During my research for New Orleans, the popular Cochon restaurant kept coming up.

We were on the fence about whether to fit it into our iternary, but after having some swoon worthy sandwiches at their deli next door (Cochon Butcher), we decided we didn’t want to leave New Orleans wondering what we might have missed.

Cochon, which is a French word for pig, is a modern Cajun cuisine restaurant that pays homage to all things pork. Reservations are quite hard to come by, but we managed to snag a lunchtime one during our trip.

Lunch started with some complimentary bread

wood-fired oysters with chili garlic butter

These broiled oysters were swimming in a chili garlic butter mix that immediately woke up my tastebuds. It was a solid start to the meal.

This single serving cake is fluffy and sweet, with crushed Oreo pieces mixed throughout.

So this is my Cookies and Cream Mug Cake 2.0. I previously shared the Cookies and Cream mug cake featured in my 5-Minute Mug Cakes cookbook. It’s one of my favorite recipes in the book  and it’s been quite popular on the blog too. The book version starts with a delicious white chocolate cake base that really carries the cream factor throughout the cake.

However, I’ve had several people ask me to make a non-white chocolate version. So here it is. This starts with a simple vanilla cake base and is then studded with Oreo cookie pieces.

These bite sized puff pastries are filled with creamy mashed potatoes, making for a delicious savory appetizer that is easy to make.

One of my favorite pastries to get at the popular 85C Bakery is a Potato and Cheese Pastry. It’s basically a puff pastry, filled with potato and cheese and topped with more cheese. My friend CC first introduced me to it and I get it every time I see it available at the bakery. At some point, she suggested that it would be easy for me to recreate. And I realized she was right. (Thanks for the idea CC!) While most of the breads and cakes at 85C are quite complicated and take a lot of time, this pastry is something I can easily create at home.