Paris Cajun Canada French Onion Soup Recipe

When it comes to selecting a French onion soup recipe, I find I’m beginning to feel like the character Albert in The Birdcage.

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Albert, brilliantly played by Nathan Lane, convincingly explains his mispronunciation of Armand’s surname in a context I find myself relating to.

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“Oh yes… Coldeman.

The “d” is silent in America. It’s Cole D’Isle au Man, or Cole of the Isle of Man, in France, where Armand’s chateau is, Cold-e-man in Greece where Armand’s work is, and finally the vulgar Coleman in Florida where Armand’s home is, so actually, we don’t know where we are until we hear our last name pronounced!

Ahahahahahahaaaaa!”

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Living in Louisiana we are heavily influenced by Creole and Cajun French.

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When visiting our son when he lived in Canada we were introduced to Quebecois French.

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Banner Weathervane – Pure Copper

Actually, we don’t know where we are until we taste the food,  the “who cares where we are as long as it is French” food!

Ahahahahahahaaaaa!

Julia Child instructs us how to prepare her version of French Onion Soup.

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Box Set)
by Julia Child & Louisette Bertholle & Simone Beck

At home I have my own recipe met and mastered to c’est si bon perfection.

You’re  definitely speaking my language when you’re talking French Onion Soup. I know where to go for the best French onion soup from coast to coast.

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Mon Ami Gabi French Onion Soup Au Gratin

Mon Ami Gabi in Las Vegas both serves a fantastic French onion soup.

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How I would love to be on the Las Vegas strip right now watching the Fountains of Bellagio while enjoying French onion soup goodness!

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Since I’m not, I’ll bring a pinch of Paris, a dash of Creole, and a smidgen of Canada to the Places In The Home family table.

French Onion Soup

Ingredients

2  Tablespoon butter

2  teaspoons olive oil

6  medium onions thinly sliced

1  teaspoon Creole seasoning

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

2 bay leaves

½ cup white white or sherry

2 quarts (8 cups) low sodium beef broth

French bread baguette

Gruyère cheese slices (2 slices per soup serving)

Creole-seasoning

For Creole Seasoning

Ingredients

1/3  cup paprika

3 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dried basil

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoons cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon granulated onion

4 teaspoons dried thyme

4 teaspoons granulated garlic

Directions

Heat butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven over a medium- high heat.  Add sliced onions and bay leaves to the pan, saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle sugar and Creole seasoning over onions, stir to incorporate.

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Cook onions and company for 30 minutes or until softened and reaching a caramelized stage.  Add sherry and bay leaves to onions.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.   Turn heat back up to medium-high and add beef broth.

Allowing broth to heat through, reduce to simmer, and continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes in order for ingredients to marry and live happily ever after.

Remove bay leaves.

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Slice French bread baguette and place on a baking sheet.

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 Markus Spiske

French Kitchen Island

French Kitchen Island

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English ceramic tureen “Audley”

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Small Lion Headed Tureen, Set of 4, White

Place under broiler until slices reach a light golden brown.

Place crocks or oven proof bowls on a large cookie sheet. Ladle soup into crocks or bowls.

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Place one slice French bread in each bowl and top with 2 slices of Gruyère cheese.  Broil on high until cheese is melted and browned.

Directions for Creole Seasoning

In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, ground black pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic.  Stir to combine.

Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.

Bienvenue, Bon Appétit and C’est si bon!

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Classic Hollywood Interiors

Movies are not the only thing Hollywood does well.

Some of the most memorable motion pictures in the history of cinema are not simply known for their cast or cinematic content, but for the classic Hollywood interiors of big screen legend.

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It’s probably not intentional, but actually a huge coincidence when a home or a set designer’s interpretation of the home comes to life on a sound stage and takes over as the star of a film.

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Pike 1-Light Flush Mount

Updated to today’s style.

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Bari 1 Light Contemporary Wall Sconce with Clear Cylinder Glass

When the architectural vision of near perfection captures the viewers attention and commands top billing it doesn’t necessarily speak to the weakness of the movie, but to the strength of the chosen piece of real estate.

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Nineteen sixty seven is dear to my heart.

It’s the year I turned five, the year The Beatles introduced the world to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the year one of my favorite movies, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was released.

