Midwest French Onion Soup

I love French Onion soup…but I have never tried to make it. One of those things where I always thought this will be too difficult and take too much time. Well I proved myself wrong, I made it after work starting at 7:30pm and finished by 9:30pm…so if I had started it at 5pm like I told myself I would, it would have been done in a normal dinner time slot ha. But this recipe, is easy, its cheap and not a lot of work goes into it! I am over the moon on how good it is!

This recipe is based off of Julia Childs…and yes…I changed it up. I know, I know–how could I!

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Ingredients

  • 3 medium size yellow onions
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • French baguette (I got mine at the Kroger bakery)
  • Swiss and Italian mix cheese (contains- mozzarella and Parmesan–can be found at Kroger)
  • dutch oven (If you are serving as a large meal you can put it in the oven as is. If serving for an individual highly recommend getting a french onion soup crock bowl–I found 2 at Goodwill!)Please note:If you’re not going to add the cheese to cook in the oven a regular soup pot is fine to cook in.

Instructions

  • Cut onions into thin slices. I cut my onion in half, sliced each half of the onion then cut those long slices in half to get nice squarish pieces.
  • Put onions in dutch oven with butter and olive oil, cover and  cook on low-medium heat for about 15-20 minutes.

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  • Uncover add in your salt and sugar, stirring frequently for 40 minutes. Keep uncovered as they cook. The onions should begin to get a deep brown color as they become carmelized.
  • At about 10 minutes before your onions are ready, boil your beef broth.
  • Add in  your flour, mix for a few minutes.
  • Pour in your boiling beef broth and white wine. Season with your salt and pepper till its to your liking. Then set the temperature to a simmer, so about a low medium. And cook half uncovered for another 30-40 minutes.
  • If you are going to gratin your soup, whether serving family style in the large dutch oven or doing individual crocks–Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut your french baguette into about 1 inch thick slices. Add a little raw onion over your soup before placing them on top of your soup.

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  • Top with swiss cheese, then add a little Italian cheese mixture over top.
  • Place in oven and cook about 20 minutes, if your cheese isn’t where you want it to be do about 30 minutes.

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  • Then switch to broil, when you see your cheese at the level of melty you like. Watch as the cheese begins to brown, should only need to be in there for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Let it cool a little and enjoy!
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Oven baked chicken wings!

I originally was going to grill my chicken wings on my charcoal grill…but due to a windy afternoon I improvised with the oven…I do not regret this! These wings are crispy,  juicy and honestly you’d thought they came right off the grill!

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Ingredients

  • 1-2lbs of chicken drumettes or chicken wings
  • Dry Rub seasoning: Garlic powder, garlic salt, pepper, cayenne, onion powder, chili powder and Italian season
  • 2TBSP of olive oil
  • 1 large ziplock bag

Instructions

  • First lets get out chicken wings seasoned so they can soak up the seasoning for about 15-20 min prior to cooking.
  • Put drumettes or wings in ziplock bag. Proceed to add in olive oil and seasonings.
  • Zip bag and shake to spread and evenly coat chicken.
  • Preheat oven to 475.
  • Get a large baking sheet and cover with tin foil to save from a messy clean up.
  • Place chicken on foil tray, evenly spread out.
  • Put in oven once read, bake for about 15 min on one side, then pull out and flip chicken. Place back in oven for 15 min. (If you think your chicken doesn’t’ look cooked, keep in oven longer–you  never want undercooked chicken!)
  • Pull chicken out again, reflip so that the ski and then set your oven to broil.
  • Place chicken back in oven and let broil for about 5-10 minutes. You just don’t want to burn  your chicken to keep an eye on it. Once it looks good to your liking pull out.

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  • Serve and enjoy!

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

 

This creamy dreamy addicting mac and cheese is one for the books. Its extremely simple, quick to make and delicious! Make it on the stove top and serve immediately or let is chill in a crock pot to keep it warm.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box macaroni and cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 bag of  shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can of cheddar cheese soup

 

Instructions:

  1. Prepare macaroni on as directed
  2. While macaroni is cooking in a medium sauce pan begin to make your cheese sauce.
  3. Begin by melting your half stick of butter on medium high heat, I cut mine up so that it melts easier.
  4. Then begin  slowly adding in  about half of your cheese and mixing with the butter to melt it. Save the rest of the cheese for later.
  5. Next add in your can of cheddar cheese soup and mix together.
  6. Next you’ll add in your milk and heavy cream.
  7. Finally add in your sour cream and about half of the rest of the cheese.
  8. Check your stove temperature so that its not too hot to burn your sauce.
  9. You sauce should be creamy and gooey.
  10. Pour sauce over cooked and drained macaroni stirring together. Pour the last of the cheese in. If you sauce seems too thick or dry, you can always add in more milk, sour cream or heavy cream. When I had mine sitting in the crock pot I added in more cheese, sour cream and milk when I thought it was getting a little dry.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

Savory Galette

I was searching for a recipe where I could use all my leftover veggies in my fridge so they wouldn’t go to waste but also didn’t want to go to the store to buy more ingredients. This galette is literally a savory pie crust filled with the toppings of your choosing!! It’s amazing!

