Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"L" Is For Liver and Onions - Alphabe Thurday 4-9-10


I am participating in Jenny Matlock's Alphabe Thursday



Liver and Onions

 
I eat out pretty often,
But seldom do I see,
A favorite menu item,
That always pleases me.

I grew up eating liver,
With onions piled on high,
Sauteed first in bacon,
With a tasty piece of rye.

Some turn up their noses,
At this kind of fare,
I truly am a connoisseur,
I even like mine rare!

Foie gras is very popular,
With all the snobby bunch,
But plain old liver and onions,
Is just a blue plate lunch.

I eat it every chance I get,
And feel I’ve had a treat,
As a long time comfort food,
For me, it can’t be beat!

Carmen Henesy

Copyright (c) 2010 by Carmen Henesy
All rights reserved

67 comments:

  1. I could eat the onions. And, well, I would be happy to recite your poem while others eat the liver! It's such a nice work, Carmen :)

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  2. Carmen, I love liver and onions, My Dad, my mother in law and I would always eat it when our families would get together. Lovely poem.

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  3. can't decided if it looks disgusting or delicious..... :)

    is that cow's or chicken's or lamb????

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  4. You rnsane!!! Ewwwwww! I just threw up a little bit in the back of my mouth!

    My mother used to make us eat this a couple of times a month when we were little for the 'iron content'. Gag me.

    Nice post though! MWAHAHAHAHA!

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  5. Oh come on, Carmen, I'm drooling reading this! And it's only 7:00 in the morning here, where can I get liver and onion?

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  6. Love the poem. Liver and onions though - not so much LOL. I think maybe I just never had it cooked right. My mom's always was like shoe leather at least to me ;-)

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  7. It's not for me.

    I only ever see Lambs fry on the "seniors menu" at the local pubs now days. It must be a baby boomers meal. I can't see Gen Y tucking into a plate of liver.

    Love the poem.

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  8. Carmen -- I loved your little poem, but I couldn't agree with you less! Growing up my mom would serve us liver and I was quite devious in my attempts to NOT eat it! The liver went in my pocket, under the table ledge or I suddenly had to leave the table and oops it went in the trash! Joni

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  9. Great poem! I love pate, too. But my mother could NOT cook liver and onions really well, and gave up trying. If you have over 500 cookbooks you must be fantastic, so just say the word and I'll be over for dinner. I'll bring the wine. You should come to my next wine club meeting!

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  10. I have always wanted to try liver and onions. I even have some liver in the freezer from the 1/4 cow we bought. But I am afraid. Great poem!

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  11. Hi! Have left a little award for you over at my placeThe Johnson Diaries
    Hope you like that sort of thing!
    Love your ‘L’ post today - great post as always!

    Love your blog too! Have a lovely day!
    XOXO LOLA:)

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  12. My Dad always made liver and onions and I loved it then and love it now...

    Thanks for reminding me, I'll have to make some this weekend..

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  13. fullet - so I haven't convinced you to eat liver, huh? Then, we could go out together, you could have the onions and I could do the liver. But, perhaps, you wouldn't even care for liver flavored onions. Oh, but how excited would I be to have you read some of my poetry!

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  14. cinner - I was thinking, how bizarre is that, a poem about liver and onions - but, then, I am a bit bizarre!

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  15. hitesh rawat - my dear, I like all liver I've eaten - calf, cow, lamb, chicken, duck, turkey. This picture is cow! Of course, the bacon and onions really add to it!

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  16. My name is PJ. - your letter "L" was wonderful and I, especially, loved your poem...but, naughty you, telling Mrs. Matlock on everyone. I'm glad my name wasn't up there because I am the perfect student, right????

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  17. Icy BC - you know, ever since I wrote that poem, I've been dying for liver and onions so it's off to Lunardi's this morning for me!

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  18. Viki - I guess that's why I prefer my liver NOT well done. I don't like it at all like jerky.

