Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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In the mood for something fresh and tasty?  Try my Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad recipe, developed for the May issue of The Art Of Living Beautifully McKinney TX.  This sensational concoction is chocked full of seasonal produce and is perfect for warm days.

Let me know how you like it!

XOXO

Lorie

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad

1 cup cooked shrimp cut into ½ inch pieces

1 avocado cut into cubes

1 avocado cut in half core removed

½ cup finely diced tomato

1 ear of corn

¼ cup finely diced red pepper

2 tablespoons diced red onion

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

1 ½ teaspoons Sriracha sauce

½ teaspoon salt

Roast corn in the oven or on a grill, when cooled, cut corn from cob.  Put corn and all remaining ingredients in a bowl, reserving the avocado.  Mix well.  Toss in the avocado and serve a scoop over each avocado half.

Join me for an upcoming cooking class!

European Loaf Workshop Friday, June 9th 10:00-2:00 (this class could extend 30 minutes) There is nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread coming from of the oven.  Imagine yourself with the skills to prepare European style artisan loaves right in your own home!  You will learn many techniques that go into producing amazing loaves including proper scoring techniques and stenciling for beautiful results.  Each guest will take home 3 loaves, the baguette, batard and boule.  In addition you will prepare a batch of dough from scratch to be finished in your home oven. Class includes churning fresh cultured butter.  We will take a break from the ovens and enjoy our warm bread with a lovely Chopped Salad for lunch.  A pretty great way to spend the day and your friends and family will be delighted by the results! Class Fee $79.00

 

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Join me on Thursday for Southern Nights!

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Join the cooking fun this Thursday night Southern Style!  A fantastic class full of sensational recipes sure to become your friends and family favorites.  3 seats OPEN register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net or phone 214 551 9630

Thursday, May 11th Southern Nights 6:30-8:30  Join me for an evening of cooking and tasting fun and deep southern flavors.  The festivities began with a cocktail of course; Mint Julep Fizz is one for the record books!  The food begins with an out of this world dip, Baked Goat Cheese topped with Tomato Confit served with Nan bread.  Juicy and crispy Chicken in a Homemade Biscuit is comfort food at its best.  For something green we will prepare Blistered and Sauced Asparagus, nutty and crave worthy.  We will whip up an Ultimate Chopped Salad, crammed full of goodies, so crunchy and topped with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing.   Spicy shrimp Salad served on an avocado half is almost too pretty to eat. Chickpea Crostini, a simple go to that really delivers on flavor.  For a beautiful sweet finish we will prepare Fresh Orange Curd, Vanilla Bean Butter Cake and Chantilly Cream that will be transformed into a gorgeous trifle that is irresistible.  Class Fee $58.00

Registration for A Taste Of Paris April 2018 and My second date for Provence September 2018 remain OPEN!  Click Here for more details.

 

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Kids Cook This Summer!

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Cooking is a real life skill!  Register YOUR children TODAY for summer classes, where FUN is always on the menu!  Space is limited.  Email lorie@atasteofparis.net  or call 214 551 9630

CHILDREN’S COOKING  CLASSES

Herb Garden June 22nd 11:00-2:00 Ages 7-12

Food comes from the earth and herbs bump t up the flavor of all our dishes.  Kids will get a firsthand lesson on planting herbs and vegetable in this amazing hands on class.  Each child will plant an herb garden to take home with 3 key herbs and herbs will be the focus of our dishes.  After getting our gardens planted, we will move into the kitchen to cook real tasty food.  First up crave worthy Basil Pesto Ravioli bites. Rosemary Chicken is always a crowd pleaser especially when paired with Browned Butter Chive Mashed Potatoes.  Kids will love our fresh from the garden Tomato Gratin seasoned with thyme.  Green Beans take on new flavors when we start them with homemade Herb Butter.  Zucchini Carrot Muffins have a fresh new twist when we add herbs!  For a sweet finish to our day of herbs we will prepare good old fashioned Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Class fee includes a potted herb garden created by your child.  Class Fee $46.00

