Holiday Luncheon and Cooking Lesson

Join me for the first time ever for a Holiday Luncheon.  We will have a cooking lesson while enjoying appetizers and a Pomegranate Martini.  Next, we will sit for Lunch, prepared and served by me!  You will enjoy an amazing 4 course meal, served with wine and go home with the recipes and a sweet treat! The perfect holiday gift for someone you love or YOU! Seating is limited, class fee $74.00

Appetizers

Crostini Bar with Grilled Vegetables and Crusty Bread AND decadent Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Salad Course

Peppery Greens with stuffed swans and Meyer Lemon Dressing

Main Course

Beef Wellington Stuffed with Mushroom Duxelle with Peppercorn Sauce served with Orange Thyme Carrots and Gratin Mashed Potatoes

Dessert and Centerpiece

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cake with Dark Chocolate Bark Garnish

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net OR Click Here to go to the class registration page!

15th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen

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 delightful Citrus Crush Cocktails.  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 of the season.  The party will begin with stunning Snow Globe Ginger jars, and cupcakes, so sweet.  We will prepare Quick French Bread Loaves that everyone will love especially slathered with Homemade Cultured Butter! We will craft Citrus Vodka, used in our cocktail and the perfect blend for holiday gift giving. Peppercorn infused Olive Oil and Raspberry Thyme infused Vinegar make a great gift duo to liven up winter salads and vegetables.   Chipotle Thyme Nut mix will be a game changer.  Pretty Sugared Orange Rosemary Shortbread Cookies will be a hit along with the gorgeous Date Nut Loaf Cakes. The 2019 signature truffle will be Lemon Cream, oh my! Cocktail kits are always a fun gift I’ll show you a few of my cute favorites.  Let’s talk toppings; Homemade Chocolate Sprinkles make a great topping for ice-cream, waffles, coffee, just about anything cause chocolate makes everything better and we’ll add to that buttery Caramel Sauce and Dark Chocolate Sauce a fabulous gift trio for the sweets-lover in your life! Guests will create their own flavored salt as a take home gift from me to YOU! Register early, these classes sellout quickly Fee $62.50

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net OR Click Here to go to the class registration page!

 

15th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen

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 delightful Citrus Crush Cocktails.  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 of the season.  The party will begin with stunning Snow Globe Ginger jars, and cupcakes, so sweet.  We will prepare Quick French Bread Loaves that everyone will love especially slathered with Homemade Cultured Butter! We will craft Citrus Vodka, used in our cocktail and the perfect blend for holiday gift giving. Peppercorn infused Olive Oil and Raspberry Thyme infused Vinegar make a great gift duo to liven up winter salads and vegetables.   Chipotle Thyme Nut mix will be a game changer.  Pretty Sugared Orange Rosemary Shortbread Cookies will be a hit along with the gorgeous Date Nut Loaf Cakes. The 2019 signature truffle will be Lemon Cream, oh my! Cocktail kits are always a fun gift I’ll show you a few of my cute favorites.  Let’s talk toppings; Homemade Chocolate Sprinkles make a great topping for ice-cream, waffles, coffee, just about anything cause chocolate makes everything better and we’ll add to that buttery Caramel Sauce and Dark Chocolate Sauce a fabulous gift trio for the sweets-lover in your life! Guests will create their own flavored salt as a take home gift from me to YOU! Register early, these classes sellout quickly Fee $62.50

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net OR Click Here to go to the class registration page!

 

France Comes to Texas- Burgundy Wine Tasting Expereince

A Taste of Paris  Presents:

France Comes to Texas, Burgundy Wine Tasting Experience

Chateau Pommard, one of the most prestigious wine houses in Burgundy will be coming to McKinney Texas for a very special evening of wine tasting with A Taste of Paris guests.

Taste 6 luxurious Burgundy wines.

Relish premium composed appetizers paired with each wine.

Ejoy a cooking lesson Let’s get Skewered- that will get you ready to host for the holidays.

Wine tasting techniques will be shared as well as the background and stories of these Burgundy wines; rich in both intensity and history.

Tidbits that pair with each wine will abound.

Each guest will receive a recipe booklet with pairing information AND an exceptional gift to commemorate the evening.

