I awoke in Connecticut to over a foot of snow, and it’s still falling. I can not see the wheels on our car any longer, and the shovel that I left outside the back door last night is buried. It’s an onion soup kind of day – how I wish the kitchen renovation was finished! I went out last night and stocked up on nuts, dry fruit, peanut butter and bread, but I’d much prefer to be stirring up a steaming crock of French Onion Soup.I’m not sure why I like onion soup so much. It’s just so Wintery and satisfying to me. If I had to guess what it is that appeals to me (besides the oozing melty cheese!) it would be that onion soup hits all of the different taste buds in your mouth – all at once. It’s got the combination of sweet carmalized onions with savory beef stock, the crunch of a crouton, and then it’s topped off with hot and toasty pungent gruyere. Gosh, I love a good melted, ooey-gooey, flavorful cheese!Every recipe I find is slightly different, but the basic idea remains the same. I believe the secret of a good onion soup is in the caramelized onions. This step takes patience. It takes far longer to caramelize an onion than you could ever imagine. Other than that, the recipe is quite simple. So are you with me? Who is going to make one of these delicious recipes tonight? Follow these recipe links and prepare for your mouth to water: Soup a l’oignon, French Onion Cider Soup, English Onion Soup with Sage Cheddar, French Onion Soup. I might even like to try Alton Brown’s recipe for Onion Soup – do you watch his show? He always has such specific reasons for why he uses one ingredient over another. It makes me think that this recipe is thought through to the Nth degree. Did you notice he uses apple cider, not unlike Simmer Til Done’s recipe? Oh, (and while you may have some converting to do) I love the simplicity of the BBC’s Good Food French Onion Soup recipe. And don’t miss the queen of comfort food Nigella Lawson‘s renditions. She has not one but two different recipes on her site.Images via BBC Good Food, Hither and Thither, Simmer Til Done, Jaime Oliver, CHEFS catalog.