Pizza Workshop June 28th and 29th 11:00-2:00 Ages 9-14

 Kids will have a blast in this fun and educational class that explores the world of pizza.  All recipes will be made from scratch with fresh ingredients. On the second day, your child will bring home a Pizza Kit including dough and sauce made by them and toppings to create dinner for the family, perfect for that night or pop in the freezer for a later date. Kids will learn real time cooking skills, including sautéing, simmering, roasting and baking.  Kids will be heavily supervised as they learn to use kitchen equipment including cook top, oven, electric mixer, blender and knife skills. Important life lessons will be taught such as cleanliness, nutrition and selection of produce. Let your kids learn to cook with ME! Class Fee $118.00. Register early, class size is limited. Day 1Pizza Workshop The fun will start with a Breakfast Pizza packed with eggs, bacon and cheese.  Next up we will take our favorite Pizza ingredients and construct tasty Pizza Muffins, perfect for on the go snacks.  We will borrow flavors from Mexico to create a beautiful Mexican Pizza packed with fresh produce.  Chicken Alfredo Florentine Pizza is sure to be a huge hit and for a tasty treat beautiful Apple and Cinnamon Pizza.  Kids will make darling Pizza Cookies, so realistic as a take home treat. Day 2We will start the fun in the kitchen with a gorgeous colorful Fruit Pizza, loved by all.  Our taste buds will sing for Barbeque Chicken Pizza Ring. Vegetarian Eggplant Pizza Rounds are amazing and so cute.  We will deconstruct a classic, the cheeseburger for Cheeseburger Pizza that kids will devour.  For a sweet treat, kids will make gooey Chocolate Banana Marshmallow Pizza.  Children will have a blast preparing their own crust, sauce and toppings for a Take Home Pizza Kit.  The Pizza Kit can be made that night for dinner or frozen to prepare at a later date.  Imagine your child making a fresh homemade pizza for the family dinner!

Around the World of Dumplings and Sandwiches Workshop!  July 19th and 20th

Kids will have a blast in the fun and educational class as we travel around the world of dumplings and sandwiches.  Every culture has a traditional meat pie or dumpling or a traditional sandwich and we will make and taste them all!  Kids will learn real time cooking skills using fresh ingredients, including sautéing, simmering, roasting and baking skills.  Kids will be heavily supervised as they learn to use kitchen equipment including cook top, oven, electric mixer, blender and knife skills. Important life lessons will be taught such as cleanliness, nutrition and selection of produce. Let your kids learn to cook with ME! Class Fee $118.00. Register early, class size is limited. Day 1 We will start the fun with tasty Mexican Chicken Empanadas.  Asian Pot Stickers are so fun to make but with our tasty sauce even more fun to eat!  English Pasties stuffed with ham are a true delight.  Greek Spanakopita is a taste sensation.  For a sweet finish we will prepare the utterly amazing Dutch Apple Dumplings. Day 2 We will travel to Italy where Ravioli stuffed with cheese and spinach will be on the menu.  Next, to Poland to prepare crave worthy Pierogis.  Cuba offers an amazing feast in the Cubano Sandwich.  And right here in American nothing beats our traditional Grilled Cheese!  We will travel to France for sumptuous Profiteroles filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate ganache.

