It’s no secret that Mom’s have it pretty tough. We are expected to know where everything is, when every bill is due, which kid needs to go where and what time and for how long, and don’t even get me started on keeping tabs on everything our husband’s are supposed to be doing. There are times when I literally lock myself in my bathroom and flat iron my hair…..yes flat iron my hair. There’s something soothing for me in brushing and sectioning my hair and smoothing it to a perfect flat shine. In fact there’s only one thing that would make me not want to leave the bathroom…. a glass of wine!
And I couldn’t think of a more fitting wine than Mommy Juice Wine!!
The lovely Mommies at Mommy Juice Wine heard my cry for a post stressful day drink and sent me these two gorgeous bottles.
I prefer white wine to sip on, who am I kidding I prefer white wine to guzzle on, and MJW White is DELICIOUS!!
But I also really like cooking with wine and MJW’s Red is the perfect compliment for my French Onion Soup!
Girl Gone Healthy French Onion Soup:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 4 onions, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle
- 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 quarts beef broth
- 1 baguette, sliced
- 1/2 pound grated Gruyere
Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn’t burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
When you’re ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Ladle the soup in bowls and float several of the Gruyere croutons on top.
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For more information on the health benefits of wine check out:
Mayo Clinic report - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-wine/HB00089Forbes Magazine on 10 foods with health benefits (includes red wine): http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2012/09/11/10-foods-that-are-surprisingly-good-for-you/How red wine can help with gut bacteria - http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120524/drinking-red-wine-is-good-for-gut-bacteriaSurprising health benefit of booze - http://www.prevention.com/node/30466Healthy Wishes, T