Big Love for the Little Shallot

Mellower than onions, with a flavor one Chowhound characterizes as falling between that of onions and garlic, shallots are common in French and Southeast Asian cooking. 'Hounds insist they're worth the expense for certain applications, including vinaigrettes and pan sauces, and they're also easy to grow.

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