Thursday, October 19, 2017

French Onion Soup & A Le Creuset Giveaway


This post is in partnership with Le Creuset. As always, all opinions are my own.














































When my husband and I were first married I could barely cook a thing. We survived on
pasta, frozen fish and pizza. Luckily my parents lived near by and my mom would invite
us over for dinner from time to time or we may have starved!



About a year into our marriage I began reading cookbooks like novels. I was going to
figure this cooking thing out! I started requesting cookbooks for my birthday and
Christmas - Susan Branch and Martha Stewart were my favorites. I remember getting
Entertaining by Martha Stewart for Christmas in the early eighties and thinking -
wow this lady can do everything!

Over the years my cookbook collection has grown extensively and they did teach me
how to cook! Thank goodness we no longer eat boxed macaroni and cheese for dinner!
I still love to read cookbooks and I was super excited when I found out that Le Creuset,
my favorite brand of cookware, was releasing a Le Creuset cookbook!

























The Le Creuset Cookbook: A Collection of Recipes from our French Table, has over
80 delicious recipes, such as salmon in puff pastry, brioche rolls and apple tart tatin.






















French onion soup is one of my favorites, so of course, it was the first recipe I wanted
to try and it was just as delicious as I had hoped it would be! You can't go wrong with
caramelized onions, french bread and Gruyère cheese!

Whenever I make homemade soup, I always make it in a Le Creuset Dutch oven!
The quality of this French cookware can't be beat! For this recipe I used a 4 1/2 quart
Dutch oven in the color Marine. It is such a gorgeous color!

Le Creuset French onion soup bowls are perfect for this recipe. I opted for classic
white, but they are available in several colors. The bowls go right into the oven to
melt the shaved cheese and they help keep your soup warm long after it has reached
the table. 






















The process of caramelizing onions does take some time, but it isn't difficult at
all and the flavor is well worth the effort! Did you know that you can freeze caramelized
onions? I had no idea, but I'm definitely going to do it so that I can have french onion
soup all winter long! Caramelized onions are also delicious on pizza!

If you're a cookbook lover like me, you'll definitely want to add the Le Creuset cookbook
to your collection!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Enter to win (US residents only) a 4 1/2 quart Le Creuset Dutch
oven just like the one I'm using in this post!

To enter simply leave a comment at the end of this post telling me your favorite
Le Creuset color. Make sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if
you win. For an extra entry follow Me and My Pink Mixer on Instagram 
and leave your Instagram handle in a separate comment.

Contest ends October 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST.  Good luck!

























Onion Soup

1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more for the bread
3 pounds medium yellow onions, halved and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
kosher salt
1/2 cup dry white wine
8 cups chicken stock
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1 dried bay leaf
freshly ground black pepper
4 to 6 demi baguette slices, cut on the diagonal 1/2 inch thick
1 garlic clove, halved
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated or thinly shaved Gruyere
garnish with coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or thyme

In a Dutch oven over medium high heat, melt the butter. Stir in the onions and a
generous pinch of salt. Cover and cook until wilted, about 10 minutes.
Uncover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin
to brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue
cooking until the onions are very soft and deep golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Stir occasionally to loosen the brown glaze from the bottom of the pan.
Stir more often as the onions darken.

Deglaze the pot with wine, stirring to loosen the fond from the bottom of the
pot. Simmer until the wine nearly cooks away.  Stir in the chicken stock, thyme,
and bay leaf. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Discard
the thyme stems and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper.

Just before serving, preheat the broiler on high. Butter the tops of the bread
slices and broil until crisp and toasted. Rub the toast with the cut sides of the
garlic cloves. Leave the broiler on.

Ladle soup into French onion soup bowls or other oven-safe crocks, and place
them on a baking sheet. Float a slice of toast in each serving. Sprinkle cheese
evenly over the soup and toast, letting a little drape over the edge of the bowls.
Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat until the cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2
minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve at once.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Le Creuset.

