French Old Fashioned

We wrote the following post on Paris before the horrible attacks last week. Paris is one of our favorite cities in the world, and we have no doubt it will bounce back stronger than ever. We express our deepest condolences to all those impacted by the tragedy.

This French Old Fashioned puts an elegant twist on a classic cocktail. It is simple to make but looks sophisticated, making it perfect for your next party!

French Old Fashioned Cocktail | ChezCateyLou.com

There is perhaps no better city in the world for getting a drink than Paris. The image of Parisians drinking the afternoon away at a café (after putting in a solid 4.5 hour work day) is ubiquitous. While the drink most associated with Paris is wine, it is also an excellent city for cocktails. The book  “Paris Cocktails” by Doni Belau, creator of the popular site Girls Guide to Paris, is a great reference for learning about the Paris cocktail scene – it features everything from recipes for traditional and exotic French drinks to recommendations for the best spot to grab a drink in each arrondissement, and even has great ideas for Francophile bars here in the US. Feeling inspired by all of these Parisian cocktails, I made a whiskey-based French Old Fashioned. It puts a fun French twist on an American classic…. 

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Mini Funfetti Cupcakes {& a Giveaway!}

Mini Funfetti Cupcakes are the perfect treat to make for a birthday party! They are cute, colorful, festive, and so delicious! Bring on the sprinkles!

Mini Funfetti Cupcakes | ChezCateyLou.com

These are not just any Mini Funfetti Cupcakes.  These cupcakes are to celebrate a very special birthday…my good friend Katie’s blog Twin Stripe is turning 3 this week and I  am so excited to be celebrating with her!

When Katie invited me to join in Twin Stripe’s birthday celebration, I knew I had to make something with sprinkles, because nothing says birthday quite like sprinkles! I decided Mini Funfetti Cupcakes would be the perfect party treat. Cute, easy to eat, festive, and delicious!

And you have a chance to join in on the celebration as well!  Twin Stripe is giving away a birthday prize pack full of birthday treats and some of Katie’s favorite things.  Scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win the GIVEAWAY!

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Funfetti Cookie Dough Brownies

Rich and fudgy chocolate brownies are topped with a thick layer of funfetti chocolate chip cookie dough. These Cookie Dough Brownies are the perfect treat for a special occasion!

Funfetti Cookie Dough Brownies | ChezCateyLou.com

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Happy Birthday to me! Today is my 30th birthday. So no pumpkin pie for my dessert – today I am celebrating the big 3-0 with Funfetti Cookie Dough Brownies! Because in my opinion, all birthdays need sprinkles and a special dessert!
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Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

The classic flavor of red velvet cake is baked into a cookie and then mixed with tons of chocolate chips! These rich and chocolatey red velvet cookies taste amazing!

Red Velvet Cookies with Chocolate Chips | chezcateylou.com

Is everyone getting excited for Valentines Day? I must admit, I have never really been into Valentine’s Day.  It was just never my thing (somewhere, TheBetterHalf breathes a huge sigh of relief…).  However I’ve crossed over to the food blogger dark side – you know, when you post recipes way before the actual holiday (like my Thanksgiving spread) and get overly excited for every little holiday (I mean who wouldn’t want to celebrate national cookie day!).  And really, when candy and cute colors like pink and red and adorable sprinkles are involved – well how can I not be on board with that?! So I guess I was wrong – I am into Valentine’s Day! And so I made you a perfect recipe for Valentine’s day – Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies…. 

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Birthday Brownie Pudding

Brownie Pudding | chezcateylou.com

Happy birthday to me! Today we are celebrating at Chez CateyLou, because it is my birthday! And what better way to celebrate than with chocolate. I bake all the time (could you tell?) but I wanted to make something special for my birthday. So since it is my birthday and all about me, I decided to make myself Ina Garten’s Brownie Pudding.

I saw this on her show ages ago and made a mental note to try this recipe. However I kept putting it off because I knew it would be dangerous for me. All baked goods are dangerous, but at least cookies have some built in portion control. You can freeze some, give some away, and you know that once you’ve had three, you should probably stop. But a whole pan of molten chocolate brownie cake pudding? Well I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it. So that’s why I decided to wait to make it until it was my birthday. Because no one can judge you if you eat an entire dessert if it is your birthday.

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