I’ll tell you what, we went from a few lovely fall days to fall with a vengeance here in the Twin Cities. Windy, cold & blustery.
I love love love French Onion Soup! It’s a beautiful thing. For St. Patrick’s day, though, I have been dying to try out one of the Guinness Onion Soups I’ve seen floating around. How could I resist, really? Caramelized onions, toasty melty cheese!
Beef Barley is a soup that hasn’t gotten it’s due, perhaps because the recipe most of us know is from the back of the Barley box. Good fare, not great. And while I love a good Beef Barley made with a home-made beef stock, it’s incredibly hard to find good bones here, terribly expensive, and frankly, a lot of work for a simple soup. My solution? A lovely Beef Barley Soup made with a “doctored” up broth.
Pot Roast done perfectly, tender, silky, a rich gravy. Is there anything better? Here’s one that’s full of flavor, a play off of the Flemish Stew with beer, Beouf Carbonnade: a bit sweet, a bit tangy from the beer, and simply dripping with caramelized onions. If that sounds too fancy, just call it Beer Braised Pot Roast. Does a roast with any other name still smell as good? Oh, that’s Rose? Silly me…
My Mom (rest her soul) was a fantastic cook. Sure, she got sidetracked into some of the weirdness in the 60’s – Porcupine Balls, Tuna Casserole and Shake and Bake but later really found her “groove.” These Beef Rouladen, as she called them, were a family favorite – made on afternoons when she cooked for the sheer joy of it.
Fall, Winter, Spring – it doesn’t matter, this beautiful French Onion Soup is perfect when ever there is a chill in the air. Deeply satisfying, I forget, until I eat it, how much fun it is to take the first bite.