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Food: A French classic

Onion soup often served as a party pick-me-up on New Years

French onion soup.

Tom Castrigno.

By Tom Castrigno

Some parties are meant to run well — well into the night, and a gracious host provides sustenance to keep the party lively.

My first experience with French onion soup served at midnight was during a summer camping festival at the home of a friend with an expansive back yard. There were 40 or 50 of us, a live band, bonfire, and a full moon. Everyone brought something to contribute to the party. One of our friends, who is, in fact, French, brought a huge pot of French onion soup.

Yves explained to us that, in France, onion soup is traditionally served at midnight on New Year’s Eve as a pick-me-up to help guests get their second wind. The modern version of this soup originates in France in the 18th century. Onion soups have been popular as far back as Roman times and possibly farther. We all know what a reputation the Romans have for being tremendous partiers. Toga, anyone? Continue reading

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