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This is my last post from Around the Table.¬† I am now blogging fabulous food and lots of creative ideas from www.atasteofparis.net If you have not followed me there already, join the fun TODAY and check out my new site, it really is pretty ūüôā

2018 is HERE!

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With the start of a brand new year, I’m always compelled to clean out every closet in the house. There would need to be three of me to truly make this a reality but I can say some progress was made!¬† Spending¬†time reorganizing my kitchen was well worth the effort.¬† With all of the dishes, spatulas and ramekins in their new home, I have a fresh resolve to be creative with food¬†again.

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Don’t lose YOUR¬†resolve to eat well in 2018¬†and join me for Wellness in the Kitchen (second date added) or Foods the Secret Fountain¬†of Youth, for delicious recipes that¬† actually turn back the clock and prevent illness.
Soups, Stews and Breads promises new recipes to enjoy during the winter months, and February is packed with fun like French Macarons, Chocolate and Croissants, oh my!  To see a full class description for the season and to register, CLICK HERE.

Wellness in the Kitchen- Thursday, January 18th SOLD OUT 6:30-8:30
Wellness in the Kitchen- Thursday, January 25th  6:30-8:30
Food the Secret Fountain of Youth- Friday, January 19th 11:00-2:00
Soups, Stews and Breads Lunch and Learn- January 26th 11:00-1:00
French Macarons- Thursday, February 1st 6:30-9:00
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate-Thursday, February 8th 6:30-9:00
Croissant Workshop- Friday, February 23rd 11:00-2:30
French Provencal Cooking Workshop- March 8th and 9th from 10:30-2:30
Los Cabos and Tequila- Thursday, March 22nd 6:30-8:30 
Classic French Pastries Workshop- Friday, May 4th 11:00-2:30

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January will also be a month of play as I finalize details for my April 2018 A Taste of Paris trip, and I’ll be dreaming of the sunshine and markets my A Taste of Provence group will be enjoying in September.

While all of my trips for 2018 are SOLD OUT, it is the perfect time to look ahead and book YOUR trip of a lifetime for 2019!

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pablano chicken soup

Roasted Poblano Pepper and Chicken Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion chopped
4 poblano peppers roasted, seeded, peeled and diced
2 large baking potatoes peeled and cubed
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
2 cloves garlic minced
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 grilled chicken breasts diced
Salt and Pepper to taste

In large soup pot cook onion in olive oil until is is soft.  Add diced poblanos, garlic, bay leaf, chicken stock and water and cook uncovered until potatoes are tender.  Using an immersion blender, puree soup.  Add corn, chicken and cream and warm through.   Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!  Lorie

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Spooky FUN

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How is it already Halloween?¬† I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you are having fun!

It is a tradition in our house to make Jack O Lantern cookies every year and I won’t lie, I love it.¬† This festive activity calls my kiddos home for some sweet time in the kitchen with Mom!¬† If you have littles or grand kids, maybe you would like to adopt our tradition, if so the recipe is below.

Making pumpkin cookies is our cue that the holiday season has begun.

If you are still looking for some holiday inspiration, I have you covered 2 ways.  Subscribe today at a  atasteofparis.net,  there is an exciting line up of recipes and creative ideas for the season on the way in the coming weeks AND there is still time to join in one of my holiday classes, although space is getting sparse!

Enjoy a spooky day! Lorie

Lunch and Learn Thanksgiving Inspiration- Friday, November 3rd 11:00-1:00 2 SEATS Thanksgiving Dinner have to consist of the same old tired dishes year after year?  How about a fresh take on some classic flavors to wake up those taste buds?  While we cook we will sample Vanilla Pumpkin Martini shots just for fun Continue Reading

Entertaining with Irresistible Appetizers РWednesday, November 8th 6:30-8:30 Are you ready for a fun night filled with inspired dishes and flavors?  What about great tips and tricks to make entertaining a breeze?  We will sip Pomegranate Martinis while we prepare a feast of tidbits starting with decadent Normandy Camembert with Calvados apples and pecans.   Light and delicate Crab Puffs Continue Reading

13th Annual Gifts From the Kitchen-Wednesday November 29th from 6:30-9:00 4 Seats Back by popular demand this fun and festive class will take you through an array of goodies perfect for gift giving from your own kitchen to neighbor’s, coworkers or as hostess gifts.  Each recipe will be made and tasted all while sipping my Winter Swizzle Cocktail.  Creative packaging techniques will be taught including crafting a Bento box perfect for holiday gift giving…so FUN!  Continue Reading

Holiday Brunch Workshop- Friday, December 8th from 10:30-2:00  Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Brunching is a wonderful way to entertain over the holiday season.  Imagine yourself armed with amazing recipes to serve visiting family and friends through the holidays and beyond.   We will craft our brunch and enjoy it together family style for a lovely break to the holiday season.  Continue Reading

2017 pumpkin cookieCute Jack O Lantern Sugar Cookies

Sturdy Sugar Cookie Dough

4 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

¬Ĺ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup unsalted butter

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl sift dry ingredients together.  Cream butter and sugar together using an electric mixer, for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla.  Add dry ingredients slowly until combined. Separate dough into 2 gallon zip locks.  Flatten dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Turn dough out on to a floured surface and roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut out pumpkin shapes and bake on greased cookie sheet for 13-15 minutes.

