I have been teaching students of all ages for over 16 years. Sharing time honored preparation techniques, the latest findings on foods and nutrition as well as time saving tips is a real passion for me. Join ME for cooking classes in McKinney, TX where good food and good fun are always on the menu. See you soon!

Joan Kelly

“I still can’t believe how much information you packed into the evening – and your beautiful home and gracious personality made it a really perfect night.”
“I still can’t believe how much information you packed into the evening – and your beautiful home and gracious personality made it a really perfect night.”

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August 2018

Weeknight Meals- Sold OUT!

August 31 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wonderful everyday meal ideas designed to inspire YOU and have your family begging for more!  Have you heard?  Bowls are the new casserole and oh so easy to prepare.  We will explore ancient grains as we cook up aromatic Thai Coconut Shrimp bowl and scrumptious Sesame Chicken and Veg Bowl.  We will employ my favorite weeknight strategy; Cook Once Eat Twice while making first, beautiful Pork Tenderloin, marinated in beer and roasted to perfection with seasonal vegetable and second, Barbequed…

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September 2018

Provencal Happy Hour at Toulouse~Legacy West Plano

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Toulouse, 7301 Windrose Ave ste c150
Plano, TX 75024 United States

Join A Taste of Paris for Provencal Happy Hour at Toulouse at Legacy West, Plano Registration for A Taste of Provence 2019 is OPEN and Toulouse is helping us celebrate! Travel with me in 2019, only a few seats available! September 7-14th, 2019  OR September 14th-21st, 2019  Join the Happy Hour fun as Toulouse transports us to Provence French Beer $5.00 French Red, White or Rosé Wine  $6.00 French 75 OR 77’s $7.00 Gourges, the chef's compliments Truffle Fries $5.00…

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October 2018

French Market

October 5 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

After spending several weeks combing the markets of Provence I will be filled with inspiration for this magnificent class on French cooking. Fresh local ingredients will be gathered including vegetables, cheese, wine and more, downtown before you arrive. Together we will design the menu and prepare a 5 course meal just like in the cooking schools in Paris!  You won’t know what’s on the menu because we will be creating from fresh, in season, locally grown ingredients!   Come ready to…

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Girls Night OUT It’s Time for a Break!

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Grab a girlfriend and join the fun in this entertaining night out.  We will cook for the first hour and enjoy our yummies the second hour, cocktail party style complete with a crafty take away treat!  The festivities begin with a libation that hints fall is finally upon us, Pomegranate Orange Martini is oh so refreshing.  The amazing food starts with precious Goat Cheese Savory Madeleines, almost too cute to eat.  Green Goddess Crudité Cups offer color and crunch to…

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The Foods of the Normandy Coast, 2-Day French Workshop

October 25 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Join me for a truly unique culinary event as we travel to Normandy for some of the most delectable food on earth.  In Normandy they cook with the 4 C’s; cider, calvados, crème and camembert. We will explore these ingredients as we prepare some of the most iconic, mouthwatering dishes full of love and flavor. This 2-day workshop is immersion style and we cook side by side. Each day we will prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and a sweet along with…

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Fall Cooking at the Arboretum

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lorie will lead you through a  4 course French menu inspired by fall.  This incredible culinary event begins with our starter course of crave able Savory Tomato Basil Pain Perdue. Followed by a rich vibrate Red Pepper Soup topped with crème fraiche  Next up our main course, juicy Flank Steak with a beautiful Red Wine and Shallot Sauce served alongside delectable Potatoes Dauphinoise.  For a sweet finish we will prepare precious Spiced Madeleines and pretty Autumn Dark Chocolate Mendiants for…

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November 2018

Evening French Foods Workshop

November 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join me in my gourmet kitchen to prepare my most request iconic French dishes.  I will share skills I’ve learned in cooking schools attended all over France in this fascinating evening of food and wine. 4 French sauces will be taught along with the classic French dough, Choux Paste. We will start the fun with complex morsels of goodness Coquilles Saint Jacques, always a favorite.   Beef Fillet Skewers with Béarnaise Sauce is another unbeatable bite.   Croque Monsieur, a classic bistro…

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The Thanksgiving Table

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Looking for inspiration in for the most talked about meal of the year?  Join me for a class that will inspire you to explore traditional flavors in fresh new recipes.  While we get our feast together we will taste Maple Old Fashioned's and snack on a wonderful TG app, Brie with Pears, Calvados and Pecans.  Of course the Turkey is always the star of the Thanksgiving show; ours will be Roasted with Herbs Apples and Calvados as I can’t seem…

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Cocktails and Irresistible Appetizers

November 15 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm

Join me for a fun class featuring holiday appetizers.  Whether you are planning a party at your house or need to take a dish to someone else’s, this class will be filled with ideas for making the holiday taste great!   We’ll sip on a Holiday Hive Cocktail with vodka and orange essence and a touch of honey.  Baby Hassel Backs with Blue Cheese and Bacon are an app winner and I challenge you to keep your guests out of the…

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14th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen

November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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, fabulous ideas to gift neighbor’s, coworkers or hostess.  Each recipe will be made and tasted and all while sipping a delightful Appletini cocktail.  Creative packaging techniques will be taught for each recipe so your gifts will dazzle…so fun! Most of the work will be done so you can sit back and soak up the spirit…

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