Italian 2-Day Workshop

February 20 & 21st

Join me for a truly unique culinary event as we travel to the Italian countryside for some of the most delectable food on earth.  After spending 2 weeks cooking in Italy, I am ready to share all I learned and my favorite bites from the trip. The generous spirit of the Italians will be the theme of this amazing culinary experience.

Parmesan will rain on this class!  We will cook breakfast, lunch and dinner together for 2 days as we immerse ourselves into the Old-World Italian way of doing things. We will sit together for breakfast and lunch and dinner portions will be packed to take home.  Prosecco, wine and limoncello will be enjoyed with our meals and we will try our hand at making the iconic Aperol Spritz.

PASTA! We will prepare all of our pasta from scratch, so this will be a fantastic chance to learn or hone your pasta making skills.  Many other skills will be learned including focaccia dough and gelato making and we will learn about the Italian covered markets. Tuition $189.00

Day 1- We’ll start our day with a Rustic Apple Crustada for breakfast to give us plenty of energy to make pasta.  For a snack we will make traditional Bruschetta and a beautiful Anti Pasta Tray.  Next we will move to our Ricotta and Crab Raviloi served in a browned butter concoction and along with precious Caesar Salad Bundles.  For dinner we will prepare Pork Loin the Italian way, rubbed with bacon, garlic and rosemary before being wrapped in prosciutto for a glorious slice heaven.  Pork will be served with Green Linguini Alfredo and Roasted Onions that are so good, you will never think about roasting garlic again! Dessert will be Panna Cotta with a rich dark Cherry Coulis.

Day 2-We will start our day with the beautiful and scrumptious Italian Breakfast Torte and Fruit Compote.  The kitchen will be filled with the smell of fresh bread as we practice our baking skills with Rosemary Focaccia Bread. Lunch will be a glorious White Bean Soup, wonderful comfort food for cool days served with a crispy Asparagus and Beet Salad.  Our dinner will be delectable Spicy Shrimp Tagliatelle served with a salad starter, Arugula with Fried Goat Cheese.  We will make my all-time favorite treat, Pistachio Gelato and Limoncello Bars, YUMMY!

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

Natures Palette is Irresistible

colorful winter vegetables

Every year it seems just a little bit harder to clean my act up after all of the holiday feasting.  Is it just me?

This year it’s helping to concentrate on preparing beautiful plates.  Did you know pretty food is good for you?  Focus along with me, on filling your plates with the irresistible colors from the earth, and you will be well on your way to that healthy routine your body, mind and spirit will love!

Need a bit more inspiration?  Join me for a cooking class on January 24th, filled with goodness from the earth.

beets

Eating Right is so Colorful- Friday, January 24th 11:00-1:00-

Being well in the New Year is at the top of everyone’s to-do list.  In this entertaining class we will explore simply GOOD FOOD packed with color and nutrients from the earth that will feed your body and your soul. In this class we will sip a glass of red wine as we start with a Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, pretty and tasty! Fresh Pesto is so fast and versatile; we’ll top our piping hot Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with it AND we’ll use it again for our Lemon Pesto Chicken served a top satisfying Quinoa and Vegetable Medley.  Faro and Salmon Hash will be a dish you love, it has all the key elements for a crave-able meal and oh so fast! For a any-time snack and a sweet treat we will explore bars.  First, my Apricot Oat Bars followed by a family favorite, Cherry Chocolate Granola bars. Class Fee $59.00

Register for the class Now by Clicking Here or email lorie@atasteofparis.net

Christmas cookies

The BEST Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookie platter

Is there anything happier than a platter of Christmas cookies? These are an assortment of my families favorites and so many happy memories!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies are my son’s favorite and if I do say so, they are the BEST!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

2 cups ground oatmeal (grind old fashioned oatmeal in a food processor or blender)

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips preferably Ghirardelli’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs one at a time.  Mix flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl.  Add gradually to sugar mixture.  Add ground oatmeal slowly until fully incorporated.  Mix in chocolate chips, drop by spoonfuls and bake on greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.

 

Christmas Tree Cookies

Christmas Tree Cookies are a tradition and Brooke and I usually make them together.

 

Magic bars

Magic Cookie Bars are my Mom’s favorite and we make them every year!

 

snowball cookies

And last but not least, Snowball Cookies are irresistible!

Happy baking!!

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Holiday Luncheon and Cooking Lesson-2 seats OPEN

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!