Butter Cream Frosting

1 ¬Ĺ sticks butter at room temperature

6 cups of powdered sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon almond extract

Milk or heavy cream

Orange, green and yellow food coloring

Assorted candies if desired

Using an electric mixer; combine butter, sugar, extracts and several teaspoons of milk on low speed, continue to add milk as needed to get the proper consistency for spreading.¬† Whip on high speed for 5-7 minutes to create a fluffy frosting.¬† Do not leave the mixer unattended.¬† Put about ¬Ĺ cup frosting into two separate bowls.¬† Add yellow food coloring to one bowl and green to the other and mix well.¬† Add orange food coloring to remaining frosting.¬† Spread each cookie with orange coloring.¬† Place yellow and green frosting into pastry bags fitted with plain or leaf style tips.¬† Pipe Jack O Lantern faces, leaves and stems onto cookies.

 

 

 

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Cook with ME in October!!

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Fall is the perfect time to get back in the kitchen to create some delicious memories for the ones you love. ¬†Need some fresh inspiration? ¬†Join me in October for a cooking class. There are 3 titles to choose from; all packed with fabulous food, and a fantastic fun time! Register by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net or call 214 551 9630 TODAY! Can’t wait to see YOU!

Au revoir for now!

Lorie

Thursday, October 19th 6:30-8:30 The South Does Bourbon! Join me for a night out of incredible food and bourbon!  We will taste 3 bourbon varieties paying particular attending to the subtle flavor notes as we gobble delicious bites all with a southern slant.  No matter which corner of the globe you roam, it is impossible to beat Barbequed Shrimp and White Cheddar Grit cups perfect for serving at a party.  We will make our own Herbed Chevre fabulous on its own but we will use it to craft a sensational Panini with creamed honey.  Curry Chicken Salad and Cucumber Canapes make a cool crispy bite.  Grilled Provolone is outstanding when topped with Tomato Jam and balsamic.  Bacon and Chive Biscuits topped with Apricot Glazed Pork is quite possibly the best bite ever!  To round out this exciting evening of food and bourbon we will prepare individual Mixed Berry Cobblers and Sweet Pistachio Cream with Chocolate Shards for dipping.  Class Fee $59.00

Friday, October 20th 11:00-1:00 Lunch and Learn Italian Inspiration Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Fresh ideas are sure to become family favorites all with amped up flavor and nutrition.  While we cook we will sample Peach Bellini’s just for fun.  We will get the amazing food started Shallot Mushroom Fontina Frittata together with luscious Cherry Almond Scones makes the perfect anytime breakfast. Greens, kale, prosciutto and figs come together for a crave worthy salad perfect as a main course. Experience Polenta by the Yard family style!  We will prepare topping and mix in for this classic Italian dish sure to become a favorite at your house. To keep the goodness coming we will make a one dish wonder, Porchetta Roast with fall vegetables and faro, so satisfying and oh so easy.  For an added side to accompany all of your fall dishes we will prepare Blistered and Sauced Green Beans.  For a fantastic sweet finish we will prepare decadent Lemon Soufflé Cakes.  Class Fee $56.00

Friday, October 27th 10:00-2:00 Pizza Workshop Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Imagine yourself with the skills to prepare fantastic pizzas for your family and friends, perfect for entertaining.  Plus take home a kit including traditional Pizza Sauce and Pizza Crust to create a lovely pizza for your family!  I will show you how to host a Create Your Own Pizza Party, one of my favorite ways to entertain!  We will master the difference between Flatbread and Pizza in this class and the tasty goodness begins with Fontina Flatbread topped with prosciutto, walnuts and shallots.  Next up the show stopping beauty of Assorted Heirloom Tomato Pizza.  We will prepare Green Flatbread, topped with pesto, fresh chevre, kale, chard, basil and chives.    Buffalo Chicken Pizza is sure to be a crowd pleaser along with Salad topped flat bread of Tomato Confit, parmesan, and bacon.  We will prepare the crispy light Cucumber and Fennel Salad perfect alongside any of our savory offerings.  For a sweet treat, Ricotta Honey Berry Pizza sprinkled with Candied Pecans. Class size is limited, extreme hands on experience.  Workshop Fee $79.00

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Winners of O&V Gift Cards!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful long holiday weekend!

Registration for cooking classes and entries to win the 2, $25.00 gift cards for Oil & Vinegar cards has been non-stop!  There are only a few spaces left in many of the exciting COOKING CLASSES offered this season.  Scroll below to see the list and send in your email requests for classes to lorie@atasteofparis.net or call 214 551 9630 TODAY!

Remember, we are supposed to load our diets with dark leafy greens everyday.  To help you do just that, I have  posted my favorite, ridiculously simple, Champagne Vinaigrette, perfect over any crispy greens. This recipe features two products found exclusively at Oil & Vinegar at Shops at Legacy.

And now, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!!

Monica Baker

Leslie Moore

Au revoir for now!

