15th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen-1 seat OPEN

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-1 Seat OPEN

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 Experience SOLD Out, second event offered 11/22

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.

Enjoy 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 

France Comes to Texas- Burgundy Wine Tasting Experience- By Popular DEMAND a second date added

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.

Enjoy 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-Wait list available

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!

Ultimate Appetizers-Holiday Entertaining 3 seats OPEN!

Second class added due to demand! 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!

Eating in Paris

Pain chocolate croissant

For me, eating in Paris is a magical experience.

Without fail, I start my day with my favorite bite, pain chocolate.

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I will be in France when this post drops; thank goodness because my cravings for these little gems has been intense!  I don’t worry about calories while I’m there.  I eat what I want within reason and I walk…all day.

baguette sandwhich

For lunch I usually try and find something on the run.  This can be hard to do in a country whose culture supports sitting for meals for roughly 2 hours at a time.

Ham and Cheese crepe.

Usually I grab a prepared sandwich at a boulangerie or a savory crepe eat as I go, very American!

The chocolate counter at La maison du Chocolat.

In the afternoon, I almost always make a stop for a bite at one of my favorite chocolatiers!

Chicken and vegetable in a copper pot.

For dinner, I usually sit and almost always order some version of roasted chicken or fish with vegetables.

Fish with potatoes and vegetables

Ratatouille is my favorite and I get very excited when I find it on the menu.  Full disclosure, fish is rarely served like in this photo.  It’s almost always brought to the table whole; head on!

Lorie at a French bistro in paris.

Want to eat and cook your way through Paris with me?  Registration for travel for 2021 is OPEN!!

A Taste of Paris April 12-18th

Want to just spend A Day in Paris, Cooking?  Join me for:

A Day in France- Bistronomy Friday, November 1st 10:00-2:30 French bistros have changed over the years, many combining the classics along with gastronomic dishes all at affordable prices.  Bringing an haute cuisine experience to the masses, this movement, now decades in the making is called Bistromomy and will be the inspiration for our class. We will enjoy crafting a French Blonde Cocktail, wine with the meal as well as a cheese course. For Petit Dejeuner, I will demonstrate Pain Chocolate, always my favorite, served with Homemade Yogurt and Fresh Fruit Compote and honey.  Le Dejeuner will be comprised of a beautiful Savory Tart and Beet and Goat Cheese Mousse Salad a la Ritz, Paris.  For diner, 2 dishes; sensational Salmon over Hash wildly elegant and Polenta Ratatouille, both will have your taste buds on high and served with Gougeres Swans! Dessert will be a bouquet of Roses, a stunning apple tart AND from Stohrer in Paris, chocolate Cake Stuffed with Cream and more chocolate! Tuition $89.00 Register HERE or by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net

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Heavenly Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Double chocolate pecan cookies on a marble board.

Sometimes a girl just needs a nice hit of chocolate.  Next time that happens to you, try this recipe!

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Double chocolate pecan cookies on a marble board.

Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1 cup dark cocoa

2 cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar until it is pale and fluffy.  Add eggs 1 at a time, add vanilla then cocoa and mix well to combine.  Add salt, leavening and flour and mix just until incorporated.  Stir in, chocolate chips and pecans.  Drop cookies by tablespoons on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Artichoke Cheese Bake

Artichoke Cheese Bake

Artichoke Cheese Bake

Need a simple go-to appetizer?  My Artichoke Cheese Bake never disappoints a crowd.

Artichoke Cheese Bake before it goes into the oven.

It really is so simple to make, just mix the ingredients, put it in a baking dish and pop it in the oven.  Really people go crazy for this stuff!  Try it the next time someone asks you to bring an appetizer to a party!

For more fantastic appetizer recipes, consider joining me for an upcoming class, Ultimate Appetizers on  November 14th, just in time for holiday party inspiration!

Artichoke Cheese Bake.

Artichoke Cheese Soufflé Bake

2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese

1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup of mayonnaise

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1 cup chopped frozen artichoke hearts

1 red pepper chopped

Dash cayenne

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese for 2-3 minutes.  Fold in vegetables, garlic and cayenne.  Pour mixture into a deep baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes, until brown and bubbly.  Serve with crackers or French bread.

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Dinner Boards

 

Lorie holding antique board from Turkey.

I am into wooden boards!

Of all shapes and sizes!  These are a few of my favorites.  The board I am holding is an antique Turkish bread board, and it’s old!  You can see that the wood split and copper was hammered in place to hold it together and restore it for good use.  Below that is a striped board that Mark and Brandon made me many years ago that is a treasure and staple in my kitchen.  And just beneath that, is a prized large olive wood board that I hauled back from Provence and trust me, it barely fit in  my suitcase!

Artichoke and red Pepper Quiche on a wooden board.

I NEVER cut on these boards!

Instead, I like to use them for serving.  Here I am using it as a trivet for a hot dish of Artichoke and Red Pepper Quiche.

Chicken Cesar Salad on a wooden board.

What about the idea of serving an entire meal on the board?  This is my olive wood board, piled high with a fresh crispy Chicken Caesar Salad, ready to be served right from the board.

Sausage, beans and slaw on a wooden board.

Talk about a quick dinner, Sausage warmed along with Baked Beans and Confetti Slaw.

Who’s hungry?

If you are board with dinner, try using your wooden boards to serve!

Tune into Fox 4 for a segment featuring ME and more Dinner Boards on Tuesday, October 14th!!

Chicken Caesar Salad on a Board

Dressing

1 cup mayo

3 cloves of garlic

1-ounce anchovy paste

¼ cup milk or half and half

1/3 cup grated Parmesan

2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Salad

2 grilled chicken breasts cut into chunks

2 heads Romaine lettuce

½ cup of halved tomatoes

Parmesan cheese shards

Toasts

½ small French bread loaf sliced paper thin

¼ cup olive oil

2 cloves of garlic crushed

To prepare the toasts, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix olive oil and garlic in a small bowl.  Dot both sides of the bread with a small amount of the oil mixture using a pastry brush.  Spread the bread on a baking pan.  Bake toast until golden brown about 4 minutes, turn toasts and cook another 3-4 minutes to brown the other side. Meanwhile, prepare dressing by adding all ingredients in food processor or blender, process to combine well.  Add additional milk if a thinner dressing is desired.  To prepare the salad cut root of each lettuce head off and let water run through to clean the leaves.  Keeping the bundles intact slice heads into thin strips and place the lettuce in the center of the serving board.  Add chicken, tomatoes and toasts and toss along with a generous amount of dressing.  Top with Parmesan shards and serve.

Confetti Slaw.

Confetti Veggie Slaw

2 carrots shredded

1 green bell pepper cut in a julienne

1 red bell pepper cut in a julienne

2 cups of shredded purple cabbage

2 green onions finely diced

Dressing

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

To prepare dressing, whisk together ingredients in a small bowl.  Assemble slaw in serving bowl by layering ingredients.  Add dressing, toss to coat.  Let salad stand for a few minutes before serving.

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

2 16-ounce cans of baked beans any brand

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup ketchup

¼ cup yellow mustard

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch salt

Mix all ingredients in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.  Bake for 25 minutes or until center is bubbling.

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