Monthly Archives: October 2012

Slow Cooker Caramalized Onion Pasta

Hello! Apologies for the long delay between posts, I’ve just started a new job and I’ve been running all around Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and back. Thing are back to normal (for the most part) so I’m hoping to be more pro-active with my posting! It’s my favorite time of year, and I can’t wait to finally settle in and decorate with the leaves I made last year, hang out around the fireplace, and eat delicious fall foods. We’ve vowed to use the Crock Pot more this year and have been looking for recipes left and right. Dan found this recipe on the Seattle Times. I braved the wind, got on Lola the Bike and went to Trader Joe’s to get ingredients for dinner. Just a little word of advice – If you haven’t biked in quite awhile, it’s not the best idea to start again on a windy day with a 50lb backpack full of food. Whoever created the analogy “it’s like riding a bike,” didn’t do it in those conditions.

If any of my readers are out on the East Coast – stay safe and warm! Our thoughts are with you!

Caramelized Onion Pasta

Caramelized Onion Pasta *recipe from here

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours


  • 3 onions sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat fusilli pasta (or whatever kind you like)
  • 8oz sour cream
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • Dollop of garlic chili sauce (only if you want a little kick!)
  • Parmesan

Onions after 6 hours in a Crock Pot


Throw the onions and olive oil in the Crock Pot, turn on high and leave for 6 hours. After the onions have caramelized, heat a pot of salted water, and put the pasta in after it has boiled. When the pasta is ready, drain it, then put it back in the pot adding sour cream, onions, arugula, and sun-dried tomatoes. Salt and pepper to your liking and mix until the arugula starts to wilt. We topped ours with parmesan and I added some chili sauce to give it a little heat. Enjoy!


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Ni-hao! Have you all been wondering where I’ve been? I’ve been traveling around China and did a quick weekend stint in Austin. I also started a new job, which means I’ve been busy training and traveling. Dan and I joined his parents on the UC Davis Alumni Group tour around China for 2.5 weeks in September. We started our adventure in Beijing, went to Lhasa (Tibet), Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin and ended in Shanghai. China is an amazing country with so much history and culture. Over the next few weeks I’ll post about our adventures, but for the meanwhile, here are a few photos from our trip:

Doors in the Forbidden City

Guarding the Forbidden City

Silk Rug

Peking Duck – Carved Table Side

Great Wall

Water Cube and Birds Nest

Potala Palace (Home to the Dalai Lama)

Windows of the Potala Palace

Sera Monastery, Tibet

Debating Monks

Jokhang Temple, Tibet

14th Dalai Lama Summer Home

Pandas in Chengdu

Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an

Boater on the Li River

Cruise Down the Li River, Guilin


I took this picture of a water buffalo and was chased for half a mile by an 80 year old woman…




Filed under China, Traveling