Titanic and French Onion Soup

I think it’s a trait of all dads to have the ability to make their daughters feel awkward.

Titanic was one of the biggest movies back when I was middle school. I wasn’t allowed to see it until after we read a play version of the entire movie in my 7th grade class…so I already knew most of the details of the movie. My parents then finally let me borrow the movie on VHS from our neighbors (it belonged to their 8 year old daughter). However, I wasn’t allowed to watch it alone. Since it wasn’t really my mom’s sort of movie, my father was assigned to watch it with me.

That’s right…I had to watch Titanic, the love story of my generation, with my dad. And that wasn’t the half of it.

When it reached the point where Jack draws Rose naked…

Dad: Hey honey…you should probably leave the room now.

Me: Can’t you just fast forward it?

Dad: Then how would I summarize what happens?

He didn’t have to summarize, as I just stood outside the room and could hear the entire scene. I was allowed to return, only to have it be the car incident.

Dad: Okay honey, back out.

Me: Da-ad. I’m almost 13. The NEIGHBOR’S 8 year old daughter owns this movie.

Dad: Your mother said you’re not allowed to watch it, so out.

Me: But you don’t see anything in this scene besides a hand!

Dad: OUT!

After another brief interlude of listening to the movie from outside the room, I was then allowed to watch the rest of the movie…by myself (my dad said the “movie was too long”). I eventually was allowed to watch the ENTIRE movie six months later, but only after I turned 13. (And I, again, had to borrow the movie from my neighbor’s still 8-year-old daughter.)

For Adults Only Drunken French Onion Soup

be sure to use a whiskey you like!!


  • 3 lbs onions
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 c whiskey (see substitution below)
  • 1/4 c sherry
  • 1/4 c worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 4 c beef or vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c skim milk (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • French bread
  • Beer Jelly (optional)
  • Gruyère cheese, shredded


  1. Finely slice onions. Coat bottom of a dutch oven with olive oil, then add onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, or until onions are golden and caramelized (this might take longer than 30 minutes).
  2. Add whiskey and sherry. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then add in worchestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, broth, and garlic. Bring back to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for an additional 15 minutes to let the flavors develop. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. If you prefer your French Onion Soup with a thinner broth, stop here. If you like yours creamier (like me), stir in 1 tbsp cornstarch into 1 c skim milk, then stir into soup. Simmer for an additional 2 minutes (don’t bring it back to a boil or it might scald!).
  4. To serve, ladle into an oven-safe bowl. Spread beer jelly onto french bread, place on top of soup, and then top with shredded Gruyère cheese. Place under broiler (I actually did this in my toaster oven) until cheese melts.

Note: If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, substitute whiskey and sherry with additional broth.

54 thoughts on “Titanic and French Onion Soup

  1. Wandering Voiceless April 16, 2012 — 8:53 am

    Hope your procedure went well.

  2. Interesting! And like the name as well – Adults Only Drunken French Onion Soup!

  3. HANDS DOWN my favorite soup.

  4. Love the story and the boozy soup recipe!

  5. It’s remarkable how many awkward moments from my youth have to do with my dad. They’re all just a little dorky, I’m convinced.

  6. I could totally have that now and while watching Titanic!

  7. Funny story! My dad used to exactly the same with certain films – I’ve actually never seen Titanic though!

  8. Sounds incredible. Especially on a rainy day. Yum…

  9. amyturnertaylor April 16, 2012 — 11:43 am

    Oh my God, I lived that, but with Forrest Gump. Most awkward sex scene ever! with my Dad…. Great recipe!

  10. That so was funny! Love parents trying to be protective. I’m sure I am inflicting the same type of awkwardness on my kids!

  11. LOL me and my two elder daughters do this all the time to my youngest, though usually with violent/icky bits of a movie. “OK, in about ten seconds, you’re going to want to shut your eyes… oh, and probably put your fingers in your ears…”
    “But what happens?”
    “Someone gets their eye gouged out with a pickaxe.”
    “Ewww, why did you have to TELL me? Ewww!”

    How is it possible to not ‘Like’ this post?
    Boozy French Onion Soup with Beer Jelly – OMFG!

  12. I was a freshman in college when Titanic came out. Now I feel old. I grew up in the opposite environment. Though I don’t know if I would’ve been allowed to see Titanic at 8, by 12 or 13 my mom would’ve likely let me see it and then said, “now you know you can ask me anything.”

    This recipe looks fantastic!

  13. thanks for the like! loving this post and totally true, dads DO have an inate ability to make things awkward for their daughters.

  14. Didn’t like the movie, not the latest version anyhow – but I like a good French Onion Soup. Never tried whiskey or sherry in the soup neither – very interesting. Will put this on file. Thanks for this and for a great story again.

  15. I experienced a similar scenario when I wanted to stay and watch The Godfather but my older siblings adamantly sent me out of the room. I seriously didn’t think it was fair and held a grudge for the next 8 years lol.

