Everything I cook has onions, so he’ll have to deal

Dear Amy: My stepdaughter, “Serena,” and her husband, “Ned,” have two small children, ages 2 and 4. They also both have demanding, stressful jobs.

Amy Dickinson

During the pandemic, in order to help out, I offered to cook dinner four nights a week for her family.

Serena very much appreciates my help and almost always enjoys what I cook — soup, chili, meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, stews, chicken enchiladas, and the like. All dishes that transport easily.

The problem is that Ned does not like onions. I put onions in almost every entree I prepare!

His mother apparently catered to this aversion and never used onions in her cooking. Of course, I could leave out the onions, but Serena wouldn’t find the dishes so palatable.


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