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I hit the Turner Classic Movies jackpot when I noticed it was on the afternoon viewing schedule.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner holds my attention on three points:

A relevant and positive message.

Three Academy Award winning actors showing why they deserved Academy Awards.

One luxuriously appointed home.

Rathbun 5 Piece Dining Set

Classic Black Bistro Dining Set

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The walk from foyer to terrace for an afternoon of sandwiches and coffee is a walk through interior design distinction.

Attention to detail greets the eye at every twist and turn, wall and window.

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The eye is drawn to tasteful accessories and classic design elements in timeless colors, patterns and textures.

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Silver Engraved Fancy Floral Decanter Labels Liquor Bottle Label Tag Set 6 Tags

Silver Engraved Fancy Floral Decanter Labels Liquor Bottle Label Tag Set 6 Tags

mid-century-gold-leaf-champagne-sherbetsVintage Libbey Golden Foliage Leaf Cocktail Glasses

Handmade Black Lacquer Mother of Pearl Cabinet

Black Wood Storage Cabinet

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Mainholm Traditional Table Lamp

Coffered ceilings, custom built-ins, original artworks, crystal chandeliers, Chinoiserie accents, floor to ceiling windows.

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Maria Theresa 12 Light Clear Italian Crystal Chandelier 

These timeless design elements never go out of style.

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Next I will be featuring the four star sets from three Nancy Meyer films, The Intern, Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated.   

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The kitchen featured in The Intern is not a set, but actually a real honest to goodness on location kitchen in a brownstone in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.

So many of the design and decor accessories from The Intern kitchen remain relevant in today’s style preferences.

Open shelving

Steel-blue cabinets

Hardwood floors

Subway tile

Farmhouse sink

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Stunning set design is synonymous with Nancy Meyer’s films.

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Black Dresser

Carbon Loft Horstmann 29-inch Adjustable Bonded Leather Backed Bar Stool

Carbon Loft Horstmann 29-inch Adjustable Bonded Leather Backed Bar Stool

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It is no coincidence the interiors play a major role in Ms. Meyer’s films and become the stuff design and decorating trends are made of.

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Marble Mantle with Horseshoe Opening

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Jaslene Media Cabinet

Extra goodies from the dining room decor-

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Light Society Thurston 5-light Chandelier

As items sale out, in the style of options become stylish understudies.

SAFAVIEH Benicio Coastal Rattan Dining Chair (Set of 2)

SAFAVIEH Benicio Coastal Rattan Dining Chair (Set of 2)

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Two Academy Award winning actors strutting their mad acting skills and one fabulously designed and decorated beach house set in the Hamptons hits all the Hollywood high notes.

Hooked on Houses

Something’s Gotta Give is a four star design winner on every level.

To describe this space as just romantic, peaceful, and elegant doesn’t fit it well.

Hooked on Houses

It’s the perfect, lovely, sexy, and inviting setting for the lady of the manor to discover that in fact her mojo hasn’t left the building, and for the viewer to glean a few ideas of their own in both the love and decor departments.

Furniture of America Kova Traditional Cherry 60-inch Dining Table

Furniture of America Kova Traditional Cherry 60-inch Dining Table

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White Ironstone Serving Bowl

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This discussion could go on and on.

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Handmade Flatweave Montauk Salinda Casual Cotton Rug

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Oly Studio Hanna Chair

These examples are only two of many that come to mind.

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Italian Center Table

Italian Center Table

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Love this in the style of print.

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Beach Beauty I Canvas Art Print

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 Bankers Chair

Is it me or is the common design denominator in these homes a neutral color palette?

That’s the point- classic works.

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Some people think it is too safe- a boring option hinting at a lack of decorating imagination.

It’s not that it is safe or boring, but that it is a great choice of classic color scheme to build your design and decor upon.

This point is evident throughout the interiors and exteriors in the film It’s Complicated.

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french-kitchen-tableFrench Kitchen Island

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Nadeau 1-Light Single Cone Pendant

 Single Cone Pendant

Now comes the disclosure portion of this post.

