French Pastries at the Arboretum

Lorie Fangio, teaching chef and owner of A Taste of Paris™ culinary trips will introduce you to the wonderful world of French pastries.  We will start our time together with Sundried Tomato and Basil Pailmers, a yummy appetizer or snack.  We will prepare  Salmon Artichoke Tart served bistro style with salad greens and then onto the sweet stuff.  Two classic French recipes will be taught while making  Raspberry Eclairs stuffed with Pastry Cream.  Next up, dense, versatile and delectable Chocolate Moelleux is a fantastic recipe to have up your sleeve.   Precious Lemon Tarts with Sable crust make the perfect finish to any meal and Amaretto Vanilla Bean Madeleines are lovely with afternoon coffee or tea.   Oui, sil vous plait!

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Soups Stews and Breads at the Arboretum

Lorie Fangio, teaching chef and owner of A Taste of Paris™ culinary trips will lead you through a class on comforting soups stews and breads.  When it’s cold outside, nothing warms your soul quite like fresh bread and soup. The tasty goodness will begin with French Loaves guaranteed to make your house smell amazing. Our first soup is the chef’s favorite, Shrimp and Roasted Poblano Pepper Soup. We will prepare a simplified Boeuf Bourguignon, this easier version does not sacrifice flavor. Sure to become a fam fav is Southwest Chicken Soup perfect served with Jalapeno Cornbread.  For a sweet finish rustic Apple Crostata will hit the spot!

Price and ticketing through A Tasteful Place Dallas Arboretum.  CLICK HERE for tickets.

 

 

Chicken Marinade 3 Ways

It’s that time of year, everyone is working to eat cleaner. Chicken breasts are a great source of high-quality protein but preparing them the same old way can became boring.

I wanted to share a technique that I have been using for many years that allows me to get dinner on the table in a hurry without sacrificing variety.

Forgive the shadowing pics, it was late on a gloomy day when I shot these. Start by slicing chicken breast in half to create meal sized portions.

Next, get out 3-gallon zip top bags and all of the ingredients to create the 3 chicken marinade recipes below.

Add chicken to the bags and marinate for 2 hours, overnight or stow in the freezer until needed!

Having trouble sticking to your plan to Eat Well in 2019 or are you out of ideas for delicious options? Join me for a cooking class filled with amazing recipes and tons of tips for helping you look and feel your BEST in 2019.

Eating Well- Friday, January 25th from 11:00. For more information Click HERE or email me to register lorie@atasteofparis.net

Chicken Marinade 3 Ways

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

½ cup beer

1 garlic clove, pressed

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Creole seasonings

Mix all ingredients in a zip top gallon bag.  Add up to 6 chicken breasts and let marinate 2 hours-overnight or place in the freezer until ready to cook.

Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ cup beer

2 cloves garlic, pressed

¼ cup teriyaki sauce

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

Pinch crushed red pepper

Mix all ingredients in a zip top gallon bag.  Add up to 6 chicken breasts and let marinate 2 hours-overnight or place in the freezer until ready to cook.

Green Chili Chicken Marinade

1 cup green chili enchiladas sauce

2 cloves garlic pressed

1 lime, juiced and zested

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Mix all ingredients in a zip top gallon bag.  Add up to 6 chicken breasts and let marinate 2 hours-overnight or place in the freezer until ready to cook.

Eating Well and Quinoa Tabouli

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You are what you eat…if this is true, I may turn into a block of dark chocolate!

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To get the year off to a great start, I will be teaching a class called Eating Well. We will explore ways to get the most flavor and nutrients from the foods we eat. The fun begins with red wine, because it’s good for us and crave-able Fire Roasted Salsa, my favorite condiment.  This chunky salsa is sure to become a staple in your house too for vibrant color and taste explosions!

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The more we learn about food the more convincing it becomes that eating well is essential to looking and feeling our best. Foods that nourish the body can also feed the soul; the part of us that craves amazing flavor.

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Join me for Eating Well, a fantastic class where great tastes rule!  Seats are limited so register TODAY by clicking HERE or email lorie@atasteofparis.net

Scroll to the end to see one of my favorite recipes from the Eating Well class last year, Quinoa Tabouli.

Eating Well Friday, January 25th 11;00-1:00~ Only a few seats remain

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 my favorite condiment for topping or snacking, vibrant Fire Roasted Salsa.  Our breakfast recipe, Poached Egg and Veg Tartine is almost too pretty to eat. 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

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Quinoa Tabouli

2 cups quinoa

3 cups water

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic pressed

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups cherry tomatoes finely chopped

½ red onion finely chopped

1 large English cucumber finely chopped

1 red bell pepper finely chopped

¼ cup Finley minced parsley

¼ cup finely minced mint

Wash quinoa thoroughly.  Place quinoa in a medium sauce pan and cover with 3 cups water.  Cook over medium heat, when water comes to a boil lower the temperature and place a lid on the pot, cook stirring occasionally for 12-15 minutes until seeds are tender.  Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining, garlic, mustard, salt, lemon juice and mix well.  Add olive oil in a stream whisking to incorporate.  Remove quinoa from heat, allow it to cool.   Toss vegetables and herbs in dressing, coating well.  Add vegetables to cooled quinoa and toss.

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Joy Seeker

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2019 is finally here and we have a fresh start.  2018 was a good year and probably like many of you, I worked too much.  The arrival of January offers us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and to think about what we would like to create for the new one.