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  19. Liss - I'm glad you liked the poem even if liver and onions isn't your cup of tea!

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  20. Red Couch Recipes - you made me laugh. We used to have this yellow formica kitchen table with hollow aluminum legs. A lot of our least favorite food went into those legs until the smell alerted my mother into what we were doing!

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  21. Tina - I wish you didn't live so far away, I'd love to come to your wine club meetings. If I'm ever in Colorado, I'll be there. Funny, I very seldom cook anymore. And now that I'll have to downsize and move, many of the cookbooks will be on the chopping block.

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  22. Christy - well, liver is a food you either love or hate but you should try it once. Glad you liked the poem, regardless!

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  23. Hi there, I am a lover of liver and cook it quite often but I don't think any of your other commentators have mentioned pigs liver which is my favourite. Good L post -
    Here's mine

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  24. when i was 16, i had a part time job, packing baby beef liver into 2 lb packs at a meat processing factory ... haven't been able to look at liver since ...
    really good post though!

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  25. Carmen, your poem is cute! But no liver and onions for me, thank you.
    :-)

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  26. No liver for me, thanks!

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  27. Delightful poem. I'm all for liver and onions!

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  28. Just had dinner and I feel hungry again... Greed? NOPE... delicious pleasure as I read this masterpiece!
    :)

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  29. First here! An ode to Liver and Onions!

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  30. My friends always turn up their noses but liver and onions is my very favorite food. This is my first time participating in alphabet Thursday! What fun!

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  31. how fun-nay! ...but oh my gosh. not me. NO liver or onions for this one. What a great poem though! I hopped over from Alphabe-Thursday and am so happy that I did! I am the new kid in class, and learning my way around. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and hope you'll do the same. until later...

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  32. Carmen! Yummy post! My Dad used to make that a lot...almost exactly like that minus the rye...

    I haven't had that for years.

    Thanks for making me hungry though.

    And thanks for sharing this delicious post on my trip through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "L"!

    A+

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  33. Carmen, I love your poem but your are making me hungry for liver & onions. I make it two or three times a year ... and maybe tomorrow night. A very yummy L post.

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  34. I was distracted by the liver & onions but I meant to say that your header is gorgeous.

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  35. Carmen, I love liver and onions. My mother made it often when we were growing up. But I am sorry I do not eat it rare. But I do have a craving for it now because I have not had it in years!

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  36. Carmen I was one of the few people who woulds eat in the cafeteria on "liver night" when I was in nursing school! My Dad cooked it when I was a child so it didn't bother me. My husband likes it but I don't make it anymore as it is very high in cholesterol.

    Your poem is delightful! Did you know that April is national poetry month? I visited Poet's House in Manhattan onmy blog -- you'd love it there1

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  37. I love liver and onions too. Your poem is great! :-)

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  38. Carmen, love the poem, it is truly adorable but not even that could get me to eat liver and onions. Used to cook it for my dad, digging those little round things out. Once when I was 6 I had a serious accident and lost alot of blood. The nurse brought L&O and told me this would be grea for me to eat, to build up my blood. I told her, I would throw up if i had to eat it....not telling what happened but glad you like the dish!

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  39. jaydubblah - I am sure I would like pig's liver though I haven't seen it for sale at any of the butcher shops around here. Usually, it's only calves or beef liver or containers of chicken liver. At Thanksgiving, one store sells packages of turkey giblets separately and I like the larger turkey livers at a very reasonable price.

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  40. Jo - funny, at 16, I worked in the candy section at S & H Kress but I never tired of eating candy..guess it's not the same as liver!!!

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  41. Julie Schuler - well, about half my commenters like liver and half don't!

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  42. GardenofDaisies - I should have gone to Lunardi's, my favorite meat market today because, ever since I wrote that poem and started reading all those comments, all I can think about is liver and onions!

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  43. GardenofDaisies - glad you liked the poem even though the dish doesn't appeal to you!

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  44. Travelingjoan - well, good, you liked both my poem AND liver and onions!