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Ruffled Baker

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Silver Meat Dome

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Natural Cordless Light Filtering UV Protection Bamboo Manual Roll-Up Shade

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Rohan 6 light Matte Black and Brass Pendant – Matte Black and Brass

Shannon Solid Oak Dining Table

Shannon Solid Oak Dining Table

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Casual Tier Console Table

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Mission Alder Nine Drawer Tall Dresser

Mission Alder Nine Drawer Tall Dresser 

oval-drawer-pull Antique English Drawer Pull

Gold Curved Arch Wall Mirror

 

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Andrey Desk

Please allow me to take a little decorating liberty with the choice of table lamps, but I love the Andrea Tuscan Cream 32-inch Table Lamp X 2.

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Andrea Tuscan Cream 32-inch Table Lamp

French Louis XV Style Needlepoint Upholstered Arm Chair

French Louis XV Style Needlepoint Upholstered Arm Chair

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Lidded Kooboo Rattan Basket

Bakery Goods

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Decorative Round Rattan Basket Gray - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Of all the spectacular accents, details and accessories in the home of It’s Complicated, do you know what captured my attention the most?

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The fantastic windows- absolutely stunning!

Black accents set it off with a vengeance.

The reviews are in, and I give it two thumbs up.

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Grand elements of master interior design and period decor makes the Technicolor master suite of Scarlett and Rhett from Gone With The Wind difficult to forget.

Hooked on Houses

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Ornate English Mirror, Gold Leaf

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Another spectacular vision of regal and grand set decor by Hollywood standards is elegantly evident in another Vivien Leigh classic, That Hamilton Woman.

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sanctuary-tufted-bed-hooker-furnitureSanctuary Upholstered Bed

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The wedding reception scenes in The Hangover bring class to a long on funny, short on class premise.

The outdoor space is gorgeously appointed in a star of the show black and white palette.

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Mansfield 1 Light Black Outdoor Pendant Lantern

sunbrella-grommetCoastal Stripe Outdoor Panel by Havenside Home

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Antibes Set of 2 Wicker Club Chair with Cushions - Christopher Knight Home

Antibes Set of 2 Wicker Club Chair with Cushions – Christopher Knight Home

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Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility, the period drama film based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name, remains one of my favorite movie houses.

It possesses a quaint English charm suited to the period piece and period pieces featured in the film.

Hooked on Houses

Walnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table w. Drake Carved Feet

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English Landscape Oil Painting

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Grindley English Country Inns Staffordshire Creamer & Sugar Pot Bowl with Lid

Grindley English Country Inns Staffordshire Creamer & Sugar Pot Bowl with Lid

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Vintage Ironstone Brown Transferware Tureen from T&R Boote

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Antique Mahogany Barley Twist Drop Leaf Table

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Gonzalez Solid Wood Windsor Back Arm Chair

Andrews Windsor Back Dining Chairs- Set of 4

Tinseltown Trivia Time!

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Fresh Olive Branch Wreath

'Dressed in White II' by Stefano Cairoli Framed Painting Print on Canvas ‘Dressed in White II’ by Stefano Cairoli Framed Painting Print on Canvas

What movie inspires this look?

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Safavieh Lighting Zoey Double Gourd White Table Lamp Set

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Clarke 3 Drawer Console Table

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Set decorator Susan Bode Tyson wonderfully re-created Julia Child’s kitchen for the film Julie & Julia, a film contrasting the early years of Julia Child’s life culinary career with Julie Powell, the New York blogger who deliciously mastered the culinary detail of cooking all 524 recipes printed in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, one recipe per day for one year.

Country Living

That’s 365 days of bon appétit blogging goodness.

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Richmond Stemware by Rogaska
Westchester Stainless by Towle

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Julia Child’s Kitchen – Smithsonian

Modern lighting option in the style of the original in Julia Child’s actual kitchen.

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Richmond Matte White+Gold Curved Bowl Metal Shade 1-Light Wall Sconce

Close option to the Smithsonian replica of Julia Child’s kitchen.

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Chiswick Wall Lamp

This French Mid-Century Modern design glass Diabolo shaded brass sconces lamps option with the ooh la la factor present and accounted for.

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Antique Maple Butcher’s Block Table

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19th-C. English Copper Pans, S/7

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KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer in Cobalt Blue

If a stove, oven, and pegboard could talk!

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Classic Hollywood interiors of set and on location design and decor star in an award-winning role in our favorite films.

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