143.0...French Onion Soup

Our Christmas dinner started off with a bowl of delicious French Onion Soup. I made the soup the day before and right before serving, I added the bread and cheese and put it under the broiler. It was definitely a hit!

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French Onion Soup (Serves 6)

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten


5 lbs. yellow onions, halved, and sliced 1/4-inch thick)

1/2 pound unsalted butter

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup medium-dry sherry

1/2 cup brandy or Cognac

1 1/2 cups good dry white wine 

4 cups beef stock

4 cups veal stock

1 Tbsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper

1 baguette, sliced and toasted

1 lb. Gruyere cheese, grated 


1. In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, sauté the onions with the butter for 45 minutes-1 hour, until the onions turn a rich golden brown color.

2. Add the bay leaf. Deglaze the pan with the sherry and brandy and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer uncovered for 15 more minutes.

3. Add the beef and veal stocks plus salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, taste for salt and pepper. 

4. Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls. Add two slices toasted bread and top with cheese. Broil until cheese melts and is bubbling.

Printable Recipe 

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Saturday night we went to Taste of Thai for dinner. My husband and I both ordered the Spicy Noodles. I ordered mine with shrimp, his with chicken. He asked for a level 8 (out of 10) for spiciness. I was going to go with a 7 but I couldn’t let him one up me.

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It was spicy. A level 7 probably would have been better. It was delicious though so I held strong and ate the whole thing. 

Breakfast yesterday:

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I took down the Christmas tree and attempted to get my house in a little bit of order. Lunch was a chicken salad sandwich and pickles.

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Last night we went with Alicia and her family to the Hamburger Factory. We all shared hot wings:

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I ordered the Ortega Burger (sliced Ortega chiles, pepper jack cheese and grilled onions):

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Love that place!!

Breakfast today:

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The kids start school tomorrow so we have one more day of fun! 

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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  1. I can't even do a level 1 spiciness at the Thai restaurants! My one friend asks for 10 & adds extra spice.


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