Saturday, October 16, 2010


For Thanksgiving we went to one of our daughters..I wanted to give her a little hostess gift.. and we ..all 3 of us girls:) like these little cocottes....

Any make really:)

Susan had just posted her Baked Caramelized Onion Spread and I thought..why not put her spread in the new cocotte?:♥

The above is unbaked of course..I made some croûtons to go with~

I added the recipe in the handle..because I know my kids will love this..they loved Susan's other baked onion dish..(I am now embarrassed to say it's the same..just caramelized..I never had!)

All dressed up for the feast~

Another thing I brought were cupcakes for the kiddies..Sugar pie for the adults.. You may remember last year Susan had sent me the cute liners and headers:) The boys are older this year..I knew they would get a kick out of them~Noah..right away!

So ..a lot of thinking of Susan Sunday ....Here is her recipe..but at her will find the printable version~♥
Thank you Susan~
I know you must be very happy w/ your own little pumpkin this year..bigger than last year too:)

La Recette~

Baked Caramelized Onion Spread

After making this many times, I've increased the onions and cut back a little on the cheese and especially the mayonnaise with no damage to the great flavor of this recipe. (The original recipe calls for equal amounts of sliced onion, cheese and mayonnaise)

2 cups sliced Vidalia, Walla Walla, or other sweet onion
1-1/2 cups Swiss, Gruyère or Jarlsberg cheese, shredded (I used Jarlsberg this time)
3/4 cup mayonnaise (I always use Hellman's Light)
Some cayenne for ‘kick’, about 1/2 teaspoon

Sauté the sliced onions in a heavy frying pan over medium heat with a little olive oil until soft, translucent and golden (don’t let them burn!).

Mix the caramelized onions with the shredded cheese, cayenne and mayo and pour into a shallow, oven-proof dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Garnish with parsley and serve with fresh baguette slices or an assortment of crackers.


Footnote..I have to say the kids were resourceful..No room in the oven for the veggies and potatoes and Susan's dip..Alain went straight to the BBQ and the last 3 items were cooked to perfection on time~ Thankfully the weather was clement..

The smile of the evening..was when Jacques,my husband,very French,but speaks English beautifully..looked at the stuffed bird and said "Oh a Thunderball♥"..Yes instead of this will be the Thunderball year~

We had live music.. live action..:) W/ 6 children and 4 of them being under the age of was chaotic at times..both my daughters handle chaos well..:) Very well..

Adamo and Giulianna are so sweet and so grown up..and just are so nice.:)The small ones IDOLIZE them..

The best gravy in the world was served.. Chef Frédérick.. kicked up J's gravy a notch by amalgamating some corn starch w/ wine.. adding it.. a touch of brown sugar..and a Whiskey..Si bon!!♥


  1. Très certainement une bonne journée en perspective ! Bravo... Bisous

  2. You've brought a huge smile to my face this morning, Monique ☻! Not only that you enjoyed and shared the recipe but that it was used for such a wonderful family occasion. I laughed out loud at Thunderball turkey :)

    Of course, everything looks absolutely beautiful when you make it! What a lovely gift for the girls and in my favorite color :) I still haven't used my cupcake liners but I will! Now, I wish I would have bought a set of the Halloween toppers for myself too.

    Merci, mon amie!

  3. Mais quelle activité ! ;o) Toujours superbe, ce que tu fais !

  4. Everything looks so good and wonderfully presented Monique!! I have been looking for a good sugar pie recipe. Do you feel like sharing?? Hope you have a lovely weekend! Somehow I know you will!! xxoo

  5. Where do you find all these cool things? Lovely cupcake holders and decorations... the dip looks great too!

  6. Hi Marie..the sugar pie is here:

    I used half and half last time this time heavy cream.

    It's gone in an instant:)

    Susan sent me the cool cupcake things:)
    Susan..loves RED so the Post title color is in her honor too:)

    Have a great weekend everyone~

    Hélène..parlant d'activité.. tu portes la couronne~;)

  7. I have this one bookmarked - I fell in love with the look and sound of this dish when I first saw it on Susan's site, too!

    I love how you've presented your daughter with such a lovely gift. What a thoughtful, loving mother you are!

  8. beautiful food and presents. So Monique!

  9. Next year, your coming to my home for Thanksgiving...bearing beautiful gifts, of course! ;) Lovely.

  10. I would like you to come visit me please.

  11. Aren't carmelized onions wonderful? This is a wonderful spread.

  12. Ah, Monique, I'm so glad you're back! This is gorgeous. I love these little cocottes as well. In fact, I love ANY tiny containers. This is a perfect thing to put in them, and what a lovely gift!

    Happy Thanksgiving (a little late)

  13. What a lovely way to wrap up Susan's onion dish! I copied it when I saw it and plan to use it at our Thanksgiving. So creative of you to include the recipe in the handle!

    Sounds like you had a marvelous time and enjoyed your "thunderball" turkey!

  14. Ah yes..Thunderball is now foerver:)

    It's my daughter that was thoughtful..I usually do TG..she knew this year would be better if she did it.I'm so glad they love the traditions.

  15. What a lovely idea for a gift(s) and packaged sooo thoughtfully! The recipe is on my list for this week...I know my family will love it. I think I will serve it as an appetizer in the evening...when everyone arrives homes hungry and gathers in the kitchen for the first time since leaving in the morning. Perhaps with pita chips (baked & sprinkled with a bit of sea salt),sliced cucumbers and carrot sticks. Your blog always sets off my creative juices as well as my appetite! Thank you.
    P.S. still laughing at the "thunderball" story. :)

  16. You had a wonderful, blessed thanksgiving! Ca se voit!! you little cocotte is beautiful and so fun(which I have so many of, simply becasue they make me smie whem I use them!!)and that onion recipe looks so delicious...your family eats so rich and joyous"...meaning rich in variety and fun and adventurous,, interesting...we don't celebrate thanksgiving, but now I have "envie" too..

  17. PS...I giggled at is cute!

  18. So glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving! I love cocottes, too. I have a collection of the little pots and thanks to you and Susan, I now have a new recipe for them :-)

    The cupcakes are fun. I can just hear the boys excitedly tasting and talking about the special treats.

    Enjoy this beautiful fall weather now that the rain and wind has stopped.

  19. I must tell you that I made a "make do" version this morning after reading and it turned out so delicious! No aged cheese...only carmelized onions...a block of good cream cheese from Trader Joe's...a dash of salt and pepper...cayenne...and a dash of balsamic vinegar to give it that missing tang! Into the oven it went (in the original pan that carmelized the save clean up later) and out it came after thirty minutes. The flavors and textures are lovely. I can only imagine how they will taste with a proper cheese (I am thinking of trying a smoked gruyere as well :)! Thank you so much for sharing this! I know it will become a family staple for years to come.

  20. Tracey..I bet it was delicious!

    Good night everyone~
    Such nice comments~

  21. Precious and thoughtful gift, and wrapped so beautifully. Who wouldn't love to receive that?!

  22. oh wow sounds like a wonderful time and all those gorgeous children I am so looking forward to that day.

  23. superbes!

  24. THis post has so muc of goodies filled in!!

    Im in love with ur cocotte!!

    What brand is it and from where did u pick it?
    It doesnt look staub coz the handle is black and they have silver and it aint Le creuset coz of the shape of the lid!!
    Honestly it looks way better than any of these 2 brands...
    hellppppp me please with the info:-)