Perfect French Onion Soup

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French Onion Soup is one of my sisters favorite soups of all time and when we went to dinner at her favorite steak place that has French Onion Soup after 30 years of eating there the soup was nasty!  I could not stop thinking about it and made it my mission to create a yummy and perfect French Onion Soup at home!! It is a little time and a bit labor intensive, but it was WELL worth the effort!! First thing, if you have a mandoline this is the perfect time to use it! It will insure that all those onions are the same width and it makes it look beautiful! Second, I searched pintrest and lots of websites to see how everyone made theirs and then picked apart the recipes and created my own version. Super thanks to the Pioneer Woman for the idea of cooking the onions in the stove! She is a genius!!

Start with lots of onions!

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Saute’ them for about 15 mins

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then cook them to death! not really, just a hour!

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Perfect French Onion Soup

2 T olive oil

2 T of olive oil

1 bag (6-8)  sweet onions  (my personal favorite), cut in half and sliced thin but not too thin!

several dashes of Worchestershire sauce

several dashes of Balsanic vinegar

1 T brown sugar, sprinkle over onions

lots of fresh Thyme

24 oz chicken broth

24 oz beef broth

1 or 2 cups white wine

Preheat oven too 400. In a heavy pot ( I use my Dutch oven) add olive oil & butter saute onions for about 15 mins add chopped garlic, worchestershire, balsamic, sugar & thyme. Place Dutch oven in the oven partially covered for 1 hour and watch the magic happen! Stir axp every 20 mins. After the hour remove from the stove and place back on stove top. Don’t freak out as it will look a mess and there will be black bits all over your pot, this my sweet friend is what you want and makes it DELISH!! Pour in the white wine and begin scraping down the onions, the wine will losen all those bits! Allow to alcohol to cook off, axp 5 mins then  Add chicken and beef broth. Cook for about 45 mins or longer won’t hurt!

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HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR FRENCH ONION SOUP?

PLAIN

WITH BREAD

BREAD & CHEESE

JUST CHEESE

?

YOU DECIDE

ENJOY!

OXO. KAT

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Bucatini with Clam Sauce

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A few weeks ago my girlfriend Meredyth shared with me her daughters favorite “celebration meal” and I was in love with the idea of something that sounds so decant yet, is so quick and easy to make!! Can you say score?! This is a beautiful dish that you can have on the table in under 30 mins!

Bucatini with clams

1 lb your favorite pasta cooked al dente, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water

1 T butter

1 T olive oil

2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped

dash of salt

dash of crushed red pepper (to taste)

1 onion, chopped

1 cup white wine

1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes

3-  6.5 oz cans chopped clams with juice

several handfuls of fresh spinach

Cook pasta and set to side, reserving a little pasta water. Chop onion and saute’ in olive oil/butter combo till soften add garlic soften a few mins, add diced tomatoes and juice, white wine, then add clams with juice, stiring well, top with fresh spinach and cover for 5 mins. Allow to steam pour mix over hot pasta and ENJOY!

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OXO, KAT

 

Nana Cole’s Sloppy Joes

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My dear friend, Pam was telling me about her grandmother’s Sloppy Joes recipe and it’s secret ingredient!  I had NEVER  heard of or ever even thought of  putting condensed Chicken Gumbo soup in really anything, much less Sloppy Joes!  But, let me tell you Pam and her friends eat well and cook well and I knew if they loved it, it had to be good!!  So, I immediately went and got the soup, I had everything else on hand. They are so YUMMY!!  You will never buy that canned stuff again!

This recipe is a keeper!! 

Nana Cole’s Sloppy Joes

1 lb. hamburger, browned ( I used ground turkey)
1 can chicken gumbo*
1 cup  ketchup
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 t Garlic minced or chopped to taste

1T  Brown sugar
1 cup tomato sauce ( I used marinara sauce) 
dash chili flakes
dash Worchestershire sauce

Brown meat and saute veggies in a Dutch oven (or any oven safe pot) drain any fat off meat add all remaining ingredients stir well and put in 350 degree preheated oven and cook uncovered for at least 45 mins and it can really go all day, it thickens and cooks down and really gets better the longer it cooks!!  YUMMY!!

the SECRET ingredient!

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*Chicken Gumbo Soup can be a little hard to find, so when you see it, I found at Target stock pile it!! You will not be sorry!!

ENJOY!! Mama Bird