French Onion Soup

Ok I have been sick with the flu since Saturday and haven’t had a meal since then. I have been sooo uncomfortable and being 27 weeks pregnant is not fun. Today I finally feel like myself and am super exhausted but CRAVING French Onion Soup. This recipe is so easy. I literally cut up the onions let them do their job, and came back into the kitchen added my spices and liquids and let it simmer. If I can do it after being in bed for 3 days ANYONE can do this.

  • 4 medium yellow onions, peeled, halved through the stem end, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 sprigs of thyme or ground thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 quarts beef stock
  • 6 slices of country bread, about 1 inch thick, toasted
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, coarsely grated.

In a 5-quart Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot, heat the butter over a medium flame. Add the onions and, stirring frequently to prevent burning, sauté until they reach a golden color, approximately 30 minutes. Add the thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper and cook for 10 minutes. Raise the heat to high, add the white wine, bring to a boil, and reduce the wine by half, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the beef stock and simmer for 45 minutes.

Preheat the broiler.

Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Ladle the soup into the 6 ovenproof bowls. Fit the toasted bread into the bowls on top of the liquid, and sprinkle 1/3 cup of Gruyere onto each slice. Place under the broiler for 3 minutes, or until the cheese melts to a crispy golden brown. Allow the soup to cool slightly, about 3 minutes, before serving.



Wilde Greene is giving Whole Foods a run for its money.

Wilde & Greene is open continuously from early morning — for before work business and social meetings — through late-night as guests enjoy cocktails and small plate offerings at its beautiful rooftop patio during warm-weather months. Nutrition is a priority at Wilde & Greene, meaning healthy options such as vegetarian dishes are widely available for diners as they browse each of the 18 gourmet food and beverage stations featuring everything from French rotisserie and carving stations to Far East stir-fry and curry kitchen.

The Canadian based company has hit the states. Wilde Greene’s first location in the states set up shop in Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, IL just outside the city of Chicago.

I went to WG today for lunch for the first time. It was so overwhelming for us. We ending up getting 4 dishes which each item you order is enough for two. It is not considered a tapas, sort of sharing, place. However we love variety so let the ordering begin. Everyone dining is giving a gift card looking thingie which when you order something for different stations they swipe you card. when you complete your meal you bring the card to the cashier and pay for all your purchases.

GILTY Taste, Finger Limes

So I was browsing  tonight which I haven’t visited in a while. I first worked with Gilt Groupe three years ago. I met founders Alexis & Alexandra who are the nicest, smartest women I have met. When they told me the idea and concept of this site I thought it was genius.

If you have no idea what I am talking about cause either The Royal Wedding, Charlie Sheen, or Pippa have been flooding your internet then here it is….Gilt Groupe provides instant insider access to today’s top designer labels, at up to 60% off retail. Become a member and find something new every day for women, men, kids and home as well as exclusive local services and experiences, and one-of-a-kind travel packages. Sign in and see what inspires you today.

However I came across Gilt Taste which is FREAKISHLY AWESOME!!  I am obsessed with food and kitchen items. Just when I thought I had heard or seen every type of fruit and vegetable I came across Finger Limes.

Here’s what Gilt describes them as:

These rare, gherkin-size beauties charm with their elegant nickname (“caviar limes”) and an incredible texture: Split one open lengthwise and spoon out a few pearls. As with caviar, the tiny beads inside pop in your mouth, releasing a splash of bright, tart juice. Dazzle guests by using them as garnishes on ceviches, crudos, cocktails or your best Key lime pie. Gilt’s price is $32.95/pint plus $9.95 S&H.

various finger limes
various finger limes

Now that my attention is peaked I just had to look up when and where to use these new treasures in the kitchen. So I found some recipes on

Yes Finger limes have their OWN website. Weird (cool)

1 fresh kaffir-lime leaf, sliced into thin strips
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin strips
1 red banana chilli, seeded and finely sliced
25ml Tamari or light soy sauce
Finger lime to serve
Place oysters in a 25sm bamboo steamer basket and top each with 1-2 pieces each of the kaffir-lime leaf, ginger and chilli.
Add 1cm of water to a wok and bring to the boil. Place steamer basket over wok, cover with a lid and steam for 1 minute 45 seconds. Remove basket from wok and place basket onto a serving plate. Drizzle with Tamari and squeeze finger limes over the oysters.
Serve immediately.