Le Creuset Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY!

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Happy Tuesday, Noshers!  Today, I’m super excited to share an early Valentine’s Day post and spread some Valentine’s Day cheer with a few recipes and a GIVEAWAY!  This year, I’m partnering with Le Creuset to highlight a few of their adorably drool-worthy Valentine’s Day offerings – such as the petite heart cocotte and the slightly larger heart cocotteI looooove my two Le Creuset Dutch ovens and a heart-shaped addition is just out of this world! I mean, just look at this:


For Valentine’s Day this year, I will be making use of two Le Creuset products – the 5 3/4 quart round Dutch Oven and the new large heart cocotte.  I’m following the tried and true recipe of Mrs. Julia Child herself to make beef bourguignon, and my own recipe for a large molten salted caramel chocolate cake.  Yes – you read that correctly!  And, I’m happy to share both recipes with you so you can create your own Valentine’s Day  meal!

Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignonle-creuset-heart-cocotte-3

  • One 6-ounce piece of chunk bacon
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups red wine, young and full-bodied
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups brown beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • A crumbled bay leaf
  • 18 to 24 white onions, small
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • Herb bouquet (4 parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme, tied in cheesecloth)
  • 1 pound mushrooms, fresh and quartered


1. Remove bacon rind and cut into lardons (sticks 1/4-inch thick and 1 1/2 inches long). Simmer rind and lardons for 10 minutes in 1 1/2 quarts water. Drain and dry.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

3. Saute lardons in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a flameproof casserole over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.

4. Dry beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Heat fat in casserole until almost smoking. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and saute until nicely browned on all sides. Add it to the lardons.

5. In the same fat, brown the sliced vegetables. Pour out the excess fat.

6. Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Then sprinkle on the flour and toss again to coat the beef lightly. Set casserole uncovered in middle position of preheated oven for 4 minutes.

8. Toss the meat again and return to oven for 4 minutes (this browns the flour and coves the meat with a light crust).

9. Remove casserole and turn oven down to 325 degrees.

10. Stir in wine and 2 to 3 cups stock, just enough so that the meat is barely covered. Add the tomato paste, garlic, herbs and bacon rind. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.

11. Cover casserole and set in lower third of oven. Regulate heat so that liquid simmers very slowly for 3 to 4 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.

12. While the beef is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with one and one-half tablespoons of the oil until bubbling in a skillet. Add onions and saute over moderate heat for about 10 minutes, rolling them so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect them to brown uniformly. Add 1/2 cup of the stock, salt and pepper to taste and the herb bouquet.Cover and simmer slowly for 40 to 50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but hold their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet and set onions aside.

13. Wipe out skillet and heat remaining oil and butter over high heat. As soon as you see butter has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add mushrooms. Toss and shake pan for 4 to 5 minutes. As soon as they have begun to brown lightly, remove from heat.

14. When the meat is tender, pour the contents of the casserole into a sieve set over a saucepan. Wash out the casserole and return the beef and lardons to it. Distribute the cooked onions and mushrooms on top.

15. Skim fat off sauce in saucepan. Simmer sauce for a minute or 2, skimming off additional fat as it rises. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.  If too thin, boil it down rapidly. If too thick, mix in a few tablespoons stock. Taste carefully for seasoning.

16. Pour sauce over meat and vegetables. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce several times. Serve in casserole, or arrange stew on a platter surrounded with potatoes, noodles or rice, and decorated with parsley.



Salted Caramel Chocolate Lava Cake


For Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt


1. In a medium saucepan over medium flame, heat granulated sugar, stirring constantly.  The sugar will first clump (it took me about 5 minutes) and then melt into a golden syrup.

2. Once sugar reaches syrup form, add butter immediately and stir until melted. It will bubble – that’s ok!

3.  Slowly add in whipping cream, continuing to stir.  Once thoroughly combined, remove from heat and stir in salt.  Allow to cool completely.le-creuset-heart-cocotte-6

For Cake:le-creuset-heart-cocotte-7

  • 8oz of good quality dark chocolate
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup flour


1. Preheat oven to 425F, and butter large cast iron heart cocotte

2. Melt chocolate and butter over double boiler, stirring until completely combined.

3. Remove from heat and stir in confectioner’s sugar.

4. Add in egg and egg yolks until combined, then stir in flour until combined.

5. Pour batter into buttered cocotte and bake for ~20 minutes, or until top center is set but jiggly.

6. Pour caramel into a squeeze bottle, or a plastic bag with one corner cut off to make a nozzle.  Using a chopstick or knife, poke 3-4 holes into the top center of the cake.  Using bottle or bag, gently and slowly fill cake with caramel sauce until you see some overflow

7. Sift powdered sugar onto cake and serve immediately.le-creuset-heart-cocotte-11

Yup, both the beef bourguignon and the molten cake were bowl scraping, finger-lickin’ good, if I do say so myself.  But don’t take MY word for it.  That’s right – you have the chance to win your very own large Le Creuset heart cocotte to brighten up your kitchen and try your hand at making a dessert for your Valentine (or for yourself)! Offered in pink or red (a tough decision, I know!), the lucky winner gets his or her choice of color.

