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Loulay

My husband and I recently had a date night at Loulay in downtown Seattle.  Loulay is Chef Thierry Rautureau’s new restaurant which is named after his hometown of Saint Hilaire de Loulay in France.  He's referred to as The Chef in The Hat and also owns Luc in Madison Valley.  He came over to our table and chatted with us which was a nice touch and added an exciting element to our dinner.   I was happy to see how friendly and good natured he is.  He's well known in the Seattle restaurant scene and hearing about his humble beginnings is inspiring.  He has a passion for food and cooking and his menu reflects that. 


I started off with a glass of Bordeaux which was full flavored and had a nice, oaky finish.  My husband had an Orange Capone which resembled an Old Fashioned.  The amuse bouche was some sort of orange porridge, just a couple of bites to whet our appetite.   Then we had bread and butter topped with sea salt and the house salad.  We also tried the duck confit slides, the…

14 Fabulous Food and Drinks from 2014

Here's some delicious and memorable things I ate or drank this year and where you can find them to try yourself! From the great city of Seattle, where I reside, to the Oregon Coast or visiting family in Montana, there was good food and drink around every corner.  I found classic dishes with unique and delicious twists, I rediscovered some and found some downright tasty and unforgettable.  I also tried some food and drinks for the first time and figured out what's been missing from my life.  Read: Italian Prosecco and cheese curds, where've you been all my life?  Here's my recap, in photos of no particular order, of fourteen fabulous food and drinks from 2014. 











Cake Batter Truffles

To continue my Christmas baking I made Cake Batter Truffles.  These are dangerous to have around so I recommend whipping them up for friends or to take to a party.  I froze half of mine and then I will take them to my family's house Christmas Day.  They were relatively easy to make.  The extra effort with melting the white chocolate and dipping each one was worth it because the end result was festive and pretty.  And melt in your mouth rich and sweet, too...

Christmas Funfetti Cake Batter Truffles

Ingredients:

1 cup white cake mix
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon Christmas sprinkles + more for decoration
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk cake mix, flour and sugar. Stir in melted butter, vanilla, milk and sprinkles. Mixture should be moist and be able to hold its shape easily when formed. Using a cookie scoop, form mixture into even b…

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

It's Christmas time again. Time to bake lots of goodies to fill our tummies and warm our hearts.  Every year I make my chocolate walnut fudge and then I try at least two new recipes.  So yesterday I baked Snowball cookies with mini chocolate chips.  These are unique because they usually have nuts so this recipe caught my attention.  Anything with melted chocolate is never a bad idea.  And they were delicious.  Especially right out of the oven.  Two years ago I made the traditional ones.  I found the recipe for the chocolate chip ones here.   Happy baking!


Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened1/2 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla2 1/4 cups flour1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup mini chocolate chipsAdditional powdered sugar, for rolling
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes toge…

National Cookie Day

Today is National Cookie Day!  As I gathered different cookie photos of mine to post, I realized just how many different kinds there are.  Oreo's are America's favorite cookie but let's not forget about the French Macaron, Madeline and Palmier.  I have a lot of photos I wanted to show but many of them are not on my desktop but rather backed up on disks near my desk.  So I'm running with the photos on my computer.  Because by the time I find all of my archive cookie photos it would no longer be National Cookie Day and that would be sad.  Then I decided to compile a slideshow in Flickr and then post it right into the body of my blogger post(this space here) but Flickr is no longer affiliated with Blogger.  So....I just posted pictures I probably already blogged about and you've probably already seen.  But...I did put the link at the end of the post for the flickr slideshow.  So happy cookie day and go eat a cookie!










Here is the link to see my complete cookie slides…

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake

Part cinnamon roll and part coffee cake, this recipe was a winner.  A plus?  It makes two cinnamon roll cakes.  So one went in the freezer for Christmas morning and the other was frosted and served Thanksgiving morning.  We had family in town so I served it with some eggs and coffee and we were good to go for breakfast.  My family loved it and they thought it was filling, which was good for running to the airport and getting ready for all that Thanksgiving prep.  I was short one stick of butter so I made only half the amount of cinnamon filling.  But it actually worked out better since my family doesn't like their breakfasts too sweet.  I found the recipe here, on shugarysweets.com and some people mentioned there was too much cinnamon so it actually worked out.  Who knew not having enough butter would be a good thing?  There's a first time for everything.  There was also enough left over for breakfast the next day, too.


Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake


Ingredients
         For the C…

Crepes and Chocolates-A Visit to Crepe De France and Fran's

I just spent a rainy afternoon in downtown Seattle.  I wanted to bring my boys to Pike Place Market and show it off, even though they don't really know what they're seeing yet.  When they're a little older they will appreciate the fish being thrown through the air, the musicians performing on every corner and the fresh doughnuts, also being thrown though the air, into bags. 


But today, we had to maneuver the crowds in our double stroller and try and stay dry.  It being lunchtime, we were starved and looking for the perfect spot.  I'd always noticed a crepe place that looked fun and most likely delicious, because aren't all crepes delicious?  Crepe De France ended up working out so nice.  We were the only customers so we had the place to ourselves.  The workers doted over us and made sure everything was perfect.  And it was.  My husband and I shared a Mimosa and an Americana.  We each had a savory crepe- he had the salmon and I ate the ham and cheese.  Each crepe c…