You can learn a lot about someone's cooking habits by the way they prepare onions. Onions are of the most essential ingredients in cuisines around the globe and can impart such great flavor into an array of recipes. Onions require determination as well as patience to maximize their true potential.
Here's a simple way to add bit of flavor to your burgers, met loaf, or stews. Za'atar is wonderful spice mixture that usually contains thyme, sesame, and sumac (a wild food I love to harvest), which adds a Middle Eastern flair to the beef. Whenever possible, I prefer to cook my burgers on an open fire, as the char from the heat adds such great flavor.
The more these Polar Vortexes keep sending an arctic chill to Maine, the more I crave soup. During the colder months, I tend to make a lot of soup, usually about 2-3 times a week. Every batch is different, but usually starts with a homemade chicken or beef stock. Veggies from the rot cellar then get chopped and added to the flavorful broth along with various herbs, spices, seaweeds, and often times medicinal mushrooms.