Parisian Chicken Crepes make their TV Debut!

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Tomorrow morning I will be demonstrating my version of one of the decadent dishes we made while on A Taste of Paris 2015!
Tune into Good Morning Texas, WFAA Channel 8 at 9:00 am! And join me for A Taste of Paris 2016!

Thursday, June 18th from 7:00-8:30 A Taste of Paris 2016 Information Session
Immerse yourself in the flavors of Paris in this culinary excursion of a lifetime designed specifically for foodies. Cook and taste your way through Paris while seeing all the major sites and museums. Whether it’s your first visit to Paris or you are returning; the city of lights has never tasted this good! Join me June 18th to learn more, I’ll serve champagne, Gourges and Chocolate Truffles while answering all of your questions about this unique experience that promises to be a trip of a lifetime. Please reserve your seat for this FREE evening of fun. RSVP to loriefan@tx.rr.com

If you can’t make it personally but would like to join electronically shoot me an email at loriefan@tx.rr.com
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Fresh from the Garden Mediterranean Salad

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I am thrilled to report that my new little kitchen garden is really coming along. After weeks and weeks of rain, I was finally able to get outside this weekend and put the finishing touches on this new garden space. I have been dreaming of heading outside with a basket to pick homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs to make this fresh favorite that gets its zip from feta cheese. This simple salad is good any night of the week, make double because it is even better the next day. Sometimes it’s the really simple things that taste the best!

Fresh Mediterranean Salad

1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1 cup diced cucumbers
2 green onions chopped
½ cup feta cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.

A Taste of Paris 2016

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A Taste of Paris
Sunday, May 24th 7:00-8:30 OR
Thursday, June 18th 7:00-8:30
Join me for a wonderful evening to explore A Taste of Paris 2016. This culinary excursion is designed specifically for foodies. We will cook and taste our way around Paris while seeing all the major sites and museums. Whether it’s your first visit or you are returning; the city of lights has never tasted this good! I’ll serve champagne, Gourges and Chocolate Truffles while answering all of your questions about this unique experience that promises to be a trip of a lifetime. Please reserve your seat for this FREE evening of fun. RSVP to loriefan@tx.rr.com

“Paris is always a good idea” Audrey Hepburn

A Taste of Paris 2016 Free Workshop

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Join me for A Taste of Paris 2016 Workshops
Wednesday, May 13h 7:00-8:30 OR
Sunday, May 24th 7:00-8:30

Join me for a magical evening to learn all about the tasting trip of a lifetime to the city of lights. I’ll serve a glass of champagne, Gourges and Chocolate Truffles while answering all of your questions. There is no charge for this evening of fun.

Lily of the Valley-May Day

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I was in France later than usual this time and noticed something curious. There were small potted lily of the valley plants in all the markets and ladies in the streets selling tiny bouquets of the delicate white flowers. As I visited various chocolate shops (research, of course) I spotted creative concoctions fashioned to look like the same plants I was seeing everywhere.

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I hopped in my taxi to head back home on May 1st when my driver let me know it would be smooth sailing to the airport as it was May Day, a public holiday. Apparently the French offer a bouquet of Fête du Muguet to their loved ones on this day every year as a lucky charm. So whether they received the real deal or a confection crafted to look like it, good luck is definitely on the horizon! I may adopt this tradition in my home, lily of the valley is always a good idea!

Chef Alex was a Hit!!

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Our market tour with Chef Alex was a blast and cooking a 4 course meal with him was too! The group worked together to make a lovely late lunch of scallops, rabbit and chicken roulade along with fresh peas potatoes and chocolate soufflés for dessert. Delish!

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French Inspiration

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French pastries are such an inspiration to me. The presentation is so artful you truly begin to enjoy them with your eyes first. This framboise tart has a firm crust that can stand up to eating it with your hands; a must for enjoying on the run, but it’s also filled with a lucious pastry cream before being topped with fresh ripe berries.
Looking forward to replicating this one!

I Had a Dream

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I Love stories that start with the phrase, “I had a dream.”

I was teaching French Pastries and was telling the group about my many experiences while visiting Paris. One of my long time students said “I want to know when you are going to take us to Paris Lorie?” The look on my face hid nothing, she was reading a secret desire of mine buried deep beneath the surface. That night I had the most glorious dream of Parisian culinary adventure. When I woke up it was all I could think about. I mentioned it to my husband, Mark, and in true cowboy fashion he simply said “I think you should go for it.” And that is what I did.

I am pleased to report the student that started it all IS going on this trip. I am grateful to her and all the others that are traveling with me for their trust and faith in me.
After months of planning and details up to my eyebrows, the departure date has finally arrived and A Taste of Paris 2015 is a reality. I hope you will follow along for a little slice of my heaven. I will be blogging from Paris and we will all be posting tasty photos on Instagram at #atasteofparis2015.

Consider joining me in 2016 for round 2!
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Join me for A Taste of Paris Workshops
Wednesday, May 6th 7:00-8:30 OR
Sunday, May 24th 7:00-8:30
Join me for a magical evening to learn all about the tasting trip of a lifetime to the city of lights. I’ll serve a glass of champagne, Gourges and Chocolate Truffles while answering all of your questions. There is no charge for this evening of fun.