Tuesday, February 16, 2016

“Easy French Onion Soup” For "Soupy Tuesday" & "Cruise with Castaldo" On The Regal Princess

Welcome to “Soupy Tuesday!” For those of you that are new to my blog…For the next few months I will be sharing a recipe for a delicious easy soup. Everyone enjoys a hot bowl of soup especially this past weekend which the temps were below zero! So this soup or any soup for that matter is like a welcoming friend. Warm and comforting…If you would like to see a special recipe for soup or have one that you want to share just email me (angellite13(at)optimum(dot)net) or post something in the comments below. I will be happy to give you a shout out. Hope this keeps you warm and cozy for the next few months…

******* I just want to thank all of you who have been sending well wishes and  prayers to my mom who is in a rehab center for her back. Her condition is getting better. We did have a few set backs but she is trying to regain her strength. It is very slow going and my family thank you for your continuing prayers and thoughts. Also want to let you know that I will be only posting on “Soupy Tuesday” for a while. Thank you dear family and friends. **********

My recipe for today is one that my mom used to make for dinner when my brothers and I were young. “Easy French Onion Soup” This rich soup is great for a Friday-night supper. (If you omit the Pancetta) Indulge your senses in a bowl of steaming French onion soup you’ve made yourself! This dish uses onions simmered with butter, beef broth, and dry white wine. With those savory flavors, all that’s left is to add cheese to melt over every bowl ensuring each spoonful is deliciously cheesy. I always enjoyed this soup so much as the flavor is delicious but also the cheese melted on top is heavenly. So I am sharing this recipe with you so you can feel all the warmth inside and make memories with your family.
Easy French Onion Soup

Servings: 6 -8

The onions can be caramelized a day ahead. Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container, cover and refrigerate until you are ready to finish the soup. 

4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
4 Tbs. olive oil
2 lb Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
2 leeks, thinly sliced
1/4 pound Pancetta diced (optional)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/ 2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbs. all-purpose unbleached flour
2 quarts beef stock, homemade or purchased
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
12 to 16 French bread slices, each 1/2 inch thick
3 garlic cloves, halved
1/2 lb Swiss, Gruyere, or Provolone cheese
Some Pecorino Romano grated cheese for topping

Caramelize the onions: In a large fry pan or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onions, diced Pancetta, and the leeks, now cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Uncover, add the sugar and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and the Pancetta are caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the flour and stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

Simmer the soup: In another saucepan, bring the stock and wine to a boil over high heat. Slowly add the stock mixture to the onion mixture, stirring to blend. Add the pepper. Reduce the heat to medium, cover partially and simmer until the onions begin to break down and melt into the broth, about 45 minutes.

Finish the soup: Meanwhile, preheat a broiler. Place the bread on a baking sheet, drizzle with the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil and toast under the broiler, turning once, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Rub the bread with the cut sides of the garlic and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F. Place 6 to 8 ovenproof bowls on a baking sheet. Ladle the soup into the bowls, filling them about three-fourths full. Top each serving with 2 slices of toast. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake until the cheese is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

                 Wine Pairing : This pairs well with rich, medium-bodied white wines.


            "Cruise with Castaldo up the Atlantic East Coast" (New England & Canada)

"Micheal Castaldo"

Ciao a tutti, I know that my readers have heard of my personal friend Micheal Castaldo. I have written about Micheal before on my blog posts. He is an Award-winning song writer/producer, recording artist, composer, Italian Cultural Ambassador, and entrepreneur. Micheal is very proud and excited to announce a U.S. Atlantic  Seaboard/Canada performance cruise along the east coast, from New York City to Halifax, Canada, and back, on the elegant and premium Princess Cruise Lines newest ship, the Regal Princess. He will perform several times during the seven-night cruise. Travelers will have the opportunity to dine with the performer, accompany him on special optional excursions throughout the trip, and join in his birthday celebration as well. The ship departs from New York on Saturday, September 24, and returns on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Click here for rates. Click here to learn how Princess Cruise Lines is an award winning ADA compliant shipFor info on internet access and in-cabin calling click here.

Castaldo, an award-winning Italian tenor, sings in the style of Andrea Bocelli. His body of work has been called a “plush world of ballads and utter sweetness” by celebritycafe.com and “the perfect complement to an Italian music collection” by La Gazzetta Italiana. His passionate performances consistently transport audiences to his native Italian world of beauty and sweeping romanticism, and his loyal fans truly believe his voice has healing powers.

