Paris Part Deux

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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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Birthday Brownie Pudding

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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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Cinnamon Ice Cream

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I am slightly obsessed with ice cream.  In the summer, I get some type of ice cream almost every day.  I don’t discriminate, I like all forms – frozen yogurt, gelato, ice cream, Tasti D’lite (I know it isn’t really ice cream, but it does the job!).   I don’t actually own an ice cream maker though, because I think the results would be too dangerous.  I can just imagine myself digging into gallons of homemade ice cream – it would turn TheBetterHalf into TheBetterThird!  However when I was visiting my parents the other weekend, I had the chance to experiment with their ice cream maker.  My sister loves cinnamon ice cream, so that’s the flavor that we chose.  And it was delicious.  The taste of this ice cream was so good – the brown sugar perfectly complemented the cinnamon.  It was definitely richer and creamier than most store-bought ice cream.  It would be perfect served on top of apple pie.   Continue reading