Get Your Kids in the Kitchen with Pizza!

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Kids Love Pizza…how about 2 full days of pizza inspired recipes?  There are only a few spots left in this amazing class.  Your student will learn lots of food science as we work with yeast to make fresh dough and on the second day, students will bring home ingredients to make a pizza for the family!!  Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net or call 214 551 9630

Can’t make it to this class?  Scroll down for one of my students all time favorite pizza ish recipes!  XoXo Lorie

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 1 Pizza 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 2 We 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!

 

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Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks with Marina

1 package bread sticks

4 cheese sticks cut in half lengthwise

Garlic salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Open bread stick package and using a knife make a slit down each side.  Press halved cheese sticks into slit and press the dough closed with finger.  Sprinkle breadsticks with garlic salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until beginning to brown.  Serve with Marinara Sauce.

Fresh Marinara Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion chopped

2 cloves garlic pressed

2 28 ounce cans of crushed or diced tomatoes or 4 cups fresh tomatoes diced

½ cup fresh basil cut in a chiffonade

½ teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large chef’s pan over medium heat, add onions and cook until they begin to get clear 7-8 minutes.  Next add garlic, cook for one minute more then add remaining ingredients.  Heat until mixture is simmering.  Simmer uncovered 12-20 minutes until the liquid is reduced and you have a thick sauce.  Serve with Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks, over whole wheat pasta, grilled fish or chicken.

 

 

 

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Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato Confit

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A digital magazine devoted to the city of McKinney
The Art of Living Beautifully is an online magazine dedicated to promoting the unique city of Mckinney and it’s businesses.

When Lauren Palmer, the creator of TAOLB contacted me and asked me to be a part of this beautiful publication I was thrilled! Lauren and I had worked together a few times before sharing blog posts; her excellent style and taste is something I admire.

I am delighted to share recipes once a month with McKinney residents in the much anticipated The Art Of Living Beautifully magazine. Fresh seasonal ingredients and recipes that are accessible to the home chef will be my focus.

One of my favorite features of the publication is the monthly calendar. You can look at all of the exciting events going on in our city at a glance.  And you guessed it, my cooking classes for adults and children will be posted here!

There is so much to see and do in our fair city, be in the know and subscribe to The Art Of Living Beautifully TODAY!

I hope you will be inspired to try my  feature for June, mouthwatering Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato Confit will excite your taste buds!
XoXo
Lorie

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Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato Confit

from the kitchen of Lorie Fangio, resident Chef

Tomato Confit

1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half

8 Roma tomatoes seeded and cut in quarters

8-10 fresh basil leaves torn

3 cloves garlic pressed

1/4 cup olive oil

Pinch of fresh thyme

½ teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

Pinch of fresh ground pepper

Baked Goat Cheese

6 ounces fresh chevre

8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic pressed

Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a roasting pan with foil.  Place all ingredients for the confit in the pan and toss well to coat the tomatoes with oil and seasonings.  Spread the tomatoes out to form a single layer.  Roast for 1 hour, remove pan and stir tomato mixture, spread out again, replace pan in oven and repeat this process after 1 more hour.  If tomatoes are still very wet, continue roasting for an additional 30 minutes.  Store the tomato confit in the refrigerator until needed. To prepare Baked Goat Cheese, preheat oven to 400 degrees.   Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with an electric mixer.  Grease a 6×6 baking dish and fill with the cheese mixture.  Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes until cheese is bubbling.  Top with Tomato Confit and serve with bread or crackers.

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Recipes from Today’s episode on Fox 4

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A huge thank you to Fox 4 and Good day for hosting me today.  Below are the 3 low cook sandwich recipes sure to become your family’s favorites!

Grilled Cheese Pesto Panini

8 slices bread

1/3 cup basil pesto

1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes

4 slices provolone cheese

4 thick slices fresh mozzarella Cheese

Assemble the sandwiches by spreading a generous layer of pesto on half of the bread.  Add sundried tomatoes and one of each cheese slice.  Top with remaining bread.  Heat a cast iron grill pan over medium heat.  Place all the sandwiches on the pan.  Cover with a Panini press or heavy pan.  Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

B & C Vegetable Wrap

4 whole wheat wraps

8 slices bacon cooked to crisp

4 slices cheddar cheese

4 ounces cream cheese softened

2 tomatoes sliced

1 cup chopped lettuce

¼ sliced red onion

½ cucumbers sliced

1 avocado sliced

Spread each wrap with a generous amount of cream cheese.  Layer on bacon, cheese and vegetables and roll wraps.

Buffalo Chicken Sub

1 loaf French bread sliced in half lengthwise

2 grilled chicken breasts sliced very thin into ribbons

1 red bell pepper cut into julienne

1 small onion sliced thin

1 teaspoon olive oil divided

½ cup blue cheese crumbles

1 large tomato sliced thin

½ cup sliced black olives

Sauce

½ cup prepared buffalo sauce

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make sauce, add all ingredients to a zip top bag and mix well.  Add grilled meat and toss to coat.  In a small saucepan heat olive oil and cook peppers and onions for about 6-7 minutes until they have softened.   Spread meat, peppers and onions and blue cheese evenly on half of the French bread.  Top with the other half and wrap well in foil.  Place in oven for 8-10 minutes until warmed through.  Add tomatoes and serve.

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A Little Jam with your Homemade European Loaves?

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Join me for a fantastic Workshop next Friday, June 9th and learn to make these incredible artisan loaves!

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Your friends and family will be amazed by your skills!  And just in case you want to slather your bread with something sweet, scroll to the bottom for my favorite Strawberry Lemon Jam recipe.

European Loaf Workshop Friday, June 9th 10:00-2:00 ONLY 2 SEATS Left  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.  Register by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net or call 214 551 9630

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Strawberry Lemon Jam

2 ½ cups chopped fresh strawberries

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

3 tablespoons cornstarch.

Place strawberries in the blender and pulse until pureed.  Mix lemon juice and cornstarch in a small bowl.  Add all ingredients to a heavy bottomed saucepan set over medium heat.  Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

 

 

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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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