Kids Create In The Kitchen with Rainbow Ingredients July 26th 12:30-2:30 Ages 8-12

This is a first!  My kitchen will become a recipe creation workshop.  A Rainbow of fresh seasonal ingredients will be provided and young people develop the recipes. Your children’s creatively will abound as they learn how to balance the flavors in recipes.  Basic kitchen skills will be taught such as sautéing, grilling and roasting.  This promises to be an amazing learning experience for all!  4-6 savory recipes will be made and tasted along with 1-2 sweet recipes.  To go box recommended so parents can view the creative results!  Class fee $38.00

Kids Love Crepes July 27th 10:00-11:30 Ages 4-6

Crepes are such a wonderful foundation for any delicious filling and kids will delight in seeing crepes come to life before their eyes!  The fun starts with Croque Monsieur Crepes, stuffed to the brim with ham and cheese.  Kids will adore creamy Chicken Crepes especially with a crispy Green Salad made the French way.  Children will love making an open FACED Vegetarian Crepe! For a sweet finish Peaches and Cream crepes will be amazing.  A fabulous Frenchie good time will be had by all!  Class fee $34.00

Kids Love Crepes July 27th 12:30-2:30 Ages 8-14

Crepes are such a wonderful foundation for any delicious filling and kids will have a blast making amazing kitchen creations in this action packed class.  The fun starts with Croque Monsieur Crepes, stuffed to the brim with ham and cheese.  Kids will adore creamy Chicken Crepes especially with a crispy Green Salad made the French way.  We will try our hand at Vegetarian Buckwheat Crepes stuffed with a variety of vegetable, kid’s choice!  Next up a Layered Crepe Lasagna will amaze and delight!  No crepes class would be complete without a few sweet dreamy options like everyone’s favorite Chocolate S’mores Crepes and last but not least sensational Peaches and Cream crepes.  A fabulous Frenchie good time will be had by all!  Class fee $38.00

Kids Bake August 4th 10:00-11:30 Ages 4-6

Children will have an amazing time in the class filled with delightful treats.  The day will begin with children making their lunch of Ham, Turkey and Cheese Wraps served with veggies and dip.  The baking fun begins with mini Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins perfect for breakfast or daytime snacking.  Next up children will make Layered Strawberry Shortcake.  Lemon Sugar Cookies are a hit with all kids and Unicorn Bark will delight and amaze.  Children will be allowed to eat one sweet treat, please provide a box for additional take home treats.  Class Fee $34.00

Kids Bake August 4th 12:30-2:30 Ages 8-12

Bacon Cheddar Scones stuffed with Ham and Turkey alongside a Veg Salad will start our day together.  Children will craft two cupcake varieties Strawberry Shortcake, garnished with beautiful berries, and the latest craze, Pink Velvet Cupcakes.  Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins are amazing for snacking and so are Oatmeal Cookie Pies!  Unicorn Bark will be the hit of the day! Kids will make individual Lemon Tarts, perfect for carrying home to share. Please provide a to go box for extra sweet treats, children will be encouraged to take all but 2 home.  Class fee $38.00

 

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Join me for Cooking in May!

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Join me in May for a super fun cooking class! Register TODAY by emial to lorie@atasteofparis.net ort call 214 551 9630

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Thursday, May 11th Southern Nights 6:30-8:30 Join me for an evening of cooking and tasting fun and deep southern flavors.  The festivities began with a cocktail of course; Mint Julep Fizz is one for the record books!  The food begins with an out of this world dip, Baked Goat Cheese topped with Tomato Confit served with Nan bread.  Juicy and crispy Chicken in a Homemade Biscuit is comfort food at its best.  For something green we will prepare Blistered and Sauced Asparagus, nutty and crave worthy.  We will whip up an Ultimate Chopped Salad, crammed full of goodies, so crunchy and topped with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing.   Spicy shrimp Salad served on an avocado half is almost too pretty to eat. Chickpea Crostini, a simple go to that really delivers on flavor.  For a beautiful sweet finish we will prepare Fresh Orange Curd, Vanilla Bean Butter Cake and Chantilly Cream that will be transformed into a gorgeous trifle that is irresistible.  Class Fee $58.00

2 Day French Workshop  May 18th and 19th  10:00-2:00- Three dates offered only 2 SEATS OPEN Join me for a truly unique culinary event.  Immerse yourself in the food and culture of France in this 2 day workshop. In this one time special offering you will learn and prepare two of the French “mother” sauces, two major French doughs and three irresistible French desserts. Laminated Viennoiserie will be demonstrated and enjoyed by the group in the form of croissant and Pain Chocolate. We will dine together for a true French experience including a cheese course and wine each day. French cooking is the gold standard and expertise acquired in this class will last a lifetime. Limited to 10 participants.  Class Fee $189.00.

