Saturday, August 15, 2009

French Onion Soup, a Souffle, and More


A Toast: "To Your Health" in French to go along with the soup.

French Onion Soup: First you carmelize two large sweet onions in butter. We used Walla Walla Sweet Onions. You carmelize butter in a saucepan with butter. You heat the onions until they turn a golden brown, then you add a couple tablespoons of flour to the onions and stir until it mixes. You add that to a pot of stock. If you don't want to make your own. You can buy a couple large cans or boxes of beef stock. Then you add one-half cup of sweet vermouth, and 3 tablespoons of cognac.

You heat the soup for about an hour and one half, letting the alcohol burn off. Then you serve it with a piece of french bread on the top with swiss or Gruyere cheese sprinkled over the top.


After seeing the movie Julie & Julia, I wanted to learn some more about French cooking so MacKenzie and I planned a dinner party. We invited a few people, and made some French Onion Soup, three souffles and a caramel/almond mousse for dessert. Of course the mousse was my favorite part--well, the mousse and my new earrings. MacKenzie and I made earrings to match out cutesy little aprons-okay, we're a couple of nerds-I can admit it and that's okay.

7 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! ALways great to meet another writer:) I see you went to the Catacoombs! SO did we a few years ago--I didn't really care for it as it was creepy:))
Enjoy your cooking experiments. My daughter and I used to love to do that. How is your Portland weather now? My daughter lives in Seattle and goes that way often to see her in-laws.

Lazy Writer said...

Yummy! I love French Onion soup! It's nice you do that sort of thing with your daughter.

Strange Fiction said...

Mmm! Sounds good, I haven't had French onion soup for ages.

MG Higgins said...

Sure wish I lived closer to Portland. I'd crash your dinner parties.

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't care for French food, but that looks delicious. I may give it a try.

lakeviewer said...

Yeah for French cooking! Bon Appetit.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Your craftiness astounds. I love F.O. soup--but I thought it was way harder to make!