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I read this in the latest edition of "Where Women Cook."  I just love it.

I'm not a chef.  I'm not a cook.  I simply love good food.  And I love art.  I love gardening, people, animals, the outdoors, traveling, and discovering far off places.  And I love stories.  What is life after all but our own unpublished books of short stories with colorful chapters following one after the other?- Ronelle Van Wyk

French Onion Soup

This took most of the afternoon, but it was so worth it.  I got this recipe from "Smitten Kitchen," who adapted it from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Onion Soup [Soupe à l’Oignon] Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams or 24 ounces or about 5 cups) thinly sliced yellow onions 3 tablespoons (42 grams or 1 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter
 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil 
1 teaspoon (5 grams) table salt, plus additional to taste
 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) granulated sugar (helps the onions to brown)
 3 tablespoons (24 grams or 7/8 ounce) all-purpose flour
 2 quarts (8 cups or 1.9 liters) beef or other brown stock*
 1/2 cup (118 ml) dry white wine or dry white vermouth Freshly ground black pepper
 3 tablespoons (45 ml) cognac or brandy (optional) To finish [Gratinèe] (Optional) 1 tablespoon grated raw onion
 1 to 2 cups (to taste) grated Swiss (I often use Gruyere.  Mimi used provolone.) or a mixture of Swiss and Parmesan cheese
 1 tablespoon bu…

Potato Soup

Potato soup is pretty darn good.  But you know what makes potato soup even better?  I do.  Making potato soup with a great big ham bone.

I baked a ham week before last and we've been eating from it blissfully ever since.  Every single morsel of meat has been stripped from the bone.  So last weekend, Dev's mom was in town, and I was contemplating what I should do with the ham bone I was saving in a ziploc bag in my freezer.  It was pretty chilly here, and I thought some type of soup would do the trick.  I looked around my kitchen....I had a couple of baking potatoes, the ham bone, some onions, some chicken broth....

Potato soup!  I have about a zillion recipes for potato soup, but did I look any of them up?  No.  I just made it up as I went along.  Here's what I did:

I put my small steamer pot on the stove.  It has a removable insert to steam veggies, but I took that out.  It's kinda like a tiny little stock pot.  I put a couple of glugs of olive oil in the pot, and cho…

Pictures in Blog Posts

I read a lot of blogs.  Seriously.  A lot.

And I enjoy looking at pictures, just like everyone else.

But I also write a blog.  And even though it's become much easier to upload pictures than it used to be, it's still a pain in the butt.  I would love to post step by step pics of everything I cook on this blog, but frankly, I gots a day job, and sometimes (ok- most of the time) just writing the post is a minor miracle.  If you don't know me well, and you think I have no command at all of the Queen's English, I really do.  I'm a Literacy teacher, for crying out loud.  Sometimes I use bad grammar on purpose.  Cuz I'm a rebel.  But I digress....

My goal is to post a pic of the end result of the dishes I cook, but most of the time, if I didn't post because I didn't have a pic...I'd never post!

So- I'm trying to get better about my New Year's Resolution to post on the blog at least once a week.  Maybe getting my picture confession off my chest wi…