Tickets are limited.  Tickets through Eventbrite  $139.00 

Ultimate Appetizers-Holiday Entertaining

Come to a cooking class that’s like throwing a party without the work!  Join me in the kitchen to concoct crave able appetizers that look more complicated than they are.  Enjoy my fabulous fall Apple Pear Rosemary Martini while we prepare an appetizer feast.  Join in the action or just sit back and watch the show!  We will get the party started with unbeatable Salmon Tacos with Crispy Slaw and spicy Aoli Sauce.  Next up, ultimate Smashed Potato Nachos are a crowd pleaser and Horseradish and Beef Lettuce wraps are a taste sensation.  Everything is better with bacon and that holds true for Blue Cheese Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms, oh yes!  For a pretty centerpiece to any fall table, Pumpkin Cheeseball is packed with flavor and served with flatbread. Parmesan Gougeres stuffed with piquant pepper spread is quite possibly the perfect bite!  Savory Marinara Peperoni and Provolone Pull Apart Bread is outstanding.  For a sweet finish we will make Caramel Pecan Shortbread cookies and a childhood favorite Grown-up Rocky Road!  Grab a friend and come on, it is the perfect evening out!  Class Fee $59.00. 

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net OR Click Here to go to the class registration page!

The Thanksgiving Table

Looking for inspiration 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 sip Peartinis, my most requested cocktail, and snack on a wonderful TG app, Rosemary Raspberry Pistachio Brie. Of course, the turkey is always the star of the Thanksgiving show; ours will be, Citrus Roasted and Glazed Turkey, succulent and fragrant and flavor-filled!  I simply cannot wait to share my recipe for puffy Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon Biscuits guaranteed to have them begging for more!  Crunchy Brussels Sprouts Slaw is studded with goodies and my Cran-apple Chutney is sweet-tart goodness. Sweet potatoes with candied pecans and coconut is irresistible and wholesome Cornbread Stuffed Acorn Squash rounds out this fall feast. Our Thanksgiving dessert is Lemon Curd Cheesecake, cottony clouds of goodness! Class fee $62.50

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net OR Click Here to go to the class registration page!

French 2-Day Workshop Flavors and Inspiration from Burgundy France

Join me for a truly unique culinary event as we travel to Burgundy for some of the most delectable food on earth.  Slow cooked dishes eking all of the flavor from food, Dijon mustard and delectable cheese abound in the Burgundy region.  Dishes packed full of love and timeless flavors with an artful quality that we will share together.

This 2-day workshop is immersion style, cooking side by side. Each day we will prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and a sweet along with a snack or two!  Wine and a cheese course will be served each day for an authentic French dining experience.  Dinner portions will be packed up to-go.

In addition to this fabulous menu, we will prepare 2 classic French doughs; Brioche, an enriched dough that is a staple in France and Choux Paste the basis for so many sweet and savory dishes.  For those that want to arrive 30 minutes early on the second day, I will demonstrate Laminated Brioche, similar to croissant, a favorite treat of mine that is hard to find unless you are at the finest boulangerie in Paris! And just because we can, we will shake and enjoy French 75’s, how much for French can you get?

This course promises to improve your overall kitchen skills; French cooking is the gold standard and expertise acquired will last a lifetime.  Be a part of the fun! Limited enrollment, Fee $189.00

Day 1- We’ll start our day with time honored baking skills.  Brioche, made with my Parisian, Le Cordon Bleu recipe; is hands down the absolute best, add fresh churned European Style Butter and exquisite Cherry Jam and you have achieved perfection!  We will also prepare delectable Oeuf en Meurette, traditionally served as a main course, will make a hearty breakfast.  Cornittes, precious pockets of cheesy goodness, will be our luxurious snack.  For lunch, Wreath of Greens Salad with Choux as the centerpiece, will delight your pallet and your senses.  Choux puffs stuffed with mushrooms, leeks and a frothy goat cheese mixture is almost too pretty to eat! For dinner, Traditional Coq au Vin a classic slow simmered dish with rich complex flavors.  Served with Maple Roasted Carrot Salad, sure to be a favorite fall go-to. For dessert we will make Burgundy Poached Pears with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

Day 2-Arrive 30 minutes early for a demonstration on cinnamon crusted Laminated Brioche, a truly unique treat that is worth every bite.  We will start our day with wholesome Tartouillat, a tart filled with apples and pears that you will see in every glass pastry counter in the Burgundy region.   Crème de Cassis, a black currant liquor, is produced in the Burgundy region. We will make a Kir Royal, one of my all-time favorites and toast them with thanks! For an irresistible snack we will make Herbed Fromage Blanc served with fresh vegetables.  We will prepare the most famous dish from the burgundy region, Boeuf Bourguignon and we will serve it with Potato Leek Gratin, my favorite bite from my recent trip to Burgundy! Dinner will be delectable Jambon au Chablis served with Roasted Root Vegetables.  For dessert, heavenly Chocolate Banana Crepes.