             To learn more about Michéal Castaldo visit www.michealcastaldo.com 


Ports of Call:
New York, NY (Planned Excursions)
Newport, RI (Planned Excursions)
Boston, MA (Planned Excursions)
Bar Harbor, ME (Planned Excursions)
St. Johns, Canada (Planned Excursions)
Halifax, Canada (Planned Excursions)
New York, NY (Planned Excursions)

For more information and all the details about this Cruise with Castaldo,
visit http://www.expertiseintravel.com/cs/530821/true  or contact travel consultant and cruise expert, Matilde Pope, of Cruise Planners, at 800-464-1380 | 973-521-9030 or mpope@cruiseplanners.com.

Matilde Pope

                   Micheal thanks all of his fans for their awesome support and love!

Till Next Time………………………………...

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  1. Who doesn't like French Onion Soup? One of my favorites. SO good. Your version looks just excellent. And you've reminded me it's been ages -- Way. Too. Long. -- since I've made this. Thanks!

    1. Thank you John,for your comment. It is also one of my fav's too. Glad that I have inspired you...time to get out the onions, the knife...and start chopping! Have a great rest of the week! Dottie :)

  2. Hi Dottie , wonderful post , delicious onion soup , I like your version , I will try it soon , have to have a pot of soup on the back of the stove each day ... onion and potato soup is a staple . Hope your mom and dad is doing better and you are also feeling better .
    Al always you and your family is in our prayers . Stay warm and safe my friend ... Nee :)

    1. Thank you dear Nee,
      This soup is easier and it tastes so good. Glad that this version is one that you may try.I know that you leave the pot of soup on the back burner. I love that idea...My mom is coming along and I am doing ok. Thank you again for keeping my mom, family and me in your prayers. I am blessed with such wonderful friends...Stay warm too! Have a great rest of the week...
      Hugs Dottie xxx

  3. Hi Dottie,
    I've been putting off making onion soup once again this Winter. I don't know why, I do love it as does Marion:) Your easy version may just persuade me, lol...

    I do hope your Mom is doing better. Poor thing, you must be exhausted! We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    Congratulations to your friend, Michael. I wish I could send you on his cruise:)

    Thanks for sharing, Dottie...

    1. Thank you dear Louise,
      I always try to share easy recipes, as I know it is hard for people that are working and have children. This soup is so delicious, especially when you add the bread and the gooey cheese. I hope that I inspired you to make this one...
      Thanks for asking about my mom, she is coming along, and yes I am tired, but I have to be there for my dad as well as my mom. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Thanks...
      You are so funny, I wish I could go on that cruise too!Be well, say hello to Marion...have a great rest of the week...
      Hugs Dottie xx

    2. Hi Dottie:)
      Thinking about you and praying all is well...

  4. Can you believe I have never made onion soup? I know everyone says it is incredibly delicious but I have tried it yet! I have my opportunity now that I have your lovely recipe (and I am sure this is delicious, your mum has brilliant recipes!).
    Thinking of you and your mum. All the best my friend xxx

    1. Dear Alida,
      Thanks for visiting...I don't believe it! You have never made Onion Soup? Well, this recipe is for you bella! It is easy and so delicious...so get out that knife and start chopping! Thanks for your words about my mom's recipes..You have a great rest of the week dear friend.
      Hugs... Dottie :)

  5. Dear Dottie, A favorite of mine. I remember trying this soup as a teen when a French restaurant opened near by. I simply loved it!
    I hope all is well. xoxo Catherine

  6. Dear Dottie, Stopping by to say,"hello" and hope that all is well. Thinking of you. xoxo Catherine

  7. Dear Dottie , Happy Spring and hope we both be back soon .
    I hope you and your dear family is getting better and remember dear , all of you are in our prayers .
    Love Nee :)

    1. Dearest Nee,
      Thank you so very much for your words and prayers.I have written to Catherine and Louise and now I am answering you as well..You all are such wonderful friends, I am so grateful that I have met you and the other ladies through my blog. Happy Spring back to you and your family. Hope that all is going well there with your hubby's aunt. I want to come back so bad, but I can't yet till I am stronger..Being in the hospital and all that is going on with my parents..It is very hard to keep focused on the blog. We are doing the best we can and go one day at a time. Thank you again for your prayers and you and your family are in mine as well. Hope that you have a blessed Easter and all the kids are good...
      Will keep you updated dear friend...
      Love and hugs Dottie <3

  8. Dear Dottie ,
    Happy Easter to you dear Dottie , things are well with hubby's aunt , helping out on the business end now .
    Take your time to heal , you have a lot on your plate ,
    Tank you for keeping me updated it means a lot . Love and hugs dear friend .
    :-) Nee