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Old 01-25-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Rocklobster's French Onion Soup

I have the day off today and it is -20 Celsius so I thought I would warm things up and make a soup from scratch. Let's start with the stock. I had a few beef rib bones in the freezer that weren't enough for a meal, so in the pot they go with the usual suspects. Onion, celery, carrot, leek, garlic, parsley and a couple tbls of olive oil. Put this baby in a 400 degree oven for about an hour. I like to give it a stir-around every 15 minutes or so. To be continued ........

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Old 01-25-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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For the croutons I am using some day old home made bread I dug out of the freezer. I am using a round cup to cut the bread into circles and they go into the toaster oven to dry up for about 20 minutes on 200 degrees, or whatever it takes to get them dried out. They can be set aside until the soup is ready to assemble and bake.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Ok. Bones are done. I took it out and added a bouquet garni of bay leaf, 3 allspice berries, peppercorns, parsley and thyme. A tblsp of tomato paste and about two litres of water.(I cheated and added about half a litre of beef broth I had opened in the fridge). Get this simmering on the stove for about an hour.

Meanwhile, I started about 6 medium sized cooking onions, with about a tbls of sugar to encourage browning, in another pot and am cooking them down until they become very dark and mushy.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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that's it?

c'mon!!! i'm all hot and a bothered here! i love french onion soup.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:40 PM   #5
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that's it?

c'mon!!! i'm all hot and a bothered here! i love french onion soup.
It's a work in progress. I'm live on the air here. Just letting physics do it's thang. Here. Have a cold one and wait with me.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:28 PM   #6
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Roch--you're teasing us! I've already had to wipe drool off my monitor twice now. If it weren't so danged cold, I'd hop in my car and head on up the Valley. Bet I'd be there about the same time the soup hits the table.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:47 PM   #7
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LOL. Hang in there. I am trying to stay ahead of the Friday refreshments. Onions and stock are done. Added about 1/4 cup of good ol' Canadian Sherry and deglazed the pot. Then, about 1 litre of the reduced stock. Brought it to a rolling boil to skim the fat.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:56 PM   #8
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This is looking good
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:01 PM   #9
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This is looking good
Considering it is summertime and probably 100 degrees there, I am pleased that you find my soup the least bit appetizing...
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:02 PM   #10
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and then?

(no and then...)
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:06 PM   #11
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and then?

(no and then...)

would you just finish the soup already?

i bought little creamic crocks with handles last summer at a shop in amish country just to make this fronch soup, and i can wait no longer!
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:38 PM   #12
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Ok. All done. Bread goes in first. Then soup, and cheese. I love parsley and I am not ashamed. In the 450 oven for about 20 minutes....
Picked at the bones and made up a few beef and broccoli potato skins with a blue cheese dip....
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:17 PM   #13
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what? what? Is everyone just standing around in awe? It got so quiet.

I could leap right through my screen for just a little taste. < 4 thumbs up.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:11 PM   #14
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Yum! That looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:13 AM   #15
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I can smell it from here and it smells goooood! I love french onion soup. made some the other day using some rich venison stock I had made after butchering the venison courtesy of the local cull.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:46 AM   #16
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Beautiful, Rock! Thanks?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:18 AM   #17
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Looks great! I hope the cheese was gruyere? Where is the condiment bottle of gewurztraminer?
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:04 AM   #18
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Looks great! I hope the cheese was gruyere? Where is the condiment bottle of gewurztraminer?
I like to mix Gruyere and mozzerella. The wine was red, and a bit too much, I'm afraid. I was asleep shortly after supper...lol
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Looks mighty fine Roch.
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It looks darned good. I too fell asleep and didn't check back for the finished product.
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