Lorie

Champagne Vinaigrette

1 shallot minced

¬ľ cup Marc de Champagne vinegar

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 Tablespoons honey

1/3 cup Blood Orange olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare the vinaigrette, combine vinegar, shallot, mustard, honey and olive oil in a small jar and shake well.  Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Fall Holiday Cooking Classes 2017

Register at lorie@atasteofparis.net or call 214 551 9630

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Lunch and Learn, Fresh Ideas for Busy Lives- Thursday, September 14th 11:00-1:00   2 SPACES OPEN Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Fresh ideas are sure to become family favorites all with amped up flavor and nutrition.  While we cook we will sample Mango Mimosas just for fun.  We will get started with 2 breakfast ideas; amaze your family with Sunshine Muffins packed with bacon and cheddar and an egg baked right in!  We will prepare irresistible Berry Jam to top those muffins off.   You will look forward to morning when you prepare my Star Studded Oatmeal crammed full of goodness. Crispy Vegetable Salad is the perfect lunch or side to any meal and offers new strategies for keeping veg at its crispy best.  Looking for a new taco obsession?  Flank Steak Tacos with Sensational Slaw will not disappoint especially when we top then with homemade Candied Jalapenos, oh my!  We will demystify curry with our spicy to taste Coconut Chicken Curry served over Israeli Couscous.  To finish the fun everyone will adore luscious Chocolate Caramel Tart!  Class Fee $56.00

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The South Does Bourbon!- Thursday, October 19th 6:30-8:30 2 SPACES OPEN Join me for a night out of incredible food and bourbon!  We will taste 3 bourbon varieties paying particular attending to the subtle flavor notes as we gobble delicious bites all with a southern slant.  No matter which corner of the globe you roam, it is impossible to beat Barbequed Shrimp and White Cheddar Grit cups perfect for serving at a party.  We will make our own Herbed Chevre fabulous on its own but we will use it to craft a sensational Panini with creamed honey.  Curry Chicken Salad and Cucumber Canapes make a cool crispy bite.  Grilled Provolone is outstanding when topped with Tomato Jam and balsamic.  Bacon and Chive Biscuits topped with Apricot Glazed Pork is quite possibly the best bite ever!  To round out this exciting evening of food and bourbon we will prepare individual Mixed Berry Cobblers and Sweet Pistachio Cream with Chocolate Shards for dipping.  Class Fee $59.00

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Lunch and Learn Italian Inspiration- Friday, October 20th 11:00-1:00 Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Fresh ideas are sure to become family favorites all with amped up flavor and nutrition.  While we cook we will sample Peach Bellini’s just for fun.  We will get the amazing food started Shallot Mushroom Fontina Frittata together with luscious Cherry Almond Scones makes the perfect anytime breakfast. Greens, kale, prosciutto and figs come together for a crave worthy salad perfect as a main course. Experience Polenta by the Yard family style!  We will prepare topping and mix in for this classic Italian dish sure to become a favorite at your house. To keep the goodness coming we will make a one dish wonder, Porchetta Roast with fall vegetables and faro, so satisfying and oh so easy.  For an added side to accompany all of your fall dishes we will prepare Blistered and Sauced Green Beans.  For a fantastic sweet finish we will prepare decadent Lemon Soufflé Cakes.  Class Fee $56.00

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Pizza Workshop -Friday, October 27th 10:00-2:00 2 SPACES OPEN Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Imagine yourself with the skills to prepare fantastic pizzas for your family and friends, perfect for entertaining.  Plus take home a kit including traditional Pizza Sauce and Pizza Crust to create a lovely pizza for your family!  I will show you how to host a Create Your Own Pizza Party, one of my favorite ways to entertain!  We will master the difference between Flatbread and Pizza in this class and the tasty goodness begins with Fontina Flatbread topped with prosciutto, walnuts and shallots.  Next up the show stopping beauty of Assorted Heirloom Tomato Pizza.  We will prepare Green Flatbread, topped with pesto, fresh chevre, kale, chard, basil and chives.    Buffalo Chicken Pizza is sure to be a crowd pleaser along with Salad topped flat bread of Tomato Confit, parmesan, and bacon.  We will prepare the crispy light Cucumber and Fennel Salad perfect alongside any of our savory offerings.  For a sweet treat, Ricotta Honey Berry Pizza sprinkled with Candied Pecans. Class size is limited, extreme hands on experience.  Workshop Fee $79.00

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Lunch and Learn Thanksgiving Inspiration- Friday, November 3rd 11:00-1:00               4 SPACES OPEN Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Does Thanksgiving Dinner have to consist of the same old tired dishes year after year?  How about a fresh take on some classic flavors to wake up those taste buds?  While we cook we will sample Vanilla Pumpkin Martini shots just for fun!  The tasty goodness starts with Sautéed pears and Walnuts over Brie a lovely appetizer for any spread.  Pretty Herbed Brioche Rolls are sure to be a huge hit.  We will prepare Cinnamon Maple Glazed Turkey with Classic Gravy, not to out down by my cornbread dressing packed with bacon, leeks and walnuts.  Gorgeous Sweet Potato Soufflés will amaze your guests as well as crispy and tangy Green Bean Cranberry Salad.  Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin is amazing!  For a decadent sweet ending we will prepare Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake.  Class Fee $56.00

