“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.”
— Auguste Escoffier, the founder of Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (his tome of a cookbook)
Part of the reason to make meals involving brilliant flavors is to fill the home with a gorgeous fragrance, especially during the winter months when we are inside far more than typical throughout the year to snuggle in while the temperatures drop.
On Friday of this past week, I found myself craving a cozy meal, one that not only satiated my palette, but dressed up the home’s welcoming bouquet. The week had been busy involving travel, front-end loading upcoming episodes of the podcast, and wrapping up a wonderful kick off to 2018. I must admit I become quite jazzed up for the new year. Perhaps not in the expected way of celebratory rambunciousness, but more of a mental “yahoo!” of sorts. My mind is busy, the ideas are popping and my hope is that I can capture them all to put on paper before they disappear.
And so I found myself picking up onions, Gruyère, a fresh baguette from my neighborhood bakery and using my new soup crocks which I picked up on sale at Sur La Table’s winter clearance (now is a wonderful time to fill the gaps in your kitchenware).
The scent that filled my home was gift enough, but upon sitting down to enjoy a late lunch before heading out to see a movie (Molly’s Game – I highly recommend), my tastebuds thanked me as well.
The beauty of the French Onion Soup recipe is that it is not complicated, and merely needs time to offer the flavor and consistency that is desired. Pull out another project, a book you enjoy stepping in and out of perhaps, and while the soup simmers during its two different durations, sit down and just indulge in a simple task that requires of you to be still. Better yet, this soup can be made three days in advance, refrigerated and simply taken out and reheated on the stovetop, topped with the toasted croutons and cheese, placed under the broiler for 2 minutes and voilà! – lunch or dinner during the week.
As always choose quality everything: from the cheese, the broth, the onions (choose sweet onions only if you want a subtle sweet flavor), and the dry white wine and you will enjoy the simple complexity of a classic winter soup.
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