"Put in a saucepan one-half onion, a little leek, a piece of butter the size of two eggs, and let simmer slowly. Add one cup of flour, and simmer a little more.
"Put in the stems of cauliflower and one quart of milk. Boil until done, and strain through a sieve. Put in pot, add one gill of cream, and piece of sweet butter, and stir well until butter is melted. Add salt and a little Cayenne pepper.
"Cut the heart of the cauliflower in small flowers. Boil in salt water until soft, and add before serving."
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Old-Style San Francisco French Onion Soup (1884)
(Origin - "The 1910 Hotel St Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler, "San Francisco's Legendary Master Chef." Republished in 1988 by Windgate Press.)