Real Men Can Cook

I knew by the way they barreled in the kitchen that they were hungry. Our 14-year-old son and his two buddies came in from outside with that “look.” I was elbow deep in cookie dough involved in my own project so I really couldn’t stop to make them food. Besides, at 14, they can forage in our kitchen and find something themselves.

Before I could even finish my instructions to fire up the grill and grab some frozen burgers, one of the boys asked, “Mrs. Kelley, do you have an onion?”

Step One: slice the onions

Step One: slice the onions

Before I could answer, Connor continued, “Well, only if it’s not your last one, but we didn’t have any at home [I guess that’s why they came here] and I can show you how to make grilled onions in a pouch for burgers.”

Now this was worth clearing a space for him on the counter. What happened next was nothing short of entertaining. Connor instructed me on the onion pouches (recipe below), and the other two boys, Patrick 1 and Patrick 2, prepped the grill, found the chips and implements, and caused general kitchen bedlam.

Did you know a big grill spatula can also be a bat?

As an onlooker I was more than entertained and proud of the boys. These boys are growing into fine, young men…and, they can cook!

Connor’s Onion Pouches (Recipe via His Older Brother Ryan)


  • 1 white onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 Tablespoons (approximately) of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Aluminum foil


  • Cut as many pieces of foil as you have burgers, big enough so you can make a pouch and twist the top.
  • Place several slices of onions on the foil.
  • Sprinkle with the rest of the ingredients and top with butter.
  • Wrap up and twist top so juices don’t leak out. Put on the grill and cook until soft and brown.

    Burger casualty.

    Burger casualty.

One thought on “Real Men Can Cook

  1. Of course it would be Connor! The most sophisticated 14-year-old palate I’ve ever seen. Love that kid.

    And let me guess who used the spatula as a baseball bat . . . . Patrick 2?

    BTW, Patrick 2 is officially a 14-year-old boy – today!

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