Monday, February 21, 2011

French Onion Soup - Feb 14, 2011

French Onion Soup for Two

This was our Valentine's Day first course. Nick perused the highlighted Valentine's recipes on Epicurious last weekend to get some inspiration and when he read this one to me I was sold. I love French onion soup. It's easy to make, tastes delicious, and is perfect for a chilly winter night. I already had nearly everything I needed, with the exception of Gruyere cheese and a baguette. Since it was a special meal on a special day, I also splurged and bought some fresh thyme instead of just using my dried spices. The soup was incredibly flavorful and my favorite part of the recipe was that it was already calibrated for two servings, so I had no need to make adjustments, nor did I need to worry about storing leftovers. It's the little details that make me happy. I have no doubt that this soup will be in heavy rotation here at our house for the remainder of the winter. And, after the last 15 inches of snow Minneapolis got yesterday and today, winter might be here for awhile!
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Jaime said...

I have only made French onion soup once (for a dinner club meal!). It was absolutely delicious, but the stale onion smell that lingered in my house afterwards was disgusting. It soaked into the furniture, the carpet, everything. I could even smell it on my work bag sitting next to my desk in my classroom days later! Did this recipe have that problem?

Jess said...

Jaime: Mmmm, I remember that DC soup well. Yum! For this preparation I did not notice this problem at all, and I tend to be pretty sensitive to lingering cooked food smells (one of the reasons I don't cook a lot of fish). I would recommend you give this a try and judge for yourself...maybe on a day where you can open the windows, just in case.

Jaime said...

Maybe the smell was so bad because of the quantity... I may try it, but I'm a little scared off and now tend to think of French onion soup as a Restaurant Meal now!


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