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net OR Click Here to go to the class registration page!

Pasta POP-UP!

Let’s make homemade pasta!  After working with Italian chefs in the Lake Como region, Lorie is ready to share all the secrets and fresh dishes she learned with YOU! We will make a snack of Sun-dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese dip for fresh Crudité and we’ll toast the generous spirit of the Italians with Prosecco before diving in to craft fresh pasta.  Making pasta by hand is the traditional way.  We will construct hand-folded tortelloni that we will cook in a decadent but refreshing Lemon Butter Sauce.  WE will enjoy two fantastic side dishes, gorgeous vine ripened Roasted Tomatoes and crispy Parmesan Baked Zucchini.  Divine Limoncello Spritzers will give us the energy to keep going to make Hand-Cut Tagliatelle in Traditional Red Sauce, so good it will make you cry!  Of course, no meal is complete without Gelato and I am thrilled to share MY version of this magnificent dish, dreamy Dark Chocolate Gelato!  You WILL go home happy!  Class fee $79.00

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net OR Click Here to go to the class registration page!

Caprese Panini and HERBS at the Arboretum

MInt growing in Lorie's garden.

There is nothing like herbs fresh from the garden to bump up the flavor quotient of your summer foods. I will be celebrating all-things HERBS at the Arboretum on Saturday, July 20th from 11:00-1:00, register TODAY!

basket of herbs at the french market

Do you have a favorite herb?  Mine is basil. I thought I would share one of my most-loved herb recipes; Basil Pesto and my favorite way to eat it, Caprese Panini!

basil pesto

Pesto is typically made with pine nuts but my version uses walnuts.  I always have walnuts on hand and I think it makes the pesto really creamy.  My basil rich pesto only calls for 1 tablespoon of olive oil, you can definitely use more but I personally don’t like an oily mouthfeel so it’s perfect for us.

Lorie clipping basil

There is something so gratifying about going to the garden to pick basil for a bright green batch of goodness.  It’s not too late to plant basil and reap the rewards right up until the first frost!

caprese panini

 

Caprese Panini

1 loaf French bread sliced in about ¾ inch slices

6 slices provolone cheese or fresh mozzarella

½ cup sun dried tomatoes drained and chopped

2 large tomatoes sliced thin and drained

1/3 cup fresh basil pesto

Olive oil

Brush grill pan with olive oil and turn burner to medium heat.   Make sandwiches by spreading a generous amount of pesto on every other slice of bread. Sprinkle pesto with sun-dried tomatoes.  Add cheese and fresh tomato slices and top with additional bread slice to create a sandwich.  Place sandwiches on grill with a panini press on top; grill each side for about 2 minutes until golden brown.

Basil Pesto

1 ½ cups fresh basil compacted

2 garlic cloves

½ cup walnuts

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

Place basil, garlic, walnuts, salt in food processor, pulse until smooth, add Parmesan, olive oil and process until mixed well.

herbs

Arboretum- Herbs Fresh From the Garden or market. Do you cultivate a garden full of fresh herbs and want to cook more with them or maybe you love picking up fresh herbs at the local farmers markets; either way this class will delight with flavors from the earth.   The tasty dishes will begin with a vibrant appetizer of freshly made Chimichurri Hummus as pretty as it is tasty.  Next up, crispy Herbed Greek Salad that will have you diving in bite after bite.  For the main course we will prepare succulent Herb and Pistachio Crusted Chicken served with fresh from-the-garden Tomato Gratin. For a decadent treat, we will make Herb and Garlic Parmesan Knots.  For a sweet finish delectable Basil Infused Berries and Cream will not disappoint!

Hope you will tell me your favorite herb!  See you at the Arboretum!

au revoir for now lorie (002)

 

 

Single chocolate brownie on a parchment square.

Homemade Brownies!

Glass 9x13 baking dish with brownies, 1 removed.

I know I have published my homemade brownies before but this decadent chocolaty recipe deserves another look!

I made these last week for my Make and Take Cooking Class; a new type of class where participants come and cook and then take the delicious results home to share with someone they love!

Single chocolate brownie on a parchment square.

Instead of just cutting the brownies and putting them on a serving platter, I wrapped each one in parchment paper and tied them with this cute red and white string.

Brownies, wrapped in paper and tied with string.

Such a darling way to offer a sweet treat, don’t you think?

