Gifts from the Kitchen on Fox 4 Monday!


If you are looking for great gift ideas that are really personal, why not make a few right in your own kitchen.

Join me Monday, December 19th, on Fox 4 Good Day around 8:40 for Gifts From The Kitchen!  I’ll be showing viewers how to make magnificent morsels perfect for sharing.  See a few of this years favorites below.  The best part is just how simple these tasty treats are!

Hope you will try some or all of these ideas this year!  Enjoy!  Lorie


Join me in 2017 for a cooking class.  These events are packed with fabulous food, fantastic tips and an exceptionally great time! Register TODAY by email or 214 551 9630

Friday, January 13th 2017 11:00-1:00  Skip Eating Light Live Mediterranean  In this world of fast fix diets let’s be sensible, skip eating light and live the Mediterranean lifestyle.  I will show you how with recipes that are nutrient dense made with lean proteins, whole grains and are vegetable rich. We will start the delicious morsels with Open Faced Egg and Avocado Sami and decadent Coconut Date Bars.  Herb and Walnut Crusted Chicken is perfect on a bed of farro and arugula with a Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.  Crave able Maple Dijon Salmon served alongside beautiful crispy Confetti Slaw makes the perfect weeknight meal.  Chewy Quinoa Tabbouleh is the perfect side or lunch dish packed with protein and fiber.  For a snack let’s crunch on homemade pita chips served alongside Creamy Pumpkin Hummus.  Cauliflower Steaks are so meaty they can replace expensive proteins on  meatless Mondays  For a delightful  sweet treat we will prepare Pear Mascarpone and Honey Tart!  Class Fee $53.00

Wednesday, January 25th 2017 6:30-8:30  PRACTICAL Artisan Bread  Practical’s are a new style of class I am offering that give you a true hands on cooking experience and the best part you take home the results!  Craft your own artisan bread to share with friends and family.  More details coming soon.Class Fee $58.00

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 

Thursday, February 9th 2017 6:30-8:30  Best of Chocolate Desserts  With Valentine’s day right around the corner, my mind always drifts to Chocolate. Chocolate is my passion food and it will show in this action packed chocolate rich class.  I will serve Limoncello Martinis, the perfect complement to all this chocolate! The fun will start with a show stopping Chocolate Flower Cakes.  The cake will be baked like a ball, stuffed with goodness, large chocolate leaves will be crafted and attached and the finished product will resemble a chocolate rose.  Next up, Truffles a la Maison du Chocolate in France, rich and decadent no need to elaborate!  Chocolate Lava cake is always a crowd pleaser and mine will not disappoint!  Chocolate Pate is a simple and sinful dessert especially when served with butter cookies.  Raspberry Filling will be made from berries to stuff our dark chocolate bon bons, eating one is truly and experience.  We will prepare Chocolate Turtle Brownies to round out the chocolate feast.  Class Fee $58.00

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Citrus Olive Oil

1 orange

1 lemon

2 cups olive oil

Using a sharp knife remove the rind from the lemon and orange in strips leaving the pitchy white part behind.  Push rind into a clean jar and pour oil on top.  Let oil steep for 3-4 days, before straining oil.  Store the citrus oil in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Walnut Thyme Honey

¾ cup honey

1 cup walnuts toasted and chopped

4 sprigs thyme

½ teaspoon lemon zest

Whisk the honey and zest until very well mixed.  Place cooled nuts and thyme sprigs into a clean jar.  Pour honey over the nuts.  Store the nut mixture in the refrigerator for several weeks before using to allow flavors to meld.

Jalapeno Vodka

2 cups vodka

1 large jalapeno pepper

Score the pepper 5 or 6 times from stem to end being careful not to cut all the way through to the seeds. Pour vodka into a clean jar or container, add pepper.  Shake 2-3 times a day for 1 week.

Remove pepper or leave it in for more intense flavor.


Spicy Nuts Mix

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup shelled pistachios

1 ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 cup almonds, whole

1 ½ cups cashews

1 egg white

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon oranges zest

1 ½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons cumin

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non stick cooking spray.  In a small bowl combine the salt with zest and spices.  Beat egg white until foamy and add seasonings, mix well.  Stir in nuts and toss to coat.  Lay nuts out in a single layer on prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes checking them often.  Store nuts in air tight container once completely cooled.

Chocoholics Delight

1 cup chocolate covered almonds

1 cup chocolate covered cherries

1 cup chocolate covered pecans

1 cup chocolate covered orange pieces

1 cup chocolate covered raisins

Mix all ingredients and store in a jar

About Lorie Fangio

I am a lifestyle advisor with a passion for connecting families Around the Table for mealtime. We are becoming a society that doesn’t even speak to each other, texting and internet relationships are the norm and it is impacting our culture. I believe the human connection as we know it, is in danger. Finding time to spend together as a family unit can be difficult especially with dual family careers and children that are often hyper scheduled. My mission is to inspire families, with a no nonsense approach to real food. Gathering Around the Table is key to the foundation of familial relationships. Sitting down to a meal is much more than breaking bread, it is a bonding ritual for families that actually protects our kids from all the dangerous stuff in the world. With tips and techniques we can all get our families Around the Table!
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