French Market Class and Gâteau Basque au Fraise

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The French Market class in Paris is always the favorite day of A Taste of Paris travelers.

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It’s so fun to visit the market, learn how the French shop and eat and then to go back to the cooking school with all of the ingredients and craft a gourmet meal.  The classes curated for ATOP always include French sauces, composed desserts a cheese course and plenty of wine of course!

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The Gâteau Basque au Fraise is one of my best loved dessert recipes from a French Market class I attended many years ago.  The Gâteau is rich, gorgeous and really scrumptious made with fresh strawberry jam if you are so inclined!

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Sadly I can’t bring my favorite teaching chefs to McKinney, TX from Paris for a cooking class so I’ll be recreating this spectacular event right here!!

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If you are an adventurous foodie and love to spend time in the kitchen, join me!  There are still 2 spaces left for this amazing day of fresh from the earth food!

Friday June 29th French Market Class 10:00-3:00- Join me for this super fun French cooking class.  I’ll gather fresh local ingredients like bread, cheese, wine and more downtown before you arrive. We will craft 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 cook and have a fantastic day of food and fun. Cooking class will include 5 courses; a composed dessert, cheese course and wine! You will leave with an ingredient map so you can shop for local products. $92.50      Register HERE

I’ll leave you with a few more of my favorite French market photos and Click HERE for more information on French travel 2019!

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Gâteau Basque au Fraise

Dough

9 ounces butter

6.5 ounces sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

Pinch salt

4 ounces almond meal

1 egg plus 1 yolk

11.5 ounces flour

2/3 cup Strawberry Jam

1 egg yolk

Prepare the dough in a mixer by first creaming the butter, sugar, zest and salt until pale and fluffy.  Add eggs and mix until well incorporated.  Add almond meal until and mix well.  Stop the machine and add flour by hand until just incorporated do not over mix.  Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour a tart pan.  Roll 1/3 of the dough to fit the bottom of the pan and lay it in carefully.  Take a second third of the dough and roll it into a rope to form a border around the edge of the pan.  Spread the cool jam inside the bordered area.  Roll the remaining dough to form the top of the gateau.  Using a sharp knife score the top of the crust in a criss cross pattern. Brush the top with a beaten egg.  Bake for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown.

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Summer Cooks

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Summer really sizzles in Texas!  But stay cool as a cucumber with ME in the kitchen while we prepare and taste fabulous food!

Cooking classes are fun for adults and children!!

Register TODAY by Email or website

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Join me on Sunday, June 10th at the Dallas Arboretum 1:00-3:00 for 

French Market~In this four course meal will start with lighter than air Gourges.  Next up, Berry and Endive salad with traditional vinaigrette.  For the main course we will prepare the most luxurious of French mother sauces, Espagnole.  This amazing sauce will be served over Chicken Roulade, stuffed with herbs and vegetables over Golden Luxe Potatoes.  For a sweet finish we will prepare Chocolate Pot de Crème. Purchase tickets HERE

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Join me, Thursday, June 21 6:30 – 8:30 for

It’s a Rum Staycation! A fabulous class featuring Rum for an island vibe staycation. We will start the fun with my all-time favorite vaca beverage, the Grand Mariner Mojito Martini.  This irresistible cocktail will be served with flavorful Barbecued Shrimp in edible cups along with Bacon wrapped Jalapeño poppers.  Next up, we will craft the refreshing Rum Swizzle perfect for a warm summer’s day.  We will prepare delectable Crab stuffed Empanadas with Sriracha dipping sauce and lip smacking Pork Nachos topped with Pineapple Mango Chutney. We will turn our attention to the sweet side of things with a skinny version of the classic Pina Colada while we prepare Flatbread slathered with goat cheese and prosciutto and fresh Heirloom Tomato and Herb Bruschetta.  I’ll also show you how to make Gin and Tonic Pickles just for fun and for a sweet finish we will prepare Vanilla rum Panna Cotta with silky Caramel Sauce and berries dipped in chocolate.  Fee 58.00

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Join me, Friday June 29th 10:00-3:00

French Market Class – Everyone’s favorite class in France.  I’ll gather fresh local ingredients like bread, cheese, wine and more downtown before you arrive. We will craft a 5 course French 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 cook and have a fantastic day of food and fun. Cooking class will include 5 courses including a composed dessert, cheese course and wine! You will leave with an ingredient map so you can shop for the local products used in class. Fee $92.50

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Join me, Saturday, June 30th 11:30-1:30 for

Foods of Provence~ Oil and Vinegar Shops at Legacy FREE DEMO

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Calling all KID Bakers! Ages 7-12 Wednesday, July 11th 2:00-4:30

Kids Bake~ Children will have an amazing time as they learn real kitchen skills to last a lifetime.  The merriment begins with my simple but exact Homemade Biscuit recipe.  These fluffy gems will be stuffed with ham and cheddar cheese for nice foundation before we dive into the sweet stuff.  Kids will be delighted by rainbow cakes baked in jars, topped with fluffy buttercream frosting and of course plenty of sprinkles.  Lemon Blueberry Muffins packed with huge berries will be a refreshing summer treat.  Next up we will bake ooey gooey Chocolate Almond Bars and for our cookie we will learn the principals for shortbread as we craft Key Lime Shortbread squares.  S’more’s Cupcakes are sure to be a hit, especially when we “Brulee” the marshmallow frosting.  Last but not least will be classic Rocky Road.  Children will be encourage to take many of the treats home for sharing! Class size limited $44.50.

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Calling all KID COOKS! Ages 7-12 Wednesday, July 18th

Kids Cook~Children will learn real life cooking skills to last a lifetime in this fun and learning cooking experience.  We will make real food with fresh ingredients starting with my family’s favorite, Blush Chicken Pasta!  Kids will have a ball learning to make Herbed Parmesan Bread leaves and will delight as they expand in the oven.  Kids will make Marinated Peach Glazed Pork Loin served with Cinnamon Carrots, Smashed Potatoes and fruit chutney!  We will prepare a fresh crispy salad with you guessed it homemade Ranch Dressing!  Children will also love learning Chicken Tortilla Soup served with Cheddar Corn Muffins.  For a sweet finish we will prepare classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting!  Class size is limited.  $44.40.

Register TODAY by Email or website

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