Join ME for the fun at an upcoming cooking class!  New classes have been added to the roster!  Register today by Clicking HERE or email lorie@atasteofparis.net

AND for information regarding upcoming trips to France email me at Lorie@atasteofparis.net!

Thursday and Friday March 21-22nd 10:30-2:00 Food and Wine Workshop- 2 SEATS OPEN! Join me for an extraordinary 2- day culinary event and immerse yourself in good food and wine!  We will explore wine styles and pairings as we work side by side to prepare truly mouthwatering dishes. We will dine together as we taste wine varietals and enjoy the recipes. Dinner tastes can be enjoyed here or taken home.  This course promises to improve overall kitchen skills that last a lifetime.  Hope you will join the fun! Class size is limited.  Class Fee $192.50 Day 1 Champagne and Crement and Appetizers. We will begin our time together with a mini champagne workshop.  The mystery of this amazing beverage will be revealed as we enjoy it with our appetizers of Tomato Basil and Gruyere Gourges, Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps and an artistic American Style Cheese Board, packed to the brim with cheese, meat and goodness. Sancerre and Chardonnay and Lunch We will prepare and enjoy a crispy Goat Cheese Grapefruit and Avocado Salad and Seafood Crepes as we enjoy these beautiful white wines. Rose and Dinner We will prepare a lovely Chicken and Artichoke Tart perfect for dinner when served with a green salad.  For a sweet finish we will make Pears in Chocolate Ganache and tiny Chocolate Madeleines.  Day 2 Beaujolais and Grenache and Breakfast We will prepare a breakfast soufflé, Bacon and Cheddar to be eaten alongside Fruit and Almond Butter Tartine. Red Blends and Lunch As we taste our wines we will enjoy freshly made Creamy Cauliflower Soup and an inventive Crispy Vegetable Salad. Bordeaux and Cabernet and Dinner We will learn the origin of the iconic dish Beef Tournedos served with Blue Cheese and Walnut Butter over dreamy Mashed Potatoes.  To finish our days together we will celebrate round an exquisite Double Chocolate Tart topped with Raspberries. 

April 25th 6:30-8:30 Let’s Make Dinner A new offering at the cooking school; come and make and enjoy a 4-course meal.  The fun begins with a CoCo-Light Martini as we will dive into our menu.  We will prepare and enjoy a Texas tradition Jalapeno Poppers a true crowd pleaser.  We will sit for our 2-4th courses and wine will be served.  The second course will be Strawberry Salad served with Sweet and Spicy Pecans a perfect starter.  Our main course will be decadent Coriander Cured Beef Tenderloin served on a bed of Sweet Bourbon Smashed Potatoes and finished with Roasted Corn Salsa.  Yippee! For a delectable sweet finish, we will prepare Pistachio Coconut Pot de Crème. What a great way to spend the evening!  We will cook together to prepare our feast then sit and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  Class size is limited and promises to be an amazing evening! Class fee 62.50

May 3rd 10:30-1:00  Make and Take Dinner for Two A new offering in the cooking school!  Come and take a cooking class and take home a 4-course dinner for two.  Share it with your spouse or a friend!  This class promises to be lively and full of fun! On the Menu: Appetizer- Blue Cheese Pecan Crusted Grapes is a flavor explosion Starter- Stunning Birds Nest Salad and Herbed Brioche Rolls Main- Sweet Spiced Bourbon Pork Loin served with Darling Pommes William (ours are baked not fried) and abundant Balsamic Veg Roast Dessert-Petite Chocolate Loaf Cakes slathered in Amara Cherry Creme Sauce Tomato Soup and tea will be served.  Class size is limited.  Class Fee $64.50

June 21st 10:30-1:00  Make and Take Dinner for Two A new offering in the cooking school!  Come and take a cooking class and take home a 4-course dinner for two.  Share it with your spouse or a friend!  This class promises to be lively and full of fun! On the Menu: Appetizer- We will master the art of precious Chinese Dumplings in both Pork and Vegetarian varieties and dipping sauce. Starter- Thai Lettuce Wraps with chicken Main- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Pineapple Fried Rice Dessert-Precious Pound Cakes with Sweet Citrus Compote Spinach Salad and French Bread will be served with iced tea.  Class Fee $64.50

Homemade Brownies

¾ cup butter

1 ½ cups sugar

¾ cup flour

¾ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder

3 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Add cocoa powder to melted butter and mix well.  Stir in sugar and then eggs.  Add flour salt and vanilla and mix to combine.  Add chocolate chips and nuts and spread batter into dish.  Bake for 24-28 minutes until edges are beginning to brown.

au revoir for now lorie (002)