Day 1- Using an old fashioned French recipe, we will prepare French Baguettes to be eaten during our class.  We will prepare Pastry Cream as an accoutrement for our breakfast of Ambrosia.  For lunch we will adopt tried and true techniques to guarantee that our Chicken and Mushroom Soufflés rise to amazing heights. We will prepare a Green Salad of roasted beets, goat cheese and Candied Pecans served with a Champagne Vinaigrette. Our dinner portion for the day will be sumptuous Lobster Corn Chowder and for a sweet finish, dreamy Profiteroles stuffed to the brim with cream.

Day 2- Arrive at 9:30 for a demonstration of laminating Viennoiserie, so fun to watch and yields the most amazing Croissantand Pain Chocolate. We will concentrate on sauces today first up Espagnole Sauce to be served with Beef Tenderloin Tournedos and Mushrooms.  Hearty Potatoes Gratin Dauphinoise will be the perfect accompaniment!  Next we will turn our attention to the perfect Béchamel Sauce used to create a lovely dinner of Croque Monsieur, always a crowd pleaser.  A Sable Crust will be created as the foundation of a take home sweet treat, individual Lemon Tarts!  For the perfect finish of our 2 days together we will enjoy Dark Chocolate Raspberry Rose Truffles; sweet, tart and irresistible.

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GIVEAWAY

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Enter to win a French Soiree for two!

I have partnered with Mercedes Benz on McKinney to bring you an evening of Luxury! Each winner will enjoy a festive evening for two including cocktails, a sensational 3 course French menu followed by wine and cheese pairings AND a mini floral and chocolate lesson that will yield darling take home treats.

ENTER:

By Facebook go to facebook A Taste Of Paris Trips, like this page and tag friends to the contest post, each tag is an entry

By Instagram, follow me @atasteofparis and tag friends to the contest post.  Each name is an entry

Enter as many times as you like

5 winners will be announced on April 5th!

Event, Thursday, May 25th 6:00-8:00 at Mercedes Benz of Mckinney

Good Luck!

Lorie

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Sweetie!

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A sweet little treat for your favorite Leprechaun’s!  Key Lime Cupcakes are one of my oldie but goodie recipes and a perfect way to celebrate Saint Patty’s Day.  They are super fast to make because you start with your favorite boxed white cake mix.  You will have these little cuties made in  no time at all!

Have Fun!  Lorie

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Key Lime Cupcakes

Batter

1 white cake mix

1 ¼ cups water

1/3 cup oil

4 egg whites
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

2 teaspoons lime zest

¾ teaspoon green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into 24 lined cupcake pans and bake for 19-23 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely and frost with key lime frosting.

Frosting

1 8 ounce cream cheese at room temperature

½ stick of butter softened

5 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoon lime zest

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

Combine butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat until smooth, add zest and juice.  Slowly add sugar until all is incorporated.  Frost cupcakes and garnish with a lime wedge if desired.

 

 

 

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A Sweet Start!

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Chocolate first thing in the morning? YES! I bound out of bed for Chocolate Almond Butter with fresh pears.

Several years ago while in France I was visiting with a friend of mine, Chloe Doutre, a world renowned chocolate expert, when she confessed to eating as much as 12 ounces of chocolate per day.  I could not hide my astonishment, it was written all over my face when she said, “Only in America would you invent a negative word to describe someone’s love of chocolate.” Chocoholic is the word of course.

It got me thinking, why not embrace my love of chocolate, and take a page from Chloe’s book. I came home and created my Chocolate Almond Butter recipe, now a staple of my morning routine.  When pears are in season and at their juicy best, it is pure joy!  If you ask me, that is the perfect way to start the day.

