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Bug Checking Tutorial – 1

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Hi guys,

This is the first in an occasional series giving pointers on bug checking. Today we’re going to be looking at onions. I’ll be demonstrating with a regular yellow onions but the method is the same for Spanish and red onions.

When buying your onions check that there are no green shoots growing out of the top on the onion, like this:


Also feel around the top of the onion to make sure you have a nice firm one like this:


When preparing to check the onion, first cut off the top part just as the main bulb of the onion begins, like this:


Next cut off the bottom of the onion (don’t worry if there are some roots on the onion) and remove the outer layers of brown skin. Then your onion will look like this:


Now cut the onion in half lengthways, and carefully remove the outer two layers of each half, like this:


Look inside the onion to see if there are any bugs. You are looking for small specks that might be moving. Hold the onion pieces up to the light for more through inspection.


Once you are sure that there are no bugs inside your onion sample, you can go ahead and cook with both the sample layers and the remaining onion.

If you want more information on onion infestation, here is a great link from The New England Vegetable Management Guide

Bon Appetit!

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The Palace crew in haiku

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I go to a weekly writing workshop because it’s important to always be improving your craft. Last week we had to write a series of  14 haiku’s on the same topic, similar to the famous 14 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. I wrote 14 ways of looking at kids. Then when I finished first (gripping about parenting comes easy to me,) my friend dared me to write haiku’s about parenting in the voice of the Palace characters. I took it as a challenge.

Here are the results:

sethThumbI don’t do diapers

Babysitting was not my choice

Don’t tell the guys



chloeThumbPeanut butter kills

Racing, hoping to save her life

Please let it be okay


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One day to be mine

As soon as college is done

It will be my turn to be a mom



spikeThumbBetter left alone

I’d rather be an aunt

Please be negative


Why are you posting? I expected Seth or Chloe.

I know, but this is the month the books came out. Seth and Chloe have been ‘busy.’

You’re too lazy to update your own blog?

No, look I’m posting now. Don’t worry next time we should be back to Seth and Chloe.