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French Onion Soup


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I originally bought the heat gun to remove paint from some metal office furniture prior to having it powder coated (cut the cost by 1/3).

I then wondered what other uses I could find for it and took it into the kitchen.

"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett

 

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I tried melting some cheese on the croutons in the toaster oven, then adding it to my bowl of hot soup. It worked really well! And it wasn't too messy, so I think I might be able to do it at work, too!

I think, though, adding some croutons to the soup earlier would be a good idea, too. As it was, the croutons barely absorbed any of the soup. It was good in that they remained crunchy, but it's nice to have a little bit of absorption. Must do more experiments.

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I always use chicken as well as beef stock. I add some dijon to the onions when they are cooking and I also add some brandy to deglaze with.

"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne."

John Maynard Keynes

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I tried melting some cheese on the croutons in the toaster oven, then adding it to my bowl of hot soup.  It worked really well!  And it wasn't too messy, so I think I might be able to do it at work, too!

I think, though, adding some croutons to the soup earlier would be a good idea, too.  As it was, the croutons barely absorbed any of the soup.  It was good in that they remained crunchy, but it's nice to have a little bit of absorption.  Must do more experiments.

Toasting in the oven on a sheet pan allows one to toast the top of the bread but the bottom stays just enough less toasted so that it is more absorbable. At least that is the way it works for me.

"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett

 

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Onion Soup Gratinee is a touchstone in my family. We (I) made it every New Year's Eve, always using the recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Ahhh... Julia. The secret is to use both chicken and beef stock, with a good dollop of sherry to deglaze.

I make a big pot of this every winter and freeze it in batches. I can just heat a bowlful and top with croutons and gruyere/parm mix and pop into the toaster oven for a few minutes for a perfect bowl.

This soup is special to me. Not only was it a holiday tradition, it was the last thing I made for my Mother. A few months later, it was the last thing Julia ate before she passed. It's taken me a few years, but I can finally eat it again without crying.

“"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

"It's the same thing," he said.”

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