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Entertaining with Irresistible Appetizers РThursday, November 9th 6:30-8:30 Are you ready for a fun night filled with inspired dishes and flavors?  What about great tips and tricks to make entertaining a breeze?  Well then join me!  We will sip Pomegranate Martinis while we prepare a feast of tidbits starting with decadent Normandy Camembert with Calvados apples and pecans.   Light and delicate Crab Puffs will delight any guest.  Tender Red Pepper and Cheddar Scones are a sensation on any buffet.  Next up gorgeous flat bread topped with bacon, chevre, figs and arugula.  Jalapenos have never tasted better than when stuffed with fresh pimento cheese.  Chicken and Apple on Horseback are precious bites of goodness.   Sweet Potato Hummus will be a party winner especially when served with naan bread.  For a sweet finish we will prepare melt in your mouth taste tingling Strawberry Chocolate Truffles and cool creamy Lime and Coconut Panna Cotta Cups. Class Fee $59.00

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French Bistronomy Workshop- Friday November 17th 10:00-2:30 Join me for a truly unique culinary event.  Immerse yourself in the food and culture of France in this 1 day workshop.  We will work side by side to prepare mouthwatering bistronomy dishes designed to amaze our palate. We will dine together for a true French experience.  Wines will be served along with a cheese course.  Many French cooking techniques will be taught. This is a lot of food so guest will be welcome to take home part of the meal home if they choose.  Our 7 course feast will begin with French Cocktails; a trio of goodies will be served along with my favorite bubbles for a festive start to our day.  Together we will prepare the cocktail offering including individual Beef Wellington Tarts, Gruyere Cheese Straws and Peppered Cashews.  We will continue our fun with a rich vibrate Red Pepper Soup topped with crème fraiche.  In true French fashion a fish course is next.  Herbed risotto with pan seared scallops will delight your taste buds.  Assorted nuts, seeds and figs come together in a salad that illuminates fall and refreshes our pallet.     The irresistible main course is Chicken Roulade stuffed with fall vegetables and served white wine Veloute Sauce over Golden Luxe Potatoes.  Next I’ll serve a bright assortment of cheeses followed by Luscious Vanilla Lavender Soufflés.  You will take home Breakfast for TWO, Quiche Lorraine and a little surprise! Class fee $89.00 Class size limited to 10

 

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13th Annual Gifts From the Kitchen-Thursday November 30th from 6:30-9:00 OR Friday, December 1st from 11:00-1:30 Back by popular demand this fun and festive class will take you through an array of goodies perfect for gift giving from your own kitchen to neighbor’s, coworkers or as hostess gifts.  Each recipe will be made and tasted all while sipping my Winter Swizzle Cocktail.  Creative packaging techniques will be taught including crafting a Beno box perfect for holiday gift giving…so FUN!  Most of the work will be done so you can sit back and soak up the spirit of the season.  The party starts by crafting a gorgeous cheese board to snack on while we are crafting tasty gifts.  One of the best loved gifts of all time is homemade Hot Cocoa Mix.  To take this darling idea over the top we will craft add ins including adorable Snowmen Marshmallows and Gorgeous Chocolate Peppermint Stir Sticks.  This trio makes an amazing gift.  Cookies are the perfect holiday gift in keeping with the season we will make decadent Snowballs.  Irresistible bread loaves are always a holiday hit, we will prepare out of this world Cherry Almond Cream Cheese Bread.  The 2017 signature truffle will be Dark Chocolate Grand Mariner. Nuts are always a great gift we will make crunchy Spicy Nuts and Seeds.  I am crushing on Candied Jalapenos and I think you will too, yummy right out of the jar or topping your favorite foods. For the first time ever we will create Kitchen centric bath products.  Bath Bombs continue to be all the rage, I’ll make a batch and you will each have one to take!  Bath salts are such a sweet gift especially when they are spiked with fabulous oils for your skin and scents to delight.  Last but not least I will share my favorite idea for the season.  I call them Ho Ho jars…one little hint, cocktail kits and so much more.  Prepare to be dazzled.   Class Fee $62.50

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Holiday Brunch Workshop- Friday, December 8th from 10:30-2:00Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Brunching is a wonderful way to entertain over the holiday season.  Imagine yourself armed with amazing recipes to serve visiting family and friends through the holidays and beyond.   We will craft our brunch and enjoy it together family style for a lovely break to the holiday season.  Plus take home 4 lightly flavored Lavender Honey scones to be baked or frozen for a yummy family treat.  We will start the fun by creating a bubble bar to be enjoyed during the class.  Tangy Orange Pomegranate Salad is lovely on any holiday table.  Eggs for brunch will take the shape of a Soufflé and our Bacon Parmesan Soufflés will be rise to amazing heights.  Pecan Bourbon Glazed Pork Loin will be tender and juicy and the centerpiece of the feast.  Parmesan Crusted Potatoes are outstanding nuggets of delight.  Asparagus cooked to perfection served with classic French Hollandaise sauce.  We will look to Provence for their Christmas Sweet bread that will be irresistible with the bubbles.  For dessert we will craft a gorgeous Vanilla Pear Tart. Class Fee $79.00

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Register to WIN!

