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Recipe: French Onion Grilled Cheese

I love french onion soup and I love grilled cheese, combine the two and I don’t know what to do with myself except eat!

French Onion Grilled Cheese

I adapted the original recipe I found on Chatelaine’s website here.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 Servings

1 tbsp olive oil
3 medium onions, sliced thinly (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 900 mL carton low-sodium beef broth
1 thyme sprig
8 slices rye bread
4 slices gruyére or swiss cheese (about 120 g)

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high. Add 1 tsp oil, then onions, broth and thyme.
Cook, uncovered, stirring often, until liquid is reduced, about 15 min.
Remove thyme.
Top each slice with about 1/3 cup onion mixture and 1 cheese slice.
Top with remaining bread.
Wipe pan clean.
Heat over medium. Brush pan with 1 tsp oil.
Cook 2 sandwiches at a time, about 2 min per side.
Repeat with remaining oil and sandwiches.


The Great Googa Mooga

The Great Googa MoogaI don’t spend enough weekends in Brooklyn, but I’m glad I stayed home this weekend to witness the food-loving splendor that is The Great Googa Mooga. With all the crazy, bad weather we’ve been having, this weekend was a slice of heaven. Sprawling over Prospect Park, the grounds of Googa Mooga were littered with people on blankets and booths serving some of the best food in NYC. It was an all around perfect day to be outside, soaking up some rays, drinking a few beers, and consuming half my weight in food. Music poured through the airwaves and we danced around trying not to spill our beers but refusing to put them down.

Never mind the fact that I had absolutely no cell phone service and couldn’t upload anything to Instagram and Twitter. It was a bit like the dark ages in a way that makes you yearn for the days when life was simpler. I didn’t find myself checking my email every two minutes, instead I enjoyed the sights, sounds, and spread of delectable culinary goodness. My favorite was a toss up between the pork belly tacos from Colicchio & Sons and what I’m almost sure was crawfish mac and cheese from Crawfish Monica. Lest I forget, the summer heat bearing down on my shoulders – beyond the booze was a special treat from People’s Pops. One ice block, a shaver and a tasty plum tarragon syrup made for a refreshing shaved ice treat.

people's pops

There may have been an almost intolerable swarm of people, but the music and food made it bearable. I’m looking forward to next year and I’m making my way to The Spotted Pig and Red Rooster as soon as possible to get a real taste of their offerings.

I Love Matchbox Chinatown

Matchbox Dessert TrioMatchbox Chinatown: Vintage Pizza Bistro serves up some delectable gourmet pizza, but it’s not for those people that like plain toppings on their pizza like pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. I’ve been warned that the DC location is abominably packed on a regular basis, and the size of an actual matchbox. So when I decided to venture out to try this so called vintage pizza bistro, I knew I was headed to the Rockville location, that is, at the very least, a more spread out version of the downtown haunt. After scarfing down a few slices of the paper thin brick oven baked pizza (being rather unladylike), I ordered the dessert trio. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that I might do it again, but there’s one pairing on this plate that tops the other items by far. The cinnamon donuts and what I believe is a Kahlua creme sauce are a pairing sent straight from heaven. I love how the coffee mixes with the powdered sugar and the sprinkles of orange rind on top, it’s a delight for the taste buds that will leave you covered in powdered sugar. The vanilla gelato on the molten lava cake were a nice petite chocolate fix and the trio of sorbet was, to my great surprise, a great little burst of flavor. The sorbet flavors supposedly change regularly and while I expected to enjoy the raspberry scoop the most I found myself hoarding the lime sorbet away from my sister, it was simply delicious.

Note: Even if you’re not a gourmet pizza lover, you’ll still want to pop in for this dessert in particular. I promise.

Matchbox Chinatown
1699 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852