I am proof positive that the old saying about your taste buds changing every seven years is very very true. I spent the first 30 years of my life picking onions out of things, and proudly exclaimed at any and every opportunity how much I hated them. I’m honestly not sure what changed. I know that it was around the time of my first food blog, so sometime in 2009 or so I caramelized my first onion and was opened up to the world that I had been missing.
Now I can’t get enough and will often add onions to recipes that don’t call for them because I know what a flavorful little powerhouse they are.
I first had shallots (knowingly, anyway) about 5 or 6 years ago and they’ve been added to the list of onions that I can’t get enough of. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they’re smaller than regular onions. They’re sweeter and milder, and they are a total wonder in this Balsamic Shallot Jam.