Registration for Fall/Holiday Cooking Classes is OPEN!

I am delighted to offer a giveaway!!

If you are not already following me at wwwatasteofparis.net PLEASE do TODAY! 

You will be entered to win one of 2 $25.00 gift card to Oil & Vinegar for each and every cooking class registration you make through Monday night. The more classes you sign up for the greater your chances to WIN! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 5th.

This season is packed with fresh recipes for fabulous food, cocktails and tons of FUN!.  Space is limited and many classes are almost full so take a look and register TODAY!

Au revoir for now!  Lorie

Fall Holiday Cooking Classes 2017Register at lorie@atasteofparis.net or call 214 551 9630

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Lunch and Learn, Fresh Ideas for Busy Lives- Thursday, September 14th 11:00-1:00 Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Fresh ideas are sure to become family favorites all with amped up flavor and nutrition.  While we cook we will sample Mango Mimosas just for fun.  We will get started with 2 breakfast ideas; amaze your family with Sunshine Muffins packed with bacon and cheddar and an egg baked right in!  We will prepare irresistible Berry Jam to top those muffins off.   You will look forward to morning when you prepare my Star Studded Oatmeal crammed full of goodness. Crispy Vegetable Salad is the perfect lunch or side to any meal and offers new strategies for keeping veg at its crispy best.  Looking for a new taco obsession?  Flank Steak Tacos with Sensational Slaw will not disappoint especially when we top then with homemade Candied Jalapenos, oh my!  We will demystify curry with our spicy to taste Coconut Chicken Curry served over Israeli Couscous.  To finish the fun everyone will adore luscious Chocolate Caramel Tart!  Class Fee $56.00

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The South Does Bourbon!- Thursday, October 19th 6:30-8:30 Join me for a night out of incredible food and bourbon!  We will taste 3 bourbon varieties paying particular attending to the subtle flavor notes as we gobble delicious bites all with a southern slant.  No matter which corner of the globe you roam, it is impossible to beat Barbequed Shrimp and White Cheddar Grit cups perfect for serving at a party.  We will make our own Herbed Chevre fabulous on its own but we will use it to craft a sensational Panini with creamed honey.  Curry Chicken Salad and Cucumber Canapes make a cool crispy bite.  Grilled Provolone is outstanding when topped with Tomato Jam and balsamic.  Bacon and Chive Biscuits topped with Apricot Glazed Pork is quite possibly the best bite ever!  To round out this exciting evening of food and bourbon we will prepare individual Mixed Berry Cobblers and Sweet Pistachio Cream with Chocolate Shards for dipping.  Class Fee $59.00

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Lunch and Learn Italian Inspiration- Friday, October 20th 11:00-1:00 Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Fresh ideas are sure to become family favorites all with amped up flavor and nutrition.  While we cook we will sample Peach Bellini’s just for fun.  We will get the amazing food started Shallot Mushroom Fontina Frittata together with luscious Cherry Almond Scones makes the perfect anytime breakfast. Greens, kale, prosciutto and figs come together for a crave worthy salad perfect as a main course. Experience Polenta by the Yard family style!  We will prepare topping and mix in for this classic Italian dish sure to become a favorite at your house. To keep the goodness coming we will make a one dish wonder, Porchetta Roast with fall vegetables and faro, so satisfying and oh so easy.  For an added side to accompany all of your fall dishes we will prepare Blistered and Sauced Green Beans.  For a fantastic sweet finish we will prepare decadent Lemon Soufflé Cakes.  Class Fee $56.00

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Pizza Workshop -Friday, October 27th 10:00-2:00 Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Imagine yourself with the skills to prepare fantastic pizzas for your family and friends, perfect for entertaining.  Plus take home a kit including traditional Pizza Sauce and Pizza Crust to create a lovely pizza for your family!  I will show you how to host a Create Your Own Pizza Party, one of my favorite ways to entertain!  We will master the difference between Flatbread and Pizza in this class and the tasty goodness begins with Fontina Flatbread topped with prosciutto, walnuts and shallots.  Next up the show stopping beauty of Assorted Heirloom Tomato Pizza.  We will prepare Green Flatbread, topped with pesto, fresh chevre, kale, chard, basil and chives.    Buffalo Chicken Pizza is sure to be a crowd pleaser along with Salad topped flat bread of Tomato Confit, parmesan, and bacon.  We will prepare the crispy light Cucumber and Fennel Salad perfect alongside any of our savory offerings.  For a sweet treat, Ricotta Honey Berry Pizza sprinkled with Candied Pecans. Class size is limited, extreme hands on experience.  Workshop Fee $79.00

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Lunch and Learn Thanksgiving Inspiration- Friday, November 3rd 11:00-1:00 Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Does Thanksgiving Dinner have to consist of the same old tired dishes year after year?  How about a fresh take on some classic flavors to wake up those taste buds?  While we cook we will sample Vanilla Pumpkin Martini shots just for fun!  The tasty goodness starts with Sautéed pears and Walnuts over Brie a lovely appetizer for any spread.  Pretty Herbed Brioche Rolls are sure to be a huge hit.  We will prepare Cinnamon Maple Glazed Turkey with Classic Gravy, not to out down by my cornbread dressing packed with bacon, leeks and walnuts.  Gorgeous Sweet Potato Soufflés will amaze your guests as well as crispy and tangy Green Bean Cranberry Salad.  Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin is amazing!  For a decadent sweet ending we will prepare Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake.  Class Fee $56.00