Christmas decoration with houses and cloches

Inspiration for Your Home

Foyer decoration for Christmas

Do you decorate your home for Christmas?

Christmas decoration with houses and cloches

I enjoy having the halls decked for the season so much, but I’ll be honest, there is a sense of dread associated with getting out all of the boxes and tubs and the mess it makes to decorate.  Once the last ornament is hung, the celebration begins with Christmas cookies and hot chocolate or a glass of bubbly!

Christmas decorations

I think the hardest part is getting motivated.

I want to share a few photos from my sweet friend, Vonda Cloutier’s home.  I am always so inspired when I visit her and I thought you might be too.

Christmas wreath

Wreaths are a major element in Vonda’s holiday decorations.

Christmas decorations

She uses wreaths as the foundation for so many of her decorations and they ground the design. Notice how she creates interest by mixing the style of wreaths.

Christmas decorations

Layered wreaths add fullness to this urn and rose bowl arrangement.

Christmas decoration in mason jars

These darling jars are filled with snow and reindeer!

Reindeer in a Mason jar.

Surprises are everywhere!

Lanterns with Christmas decorations

I love how Vonda uses lanterns on the tabletops and fills them with a mixture of ornaments, trees and houses.

Metal lantern with Christmas decorations

This metal lantern is particularity fetching with sparkly lights; it hangs on the wall near the front door.

Living room with Christmas decorations.

When I look at this picture, I notice that the holiday decor is like jewelry and so elegantly done.

I can’t help but associate Vonda with gorgeous sterling silver jewelry.  She had a thriving Silpada jewelry business hosting in home parties for many years. When Silpada changed their structure several years back, Vonda was one of only a few, invited to be a Silpada Brand Ambassador with an online shop, so if you have been searching for this iconic brand, just click this bit.ly/SilpadaInsiderVonda 

Santa and other Christmas decorations

You can also catch up with Vonda in her latest endeavor; she has an adorable shop called Lovely Jane at the Antique Company Mall in historic downtown McKinney!

Silverplate chalk board with the word Joy

It brings me so much JOY to introduce you all to my talented friends!!

Happy decorating!

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15th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen- Wait list available

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!

 

Chateau in the Dordogne region of France.

Audrey’s Frenchie Story

Vintage metal flower pot with pink and blue flowers.

I love introducing you guys to my friends.

Audrey Friedman, owner of French Vintage Home, and I met years ago at an event in Dallas.  We bonded over our shared love and passion for France so we decided to meet for lunch.  We’ve been meeting regularly ever since and have become fast friends.

Audrey Friedman in front of the Eiffel tower.

Audrey has been such a generous supporter of A Taste of Paris and ME and I know you will find her Frenchie story fascinating.

Audrey made her mark in industry by creating, building and then ultimately selling a linen company.  In the midst of her busy work-a-day life she found herself traveling the world to visit family and for adventures of her own.

In 1998, Audrey visited a friend in the Dordogne region of France and fell in love with it.  She began toying with the idea of buying a holiday home there.

Chateau in disrepair before construction.

While looking and working with her agent, she came across at 15th century chateau in a terrible state.  The agent tried to talk her out of buying the property but Audrey had vision and knew the place would be spectacular when completed.

Chateau in state of disrepair.

When Audrey began, there was no running water, no indoor restrooms and a kitchen that was just a hull; cooking had previously been done outside.

Chateau in the Dordogne region of France.

The restoration was done, quite remarkably, in 1 year.  Audrey credits an extraordinary architect for the process going so smoothly.

The chateau was back and stunning as you can clearly see.  During construction, many of the townspeople came to thank her for restoring this magnificent place which had been in ruin for over 100 years.

Audrey pink table

During the busy year Audrey made many friends and had a full social calendar attending and hosting her new neighbors but on Sundays, things were just too quiet.  In small town France, everything is closed on Sundays, except the flea market.

French flea market.

Audrey made a trip to the market and with the first treasure found and purchased a new business was created.

French flea market

Since that time Audrey has been seeking out the very best that the French brocante has to offer.  She imports these amazing goods and sells them in her Etsy Shop and on her website French Vintage Home at very reasonable prices.

vintage linens

I know many of you like myself, are seeking the perfect treasures to go under the Christmas tree for family and friends.

red package

Let me tell you, French Vintage Home is a great place to look but don’t delay, the best is going fast!

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France Comes to Texas- Burgundy Wine Tasting Experience 1 SEAT OPEN

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