OK maybe not flambé, but you will get the joke once read the rest.....

It’s winter and even though it is a “Texas” winter, it is still winter and winter is soup season in our house (if you haven’t already noticed).  I love French Onion Soup & thought I would try a new recipe, well I didn’t find one recipe I liked, so I combined a few recipes together to get this – I was a little worried about the chick/beef broth combo, but thought I would give it a whirl anyway.   This turned out to be a ‘light’ tasting French Onion Soup.  Hubby loved it, but I’m thinking he would have loved just about anything at this point since dinner was close to 2 hours late!  I thought it was GOOD.  I think it would have been better if I had left out the chicken broth and just used beef broth.  Next time I will.  OK, so let’s get cookin’!


1 stick butter
6 yellow onions sliced about ¼ of inch thick
1 ¼ cup white wine, I used a Saviong Blanc, but a chardonnay would work great as well
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups beef broth
4 minced garlic cloves
1 TBL Worcestershire sauce
Sourdough bread, sliced
Thick sliced Swiss cheese (I use Tillamook)

Melt butter in dutch oven over med heat. Add onions and cook for 20 minutes, stirring to make sure they are all getting nice and soggy. 
After 20 minutes put the lid on slightly ajar & cook for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add wine & cook for about 5 minutes.  Add broths, Worcestershire & garlic and reduce to heat to low.  Simmer for another 30-45 minutes.

While soup is simmering prepare your bread - place them on a cookie sheet  and broil on low heat, allowing bread to brown and become crispy. 

I put the bread in for 2 minutes, checked it, it wasn’t ready, put it back in for another 2 minutes.  While I was waiting those 2 minutes I had 5 kids come in the house to play.  Another one came in and asks if he could go to the shoppette & if he could have money.   The timer went off and the doorbell rang- another kid here to play.  I took the toasted sourdough bread out of the oven.  I got money.   My Skype rang; it was a friend in California call to have a celebratory glass of wine with me after receiving some super good news.  We toast – all is good.  I’m still cooking (cutting veggies for steak sandwiches now) and talking.  My house is getting loud.  The doorbell rings, I get off Skype, my neighbors is picking up her son.  We chat.  She leaves, I chop.  I notice smoke in the house and I think it is odd – I mean I’m just cooking soup.   I turn on the vent.  Kids are hungry.  I toss some popcorn shrimp in the toaster oven for a small snack.  Another kid comes over.  JZ starts playing on the radio, I CRANK it.  I’m singing & cooking – the smoke alarms start SCREAMING. The kids start SCREAMING.  Smoke is EVERYWHERE!  I open doors , kids are running outside. I’m looking all over for a fire.  I can’t find one.  All doors are open, JZ is playing, kids and fire alarm are both screaming, SKYPE RINGS again.  I have a gang of about 15 kids outside my house making sure we are ok (no adult neighbors came to our rescue, but all the kids that were outside playing were there….) I take one last look around…and I notice my toasted bread is NOT on top of my stove.  I open the stove to find bread – not burnt, but ON FIRE!!  What do I do?  Grab the cookie sheet, put it on the sink and grab my camera:


Don't toast your bread under a broiler for 30 minutes (or more) or this will happen. On the upside, that cookie sheet is toast   (HAHA - there no pun intended!) and I had to throw it out...one more item for my decluttering list!! Yeah me!

Have a glass of wine. Relax, recoup, try again with toast, this time only cook for 4 minutes.

When soup is ready, ladle it into bowl or ramekin. Place crispy bread on top,  and then top with a slice of cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.

I used two different size ramekins, larger ones for big people and smaller ones for little people - I'm not sure why I bother with the little people, I mean this is French Onion Soup.....I haven't met many kids that actually like this stuff.  My kids did eat the cheese off the top but that is about it....
1/21/2011 04:22:24 am

Freakin' hilarious!!!

1/21/2011 03:08:09 pm

I am going to try this one. I think John would like it.

Except for the fire, your house is always organized chaos. I thought you liked that cookie sheet?

4/19/2013 06:59:56 pm

I am interested in reading about more of the similar topics. thanks for this one.


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