Soup is possibly the most comforting food. Its warm and delicious and just makes me happy on cold winter days. As soon as the temperature drops below 60, nothing makes me happier than curling up with a great book and a hot bowl of soup. I thought Fall was finally here a few weeks ago, but the warm weather came back and pushed the lovely cold weather back to the north. This weather may be able to stop me from wearing cozy sweaters and warm scarves, but it can not stop me from craving my favorite winter comfort food.French onion soup is the clear champion of the soups. The caramelized onions, boozey brandy-beef stock, and the pile of melted cheese combine to deliver a healthy dose of happiness with each bite. Don't let the stress that comes with the end of semester get you stressed or sick, enjoy some warm soup that is good for your heart and soul!
From the Bon Apetit Test Kitchen:
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Calvados, Applejack, or other brandy
4 cups low-salt beef stock
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 -8 1/2"-thick slices baguette, cut to fit ramekins
1 cup grated Gruyère or raclette cheese
Four 10-oz. ramekins
I hope this cures everything from winter madness to your sniffles.