It is cold around these parts. Really cold! Like, freeze your boogers the minute you take a breath cold:) You know what I mean? Eyelashes are frosted over in a matter of minutes, and shoe choices are very important. I will admit to going with style instead of function a few times in the last few days. I’m staying very warm though thanks to a wonderful husband that keeps our wood stove burning day and night, and keeps this house absolutely toasty! A fire in the fireplace is wonderful. It’s a different heat than just the furnace. It warms the house from the core out. The walls are warm, the tile floors are warm, and I am warm as long as I stay inside.
Soup is important this time of year. It’s like a wood burning stove. It totally warms you from the inside out. I love soup at all times of year, but during these cold, beautiful, bleak winter days it’s on the menu more than a couple of nights a week:) James and I went on a date the other night and had a wonderful meal. If you’re ever in Logan Utah check out The Elements. Lovely! James had French Onion Soup for his soup/salad course, and I decided since I couldn’t give up my lovely Caesar Salad, I’d just have to make some French Onion at home. Glad I did because it has now warmed me up twice. Dinner last night, and lunch today. It actually tastes better the second day. James makes fun of me for this, but I think the flavors enhance overnight, and taste more wonderful on a lot of things. This soup being one of them.
I take a bit of the easy route in this soup recipe, but if you’re more of the fancy/perfectionist type, go ahead and make a lovely beef stock from scratch. I don’t think you can go wrong with that. You’ll need 2 quarts of broth for the soup. I also switched up the cheese melted on top a bit too. I used Swiss, Asiago, and Bleu Cheese!!! It was delish!! Definitely a must. I served with some roast beef sandwiches to dip in the soup and a big Everything Salad. My all time fave. So if you need a little warming up I hope you enjoy:)