ATOP Named to TOP 150 Food Blogs!!

I am thrilled to report that A Taste of Paris was named one of the top 150 food blogs by BrandBallot.  What an honor to be among so many talented food writers!  I hope you will join me as I celebrate this fantastic news, thank you BrandBallot!



Teaching this holiday season was filled with fantastic food, amazing people and so much fun, thank you for joining me in the kitchen!

The winter and spring cooking class schedule is live and filled with fabulous food experiences. There are several new class styles added to the assortment. Registration is open so make your choices TODAY; and  email lorie@atasteofparis or click HERE. to secure your seat.

I look forward to seeing you soon!!

Cooking Classes Winter Spring 2019

Eating Well-January 25th 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 that will feed your body and your soul. In this class we will sip red wine as we start with breakfast, pretty Poached Egg and Veg Tartine. Nothing heals the soul like classic Chicken Noodle Soup, when made from scratch it really satisfies.  We will prepare Baby Kale salad packed with nuggets of goodness.  Wild caught Orange Glazed Alaskan Salmon with Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables is quite possibly the best dinner ever. Marinated Pork Tenderloin served with cranberry apple chutney with quinoa hash alongside will get your crew to the table fast! Cinnamon Baked Apples make a great side dish or dessert and for a truly decadent finish we will prepare chocolate cups filled with dried fruits and nuts. Class Fee $59.00

XoXo Chocolate- February 6th 6:30-9:00 Valentine’s Day right around the corner and my mind always drifts to Chocolate. Chocolate is an interesting food; of all the foods on earth I have the most passion for this rich dark flavor. Maybe it’s the seductive quality of chocolate or simply the fact that there is artistry involved in creating with it, either way I look forward to sharing with you in this amazing class.  Bourbon pairs perfectly with chocolate so we will sip a Mint Julep while we dive into chocolate. Our first Chocolate recipe will be savory, Cocoa Rubbed Short Ribs served with Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower and a Picada (herb and chocolate) Sauce. We will prepare an exquisite Decadent Chocolate Cake stuffed with Whipped Chocolate Ganache and topped with silky Ganache. Next up, we’ll make White Chocolate Pot de Crème with Strawberries. No chocolate class would be complete without an irresistible cookie; ours will be Chocolate Shortbread, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint!  Vanilla Lavender Chocolate Truffles are like little bites of heaven. We will keep the chocolate love going with Chocolate Crepes stuffed with cream and berries and drizzled with chocolate Ganache. Each guest will decorate a Chocolate Pop as a take home treat!  Class Fee 62.50

Artisanal European Breads-February 8th 10:30-2:30 ONE SEAT OPEN There is nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread coming from of the oven.  Imagine yourself with the skills to prepare European style artisan loaves right in your own home!  You will learn many techniques that go into producing amazing loaves including proper scoring techniques and stenciling for beautiful results.  You will be taught the French Baguette, the Batard, Boule and Tabletierie. Each guest will take home 2 full sized loaves, a baguette and second; guests choice.  In addition, you will prepare a batch of dough from scratch to be finished in your home oven. Class includes churning fresh cultured butter.  We will take a break from the ovens and enjoy our warm bread with a lovely Chopped Salad for lunch with wine and cheese of course!  A pretty great way to spend the day and your friends and family will be delighted by the results!  $79.00

Make and Take-Dinner for Two- February 22nd 10:30-1:00 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- Goat Cheese and Cranberry Spiral and ½ loaf French bread

Starter- Sun Dried Tomato Basil Soup with Cheesy Pillows of goodness

Main- Mouthwatering Chicken Cordon Blue with Honey Garlic Green Beans

Dessert-Apple Tart with Almond Custard filling

Chopped Salad and iced tea will be served.  Class size is limited.  Class Fee $64.50

Let’s Make Dinner! March 7th 6:30-8:30 A new offering at the cooking school;  come and make a 4 course dinner to be enjoyed together with a glass of wine.  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 with a beautiful glass of wine! You will leave with the recipes; this class promises to improve overall kitchen skills. Class fee 59.50

Food and Wine Workshop March 21-22nd 10:30-2:00 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 Let’s Make Dinner Details coming soon

May 3rd Make and Take Dinner for Two- Details coming soon

The Iconic Eiffel Tower

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As I explore “Why France?” with past and future travelers, one iconic symbol is on everyone’s list, the Eiffel Tower.  It is the single most recognized symbol in the world and of course when you see it, you think of Paris, the capital of France.

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The Eiffel Tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel and his team of engineers for the 1889 World’s Fair.  Paris was chosen as the location for the fair to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

Romantic Paris Portraits

The Eiffel rests on the Champ-de-Mars and this structural marvel of iron lattice stands 324 meters tall, the equivalent of an 81 story building.  The tower took only 2 short years to build which is amazing when you think of the rudimentary construction capabilities of the times.

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I believe the very best view of the Eiffel Tower is from the Seine, right at dusk.  The tower lights up and if you are lucky enough to be sipping champagne, it’s magical!

Romantic Paris Portraits

I am excited to share that A Taste of Paris has partnered with L’amour de Paris for what can only be described as a fashion styled photo shoots at the Eiffel Tower.  All of the photos you see here of me were taken by the talented and adorable CheyAnne and wow was it fun!

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L’amour de Paris has offered a very special price to ATOP travelers, Thank YOU!

Register for 2019 travel TODAY!  Just click for more details or email me at lorie@atasteofparis.net

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September 7th-14th, 2019 OR

A Taste of Provence- September 14th-21st, 2019 hurry only 1 seat left!