  16. I always preferred they tell me to leave the room when I was younger. To me it was always much worse watching an intense sex scene with my parent or parents right there… not a peep from anyone… until its over and you feel beyond awkward!

    1. It was still awkward to be 13 and standing outside the room hearing everything while dad was in there watching 😉

      1. Good point!

  17. Mmmmm french onion soup… with whiskey 🙂 I always found it best to try to pre-screen movies before I watched them with my parents, sorta like I do with my kids lol. But when that wasn’t possible, and my mom worked at night, my dad was always the same way. He would point a finger and direct us towards the hallway… and sometimes he would conveniently forget to tell us when we could come back in the room!

    1. My dad normally wasn’t like that- he’d normally fall asleep 10 minutes into the movie with a bowl of ice cream resting on the buddha belly 😉

  18. I’ve always been a silent reader, but I couldn’t help myself and nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award- http://somethingswedish.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/versatile-blog-award/ 🙂 I’m so thankful I can’t relate to this story- I just never watched movies with my dad, lol.

    1. Thank you! And this was one of the very rare times I watched a movie with my dad!

  19. Hello.

    So when I went to Japan in 1998 every single Japanese person I met for about the first two years I was there said that Titanic was their favourite movie of all time. It became kind of a drag.

    I wonder if the naughty bits are also in 3D in the new version. If so that probably bumps it up to an R16.

  20. Oh wow, it must have been tough to watch the movie with your dad. Funny story.

  21. The title instantly drew me. I have a passion for both Titanic and French onion soup. This looks delicious, by the way. I’ll definitely try it sometime.

  22. I love French onion soup and will be trying this recipe soon! Not knowing what Beer Jelly was I followed the link to your hilarious post about getting a job as a go-go dancer;) Lol!

  23. I was *OBSESSED* with Titanic. I had all kinds of shirts, posters, a fake Heart of the Ocean..yep. Funny story!

  24. I wish more parents were like your father. I can’t believe what some of my 10 year old students are allowed to watch. Great story!

  25. Double ‘like’ this post! One for the incredibly funny story… and one for m absolute favourite soup!
    Thank you!

  26. Thanks for the follow! I like your unique mix of subject matter. The soup looks amazing!!

  27. Looks so yummy…only onions do bad things to me. “My Heartburn Will Go On,” perhaps?

    1. I know the feeling- I can only have white onions if they’ve been cooked forever in something and I can never eat red onions, even if they’ve been cooked.

  28. Oh the sweetness of protective parents! : )

  29. This looks amazing, and absolutely perfect for the comfort food bender that I’m on.

  30. Thanks for the follow! LOVE your blog, and this recipe. I’ll be trying it out next time NYC’s temperature drops below 50!

  31. Almost as good as when I first got my period. I hoped it was a secret that only my mother and I shared. To my complete embarrassment the next morning my dad blurted out, “So you are a woman now.” I wanted to die. I don’t even remember how I responded.
    I forgive him now, understanding how traumatic his own upbringing had been for him. When he was trapped in a hospital bed after having his tonsils removed his mother chose that time to teach him what a condom was.

  32. How fun! Your dad is like me with my children, when there’s a scene a little bit … adult my husband and I start making noise while looking for the remote to FF the scene 😉 And the kids are like hey!!

  33. Hope your surgery went well?
    We remembered Titanic by taking the Molly Brown house tour on Sunday. See our pics at http://pattyabr.wordpress.com. My daughter was younger than you when the movie came out but the friend whom she watched it with her mother deleted the racy scenes so they didn’t have to be supervised lol

    1. I’m surviving…and I might have gotten through the first 3 days post-op by watching the numerous Titanic specials that were on (my friend who stayed with me keeps texting me “Bob Ballard!” at random hours)…

      Clever mom!

  34. P.S. I Love Soap Co. April 18, 2012 — 7:16 am

    Now, I’m hungry…That soup recipe sounds awesome! I love French Onion. Although, I’ve never had it drunk before..Yummmm:)

  35. Thank you for following my blog at prideinphotos.com today! I really appreciate it. I read some of your posts and especially LOVED the No sex and cooking post…very funny!!! My daughter is a doctor too who enjoys cooking, so I can relate to you in more ways than one. Thank you for your visit.

  36. LOL! Dads are so protective of their daughters aren’t they but I can tell from your blog that he’s had indeed done a brilliant job
    I like reading your posts btw I like it that you get a culinary idea at the end of it

  37. Glad I found your blog! Love your recipes and your posts are laugh out loud funny!!! This looks delicious!! I live in FL so I have to “pretend” it gets cold here….this will be made on one of my future pretend days for sure!!!

  38. Oh Yum, I LOVE French onion soup but a year ago I found out I was intolerant to the onion family so cannot have it anymore, and there is nothing nearly as good to substitute. Great memories of france though

  39. Yum, this looks so good! Yours is quickly becoming my new favorite blog!

  40. This looks wonderful. I’ve been looking for a good French onion soup recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

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