Rich & Simple French Onion Soup

January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Anita in Recipes - (Comments Off on Rich & Simple French Onion Soup)

Red onions and cooking onions, like many other root vegetables, are plentiful during the winter. Visit your local farmers’ market and you will likely encounter a bounty of onions…often for a great price! If you love onions as much as I do, you probably¬†love french onion soup too. There’s not much more satisfying than a hot cup of French onion soup (topped with some yummy local cheese and sliced bread!) on a chilly winter day. This version does have bacon on it, but if you’re not a meat eater, don’t fret! We’ll post a veggie version next time around!

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 pound finely chopped bacon
6 cups sliced red and/or cooking onions (if you refrigerate them overnight first, you won’t tear up a much while you cut them!)
4 cloves of garlic (or more!)
8 cups beef broth
1/4 cup sherry
1 teaspoon thyme (fresh or dry will do!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh bread, sliced thick (French or Italian is great!)
Sliced swiss cheese (or other cheese, if you prefer)

Directions

  1. Heat butter and oil in a large stock pot until butter melts. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add sliced bacon and continue stirring until bacon is cooked
  3. Add sherry, beef broth, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn on the oven broiler.
  5. Ladle soup into oven safe bowls. Layer each bowl with slice of bread and slice of cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet and broil until cheese starts bubbling.
  6. Enjoy! Beware, the bowl will be very hot!

 

 

Eating Local in Waterloo Region During the Winter Months

January 15th, 2016 | Posted by Anita in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Eating Local in Waterloo Region During the Winter Months)

Just because winter has finally arrived doesn’t mean you can’t get great Ontario-grown produce across Waterloo Region! You’ll be surprised to see just how much is available during the winter months! Cold weather crops, the use of green houses and hoop houses and, and availability of storage vegetables like carrot, potatoes and onions mean there is plenty of local produce available during the winter. Just check out Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide and you’ll see just how much delicious produce you can get during the winter season!

Every week, we’ll be posting a delicious recipe using one or more of the delicious produce items available in Kitchener, Waterloo, and beyond. Check it our on our Recipes page!

 

Simple Carrot Soup

January 15th, 2016 | Posted by Anita in Recipes - (Comments Off on Simple Carrot Soup)

Visit your local all-season farmers’ market and you’ll see that carrots, onions, and garlic are plentiful, even during the winter season!

What better way to use those carrots , onions and garlic then to make a hot and hearty carrot soup to keep your warm on those cold winter days?!

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 (or more!) cloves garlic, chopped
a Tsp Thyme or parsley
5 cups chopped carrots
2 cups water
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 Tsp salt
Black pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Heat butter and oil in a pot over medium heat until butter melts.
  2. Add onions and celery; cook, stirring occasionally until softened (approximately 6 minutes). Add garlic and thyme/parsley.
  3. Stir in carrots. Add water and broth and bring to simmer over high heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes, until carrots are tender
  4. Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Be sure to use caution!
  5. Stir in salt and pepper, serve, and enjoy!