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 – Wednesday, 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

½ 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 ½ 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 ½ 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.




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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