Both my kids have become big fans of the Food Network, particularly Good Eats, Ace of Cakes, and Iron Chef America. On some recent Good Eats episodes, Alton Brown made French Onion Soup and Salsa (different foods, different episodes). Ga'Hoole Girl and I have been dying to try out those recipes, so Mr. Math Teacher and I just got back from the store with the ingredients that we need along with some crocks for the soup. We couldn't find a dried Ancho Chile, though. I don't even know what it is. Besides, we live in a small town - even the big grocery store doesn't carry exotic stuff. The soup also called for a splash of cognac as an optional ingredient, but at $15 for a really tiny bottle, we decided to pass on that. It sounds like a cooking week around this house!