I made this for dinner last night and followed the directions exactly. I did leave out the shallots & leeks b/c the grocery store in my town is very limited in their produce, but I did use pearl onions, red onion & yellow onion. If I could have found Vidaliaâ€™s I would have loved to use those too. I read through the directions before starting, and was a little confused by step 3, when it said â€œstir in inchesâ€? I decided that this probably meant â€œstir in chivesâ€? and it worked out ok. While it was simmering, I took a few sips and it seemed to be missing something, so I added a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce. It still seemed to be missing something and so I added a tiny bit of red wine. That didnâ€™t do the trick either. It still tasted good, it just seemed to be missing the taste that I get when I have other onion soups. I would definitely make this again, and maybe try adding more butter or maybe some different spices. I skipped doing the parmesan crisps because I didnâ€™tâ€™ have real parmesan cheese, but I did use the gruyere to broil over the top. Its always fun to try new recipes, so I did have fun with this. Thanks for posting it.