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Vidalia Onion Dip

Easiest party food you will ever make.  Trust me it is delicious, and people will ask for the recipe.   I guess you could get fancy and use gruyere instead of cheddar. –ts

1 cup mayo
1 cup chopped vidalia onions
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or cheese of your liking)

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine all and bake in buttered casserole bowl (you could use PAM but butter is always better)
  3. Bake at 350′ for 20 minutes

Serve with fritos, triscuits or any other cracker

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French Onion Soup

The Chef made this a few nights ago out of the Beef Broth he created last week, and it was a clean, brothy version of the classic. Topping this with some cracked black pepper and french bread that has been toasted with gruyere or provolone on top will make you feel positively French. But not in the stinky beret-wearing way.
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6 sweet yellow onions, thinly sliced
tablespoon of olive oil
4 cups of beef broth
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of brandy
salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Cook onions in olive oil over medium low heat in a large Dutch oven for about one hour. You want the onions to be very caramelized so be patient.
  2. Once caramelized, add brandy. Cook until brandy evaporates.
  3. Add broth and thyme. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with melted gruyere or provolone cheese and croutons. As usual, this is even better the day after.

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Swiss Chard, Mushroom, Onion and Bacon Tart

Head to the store, pick up produce that looks good and create a recipe.  That was my plan for last night, and since spring is in the air (70 degrees in NYC today you better believe I am inappropriately showing leg at work!) and the veggies are looking fine, it was an easy task.  I grabbed some swiss chard, onions, herbs, and boomers; mix it with cheese, cream, egg, and bacon and dinner is served!  I am calling this a “tart” because that sounds much more modern than quiche even though it basically is a quiche.   I served this with a Kale Salad.  This recipe is pretty close to Liz’s  but with some extra nummy-ness.–ts

1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Handful rosemary chopped
4-6 ounces bacon (about 8 slices) chopped
1 bundle Swiss chard chopped ribs removed
Large handful mushrooms
1 large onion chopped
3 eggs
1 heaping cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to season
4-6 ounces gruyère cheese, grated (I filled a bowls worth of grated cheese)
1 deep tart shell, pre-baked in a 9-inch pan

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Cook bacon in large pan, remove from pan and set aside, also reserve bacon grease. 
  2. In same pan add some bacon grease, sauté and fry the shallots until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Then add a little more bacon grease and sauté onions and rosemary on low-medium heat for about 5-7 minutes.  Then add mushrooms and sauté for another 8 minutes or so.  Add swiss chard and cook until wilted (about 5 minutes).  Season everything with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile beat the eggs together with the cream. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine sautéed veggies with almost all of the cheese. 
  5. Add a little shredded cheese to bottom of the tart shell, then fill it with all the vegetable mixture, and pour over the cream mixture. Bake until the tart has set, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Serve at room temperature.

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Potatoes au Gratin

I took like 2 whole years of French in high school (and ironically ended up pretty much taking them again in college from the same teacher), so I thought I was well-equipped to tell you that “au gratin” means “with cheese.” Apparently I’m only half right. It means cooking something either covered in cheese or breadcrumbs or both, so go figure. If I can’t at least use my mad French skillz to translate seamlessly while blogging, I think Hutchison or UT owes my parents some money back.

3 1/4 pounds of Idaho potatoes
5 garlic cloves
32 ounces of milk
ground nutmeg, to taste
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
12 ounces heavy cream
4 ounces of butter, cut into small cubes
Gruyere cheese, grated

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes as thin as you can cut them. Use a mandolin if you got one.
  3. Put garlic in saucepan with the milk and bring to a boil. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. and add sliced potatoes.
  4. Return milk to a simmer, and cook potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes, taking care that the milk does not boil over. Discard garlic cloves.
  5. Transfer potatoes and milk to a buttered baking dish, pour cream over the top, and dot with the butter. Sprinke the gruyere cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and the milk has been absorbed.
  7. Allow potatoes to rest for 10 to minutes before slicing and serve up.

Chef says this is a huge portion, so plan accordingly.

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