them somewhere, in a restaurant years ago, and I think they were similar to a Bloomin’ Onion from Outbck Steakhouse. Haven’t had one of those in at least a decade.

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    1. Linda – It really makes me feel good to hear that you enjoy the photos – that means a lot to me. I swear we must be related. That is my Grandmother’s sewing machine. She kept it in her kitchen under the big window and when she wasn’t sewing on it, it housed many of her houseplants – wait for it – including her Christmas cactus! I’m getting ready to move mine there for the season. xo kim

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        I do enjoy your photos and have from the start Kim. Yes we are related somehow or our grandmothers were. 🙂 My grandmother really only did hand sewing and she had a brown wicker basket for years that she would take out when she had hand sewing to do – that basket would double as an Easter basket for me when I came to visit on Easter Sunday. That top of the treadle machine was perfect for houseplants; my grandmother’s Christmas cactus thrived. Your post brought back many nice memories of my grandmother and her back kitchen. My grandmother took “slips” of flowers and “repurposed” them. I wrote about her Christmas cactus in this post near the end where I told how she made it bloom so profusely on the Singer sewing machine:


  3. Debra says:

    Always love my visits to your blog. You make me smile…

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    1. Debra, I always enjoy having you here too – that makes me smile. xo kim


  4. Sarah says:

    That looks a hard frost. Hope Mr Cottage is making a good recovery and Henny Penny has found a new place to roost. Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah – it was indeed a hard frost, putting an end to all things blooming. It is always so beautiful to see first thing in the morning as the sun glimmers on the white coating of magic but leaves behind a brown withered mess. Henny Penny is content for now where she is… xo kim


  5. says:

    I would have fallen over if I had gone to vote and the poll worker knew I had a blog because I live in a city of 892,000 people. If I were Henny Penny, I’d be screaming discrimination because you let OTHER chickens in the house. She should get a lawyer. Most people, including your disgruntled egg customer, probably know nothing about chickens and their seasons. Yikes, 20 degrees. Still have the A/C on down here.


    1. Oh Miss Linda you just make my day! Well, my county is obviously much smaller than your big town, but still, strange to have someone know who you are. Turns out that I purchased some chicken related stuff from her quite some time ago, and she follows along with the blog from time to time.

      Pleeaaase don’t start in on the discrimination thing oh geez don’t give Henny Penny any ideas, she is grumpy enough to take that idea and run with it!

      I’m sure you’re right about people not understand chicken cycles etc. I try to explain these things, but some people don’t want to know they just want what they want when they want it! LOL xo kim


      1. says:

        I’m not going to rat you out to Henny Penny. I wouldn’t do that to you but discrimination WAS my first thought.

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  6. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    Hi ! We finally got our internet installed and I am so happy to be back on…AND that you are blogging again. A double treat. You know- recently there have been so many things going on in my life (it’s probably better that I didn’t have internet and couldn’t blog about it all)….getting back on and reading your blog your blog about ordinary life is a breath of fresh air….actually more than that- I wish I could elaborate on details but I just really needed to read about normal, ordinary life and chickens. Really. Big hugs xo

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    1. Hi Connie – I’m sending you a great big hug from far away – I know you have a lot of stuff going on too. I’m not fully up to corresponding these days but know I’m reading and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for stopping in. xo kim

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      1. Mrs. N in Japan says:

        Thanks, sending hugs back….that’s life and we just keep moving forward. I always try to keep in mind that all of us are ” in this together” the whole human race….so I share my pain and struggle to let others know that they aren’t alone in theirs. It’s good to support each other. Sometimes ( many times) the support comes from people we haven’t met personally…. people that are reaching out to others across the globe, grabbing onto each other’s hands and spreading love and support….


  7. Annie says:

    Your post makes me miss the days of my childhood and our chickens… all of which had names. 🥰 You can tell in the photo that Henny Penny has attitude! And there’s Snowball watching tv. Are all the chicks allowed to visit you indoors?

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    1. Hi Annie – Henny Penny does have an attitude, yet seems she is starting to settle into her new surroundings and maybe just maybe her disposition is improving a wee bit. I have three “house” chickens – Snowball is one of them. I haven’t told their story yet, that’s for later. i enjoy your post, even if I don’t always comment.. xo kim

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