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Movie Night with Provence Crew

Have you seen the darling movie A Good Year? I highly recommend it!  It’s a sweet flick starring Russell Crowe and the adorable Marion Cotillard set in Provence.  The movie details the life of workaholic Max Skinner; you guessed it, boy meets girls, there are fireworks and plenty of wine!

Much of the movie was filmed in the Luberon area of Provence.  Lush green hills and one charming French village after another and the food…don’t even get me started!

Before the craziness of the holidays insue, I invited my Provence 2018 travelers for a movie night to watch A Good Year.

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The perfect fare for the casual fete was a simple Provencal Picnic. Served with French bread of course!

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If you’re going to watch a movie, popcorn is a must.  I like to make homemade microwave popcorn in various flavors.  For the party, I made Herbs de Provence and Cayenne Parmesan.

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No picnic is complete in my book without chocolate. I served freshly made dark chocolate strawberry truffles and foil wrapped chocolate cherry cordials.

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Bubbles are always a good idea, especially fun in single serve bottles.

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Our journey to Provence really begin as we watched the movie.  Oh what fun we will have!

Provence 2018 is sold out but for more information on traveling with me to Provence OR Paris in 2019 Click HERE! Inquire TODAY seats sell out very early.

Do you have a favorite movie set in France?  There are so many to choose from, please share your fav with us.

Au revoir for now~  Lorie

 

Movie Night with Provence Crew

Have you seen the darling movie A Good Year? I highly recommend it!  It’s a sweet flick starring Russell Crowe and the adorable Marion Cotillard set in Provence.  The movie details the life of workaholic Max Skinner; you guessed it, boy meets girls, there are fireworks and plenty of wine!

Much of the movie was filmed in the Luberon area of Provence.  Lush green hills and one charming French village after another and the food…don’t even get me started!

Before the craziness of the holidays insue, I invited my Provence 2018 travelers for a movie night to watch A Good Year.

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The perfect fare for the casual fete was a simple Provencal Picnic. Served with French bread of course!

IMG_2417-3650268931-1510787780759.jpg

If you’re going to watch a movie, popcorn is a must.  I like to make homemade microwave popcorn in various flavors.  For the party, I made Herbs de Provence and Cayenne Parmesan.

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No picnic is complete in my book without chocolate. I served freshly made dark chocolate strawberry truffles and foil wrapped chocolate cherry cordials.

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Bubbles are always a good idea, especially fun in single serve bottles.

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Our journey to Provence really begin as we watched the movie.  Oh what fun we will have!

Provence 2018 is sold out but for more information on traveling with me to Provence OR Paris in 2019 Click HERE! Inquire TODAY seats sell out very early.

Do you have a favorite movie set in France?  There are so many to choose from, please share your fav with us.

Au revoir for now~  Lorie

 

Make European Style Butter in your HOME Kitchen!

There is nothing like the rich flavor of European style cultured butter.  In the US we are accustomed to sweet cream butter, which is also wonderful but it just does not compare to the complex flavor of the European style butter.   What’s the difference you might ask?  The name gives it away, the cream has been culture or fermented giving it a fuller tangy flavor.   You can make your own culture butter in your home kitchen very easily.  Just follow these simple steps! Add 1 tablespoon to every cup of cream you want to culture.  I usually make 4 cups at a time. Mix well. Add 1 tablespoon to every cup of cream you want to culture.  I usually make 4 cups at a time. Mix well. Cover cream mixture with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours.  Then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for the best results overnight. Cover cream mixture with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours.  Then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for the best results overnight. Pour the cold cream into your electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Pour the cold cream into your electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cover the mixer with a dishtowel to avoid splatters and turn the mixer on high.  Be very careful to keep kitchen towel out of the way of thee mechanism. Cover the mixer with a dishtowel to avoid splatters and turn the mixer on high.  Be very careful to keep kitchen towel out of the way of thee mechanism. This is what it looks like just before you get butter.  Keep churning! This is what it looks like just before you get butter.  Keep churning! When the water or buttermilk seeps out of the fat, you have butter! When the water or buttermilk seeps out of the fat, you have butter! Drain the liquid off the fat. Drain the liquid off the fat. Wash the butter with cold water.  It is important to wash the butter until the water is clean so the butter will last for 10 days in the refrigerator. Wash the butter with cold water.  It is important to wash the butter until the water is clean so the butter will last for 10 days in the refrigerator. Add salt to taste.  I like to use Fleur de Sel because it tastes less briny than sea salt. Add salt to taste.  I like to use Fleur de Sel because it tastes less briny than sea salt. Spread of fresh baked bread for the ultimate butter experience!! Spread of fresh baked bread for the ultimate butter experience!!

ENJOY!
XoXo Lorie

Cultured Butter

4 cups heavy cream

4 tablespoons buttermilk

Fleur de Sel Salt to taste

Add buttermilk to cream and mix well.  Allow mixture to sit out at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Place mixture in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 2 days.  Pour mixture into the mixing bowl of an electric mixer flitted with a paddle attachment and cover edges with a dishtowel to collect splatter.  Start the mixer on slow at first and then increase speed.  Allow mixture to churn until butter clumps and a watery liquid is released.  Pour butter through a cheese cloth to collect the fat.  Return butter to the bowl and wash it with clean cool water pressing the whey out of the butter until the water runs clean.  Add salt to taste.  Store butter in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Join me in Paris April 2018!  Click HERE for details!