Red Pepper, Basil and Parmesan Gougère Bites + Ellie Update

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 14, 2013

Inspired by our Parisian book club meeting this past Sunday, I decided that my potluck contribution would be French. I don’t have much experience with cooking French food (I was going to insert a joke about French fries, French onion soup and French toast here, but thought it might elicit a few groans), so I wanted something that felt easy but also sounded semi-fancy.

Considering I likely can’t even pronounce gougères correctly, I thought they’d be perfect. :)

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The recipe called for simple ingredients – primarily butter, flour, water and eggs – but also gave me the opportunity to use some of our fresh basil, which we’ve been growing alongside cilantro, oregano and sweet mint in our kitchen.

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Another reason I was sold on making these gougères? Cheese is included both in the batter and on top. In fact, you can fill them with pretty much anything you want depending on the occasion.

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You do have to be a bit careful when they’re baking because if they are in the oven for a minute too long, the bottoms will burn. I learned this the hard way with the first batch and adjusted the time for the second. The result was delicious!

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These ended up being a hit with both the ladies at book club and Bobby. Que c’est délicieux!

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Let me know if you give them a try and what ingredients you decide to use!

In other news, I received an outfit from Ellie recently and finally put it to the test.

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You may recall that I reviewed Ellie’s predecessor, pvBody, back in January. There has been flurry of both positive and negative commentary about the transition from pvBody to Ellie, and I’ll be honest – it threw me for a loop when it first happened. Less than a few hours after I posted my review, I learned exactly what Ellie was (after hearing the name but having no idea what people were talking about) and had to update my post to reflect the fact that the subscription service would be changing.

Instead of offering low prices on well-known brands, the company has now shifted to offer its own name brand, promising high quality and plenty of selection. I do wish I had been given the heads up about this change before I had posted about pvBody, but the team at Ellie has been very open and honest about the transition and still offers the option of canceling your subscription at any time, in addition to free shipping both ways if you aren’t happy with what you receive.

Combining Ellie’s good customer service with my own curiosity, I decided to keep an open mind and was excited when the Ellie workout gear arrived at my door. I received exactly what I requested: the “Just Like Heaven” t-shirt in pink and the “My New Obsession” leggings.

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I have to say, these met and exceeded my expectations. I can see why they call the t-shirt “Just Like Heaven” because it feels as soft as a cloud looks. It was incredibly comfortable to wear for a four-mile run and never once bunched up. It also wicked away sweat like a dream – usually I end up with a nice ring around my neck, but with this t-shirt no one can tell just how soaked I get in this 90-degree Arizona weather.

The “My New Obsession” leggings were also very effective and I never had to pull up on them – they fit like a glove. Although I may not be able to wear them much longer while working out – here’s hoping spring is here to stay – I fully intend to wear them normally, too.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a review from me without a ridiculous “action” shot…

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Despite the pvBody-turned-Ellie chatter, you can’t argue with Ellie’s commitment to quality. I will be sure to update you as I continue to wear the outfit, but both the shirt and pants have already survived a couple of washings. I’m giving them two thumbs up!

You can still receive a 20% discount on Ellie from my referral link if you’re interested in signing up.

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Disclaimer: Ellie offered to send me a free trial outfit, but all opinions shared here are my own.

Hope you’re having a great week! Any big plans for the weekend?

We’ve got some family in town and are excited to spend time with them. My five year blogiversary is also coming up on March 16, so expect a post about that soon. I can’t believe how much time has passed – and how much has changed – since Eating Bender began!

Abrazos,

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1 Karla March 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

The gougere recipe looks delicious, Jenn! You’re so much more adventurous in the kitchen than me–I love that!

And thanks for the Ellie review. You look absolutely adorable in the outfit, which even matches your sneaks! I’m warming up to the pvBody >> Ellie transition, especially since they have such a good return policy.

5 years?! Amazing! I can’t wait for the look back and/or celebration, and will be here celebrating myself as well. :)
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2 Jenn (eating bender) March 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks so much for the sweet words, Karla! I’m feeling the same way about Ellie these days. Does this mean we may see an outfit from you soon? :)

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3 Karla March 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

You are a mind-reader, Jenn! :)
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4 Erica March 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

yayyyy! Happy almost blog birthday! So exciting!! I am obsessed with the Ellie gear- its SO cute and great quality. Those little bites? Cheesy amazingness. Need in my life!!
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5 Shannon March 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

ooh, those gougeres look amazing! did i even spell that right? who knows. those clothes do look very cute ;)
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6 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) March 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Those little bites look so tasty! I fear I’d eat the whole bowl! haha.

I was so confused by the pvbody/ellie switch too!
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7 natalie @ will jog for food March 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

The gougeres look amazing!

I got a similar outfit from Elli and LOVED it :)
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8 Melissa @TryingtoHeal March 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Oh, those gougeres look delicious!!! I wonder if I can create a vegan version…probably not. :)

And you look so great in that Ellie outfit! I love the pink that top and no joke, it’s seriously soft as heck, right!? i could live in it ALL DAY LONG. :)
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9 Michelle March 15, 2013 at 8:22 am

Gougeres – never heard of them before, but they look good, and reasonably simple to make. I have to say, the French might not do much right, but they sure know how to cook :). Thanks for the print button on the page – very convenient and something I have not seen on many other websites with recipes where one literally has to copy by hand, print the whole webpage, or have the laptop in the kitchen (disaster waiting to happen)

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10 Cara (Twinthusiast) March 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Looking good in your Ellie gear!!
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11 Greg March 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

This is one of my favorite dish, I need to try it!
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12 Julie April 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm

That recipe looks so yummy. I wanna try it out for it looks easy to do since i also love cooking. I also love your outfit especially the tee. Love it!
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