French Onion Soup Night

There are some things which you aspire to have on your “I Want to Try Cooking This” list. I know lots of foodies out there have items on their pages which are listed as their 100-List…the 100 items they want to try making at some point. I have this list as well, but it’s mostly in my head. If I put it out there for anyone to look at, people will know it exists. I like knowing it exists, but then sharing when I am up for it, not for public consumption. When I get a little braver, I’ll probably do that as well.

Anyhoo, one of the items on my 100-List would be French Onion Soup. It’s one of those things that is believed to be harder to make than it is, but something that’s on my list. As an individual on a little bit of a soup kick at the moment, I hearken back to a conversation a few years ago with a colleague(Colleague #1) who had just started working here. He was relaying a time when he lived out of state with another colleague (Colleague #2) who had just started working here. They had volunteered together and apparently one weekend Colleague #2 sent Colleague #1 out of the place for the day and told him to come back at the end of the day. During this time, Colleague #2 prepared the entire living area into a Christmas-decorated area and made the most delicious French Onion Soup. They had a wonderful party and prepared for a great night of hospitality to several different friends out there.

When walking through Target Monday after Halloween, it was obviously changing over to Christmas. There was new green and red decorations all over, wrapping paper galore, and I would imagine that now, one week later, there are Christmas trees and ornaments decorating the atmosphere.

In combination with this, I’ve been working on finishing some new scarves, cowls, and hats for my Etsy Shop and I wanted to make sure that I updated this. While I’ve seen some success, my success rate has not been as high as I would have liked it to be. In thinking about how I could increase people’s views of my Etsy shop, I’ve been seeking an opportunity to take photos of my items with a real-live model. My friend Jessica volunteered and since it had been awhile since we had spent time together, we spent the evening doing some crafty work, me taking her photos, and me trying to use my own French Onion Soup recipe to mimic previous Colleague #2’s cooking talents. Ultimately, I like to think that I can do anything he can do! A little conceited, yes, but I figured I could make it happen.

I used a recipe from Cooking Light and I believe it turned out delightfully well! It was tasty, not too salty, warm, and will go over well at work on Wednesday after I return from a conference. I’m excited to share it with some other colleagues and enjoy the tastiness of this.

French Onion Soup

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 4  cups  thinly vertically sliced Walla Walla or other sweet onion
  • 4  cups  thinly vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/2  teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  cup  dry white wine
  • 8  cups  less-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4  teaspoon  chopped fresh thyme
  • 8  (1-ounce) slices French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8  (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace)

Preparation

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sugar, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium; cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high, and sauté for 5 minutes or until onion is golden brown. Stir in wine, and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and thyme; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours.

Preheat broiler.

Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute.

Place 8 ovenproof bowls on a jelly-roll pan. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Divide bread evenly among bowls; top each serving with 1 cheese slice. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

 

 

Sorry for the Delay…I’ve Been Knitting


I’ve taken a little break from crafting as of late. It’s not that I don’t love doing my crafts. I do. Absolutely. Instead, I’ve been a little sick and nervous about my health, which has preoccupied my consciousness and made me not really in the mood to produce. Mostly, it’s lead me to work on finishing some uncompleted projects, which is good as well. Before I start sharing pictures of the finished projects and such, I’ll share a little info about my health. I won’t go into all the gory details, but I’ll share a few of the highlights to make you well aware.

As you may remember, a couple weeks ago I went to go see my sister in Ohio. Shortly before I left, I noticed a lump in my abdomen which was not painful, but was present. During my trip, the lump remained and looked bruised and normal colored at different points throughout the trip. When I came back, I scheduled an appointment with my doctor and started to worry a little bit. It wasn’t changing size, but continued to change back and forth in colors. It is maybe important to know that when I was in junior high, I had a tumor develop in my mouth which was non-cancerous, but which was fast-growing. It grew from the size of an extra tooth to taking up half my mouth in a one-month period! But, back to the present. Finally, on Thursday, I made it to the doctor to get things checked out. We determined the lump in my abdomen was a cyst and they drained it. We sent some of the fluid to be cultured, and thus far all of the preliminary results have come back without showing anything else to be concerned about! Yeah!

With that (mostly) behind me, I am preparing to get out my sewing machine again next weekend. In the meantime, I’ve been finishing up a few cowls, scarves, and hats. Most of these are for sale on my Etsy site. Check it out if you’re looking for some gifts coming up in the near future. For now, enjoy this eye candy (modeled by my wonderful friend Jessica!)…and the quilt I made for my sister!