As I worked through this exercise, one word kept coming to mind, JOY!

I have resolved to be a joy seeker in 2019. Finding joy in great accomplishments is easy but as we get wrapped up in mounds of work and commitments it can be a bit more of a challenge to be joyful about the little things.

To keep myself focused, I made a list of the things that make my heart happy and I will spend some time each day doing, being or having some of these things.

What brings your heart Joy?  Will you share?

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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

Christmas Morning~Salmon Artichoke Quiche

Looking for something scrumptious to make for Christmas morning?  Try my Salmon and Artichoke Quiche, you will not be disappointed!

Salmon and Artichoke Quiche

1 sheet puff pastry

10 eggs

½ cup cream or milk

1 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese

1 ½ cups cooked salmon chunks

1 ½ cups frozen artichoke coarsely chopped

½  cup grated parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon fresh dill finely chopped

2 green onions finely chopped

½ teaspoon salt

¼ freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degree.  Unfold puff pastry sheet on a floured surface.  Eliminate folds in dough by rolling with a rolling pin.  Grease a deep 9 inch round quiche dish. Place dough into dish, letting the corners fall over.  Fill quiche by first sprinkling an even amount of gruyere cheese into the dish.  Next layer the salmon, artichokes and green onion into the dish. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk salt and pep[per and dill until well combined.  Pour the egg mixture into the dish and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Fold corners of pastry over the quiche and bake until center is set and quiche is puffed and brown, about 35-40 minutes.

If you prefer a more formal quiche, trim the edges of the crust and pinch into a fluted pattern.

Christmas Morning~Cinnamon Pecan Wreath

Do you have your menu planned for Christmas morning? At our house, I always make something sweet and something savory.  We eat a big breakfast to tide us over to an early Christmas dinner.  Last year I shared my Cinnamon Bread Leaves with you and this year I have done a throwback to on oldie but goodie.  Cinnamon Pecan Wreath is so beautiful and tempting; your family will be delighted! Cinnamon Pecan Wreath happens to be one of the recipes I shared with The Art of Living Beautifully readers this month.  For my post, I want to take you through the steps to make this centerpiece delight.

Begin the day before you want to serve the Cinnamon Pecan Wreath by thawing frozen bread rolls in a greased bowl overnight in the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a rectangle; it does not have to be perfect!  Next pour on melted butter, then cinnamon sugar and last pecans.

Roll dough into a log; bring both ends of the log, together to form a ring.  Pinch the dough ends together, sealing it.

Using a pair of kitchen scissors; cut 2/3 of the way through the ring every 1-2 inches all the way around.  Take each slice and twist it to expose the layers.  Twist all of the slices.

Once your wreath is complete, cover it with a cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.  Bake for 30-35 minutes in an oven set to 350 degrees before garnishing with glaze and pecans. 

Stay tuned for another Christmas Breakfast recipe later this week!!

Cinnamon Pecan Wreath

20 frozen bread rolls

1 stick of butter, melted

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup cinnamon

1 cup pecans chopped

12 whole pecan halves

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

1 vanilla pod

1 small orange, zested and juiced

Pinch salt

Grease a medium mixing bowl and place frozen rolls in the bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Roll the dough to a large rectangle about 13×22 inches.  Brush the rectangle with melted butter.  Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the butter.  Next, sprinkle on chopped pecans.  Roll long end of rectangle into a log.  Bring the two ends of the log together to form a ring and pinch the dough to seal the ring.  Using kitchen scissors, cut into the ring every 1-2 inches, about 2/3 of the way through the ring forming slices.  Pull each slice firmly and twist it towards the right.  Continue twisting all the slices. Your cinnamon ring will resemble a wreath.   Cover the wreath with a cloth and let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about one hour.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake wreath for 30-35 minutes.  If wreath is getting too brown, tent it with foil.  Prepare glaze by combining powdered sugar, the seeds from the vanilla pod, salt, the zest and 2 tablespoons of juice in a bowl and mix well.    Drizzle glaze over bread ring and garnish the top with pecan halves.

Grand Marnier Truffles~Third Sweet Tradition

Dark chocolate truffles are a tradition!  Every year for the last 14, I’ve taught a class called Gifts from the Kitchen.  In this class we make recipes that are perfect for gift giving along with inventive ways to package the treats.  Since the beginning, a chocolate truffle recipe has been included, in part because they make fabulous gifts but also because Grand Marnier Truffles were the very first gift from MY kitchen, many many years ago!   

Making beautiful and taste tempting chocolate truffles is easier than you think.  Try my recipe for Grand Marnier Truffles TODAY, you will be glad you did!

Stay tuned next week for some of my favorite Christmas Morning breakfast ideas!

Grand Marnier Truffles

1 cup heavy cream

3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

3 1 inch strips orange peel

½ cup powdered sugar

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

Heat the cream, Grand Marnier and orange peel in a medium saucepan or double boiler until it begins to steam.   Remove from heat and discard the orange peel.   Add chocolate chips to the warm cream and stir until chocolate is almost incorporated, add butter, continue to stir until completely smooth.  Refrigerate the mixture until chocolate has solidified about 3 hours.  Combine powdered sugar and cocoa on a plate.  Using a spoon and your hands, roll chocolate mixture into balls; roll the balls into the cocoa mixture.  Store the truffles in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.