64 comments:

  1. Love any of the colors! But Marine or Mineral Blue are beautiful.
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  2. My favorite color is Flame. Love how vibrant it is.
    Melisa Alzammar
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  3. I follow you on Instagram too

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  4. My favorite color is cerise. waytoomanycats @ gmail . com

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  5. instagram: @agratefulattitude waytoomanycats @ gmail . com

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  6. I love the palm and the truffle! These pots are so versatile!!!
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  7. I like Caribbean or marine and PINK!! Been wanting to try making french onion soup so I'll have to try out this recipe!

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  8. I follow you on Instagram @lkanney

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  9. I like the Palm or Amethyst- oh so pretty!! Would love to try this Dutch oven out!!

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  10. I love the Caribbean color. paula.lunsford@suddenlink.com

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  11. I love this Marine color you have. I've wanted one for ever! They used to have a teal color but not sure if they still do. My hubby bought me a knock off one years ago and it didn't last. Been wanting the real deal for a while. Soup looks yummy! Will have to try! Tammy!
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  12. I also follow you already on Instagram, my name is Tiekslove

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  13. All of the colors are beautiful! I think the Caribbean is my favorite, but the Cerise is a close second! I'd love to try this French Onion Soup recipe! It is definitely one of my favorite soups, but I've never been brave enough to try making it at home.
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  14. I follow you on Instagram, agillette24

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  16. My favorite Le Creuset color would be Marine.

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  17. Follow on Instgram, https://www.instagram.com/shirleyemitt/

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  18. Love the Cashmere color, and the similar Oyster color. Gorgeous cookware!
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  19. I follow you on instagram @rusthawk1.

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  20. I'm so in love with the Flame color.

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  21. I love Caribbean!!
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  22. there isn't a color that I don't like, but the Caribbean goes with what I have in my kitchen

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  23. follow you on Instagram as sandyheadtke

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  24. I follow you on instagram with the name shroomfrog

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  25. They have so many colors I love. It's a toss up between Oyster and Ocean.
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  26. I follow on instagram. @thehippiehut32

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  27. I think it's Cerise it's the bright China red. So happy! Jbduran62@gmail.com and I'm a follower on instagram @juliepoolieduran ��

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  28. I love the marine as well! I have some pieces that I just adore! Especially my canister set. Best birthday present ever!
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  29. I love them all, but anything in the blue family is the best!

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  30. My favorite color is marine! But I love them all!

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  31. I would just love one that is a color! I have one piece that is white. sfdvt2001@gmail.com

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  32. My favorite color is white. A classic!

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  33. love cerise....I'm all about anything red. Can't get enough dutch oven artician bread
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  34. All the colors are so pretty but if I have to choose one i will go with Hibiscus. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  35. Following you on Instagram as @neiddyruiz
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  36. Love all colors. I buy baking dishes for their general attractiveness. My cabinets have a very eclectic feel! Which I what I love about it. ❤️

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  37. My favorite color is marine! But any le creuset color is perfect for me!

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  38. I love the classic matte white! It blends well with our many potluck dinners. Betsyjarrels @ gmail.com

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  39. I love your instagram @hokiebetsy

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  40. I love the matte aqua!
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  41. And I follow you on instagram!
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  42. Mineral Blue -- but I love the whole Le Creuset rainbow!

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  43. Following on Instagram @saladgoddess

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  44. Same color as yours!!! Love French Onion Soup. Email karnowskir@yahoo.com

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  45. My favorite color is Hibiscus. So soft and pretty! There is nothing like cooking in a dutch oven <3

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  46. I follow you on Instagram! @SNSHNE4U2

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  47. I follow on Instagram @ mysweetiepiepie.

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  48. Ooh I love the simple basic colors like black and white! My email is alliemerick@gmail.com and Instagram allieemerick

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  49. I love the cerise or the limited time quiche color. my email is megs.gabel@gmail.com

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  50. I love the Ink!

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  51. I love the white and the Ink

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  52. The classic red or cobalt blue

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  53. Instagram @phishurman2

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  54. My fiance and I just moved to Maine, and have been dreaming about a dark blue Dutch oven to make stews in! We love the Marseille :-) thanks for doing this! Robyndlevin@gmail.com

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  55. Instagram is Robyndlevin!

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  56. Would love love the Marseille or cerise!! So beautiful!! My email is toreyan.clarke@gmail.com

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