For your chance to win your very own Le Creuset heart cocotte enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  This 52 second video provides a tutorial on how to enter a giveaway for Rafflecopter newbies! There are 6 methods of entry, with the first method (commenting on this blog post) being mandatory and the rest just extra gravy (4 via Rafflecopter and 1 via Instagram tag)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, and happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

Note: Prize and review product provided by Le Creuset, opinions are my own.  Please note that prize can be shipped to a US shipping address only.

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  • Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Some day I will make Julia Child’s Beef Bourguinon, but if I won the heart cocotte, I might have to make a gluten free chocolate cake because I’m drooling over yours! Mmmm!

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    February 2, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I would make a nice, hearty chicken soup. Something warm and comforting!

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    February 2, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Growing up, my mother cooked many Julia Child recipes – but I’m not certain I’ve had this one yet. The heart cocotte is darling!

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    Bailie @ Brightly Bailie
    February 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I would try a traditional Swedish kladdkaka which I love and is really indulgent and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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    Jill Hopkins
    February 2, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    That cake sounds so good! I already have that pot so I won’t get in on the giveaway I just wanted to come here to say it’s SUCH a great pot! 😀

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    February 2, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    That looks so delicious!!! What a great give away 🙂

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie
    February 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I would totally make this in the heart cocotte! It looks and sounds fabulous! 🙂

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    Amy Carter
    February 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I would make braised short ribs… yum!

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    February 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Must try that cake! And it would be amazing if my first piece of Le Creuset was heart-shaped!

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    February 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Yum!! I’d love to try making a molten cake too, my husband is obsessed with dark chocolate cakes.

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    February 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    i would have to make that cake! looks so yummy and so cute in the heart cocotte!

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    February 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I would whip up a delicious vegetable & ramen soup (perfect for this cold weather)!

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I would make a pie! Berry or apple 🙂

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I’d make a nice pot of homemade mac and cheese.

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    That pan is so cute. I def want to try to make the beef bourguignon.

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    i’d make chocolate cake!

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I would DIE for red Le Creuset to match my red kitchen!!!!! and I’ve always wanted to make pork shoulder in one!

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try making bread in one

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I’d like to make the beef plate!

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    Jeannine | The Small and Chic Home
    February 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    First of all, I want to eat every mushroom in your images. They look delicious!

    Second, I haven’t bought myself a dutch oven and every time I’m about to do it, I shy away, wondering if I won’t use it enough to justify the cost. Maybe this will get me started!

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I would make the beef bourguignon or my favorite cumin-crusted chicken with sweet potatoes and black beans.

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    February 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I would totally make chocolate cake! The heart shape would be adorable!

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    Kate F
    February 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Well now the only thing I want to make is the chocolate lava cake! And not share once single bite of it. Nope, all for me one pretty heart cake. Drooooolll…

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    February 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Is it bad if I cancel my plans tonight and just make that chocolate lava cake instead? Because I’m drooling right now.

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    Raina DelRio
    February 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I would make that delicious chocolate cake. It is perfect for Valentines day!

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    February 2, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Totally a chocolate suffle!

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    February 2, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Comment saying you followed @bigapplenosh on Instagram

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    February 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve always preferred savory over sweet – I think i would use this to serve a creamy lobster bisque! Or a lava cake!

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    February 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I would definitely make a beef stew of some kind — so lovely for winter!

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    February 2, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    The first thing I would make is spicy seafood gumbo!

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    chickie brewer
    February 2, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I’m not sure, but I like that cake you made!

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    February 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I love Creuset and would most likely make a big meatloaf or roast chicken – both are my husband’s favorites!

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    February 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t even know what I would make but it would be something fancy and delicious! I might just start with these recipes! 🙂

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    February 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Eek!! I would love to make a little cake too!

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    February 2, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    This is so darling. I’d love to add it to our kitchen equipment.

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    brooke @ claremont road
    February 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I’d make that lava cake, pronto!!

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    February 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I would copy your lava cake recipe. What are the chances that it will show up one day at a Tongsgiving dinner?

