Strange, but Delicious

On Friday I made this very weird sounding, but SUPER easy and really tasty dip/spread. From it’s name, Chunky Cheese Pate, to the ingredients, it is a strange one, but it got eaten right up and was super tasty. It took all of ten minutes to make, which is great for the busy holiday season if you have to bring a little something for a potluck or holiday party. The original recipe from Gourmet, is linked above; below is my adapted version.

8 oz Neufchatel, softened
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
4 teaspoons Snap liqueur
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 8-ounce jar mango chutney

Beat first 5 ingredients together. Pat out into a 1/2-inch thick round on a pretty plate. Chill. Pour entire jar of chutney over cheese mixture. Serve with saltine crackers.

Brasserie de l’ile Saint Louis

This is my favorite place in Paris. It’s not fancy, there aren’t very many items on the menu, and it’s in a pretty touristy area. The thing I like about Paris though, is that I’m a total tourist. I can’t speak the language, I barely know my way around, just being there feels like an adventure so I don’t feel the need to seek out super hole in the wall places. I’ve had many meals here. With my family, by myself and now with Mr. Mockingbird. The waiters never seem to change nor does the menu. The food is Alsatian, which is the perfect combination of French and German,. One of my favorite things is that my dinner (above) looks just like the image on the poster (below). The fries here are spectacular, I’m pretty sure the French have a different kind of potato than we do. Mr. Mockingbird got Steak Tartare which was great and rich and seemed like a pound of meat!

First Friday @ West Jackson Workshops

Come see us for First Friday! It’s a big one in December, the Christmas parade starts at 7 and there will be general good cheer in the air! Mockingbird will be making some island inspired snacks. Don’t forget, there is usually plenty of parking right by the workshops. Hope to see everyone on Friday!

Paris FOOD!

My favorite French meal in general. Mussels, fries, and frissee salad with lardoons, a poached egg and goat cheese. We ate this meal twice at Cafe Atlas. I've had this salad many times in France. It's perfect.


At Rotisserie du Beaujolais we ordered the whole duck for two. Our first course was the breast with root vegetables, the second above was the rest of the duck with a mustard and leek sauce. There was a cat at this place that sat with us while we ate.


Bone marrow served with a tin of sea salt and toasted bread. One of my favorite things this go around in Paris was how condiments or pickles were served in big dishes that they obviously used for everyone.



Thanksgiving Dinner – Paris Style

We spent Thanksgiving dinner at Le Procope, opened in 1686. Our apartment was right down the street from this old, old brasserie.

While there was an option for calf’s head we opted for steak frites and Coc au Vin. We started with champagne and a charcuterie board served with an entire crock of pickles. With dinner we had a French white. All in all a great Thanksgiving dinner!