The first post of 2011! It's taken a while because my fingers have been frozen. It has been so cold so far this year and I can never really seem to get warm. The boys have been out jumping on the trampoline some, but I have tried to stay inside as much as possible. The only time I'm warm is when I am in the bed snuggled under the goose down comforter, which makes it very hard to get up in the mornings! It doesn't seem to matter how high I crank up the thermostat (which my electricity-producing but not too-keen-on-using husband frowns upon), I am still cold!
The cold weather has been a good excuse to make soup! Lots and lots of soup! Ham and potato chowder, roasted red pepper, baked potato, and French Onion soup have frequently been on the menu. I devised my very own, from scratch recipe for the roasted red pepper and it is really yummy! I have attempted French onion several times, never getting it quite right, but I think I finally got it right tonight! I found the recipe here and except for the homemade veal stock - I used regular store bought chicken stock- I followed the directions exactly and it was wonderful!
We will definitely have this one again soon! Warm, cozy, comfort in a bowl!