Best Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili | chezcateylou.com

Is there a more perfect winter food than chili? It is so warm and comforting and makes such a hearty meal when it is cold outside.  And it’s the perfect food to eat when you’re watching football.  Now I’m sure my meat loving readers are scoffing over this meatless chili recipe, but I promise you, it’s delicious!  This chili is so full of flavor and texture that you won’t even miss the meat.  And if you are still in doubt, this vegetarian chili has TheBetterHalf’s seal of approval!  This is really saying a lot because he rarely has a meat free meal.
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Chewy Sugar Cookies

These Chewy Sugar Cookies have the most amazing soft yet chewy texture. A little cream cheese in the dough gives them the most incredible flavor.

Chewy Sugar Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com

Can you believe that Christmas is only 6 days away?  I have a lot of baking to do this weekend, and I’m quite excited about it.  I love Christmas baking.  Bring on the cookies!  There are so many amazing recipes that I want to try, it is really hard to narrow it down to just a few.  But each year I know that sugar cookies will be on the baking list in one form or another, and this year Chewy Sugar Cookies were at the top of the list…. 

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Gingerbread Cookies and St. Frank Textiles

This recipe for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies is a Christmas staple in my house! You can decorate them with a simple icing and sprinkles, or keep them plain!

Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com #Christmas

Is there any kind of food that says Christma more than a gingerbread cookie? There is just something about the flavor of gingerbread that makes me think about decorating the tree by a cozy fire while Christmas music is playing in the background. And they are so much fun to make because you can choose any shape that you want! I love to get out my cookie cutters each Christmas season and play with them – it makes me feel like a kid! Of course the standard gingerbread man is adorable, but there are so many fun options.  This year I was inspired by these gorgeous ornaments  from St. Frank.

St. Frank sells handmade textiles that are sourced from artisans around the world. This holiday season they are featuring a limited edition Birds of Peace ornament set that consists of four embroidered birds, each one with a unique and beautiful pattern. So I added a new cookie cutter to my collection and got to work.
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Paris Part Deux

Paris Part Deux | chezcateylou.com

We’re back for more Paris discussion.  If you missed the first part of our Paris travelog, check it out here.   Today, we have Bistrot Paul Bert, Le Cinq Mars, steak frites, the best ice cream in Paris, a great spot for an late night glass of wine, and some very French French Toast. 

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French Butter Cookies (Sables)

These French Butter Cookies, also called a Sable, have a slightly crunchy and crumbly texture, and a rich buttery flavor. They are an easy yet elegant Christmas cookie!

French Butter Cookies, also called a Sable | ChezCateyLou.com

Ever since we got back from Paris, I can’t stop dreaming about our amazing trip and all things French. So I just had to bake up a French cookie to pretend I was back in France. Sables are delicate butter cookies that are slightly crunchy and slightly crumbly in texture. Sable means sand in french, and the texture is kind of sandy – hence the name! They are simple in flavor but absolutely delicious. Plus you can decorate them with colored sugars, making them the perfect little treat around Christmas! We encountered cookies like this or some variation of a sable all over the bakeries of Paris. They are served when you order afternoon tea or coffee, and we even had some served to us with a cocktail after dinner one night! That is my kind of after dinner drink!… 

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