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Entertaining with Irresistible Appetizers РThursday, November 9th 6:30-8:30 Are you ready for a fun night filled with inspired dishes and flavors?  What about great tips and tricks to make entertaining a breeze?  Well then join me!  We will sip Pomegranate Martinis while we prepare a feast of tidbits starting with decadent Normandy Camembert with Calvados apples and pecans.   Light and delicate Crab Puffs will delight any guest.  Tender Red Pepper and Cheddar Scones are a sensation on any buffet.  Next up gorgeous flat bread topped with bacon, chevre, figs and arugula.  Jalapenos have never tasted better than when stuffed with fresh pimento cheese.  Chicken and Apple on Horseback are precious bites of goodness.   Sweet Potato Hummus will be a party winner especially when served with naan bread.  For a sweet finish we will prepare melt in your mouth taste tingling Strawberry Chocolate Truffles and cool creamy Lime and Coconut Panna Cotta Cups. Class Fee $59.00

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French Bistronomy Workshop- Friday November 17th 10:00-2:30 Join me for a truly unique culinary event.  Immerse yourself in the food and culture of France in this 1 day workshop.  We will work side by side to prepare mouthwatering bistronomy dishes designed to amaze our palate. We will dine together for a true French experience.  Wines will be served along with a cheese course.  Many French cooking techniques will be taught. This is a lot of food so guest will be welcome to take home part of the meal home if they choose.  Our 7 course feast will begin with French Cocktails; a trio of goodies will be served along with my favorite bubbles for a festive start to our day.  Together we will prepare the cocktail offering including individual Beef Wellington Tarts, Gruyere Cheese Straws and Peppered Cashews.  We will continue our fun with a rich vibrate Red Pepper Soup topped with crème fraiche.  In true French fashion a fish course is next.  Herbed risotto with pan seared scallops will delight your taste buds.  Assorted nuts, seeds and figs come together in a salad that illuminates fall and refreshes our pallet.     The irresistible main course is Chicken Roulade stuffed with fall vegetables and served white wine Veloute Sauce over Golden Luxe Potatoes.  Next I’ll serve a bright assortment of cheeses followed by Luscious Vanilla Lavender Soufflés.  Class fee $95.00 Class size limited to 10

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13th Annual Gifts From the Kitchen-Thursday November 30th from 6:30-9:00 OR Friday, December 1st from 11:00-1:30 Back by popular demand this fun and festive class will take you through an array of goodies perfect for gift giving from your own kitchen to neighbor’s, coworkers or as hostess gifts.  Each recipe will be made and tasted all while sipping my Winter Swizzle Cocktail.  Creative packaging techniques will be taught including crafting a Beno box perfect for holiday gift giving…so FUN!  Most of the work will be done so you can sit back and soak up the spirit of the season.  The party starts by crafting a gorgeous cheese board to snack on while we are crafting tasty gifts.  One of the best loved gifts of all time is homemade Hot Cocoa Mix.  To take this darling idea over the top we will craft add ins including adorable Snowmen Marshmallows and Gorgeous Chocolate Peppermint Stir Sticks.  This trio makes an amazing gift.  Cookies are the perfect holiday gift in keeping with the season we will make decadent Snowballs.  Irresistible bread loaves are always a holiday hit, we will prepare out of this world Cherry Almond Cream Cheese Bread.  The 2017 signature truffle will be Dark Chocolate Grand Mariner. Nuts are always a great gift we will make crunchy Spicy Nuts and Seeds.  I am crushing on Candied Jalapenos and I think you will too, yummy right out of the jar or topping your favorite foods. For the first time ever we will create Kitchen centric bath products.  Bath Bombs continue to be all the rage, I’ll make a batch and you will each have one to take!  Bath salts are such a sweet gift especially when they are spiked with fabulous oils for your skin and scents to delight.  Last but not least I will share my favorite idea for the season.  I call them Ho Ho jars…one little hint, cocktail kits and so much more.  Prepare to be dazzled.   Class Fee $62.50

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Holiday Brunch Workshop- Friday, December 8th from 10:30-2:00Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Brunching is a wonderful way to entertain over the holiday season.  Imagine yourself armed with amazing recipes to serve visiting family and friends through the holidays and beyond.   We will craft our brunch and enjoy it together family style for a lovely break to the holiday season.  Plus take home 4 lightly flavored Lavender Honey scones to be baked or frozen for a yummy family treat.  We will start the fun by creating a bubble bar to be enjoyed during the class.  Tangy Orange Pomegranate Salad is lovely on any holiday table.  Eggs for brunch will take the shape of a Soufflé and our Bacon Parmesan Soufflés will be rise to amazing heights.  Pecan Bourbon Glazed Pork Loin will be tender and juicy and the centerpiece of the feast.  Parmesan Crusted Potatoes are outstanding nuggets of delight.  Asparagus cooked to perfection served with classic French Hollandaise sauce.  We will look to Provence for their Christmas Sweet bread that will be irresistible with the bubbles.  For dessert we will craft a gorgeous Vanilla Pear Tart. Class Fee $79.00

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Make Crepes Like a BOSS!