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    Marissa J.
    February 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    What a delicious Valentine’s Day meal! The cake looks especially decadent, too. That recipe would be my perfect way of breaking in a new Le Creuset heart cocotte. ❤️

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    February 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I would obviously have to try this lava cake recipe!!

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    Nicole Huckins
    February 2, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    That salted caramel chocolate lava cake looks like Heaven!! First recipe for sure.

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    February 2, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I would totally make this first, it looks so delicious. Chocolate and Caramel are my favorite together.

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    February 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I would make a heart shaped apple pie! And maybe a baked French toast…

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    February 2, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I’d have my Valentine make up a giant batch of my favorite dish: lobilla pollo!

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    February 2, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I think my husband would be really disappointed if I didn’t make that salted caramel chocolate lava cake! That’s right up his alley!

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    February 3, 2016 at 12:29 am

    I’d make this, looks great!

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    February 3, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I’d make some matzo ball soup first if I won.

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I would make some sort of dessert

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    February 3, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I would make this for sure! Looks so delicious!

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    February 3, 2016 at 11:24 am

    That cake looks divine!!

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    February 3, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I would love to make chocolate souffle or blackberry crumbles in the heart cocotte with my daughter if we won!

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    February 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I follow you on instagram!

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    February 3, 2016 at 11:46 am

    This is the most adorable pot ever!

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    Vanessa pennachio
    February 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    That chocolate lava cake looks amazing! That would definitely be the first thing I would make if I won!

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    February 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    lamb curry!

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    February 3, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I followed you on instagram as rusthawk1.

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    Cyndi br
    February 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I would make beef pot roast.

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    February 3, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    That heart shaped Le Creuset is everything!! Awesome recipes 🙂

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    Kristin Goodson
    February 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I would make a homemade sweet potato casserole in that dish!

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    February 3, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I would make a pie

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    Tina W
    February 4, 2016 at 3:16 am

    I would make my honey a beef pot pie loaded with mushrooms, just the way he likes it.

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    Tina W
    February 4, 2016 at 3:20 am

    I followed @bigapplenosh on instagram.
    *jealous that you have full access to KC barbecue!

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    Brenda Haines
    February 4, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I would make chocolate souffle first! Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing Le Creuset Heart Cocotte! 🙂

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    cyndi br
    February 4, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I followed you on instagram

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    February 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I would make pot roast

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    February 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Most of our meals are made on the stovetop in a dutch oven. I would use this for chicken breasts, home fries, desserts, etc.

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    Jessica To
    February 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I would make a roast and potatoes.

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    Kenya F
    February 4, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    The Salted Caramel Chocolate Lava Cake for sure!! Omg it looks soooo good!!!

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    Kenya F
    February 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I follow @bigapplenosh on instagram…mines is kfloveinme

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    February 4, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I would make minestrone soup.

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    February 4, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I am following on instagram.

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Omg this would be fantastic for my weekly meal

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This would be wonderful for making stews and shredded chicken

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I’m moving towards an induction cooktop system, and I want all the LeCreuset! I would love to step up my dessert game and try this chocolate dish:)

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I’d make some kind of cake, for sure. Probably a French vanilla or plain white cake (because those are my husband’s favorites) and serve with fresh berries.

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    That little heart cake is just too cute! I would probably make something similar — a cake or similar that would hold the adorable heart shape!

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    That pot is to die for!! I’d make that cake 🙂

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I would make allll the cakes (and cobblers and other yummy desserts).

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I would make an apple cobbler.

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    February 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    That looks perfect to make some type of chocolate dessert

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    Geek in Heels
    February 5, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I’m not much of a cook but I would love to win this for my sister!

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    February 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Um, can I move in?? You make complicated dishes look so easy and so beautiful!

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      February 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      I followed you on IG, too 😉

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    February 5, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    If I don, I’d make your salted caramel molten cake. It looks incredible!

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    February 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Ahh that salted caramel cake sounds amazing. I need a heart coquette!! Adorable.

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    February 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm


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    susan mongeau
    February 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Lamb stew!

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    Susan Christy
    February 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I’d make a roast – it’s been a long time since I had a good one!

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    Lynda M.
    February 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I would bake a chocolate lava cake for Valentine’s Day!

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    Amy Z.
    February 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I would make an almond cake! But the beef bourguignon sounds amazing too 🙂

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    February 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I would make chicken and dumplings!

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    February 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I am thinking that cake. it looks delish!

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    Bridgett Wilbur
    February 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I would make a nice comfort food of home made mac and cheese.

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