French onion soup last night that just happened to be so frugal as to be completely free, by my kitchen standards―to wit, if I already own it, it's freeeee. And if said free meal is something as time-consuming to make and as luxurious as French onion soup, well, that's just gravy.
Caramelized onions and beef stock from the freezer. Note to self: Always have caramelized onions in the freezer. There's (almost) always beef stock, but add in the onions and you're golden for this soup. Also from le freezer
, some excellent Dean Kim/OC Baking
rustic bread, parfait
for the essential crouton ferrying the excellent Gruyere from that little cheese boutique I like to call Costco.
And that, as Mario says, is the dish.