Crepes

Imagine yourself with the skills to make the most beautiful crepes on earth…Join the fun on August 31st for Crepes Workshop OR ¬†Learn to make pizza for like a pro at my Pizza Workshop. ¬†Join me for one or all 3 Lunch and Learn classes, such a fantastic way to spend an extended lunch hour. ¬†Feel like a night out? ¬†I have you covered for that too, grab a friend or your hubby for some bourbon tasting southern style OR want some entertaining tips…I have you covered. ¬†See the full class list below.

Register TODAY because classes are filling fast!  Email lorie@atasteofparis.net orr call 214 551 9630.

Au revoir for now! Lorie

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Fall Classes 2017

Crepes Workshop Thursday, August 31st 5:30-9:00 OR  Friday, September 8th 10:00-2:00 SOLD OUT Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget.  After this class you will feel like a professional Creperie.  You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner; 4 servings to be taken home and enjoyed by your family.  So after a fun class, no cooking or dishwashing for you, dinner is ready!  We will start with breakfast crepes, two versions, rich Chocolate Banana and fresh Strawberry with Mascarpone.  We will have some fun making sensational appetizer Crepe Bundles stuffed with brie, apples and caramel. For a hearty lunch we will prepare Buckwheat Crepes stuffed with Steak, Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms and topped with a silky Beef Veloute Sauce, oh my!  We will also craft a vegetarian option, Herbed Crepes filled with a Parmesan Kale and fresh ripe tomatoes, drizzled with a Balsamic Glaze.  For a sweet finish we will prepare dreamy Pumpkin Cheesecake Crepes.  Last but not least; mouthwatering Chicken Florentine Crepes will be prepared for take home dinner!!  This will be a fabulously fun day in the kitchen. Class size limited to 10.  Class fee $89.00

Thursday, September 14th 11:00-1:00 Lunch and Learn, Fresh Ideas for Busy Lives

Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Fresh ideas are sure to become family favorites all with amped up flavor and nutrition.  While we cook we will sample Mango Mimosas just for fun.  We will get started with 2 breakfast ideas; amaze your family with Sunshine Muffins packed with bacon and cheddar and an egg baked right in!  We will prepare irresistible Berry Jam to top those muffins off.   You will look forward to morning when you prepare my Star Studded Oatmeal crammed full of goodness. Crispy Vegetable Salad is the perfect lunch or side to any meal and offers new strategies for keeping veg at its crispy best.  Looking for a new taco obsession?  Flank Steak Tacos with Sensational Slaw will not disappoint especially when we top then with homemade Candied Jalapenos, oh my!  We will demystify curry with our spicy to taste Coconut Chicken Curry served over Israeli Couscous.  To finish the fun everyone will adore luscious Chocolate Caramel Tart!  Class Fee $56.00

Friday September 15th 7:00-9:00 Chef’s¬†Table- Los Cabos

Don’t feel like cooking? Join me for a Chef’s Table lunch and just sit back and enjoy!  I will prepare a beautifully composed meal guaranteed to entice your taste buds. This meal is inspired by some of the phenomenal food we enjoyed seaside in Cabo.  The fun begins with a cocktail I could simply not get enough of and have been dreaming of ever since Grand Mariner Mojito Martini. First course is served upon arrival and consists of Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Piquet Peppers and Chicken Empanadas, sensational little packages of goodness.  We will be seated for the second course of savory Lobster and Corn Crème Brulee.  Third course will be a gorgeous light Collard Salad served with Jalapeno Cheddar Muffins.  The main course will not disappoint, succulent Glazed Pork Loin with Peach and Island Fruit Chutney served over a bed of Pureed Sweet Potatoes.  For dessert, Cherry Hand Pies and a platter of Dark Chocolate Shards, because every meals need a little chocolate!  Fee $59.00

Thursday, October 19th 6:30-8:30 The South Does Bourbon!

Join me for a night out of incredible food and bourbon!  We will taste 3 bourbon varieties paying particular attending to the subtle flavor notes as we gobble delicious bites all with a southern slant.  No matter which corner of the globe you roam, it is impossible to beat Barbequed Shrimp and White Cheddar Grit cups perfect for serving at a party.  We will make our own Herbed Chevre fabulous on its own but we will use it to craft a sensational Panini with creamed honey.  Curry Chicken Salad and Cucumber Canapes make a cool crispy bite.  Grilled Provolone is outstanding when topped with Tomato Jam and balsamic.  Bacon and Chive Biscuits topped with Apricot Glazed Pork is quite possibly the best bite ever!  To round out this exciting evening of food and bourbon we will prepare individual Mixed Berry Cobblers and Sweet Pistachio Cream with Chocolate Shards for dipping.  Class Fee $59.00

