Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Cooking With Feminists - Playlist And French Onion Recipe

Not to get all maternal on you, dear readers, but I worry about your eating habits. So, I've put together an easy, quick, fairly healthy recipe that every one of you can make. To motivate you, I've objectified a band or solo artist as each ingredient, so you can make beautiful music while you make delicious food. This recipe for French onion soup serves about 3, more if you have a side dish.

2 teaspoons unsalted butter: Download: Sharon Jones - "100 Days, 100 Nights"
2 tablespoon vegetable oil: Download: Antony and the Johnsons - "For Today I Am A Boy"
2 pounds onions (I prefer white onions because they don't make my eyes water so badly): Download: The Mountain Goats - "Sax Rohmer #1"
3 garlic cloves, minced: Download: Wilco - "Radio Cure"
1/2 teaspoon salt: Download: Jason Collett - "Out of Time"
2 tablespoons flour: Download: The Go! Team - "Grip Like A Vice"
6 cups vegetable broth: Download: Cassettes Won't Listen - "Paper Float"
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard: Download: Flogging Molly - "Within A Mile Of Home"
1 teaspoon wine vinegar (optional)
About a third of a baguette, ripped into small pieces: Download: Neutral Milk Hotel - "King of Carrot Flowers"
Gruyere or regular Swiss cheese to taste: Download: Of Montreal - "Penelope"
1 beef-flavored bullion cube (These can be found in the Mexican aisle in most grocery stores; they're completely vegetarian): Download: Robyn Hitchcock - "Olé Tarantula"

1) Chop up your onions. I recommend cutting them in half, which makes it easier to peel the skin off. When peeling an onion, you just need to remove the outer couple layers so the onion feels smooth to the touch. Once the skin is off, chop the onion so you have semi-circles of onion. The comparison between an onion and the Mountain Goats is obvious: while they may taste good, there is nothing but tears inside. I chew a piece of mint gum to combat this fact.

2) Put the butter and one tablespoon of the oil in a saucepan and melt. It'll get all smooth, much like Sharon Jones and Antony and the Johnsons. Then you add the onions.

3) Mince the garlic and add it to the onions. If you have a garlic press, use that instead. Much like Wilco's "Radio Cure," the flavor of garlic is released best when crushed. Add the salt, as well.

4) Now, put the mixture on medium heat and cook until the onions are brown and tender (about 20 minutes). You might have to add a little water to keep them from sticking to the pan.

5) Add the second tablespoon of oil and the flour. Notice how the flour sticks right to the onions and won't be shaken, much like the way the Go! Team sticks in your brain. Cook another 3 minutes or so.

6) Now add the broth. It's filling and winter-y, like the new Cassettes Won't Listen track. If you want, you can add the bullion cube at this point, too. It takes great without it, but if you're craving more of a meaty flavor, beef-flavored bullion will give you just that. Also add the mustard, here represented by Flogging Molly, because let's face it, Dave King is one salty, bitter looking dude. Let it simmer about 15 minutes on low heat. While it simmers away, preheat the broiler.

7) After 15 minutes, dish out the soup into oven-safe bowls. Pile in your croutons and put the cheese on top. Gruyere cheese is sharper than Swiss, so bear that in mind when selecting your cheese. Now put bowls on a cookie sheet and put them into the oven until the cheese gets to be golden brown and bubbly (about 4 minutes). Be careful not to touch the bowls for a couple minutes when you take them out…they're very hot.

8) Enjoy, hopefully.

(April Wright)

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