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Ingredients for galette crust

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick cold butter
  • 1/4 cup and then some of cold water

Ingredients for filling

  • 1/2 cup chopped sautéed mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup parmasan
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • basil chopped
  • parsley chopped
  • thyme
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup raw spinach
  • heavy cream
  • extra seasonings: salt, pepper ,garlic salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes

Instructions

1- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2- Mix together your flour, salt and cold butter. I mixed by hand but you can also use your electric mixer. You want the butter to where it’s in small pieces.

3- Slowly add in your water until  it’s blended. You may need to add in more water to blend  it.

4- Add in some fresh herbs, extra salt, Pepper and any other seasonings you’d like. I added thyme, garlic salt, garlic powder and pepper to my dough.

5- Flour a smooth surface, and begin rolling out dough into a circle/oval.

6- Once ready put on a nonstick baking sheet.

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7- Your filling can literally be anything but I started with sautéing mushrooms and garlic in a little olive oil.

8- So your tomatoes don’t get your crust soggy first put a base. I started with feta cheese, and a little Parmesan.

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9- Then add on your mushrooms, spinach and tomato slices. I mixed my tomatoes with fresh basil and parsley, then seasoned with salt pepper and crushed red pepper; before adding to the galette dough.

10- Finally fold in the edges and  make your crust as large or small as you’d like.

11- Wash your crust with heavy cream, and sprinkle with Parmesan. (If you don’t have heavy cream you can also do an egg wash)

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12 – Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Be sure to check on it to ensure your crust isn’t burning.

13- Serve and enjoy !

 

 

Tomato Gratin

This is a custom French summer dish that I tweaked slightly. The entire thing cost me $4 to make $2 for a French Baguette and $2 for some tomatoes. Easy, cheap and delicious ?! Okay now! This is also perfect for warming up at work for leftovers! The bread stays crispy and it tastes amazing!

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Ingredients

  • 4-5 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 Baguette, either 1 large one or probably 2 small (Can also use whole grain bread)
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Basil, Parsley and Thyme (If you don’t have thyme, just go with basil and parsley!)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 sweet onion ( I just used half of one)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper, red crushed pepper and Italian seasoning
  • Baking dish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven for 425 degrees. Slice your tomatoes thin, you can probably get at least 6 slices out of one tomato.
  2. Place tomatoes in bowl, season with salt, pepper, red crushed pepper, Italian seasoning and stir. Place tomatoes in rows in baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over tomatoes.

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4. Take baguette and cut into small cubes, put in a medium mixing bowl.

5. Chop your basil and parsley and put in bowl along with Thyme.

6. Finely dice your onion and mince garlic, add to bowl.

7. Season  bowl mixture with salt and pepper, then pour in olive oil. You want bread coated evenly in the oil, so pour at your own discretion. This allows the bread to become crispy.

8. Toss the cubed baguette in the fresh herbs, oil and seasoning.

9. Pour bread over tomatoes and use anything left in the bowl to drizzle over top.

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10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, around 20 minutes check that your bread is golden and not burning…everyone’s oven cooks differently so better to be on teh safe side.

11. Serve and enjoy!

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Oven ‘Fried’ Chicken

It’s crispy, its crunchy…you’ll hate that its soo good! This is an easy recipe to make on the week day or weekend and enjoy with family!

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups flour
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs ( I used Kroger brand)
  • Chicken legs, thighs or breast
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • 1 TBSP hot sauce
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika
  • Oven safe baking dish or tray (you’ll want deep enough for butter to not spill out)

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Instructions

  1. Begin by making your egg wash. Combine eggs, milk and hot sauce until completely mixed.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Pour your flour into a bowl/container and season with salt, pepper and any additional seasonings. Pour your bread crumbs also into a separate container.
  4. You’ll have 3 bowls or containers setup for this next process. And have your baking dish ready.
  5. Dunk your chicken into the flour mixture, shake off excess, dip into the egg mixture, then dunk into your bread crumbs and set in dish.
  6. Continue this until all your chicken has been properly coated.
  7. Melt your stick of butter in the microwave so that its liquid. Pour butter over chicken and into dish.
  8. Place your chicken in the oven for 20 minutes, pull out and flip and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes.
  9. Your chicken should be golden brown and a temperature at or above 165.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

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Alfredo Sauce

This is probably the greatest thing I learned to cook! Its simple, delicious and fancy as all get out.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • Parsley chopped
  • Salt/Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Melt your butter in a skillet, be sure to not let it brown.
  2. Once the butter becomes frothy, add in your heavy cream and turn up the heat for about 2-3 minutes so that the sauce becomes thick
  3. Turn the temperature down to medium and add in your cheese by whisking it so that is blends smoothly
  4. Your sauce should be creamy and thick, keep temp on low or take off heat if it becomes too thick.
  5. Garnish with parsley