French onion soup, those little pots of slow-simmered onions and bubbling cheese, warms our bellies on cold autumn days. While I'll always have a place on my table, in my belly, and in my heart for other favorite cold-weather soups like curried lentil soup, and slow cooker chicken soup.
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I make it frequently in winter - combining the mountains of onions we purchase in bulk each autumn from regional farms with homemade beef stock (though, if I'm lucky enough to have it, I prefer using pasture-raised veal stock). I float a thin slice of day-old no-knead sourdough bread in the fragrant soup, top it with a smattering of Gruyere cheese, bake it and serve it with another winter staple: homemade sauerkraut.