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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Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins

These Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins are the perfect thing to serve for breakfast on Thanksgiving! The flavors are perfect for fall, and they are simple to make!
Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins | ChezCateyLou.com

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching – do you have your menu all planned? Dinner is obviously the star of the show on Thanksgiving, but what about breakfast? No one talks about what to serve for breakfast on Thanksgiving! Well, I am going to change that – after all, you have to eat something in the morning to prepare your stomach for all the goodness that is to come later in the day. So it might as well be a festive and seasonal treat – like my Orange Pecan Cranberry Muffins! They are full of fall flavors and are absolutely delicious. Plus you can make them the day before and just reheat them before you serve, making this a quick and easy Thanksgiving breakfast.
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Clementine Rosemary Champagne Cocktail

This clementine rosemary champagne cocktail combines bright citrus flavors with fresh rosemary. Delicious and gorgeous!
Clementine Rosemary Champagne Cocktail | chezcateylou.com

It’s Friday! Who’s ready for a cocktail? That was a rhetorical question…I know the answer is, “ME!” for every single person reading this blog. So how about a Clementine Rosemary Champagne Cocktail?

I have something pretty fun to share with you today – I am part of a cocktail contest! Veuve Ambal and Hella Bitter invited me to join their Bubbles, Bitters and Blogs contest – so of course I said YES PLEASE!!

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Carrot Coconut Soup

This Carrot Coconut Soup combines fresh carrots and coconut milk with sambal oelek to create a soup that is so full of flavor and such a gorgeous color!

Carrot Coconut Soup | ChezCateyLou.com

I feel like I’m cheating with this post.   Why?  Because I didn’t make it!  Yep ladies and gentlemen – TheBetterHalf made this whole thing, from start to finish.  I didn’t even help him!  Ok, he might have asked a question or two (he’s still not quite sure what an immersion blender is).  But still, I’m impressed.  I could get used to this – homemade soup is one of my favorite things to eat, and somehow it tastes better when someone else makes it!  Take note, TheBetterHalf.

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Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice are mixed into a traditional white yeast bread. This Pumpkin Yeast Bread is so light and fluffy – perfect for toast or sandwiches!
Pumpkin Yeast Bread | chezcateylou.com #pumpkin #recipe

It is no secret that I’m putting pumpkin in everything these days.  I talked about it earlier this week when I made pumpkin coffee cake.  It is also no secret that I love to bake bread!  Just look at all of these recipes. It is really one of my favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday. There is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread in your house.  TheBetterHalf is pretty spoiled – I can’t remember the last time we had store bought bread!… 

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