Friday, October 20th 11:00-1:00 Lunch and Learn Italian Inspiration

Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Fresh ideas are sure to become family favorites all with amped up flavor and nutrition.  While we cook we will sample Peach Bellini’s just for fun.  We will get the amazing food started Shallot Mushroom Fontina Frittata together with luscious Cherry Almond Scones makes the perfect anytime breakfast. Greens, kale, prosciutto and figs come together for a crave worthy salad perfect as a main course. Experience Polenta by the Yard family style!  We will prepare topping and mix in for this classic Italian dish sure to become a favorite at your house. To keep the goodness coming we will make a one dish wonder, Porchetta Roast with fall vegetables and faro, so satisfying and oh so easy.  For an added side to accompany all of your fall dishes we will prepare Blistered and Sauced Green Beans.  For a fantastic sweet finish we will prepare decadent Lemon Soufflé Cakes.  Class Fee $56.00

Friday, October 27th 10:00-2:00 Pizza Workshop Join me for a day in the kitchen you will not soon forget!  Imagine yourself with the skills to prepare fantastic pizzas for your family and friends, perfect for entertaining.  Plus take home a kit including traditional Pizza Sauce and Pizza Crust to create a lovely pizza for your family!  I will show you how to host a Create Your Own Pizza Party, one of my favorite ways to entertain!  We will master the difference between Flatbread and Pizza in this class and the tasty goodness begins with Fontina Flatbread topped with prosciutto, walnuts and shallots.  Next up the show stopping beauty of Assorted Heirloom Tomato Pizza.  We will prepare Green Flatbread, topped with pesto, fresh chevre, kale, chard, basil and chives.    Buffalo Chicken Pizza is sure to be a crowd pleaser along with Salad topped flat bread of Tomato Confit, parmesan, and bacon.  We will prepare the crispy light Cucumber and Fennel Salad perfect alongside any of our savory offerings.  For a sweet treat, Ricotta Honey Berry Pizza sprinkled with Candied Pecans. Class size is limited, extreme hands on experience.  Workshop Fee $79.00

Friday, November 3rd 11:00-1:00 Lunch and Learn Thanksgiving Inspiration

Join me this month or every month for an extended lunch hour and full cooking class experience.  Does Thanksgiving Dinner have to consist of the same old tired dishes year after year?  How about a fresh take on some classic flavors to wake up those taste buds.  While we cook we will sample Vanilla Pumpkin Martini shots just for fun!  The tasty goodness starts with Sautéed pears and Walnuts over Brie a lovely appetizer for any spread.  Pretty Herbed Brioche Rolls are sure to be a huge hit.  We will prepare Cinnamon Maple Glazed Turkey with Classic Gravy, not to out down by my cornbread dressing packed with bacon, leeks and walnuts.  Gorgeous Sweet Potato Soufflés will amaze your guests as well as crispy and tangy Green Bean Cranberry Salad.  Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin is amazing!  For a decadent sweet ending we will prepare Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake.  Class Fee $56.00

Thursday, November 9th 6:30-8:30 Entertaining with Irresistible Appetizers

Are you ready for a fun night filled with inspired dishes and flavors?  What about great tips and tricks to make entertaining a breeze?  Well then join me!  We will sip Pomegranate Martinis while we prepare a feast of tidbits starting with decadent Normandy Camembert with Calvados apples and pecans.   Light and delicate Crab Puffs will delight any guest.  Tender Red Pepper and Cheddar Scones are a sensation on any buffet.  Next up gorgeous flat bread topped with bacon, chevre, figs and arugula.  Jalapenos have never tasted better than when stuffed with fresh pimento cheese.  Chicken and Apple on Horseback are precious bites of goodness.   Sweet Potato Hummus will be a party winner especially when served with naan bread.  For a sweet finish we will prepare melt in your mouth taste tingling Strawberry Chocolate Truffles and cool creamy Lime and Coconut Panna Cotta Cups. Class Fee $59.00

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Recipes From Today’s Episode on FOX 4

Loved being on with the amazing Fox crew today chatting about getting the kids in the kitchen!  Enjoy the recipes with your children and grandchildren!

XOXO Lorie

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Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

1 pound penne pasta

3 cups freshly made or store bought marinara sauce

1 ¬Ĺ cups grated mozzarella cheese

¬Ĺ cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt plus more for pasta water

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 red bell peppers seeded and cubed

1 yellow onion cut 1 inch pieces

2 yellow squash cut into ¬ľ inch slices

1 cup sliced button mushrooms

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.¬† On baking sheet toss vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast until tender about 8-12 minutes.¬† Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.¬† Cook penne in salted water until al dente.¬† Drain pasta and return to pot.¬† Toss pasta with marinara sauce and roasted vegetables.¬†¬† Pour mixture into a 9×13 glass dish, top with first mozzarella cheese then parmesan cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes until top is beginning to brown.

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Lemon Chicken with Green Beans

4 chicken breasts

Juice and zest from 2 large lemons

3 garlic cloves

¬ľ cup olive oil

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoons salt

¬Ĺ teaspoon pepper

¬Ĺ teaspoon onion powder

1 red bell pepper diced

1 pound frozen green beans

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.¬† In a gallon zip top bag combine lemon, olive oil, garlic Worcestershire sauce and remaining seasonings.¬† Mix very well.¬† Add chicken, red pepper and green beans to the bag and toss to coat.¬† Pour mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour.

 

 

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