Since I was a little girl, cooking has been my therapy (therapy has also been my therapy, but that's a whole other story). I was a sensitive, moody, and probably clinically depressed kid. I was smart and creative, but I had a hard time fitting in. When I was eight, my mother bought me an antique set of pots and pans to play with. I begged to use them for real cooking, so she gave me her copy of Mollie Katzen's The Enchanted Broccoli Forest and let me try my hand at some simple dishes.
French onion soup, I've found, is an incredibly elaborate, time-consuming thing to make and calls for vermouth, a delicious but expensive ingredient that pretty much no one I know keeps on hand. Here's my pared-down spin on it. Oh, and traditionalists, save your breath. I realize this isn't exactly how you make French onion soup. That's why I'm not calling it French Onion Soup.
Preface: Please do not take me less seriously as a writer and chef because of the absurd cuteness of these little cups of deliciousness.I originally saw this clever idea in an old issue of Sunset Magazine, but it involved making custardy and time-consuming pots de creme and baking the cookies from scratch. I cut the time and effort down by making fresh (and much quicker) chocolate mousse.
Did you know @hotmesskitchenbook has a totally comprehensive yet totally doable guide to hosting your first (or 50th!) #Thanksgiving? We tell you what to buy, what to outsource to friends and family, what to cook, how to cook it, and the order in which you should do everything! https://t.co/OFfAbScITG
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