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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

So Insanely Delicious, You'll Never Buy a Can Again!

Homemade French Onion Soup


Want to impress your dinner guests, friends or even a random character?  Make this an hour or so before your guest(s) arrive, then add the toast and cheese and broil - and manga!

Approximate time from start to finish- 1 hour, 10 min
  • 6-8 vidalia onions (i used 8- I love onions!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 containers of beef broth (I don't like canned broth, seems like it has a metallic taste- also, I like to use the lower-sodium beef broth)
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 slices of toasted French bread
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated Swiss Gruyere with a little grated Parmesan cheese (or provolone is good too- but Gruyere puts it over the top!)
* In a large pan, saute the onions in some olive oil on low- to medium heat until browned, but not burned, about 30-40 minutes (or longer).  Personally, I like the "slow and low" concept in cooking and keep my flame low and just keep stirring.  Once those onions stick, you have to start again- who wants to chance that?!  Add the sugar about 10 minutes into the process to help with the caramelization.  Pour a glass of wine, turn some tunes on, hang out by the stove and watch over those precious morsels.

* When onions are caramelized, add garlic and saute for 1 minute.

Your onions should look like this:



 * Add the stock, wine, bay leaf, and thyme. Cover partially and simmer until the flavors are well blended, about 30 minutes.  Now add a little salt and pepper and discard the bay leaf .

* To serve you can either use individual oven-proof soup bowls or one large casserole dish.  Ladle the soup into the bowls or casserole dish.  Cover with the toast and sprinkle with cheese. Put into the broiler for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until the cheese bubbles and is slightly browned. Serve immediately with more wine! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Succulent Pet Treats For Our Furry Children

So I got this recipe in the mail from the vet... looks so simple, I had to share before I actually made it myself.

Homemade Pet Treats (for cats AND dogs)

½ cup dry or powdered milk
½ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon honey
¼ lb lean ground beef
Mix dry ingredients together, then stir in honey and ground beef until well combined.
Form ¾ inch to 1- inch balls and bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 F for 10-15 min. or until cooked through. They might cook fast so check frequently!
Cool completely and serve! Break up into larger pieces for tiny cat and dog mouths!

Will post pictures when I make - will let you know how they like them!  Or if you beat me to it, let me know what your furry guys think of them!