I hope you will try this simple concoction and let me know how you like it!

If you would like to join me on a tour of my favorite Haute Chocolate Boutiques in Paris, complete with tastings of course, Click HERE for more information.

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OR join me for an upcoming cooking class spaces are filling fast! Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net

Friday, February 3rd  2017 11:00-1:00 Lunch and Learn Simple Freezer Meals  Join me every month or just THIS month for Lunch and Learn, an extended lunch hour that gives you a full cooking class experience, a delicious lunch and an arsenal of new recipes to help you get dinner on the table at your house!   I will show you how to bring home the groceries and put meals in the freezer.  Busy day, no problem, pull out a meal, pop it in the slow cooker or oven and you have a fresh dinner on the table anytime you need it.  The tasty fun starts with Zesty Buffalo Chicken and Potato casserole sure to be a FAM fav.  Caprese Bake is rich and delicious and will be a meal that keeps them coming back for more.  We will prepare my Salmon Bake my main go to meal, not a salmon fan,  whitefish or chicken can be substituted. Tangy Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes will really satisfy your hungry family.  Mexican Chicken pot pie will be a creative take on a classic along with flavorful Lemon Chicken and green beans.  For a much deserved sweet finish we will prepare Coconut Cream Pie oh my!  Class fee $53.00 

Friday, March 17th 2017 11:00-1:00  Lunch and Learn TEX MEX cooking  Join me every month or just THIS month for Lunch and Learn, an extended lunch hour that gives you a full cooking class experience, a delicious lunch and an arsenal of new recipes to help you get dinner on the table at your house!   We will have some fun with farm fresh ingredient to concoct crave able dishes your family will love.  Just because its spring we will start the fun with Strawberry Margarita Shots!  Creamy Poblano Soup is jam packed with flavor served with a dollop of sour cream.  Black Bean Dip is a snap to make along with Garden Fresh Salas, both fantastic nutritious snacks.  We will prepare Chicken Cheese and Mushroom Enchiladas with fresh homemade Salsa Verde for a true authentic home cooked flavor.  Pork Tacos with Mexican Slaw and Avocado Dressing will be an instant hit.  We will prepare a simple Corn Salad, brimming with fresh goodness and one of my most requested recipes.  For a sweet treat to round out the feast, what could be better than Yeast Bread Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Sauce.  Class FEE $53.00

2 Day French Workshop

By popular demand 2nd date added April 6th and 7th 10:00-2:00  

March 30th and 31st SOLD OUT Join me for a truly unique culinary event.  Immerse yourself in the food and culture of France in this 2 day workshop. We will work side by side to prepare some of the most iconic and mouthwatering dishes on the planet.  In this one time special offering you will learn and prepare two of the French “mother” sauces, béchamel and Espagnole.  In addition, two major French doughs will be taught, straight dough and choux paste. Laminated Viennoiserie will be demonstrated and enjoyed by the group in the form of croissant and Pain Chocolate for those that want to arrive 30 minutes early on day 2.  We will dine together for a true French experience.  Wines will be served along with a cheese course each day.  Breakfast and lunch portions will be eaten together and the dinner portions will be taken home. Three irresistible French desserts are included.  This course promises to improve your overall kitchen skills; French cooking is the gold standard and expertise acquired will last a lifetime. Hope you will be part of the fun! Class will be limited to 10 participants Fee $189.00 per person. CLICK HERE for the menu offering

Chocolate Almond Butter

1 cup raw whole almonds

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon dark cocoa

2 tablespoons walnut oil

Pinch of salt

Toast almonds on the stove top until just warm.  Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time.  Add almonds to food processor and process until they are a very fine powder and beginning to turn into butter.  Add chocolate and process another minute until mixture looks shinny.  Add salt, cocoa powder and oil; process another minute, scraping down the sides of the food processor.  Store butter in a jar at room temperature.

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