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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sunday Dinner

So I've been studying all day, but I have a small confession to make...the TV has been on and so I've also been watching movies. I'm amazed I learned a few things. But really, the last part of my studying was just perusing the Pontifical Bible Commission's texts to answer some questions, the answers of which are buried in the text. And I simply can't find it. Finally I gave up...I'm so frustrated right now that I realize I've overdone it for the day. Maybe I'll get some more reading or research in after dinner. We'll see if my brain recovers or not.

And speaking of dinner...tonight I'm making French Onion Soup. And what's really cool about this soup is that it's made in the slow-cooker.

Here's the recipe:

* Onions (surprise!)
* beef broth (I recommend low sodium)
* 2 T flour (white)
* 2 t. sugar (any kind, so long as it's real)
* 1 1/2 t. salt (I use blessed salt)
* butter or olive oil

Slice the onions. The recipe calls for about 3 cups, I recommend more. Cook the onions in butter slowly with a cover over them, approximately 15 min., but what you're going for is the release of the sugars in the onion. I think.

In the meantime, add the quart and a half or so of beef broth to the slow cooker and turn on high. It's best to time this so that the broth is warm or hot by the time you add the onions.

When you deem the onions "done", add the flour, salt, and sugar to the pan, mix them together. (this is very important!). Then add the mixture to the warmed broth.

I also like to add a shot of Worchester Sauce, some majoram, thyme, and maybe other beef-broth-friendly condiments as available. Really; you can play with this soup a little bit, just don't overdo it.

Bring to a simmer, then cook on "low" for 6-8 hours.

When ready to serve, toast some bread and melt swiss cheese over it. Serve the soup and place a piece of the toast over the soup.

I've made this soup before, and can honestly give it my highest rating:

This is food I would serve Jesus if he came to my house for dinner. Unless He was allergic to onions, in which case I'd serve him something else. It would just be wrong for our Savior to die in my livingroom due to anaphalaxis.

To explain this, my highest rating, I must define it as such: "Food I would serve Jesus" is so good that I would not be ashamed to offer it to my Lord. So, if that is true, then it is something I would be pleased to serve ANYONE. Because if it's good enough for Jesus....

I haven't come up with any other categories because so far the recipes I've posted here are worthy of sharing. In order to maintain integrity, I promise to share the next tanker that comes along and deem it "Food I would not serve Jesus."


uncle jim said...

i posted comment on your saturday entry

Adrienne said...

I LOVE onion soup and will try your recipe!!

Melody said...

Adoro, you ought to put together a collection of "Food I Would Serve Jesus"!
Looking at your recipe I can see what might have gone wrong the last time we tried to make French Onion Soup. My younger son's French class was going to do a pot luck, of "French" food. He was going to attempt the onion soup. Except that it smelled strong enough to peel the paint off the walls. It made our eyes run, and I ended up taking it out in the alley and dumping it. I don't think we did the first step, where you cook the onions gently in butter. That probably is important. I think my son ended up taking a loaf of French bread for his contribution. Julia Child would not have been proud of us.

elizabeth said...

Hello-- I do not know you... but like you, I think I would feed French Onion Soup to Jesus if he came to my house. Have you ever read The Supper of the Lamb? It's a cookbook, but it's also theological discourse. And even though it's packed with interesting theological tidbits, it's very funny. The humor is along the lines of GK Chesterton and CS Lewis. Highly recommended for cooks! Bon appetite. :)

Kasia said..., it would most definitely NOT do for the Savior to die of anaphylaxis in your living room! I mean, apart from His being resurrected already and probably unable to die again... :-p

Sanctus Belle said...

Oh man do I LOVE french onion soup! I copy and pasted your recipe - Thanks!