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  45. lakeviewer - I know I do write poetry about some strange things!

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  46. I don't like liver and onions, but I like the poem very much. It gave me a smile. I think I have the same thoughts for my favorite food. Mine is just plain ordinary tacos. They can be the fast food kind all the way to the authentic Mexican kind, and anywhere in between. Different foods, but I completely agree with your sentiment. And it was just plain fun to read.

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  47. Oh, my, liver and onions! The only dish my father did not make us eat as a child.

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  48. VKT - welcome to Alphabe Thursday. I'm glad I wrote about your favorite food!!!

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  49. Love your poem - very cute. But I don't care for the subject matter lol. I used to show dogs, and the smell of cooking liver just did me in. A friend would cook my liver bait for me. My mom loves liver and onions, and when we went out she always ordered it if available, because no one else in the house would eat it! Kathy

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  50. it is a great post, but I sure do hate liver....i would rather bungee jump and I am terrified of heights than eat liver.....

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  51. Melinda Cornish - I'm terrified of heights, too...bungee jumping is out for me...hand me my knife and fork and bring the liver on!

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  52. mbkatc230 - I told my youngest son ( 25 ) that I wrote a poem about liver and onions and he rolled his eyes. He already thinks I'm strange and I'm sure, now, he's convinced I'm off my rocker.

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  53. The Rooster Crows at 4am! - You don't know what you're missing then...and chicken livers, with pineapple and water chestnuts, wrapped in bacon, marinated in teriyaki sauce, make wonderful puu puus - and don't say they taste like poo poo!!!

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  54. Ratty - you know, tacos are not my favorite but, of course, I'll eat them. I'll eat just about anything but sea urchin - though I continue to try it over the years, is something I don't relish, delicacy or not. It reminds me of baby poop when I worked in the newborn nursery.

    I like flour tortillas rather than corn tortillas, I guess. But I like all the Mexican fixings.

    Glad yuo liked my poem and that it made you smile.

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  55. mrs. c - I really should have liver and onions more often since it inspired me to poetry. I don't even know if I've ever fixed it for my sons. But this discussion has me hankering for it. Only problem is, restaurants never fix it the way I like it so I have to do it myself. So happy you liked the poem.

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  56. marina - glad you like both the poem AND liver and onions...thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  57. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti - funny, I don't remember that they ever served us liver and onions at Charity. I do remember that we had rancid butter a lot of the time. Up until our senior year, there was no air conditioning and you know how hot New Orleans can get!

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  58. SquirrelQueen - isn't that header spectacular - it's a gift to use from a fabulous Japanese photographer, ruma2008, who does a blog, Calligraphy in the Landscape. His pictures are so incredible and offer me an escape from chaos and horror that sometimes exists in our world

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  59. Jenny - so glad you liked the post and liver and onions. I can't believe the number of responses I got to this one. It is so funny! Love this Alphabe and I am so sad I missed one!

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  60. Brenda - I never eat liver and onions in restaurants because it usually ends up like liver jerky...of course, I could eat beef right off the cow. I like it barely heated.

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  61. Can't do it...have tried but hate the taste.

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  62. Love your poetry, but I HATED liver and onions when my mother used to make it. Brings back memories.

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  63. it sure looks tasty...and i love your poem about it...but i don't love it like you do. although...perhaps if someone served me liver and onions that looked like your photo, i might just take a chance on it!

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  64. I like l-and-o (esp the o) but am pretty picky who cooks it. No saddle-blanket liver for me.

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  65. I'll pass on the liver, thank you. It was a staple in our house when I was growing up. If the Great Dane wants liver he orders it in a restaurant and then we're both happy!

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  66. What a great poem. I really like rye and I really like onions; I'm just not sure about liver. What a fun post.

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  67. Steph - it just amazes me that so many people read this poem. It really was fun to write. My son laughed..."other poets write sonnets about love and you come up with this...I have a wierd mother!"

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