Father’s Day sometimes gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of June, but I wanted to make sure I took the time to recognize the special men in my life. First, my father.
When I think back to the kind of man my father was (and still is), I remember the fact that he has always been a steadfast source of support and good advice. I’ve realized through my own memories and through my own adventures in parenting, children don’t forget the words their parents speak or the way in which they act; and they can sense genuineness from an early age. I can still remember the time when I was about eight years old, and my dad asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up while he was tucking me into bed. I can’t remember what I said; but I distinctly recall him sitting on the edge of my bed, patting my shoulder, and telling me, “Lolly- I believe you can be anything you want to be.” It was such a simple statement, but it made a profound impression on me because I trusted my dad and I knew his words were sincere. Dad was always there to help check my math homework, to show me how to attempt a hook shot in basketball, and to teach me the beauty of some musical greats like James Brown and Marvin Gaye. Today, I still ask him for advice and he still offers it, along with a gentle nudge to look into retirement funds and life insurance. Thank you dad, for being a great father to your three children. We love you.
I would be remiss not to mention how much I love seeing the father my husband is to our little rump roast. Robert always makes Smith a priority in his life, despite his busy schedule; and his patience, love, and tenderness towards Smith is a spectacular sight to see. As our beefcake gets older and his personality develops, I can see that he and his dad are cut from the same cloth. I couldn’t be happier. Someday Smith will realize how lucky he is to have hit the jackpot in the dad department; but I think, even as a two-year-old, he already knows that.
After all this sentimental stuff, you may be thinking, “I don’t really find onion jam and dads synonymous,” and I can see your point. However, this condiment is a way to make just about any meal extra special for those wonderful fathers in our lives . This caramelized onion jam is fantastic smothered on top of a burger, slathered over a thick sirloin steak, or drizzled on top of gooey baked brie. It’s a great item to make because it uses simple ingredients and it stores well in the fridge for a few weeks. I know I will be making a lot more of this when the onions in our garden are ready to harvest. Robert adores this jam, and I think you will too.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fantastic dads, granddads, uncles, and father-figures out there that provide the children of the world with the love and support they need to grow into wonderful adults and human beings. I am especially thankful for those incredible men, today and every day.
Caramelized Onion Jam
Yield: 2 cups
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 large sweet onions, cut into thin strips lengthwise
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3/4-1 teaspoon kosher salt
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, season with about 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally, until lightly browned, for about 15 minutes.
- Tie together the bay leaves and rosemary with kitchen twine. Turn down the heat to low, add the herbs to the onions and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the onions and cook, without stirring, until the sugar melts, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat up to high and cook, without stirring, until a golden-brown caramel forms, about 6 minutes.
- Turn the heat back down to low, stir in the balsamic vinegar and simmer, stirring a few times, until the jam is thick, about 5 minutes. Remove the herbs, season the jam with about 1/4 teaspoon additional salt (or more, if desired). Let cool and top on burgers, steaks, or cheese.
Source: Hugh Acheson, recipe posted at Food & Wine