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pepper steakYou're always welcome to dine with us at The Bijou Café! But we understand – the comfort of your own home is the perfect setting to enjoy a nice meal! We've come up with five simplified, easy-prep dinner ideas inspired by our award winning menu for you to try at home! Anyone can make these dishes and we encourage you to add your own flair to spice things up and make these recipe basics your own.


1. Chicken Paillard


Drizzle chicken with olive oil and garlic, making sure to cover evenly. Add salt, pepper and lemon as needed. Place fresh cutlets in a skillet on medium heat and cook each side for several minutes. In another pan, melt butter and stir in a couple tablespoons with all purpose flour. Whisk in two cups chicken stock. To serve, add the sauce to your plate, followed by greens and the chicken cutlets, garnish with tomatoes or add sautéed spinach and veggies to compliment the dish.


2. Crab Bisque


In a skillet, add several tablespoons butter and flour to create a roux. Whisk in 1 1/3 cup chicken broth. Sautée onions and stir into sauce, adding a cup of cream, lemon juice, cayenne and salt (to taste) or optional cognac and sherry - simmering for 30 minutes. Add blue crab and baby shrimp (optional) and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until heated and serve!


3. Roasted Duck


Rub duck with salt and pepper and desired seasonings. Roast duck at 375 degrees in a deep pan for an hour. Remove duck, pour out the fat and place in the pan. Lather in butter, rotate and continue cooking for an additional hour or until skin is crisp and brown. The Bijou adds a special bread pudding stuffing and cherry Merlot sauce for extra flavor!


4. Filet Mignon

Bring wine to a boil in a sauce pan, then simmer for 20 minutes. Brush sauce onto steaks and roll in peppercorns. Grill for 5 minutes on each side. Sautée mushroom and garlic in a separate pan. Serve steaks with sautéed veggies and enjoy!


5. Oven Roasted Salmon

Rub fillets with oil, then salt and pepper to your liking. Cook at 450 degrees for a minimum of 8 minutes, and make sure to check back frequently so that you avoid overcooking (up to 15 minutes should do it). When fish starts to flake easily with a fork, remove. Top with a creole tomato glaze and serve with a side of fresh, homemade mashed potatoes!



Fruit cocktailSpring is here and there's no better excuse to try some new Spring cocktail recipes! If cocktails are your pleasure, try one of our exclusive mixology creations at The Bijou Café. Find our signature mixed drinks here on our "Latest Gossip" menu. Or try these fun new recipes at home:

1) Spring Sangria

3/4 cup limoncello
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup diced fresh local strawberries
1 bottle chilled demi-sec rose champagne
1 sliced lemon

In a large pitcher, combine limoncello and strawberries. Top with champagne and stir in half the lemon slices. Pour over ice, and add a scoop of fruit to each glass. 

2) Spiked Sweet Tea

8 cups water
6 tea bags
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp backing soda
1.5 cups chambord liqueur
1/2 cup vodka
your choice herbs and fruit for garnish: mint, raspberries, oranges

Boil water and steep tea bags for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and add sugar and baking soda. Allow sugar to dissolve and add chambord and vodka. Let the tea cool and then pour over ice and add garnish!

3) Blueberry Bourbon 

1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 cups blueberries
4 shots bourbon
1 cup fresh mint
club soda

Bring sugar, water and ginger together to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Add blueberries, mint, bourbon and heated syrup into a food processor. Pulse and serve over ice. Add club soda and mint garnish. 




The Observer joined us "in the kitchen" last week and got their hands dirty! We shared our delicious Shrimp Piri Piri recipe for everyone to try and whip up at home. If you aren't the best cook, you can always join us in the restaurant and we will happily take care of the cooking for you.

420179 560244917327737_1055428548_nShrimp Piri Piri

• 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined with tail on; pat dry
• 1/2 cup white wine
• splash of lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons softened butter

For marinade:
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
Toss all together and marinate 4 to 5 hours.

In an extremely hot pan, salt and sear the shrimp. Flip them over and add marinade, white wine and lemon juice. Reduce sauce and swirl in soft butter.

To read the complete article by The Observer, click here. Want to make a reservation? Click here or call us at 366-8111.

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