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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Swiss Onion Soup on TLC


My husband, Scott, is a big French onion soup fan, ordering it whenever possible when we’re eating out. For me, though, the traditional French version is just a little too rich, too heavy for my tastes. All this time, I thought what Scott liked about the soup was its full-bodied, sweet beefy stock and the heady cognac. Because, that’s a foodie or a chef would say.

But, nope. I should have known better. “It’s all about the cheese, baby,” he revealed. That’s exactly why I love him. Scott’s a simple guy with simple tastes (man eat meat. grunt.) and always brings me back down from gourmet la-la land.

Read the rest + step-by-step recipe at Steamy Kitchen on TLC (it’s a ridiculously simple soup!)

23 Responses to “Swiss Onion Soup on TLC”

  1. The Teacher Cooks — 10/20/09 @ 8:06 am

    This does sound extremely easy. Must try. Cute Boys!!!

  2. Stephanie — 10/20/09 @ 11:14 am

    Haha my husband would say the exact same thing!

  3. I so agree with Scott! For me the best thing about a good onion soup is…. very good cheese on top… Mmmm..

  4. Love gruyere swiss cheese. I haven’t made this for ages since I don’t work for a commercial kitchen anymore.

  5. Tokyo Terrace — 10/20/09 @ 12:26 pm

    Great recipe! I love Onion Soup. It is such a fabulous comfort food and my husband is also a huge fan. It is one of our favorite meals to have during the colder months. Great post!

  6. Dawn in CA — 10/20/09 @ 1:07 pm

    Now that I’m eating cheese again, after a couple decades without, I’ll have to give this a whirl. Such yummy photos, as always. *sigh* I really need to either get a new (read: “real”) camera, or sit down for a few hours with my P&S manual (gasp!) if I ever want to take pictures as nice as yours. I’ve heard you can get some pretty decent pics out of a P&S, but with the night-time light in my kitchen, it’s nearly impossible with the auto settings.

    Nice to see you on TLC! I love that you really put yourself out there. xo, Dawn

  7. Dolce — 10/20/09 @ 3:31 pm

    French onion soup does not have to have cognac. It also works beautifully with an Alsace white wine (such as Gewurztraminer or Riesling) so it’s less intimidating to prepare and eat. At least, that’s how my parents always did and do it in France. :)

  8. Asha — 10/20/09 @ 4:35 pm

    I love French onion soup, too, and your husband is right — it’s all about that gooey cheese! I also love the broth. I once had orgasmic French onion soup broth that was chicken stock enriched with veal bones, according to the server. Thanks for this variation, I’m looking forward to trying it!

  9. Lauren — 10/20/09 @ 7:54 pm

    Wonderful TLC post! It looks delicious, and I might have to try it (minus the beer & wheat bread of course)!

  10. Gosh, that sounds delicious! I haven’t had onion soup in ages!

  11. Looks wonderful! I haven’t made french onion soup in quite a while… I think I’ll have to give it a try!

  12. Asianmommy — 10/21/09 @ 8:59 am

    This looks so good!

  13. emiglia — 10/21/09 @ 10:23 am

    I LOVE French onion soup… but for the “foodie” reasons you stated. Macaroni and cheese, on the other hand, that’s all about the cheese.

  14. momgateway — 10/21/09 @ 11:00 am

    I love simple recipes, will have to try this!

  15. TheKitchenWitch — 10/21/09 @ 11:19 am

    Heard that you had a great blog/were a nice person from Jen@userealbutter. Your pictures and recipes look and sound fantastic! Congrats on the new cookbook!

  16. Luv2Cook — 10/21/09 @ 11:50 am

    easy one! i don use alcohol tho what can i use instead of it? what about the cheese?can i use cheddar or mozzarella?

    you can use any type of cheese you want. Instead of alcohol, just skip that step. ~jaden

  17. Mirileigh — 10/21/09 @ 1:02 pm

    Oooh that photo is making my tummy growl! Looks delicious. Cant’ wait to try it.

  18. Cate O'Malley — 10/21/09 @ 4:42 pm

    Totally making this.

  19. Cynthia — 10/21/09 @ 5:55 pm

    I have never before longed to have French Onion Soup until now…

  20. Growing up, my mom made French onion soup all the time. She was an awesome home cook … and still is. Lucky for me, my boys are great eaters … and this recipe is definitely something they’d love. Yummy recipe and beautiful pics to go with it.

  21. Dania — 10/23/09 @ 3:45 pm

    Made this soup the day you posted this. It was awesome! Thanks Jaden for another great recipe :)

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