Five Question Friday: October 7, 2011

While I’m waiting for my syllabus to print out (those things are long, and I’ve two courses), I thought I would answer this week’s questions. This will be the last week for 5QF at least until after all the holidays. So, without further adieu,

1. What is your go to comfort food or sweet?

I have to think about this one. Hot soup sounds good, onion to be specific. I know that most folks go for the chicken soup, which I also like, but if given my druthers, when I need comforting for any reason, I’d opt for French Onion Soup! mmmmm Delicious 🙂

Your bonus today:

French Onion Soup By Jamie Geller

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Chill Time: none
Yield: 4 servings

  • 4 large onions, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons Osem Onion Soup Mix (optional or more salt to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • French bread, sliced and toasted

1. In a 4-quart stockpot, sauté onions in butter over medium heat for about 8 minutes, or until caramelized to a nice golden brown, stirring frequently so they don’t burn.
2. Add wine and continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Slowly stir in flour.
4. Stirring to keep lumps from forming, add water, onion soup mix, salt and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat.
5. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
6. Ladle into bowls and place a piece of toasted French bread in each.


The traditional topping used for onion soup is Gruyère cheese. If you have trouble finding it, substitute Swiss cheese. Top the toast with a slice or two of cheese and broil for 3 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Reprinted with permission from Quick and Kosher: Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing

2. What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been to?

Our B&B ~ Burlington, Vermont

The most romantic place is in Richard’s arms. Always. That is the most comforting, loving, warm, secure place I know and that adds up to romantic. Locale? We’ve been to many different locales, but I think our fav would be a toss up between Montreal and Vermont. Both are our “dream” places, and whenever we vacation to either spot we find it difficult to point our car toward home afterwards.

3. What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?

We don’t do Halloween so thinking about fall, I would say that cooler temps combined with brilliant colors. I want to be out all the time at this time of year. It is lovely.

4. How would you spend 24 hours alone?

Well, I’m an avid reader so I would read a lot, both fiction and non-fiction. I would take walks in peaceful, wooded areas (after all, if my 24 hours is alone, I will only do it in a natural setting). No electronic anything. I would write the old-fashioned way, with pen and ink in my leather-bound journal (sounds so romantic, doesn’t it!) I would mellow out and observe life around me.

5. Does your husband bring you flowers? Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?

No, Richard does not bring me flowers. I love flowers, but that is not how he shows affection and I’m ok with that. I buy my own flowers when I want…..really. He shows his love in so many ways every day that flowers are not necessary to convince me. We walk and talk a lot, and that includes hand-holding and hugs and kisses. He sends me emails throughout the day, or calls me from work when he has a break and can chat a few minutes. Richard is my biggest cheerleader and my confidante. I could go on, but the whole flower thing is fueled by the floral industry so not necessary as far as showing affection. Flowers are important to me however, as you may have noticed when perusing my blog. But when I want flowers to brighten my table or a particular corner, I’ll buy or pick them myself.

Well, that’s it for this week. When I return to the Friday question thingy, I’m leaning toward posting one question to ponder each Friday, something of substance that inspires us to think more deeply on an issue. What do you think? I don’t know how to make a badge but I was thinking of something like “Points to Ponder Friday,” or “Friday’s Question.” If you are more creative, or know how to create a badge for something like that, feel free to post a response for discussion.

So, I’ll resume a Friday posting toward the end of October or early November. See y’all then! 🙂


19 thoughts on “Five Question Friday: October 7, 2011

    1. Hmmm…. I like both Friday Deliberation and Friday Contemplation. I’ll see what others have to say, but either one works for me. Hope you enjoy the soup! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  1. I love onion soup, Vermont, B&B’s, and echo your comments about flowers. I don’t need flowers on special occasions (although I sometimes get them) because BFF shows me EVERY day that “we belong together.”

    1. That’s why they make it in ceramic bowls… so you can pop them back in the oven after dinner and burn off the cheese! Onion soup on a cold day… truly comforting!

  2. Hi Cecelia – love your answers to these. I am definitely a chicken soup fan (especially the one from Solly’s Bagelry which I mentioned to you recently – they call it “Jewish Penecillin”) and would normally prefer that if the other option was onion soup, but yours looks good and I think I would be willing to give your recipe a try.
     Regarding the flowers – my mom told my Dad that if she was too lazy to grow a flower garden, then she did not need to have them brought to her. She knew he loved her without them, too. But it turns out that on two occasions my Dad did buy her flowers – when my brother and I were born, and on both occasions they were carnations, her favourite flowers. And I never knew that story about receiving flowers those two times until after my Dad passed away and the local bank sent my mom flowers along with their condolences – carnations. I was there when my Mom thanked the staff in person, and that is when she told the story.
    Regarding your Friday posts, you have received some great suggestions. If you would like a bit of alliteration in your title, how about “Friday’s Reflections” which is a bit of a cheat since the “F” appears in the middle of the second word, or “Frankly Speaking Fridays” or foregoing the alliteration, how about “Friday’s Muse”, or “Muse for Friday” if you would like to have a bit of it. Am sure that you will come up with a title that works.
    And that’s long enough from me 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing, Kris. A very poignant story about the times your mother received flowers. Very touching that she received he carnations when your Dad died. There are times when flowers speak volumes to the person receiving them.

      I will definitely keep your suggestions in mind. I have received a few already, all of them good. I won’t start this till November or maybe December, but I’m really wanting to get something a little more substantive than 5QF. . . OR, I could set up another day for the deep stuff, and keep Fridays a little more light-hearted. Folks seem to like 5QF. I’ll have to think about that. What ever I decide, y’all will know! 😀

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