A Delicious Beginning

Chocolate first thing in the morning? YES! I bound out of bed for Chocolate Almond Butter with fresh pears.  

Several years ago while in France I was visiting with a friend of mine, Chloe Doutre, a world renowned chocolate expert, when she confessed to eating as much as 12 ounces of chocolate per day.  I could not hide my astonishment, it was written all over my face when she said, "Only in America would you invent a negative word to describe someone's love of chocolate." Chocoholic is the word of course.  

It got me thinking, why not embrace my love of chocolate, and take a page from Chloe's book. I came home and created my Chocolate Almond Butter recipe, now a staple of my morning routine.  When pears are in season and at their juicy best it is pure joy!  If you ask me, that is the perfect way to start your day.

I hope you will try this simple concoction and let me know how you like it!

If you would like to join me on a tour of my favorite Haute Chocolate Boutiques in Paris, complete with tastings of course, Click HERE for more information.

 

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Best of Chocolate Desserts Thursday, February 9th 6:30-8:30  With Valentine’s day right around the corner, my mind always drifts to Chocolate. Chocolate is my passion food and it will show in this action packed chocolate rich class.  I will serve Limoncello Martinis, the perfect complement to all this chocolate! The fun will start with a show stopping Chocolate Flower Cakes.  The cake will be baked like a ball, stuffed with goodness, large chocolate leaves will be crafted and attached and the finished product will resemble a chocolate rose.  Next up, Truffles a la Maison de Chocolate in France, rich and decadent no need to elaborate!  Chocolate Lava cake is always a crowd pleaser and mine will not disappoint!  Chocolate Pate is a simple and sinful dessert especially when served with butter cookies.  Raspberry Filling will be made from berries to stuff our dark chocolate bon bons, eating one is truly and experience.  We will prepare Chocolate Turtle Brownies to round out the chocolate feast.  Class Fee $58.00

PRACTICAL Magnificent Macarons Wednesday, March 15th 6:30-8:30 Practical’s are a new style of class I am offering that give you a true hands on cooking experience and the best part you take home the results!  Macarons, the quintessential French treat, light, delicate and irresistible! After studding macaron making in Paris, Lorie will lead a hands on class using tried and true French techniques. We will first toast the macaroon with a flute of bubbly before diving in to make this love at first bite treat.  Each step of the process will be clearly defined so students can replicate the process in their own kitchens with success!  We will prepare the classic French flavors; Vanilla Bean with Swiss buttercream filling, Raspberry filled with Raspberry Buttercream, and my personal favorite, Pistachio with a Pistachio Buttercream filling.  Recipes for other macaron flavors will be shared. Delight in creative packaging ideas and take home treats to share. Class size is limited to 10, book early!  Class fee class fee $58.00

2 Day French Workshop March 30th and 31st 10:00-2:00 Join me for a truly unique culinary event.  Immerse yourself in the food and culture of France in this 2 day workshop. We will work side by side to prepare some of the most iconic and mouthwatering dishes on the planet.  In this one time special offering you will learn and prepare two of the French “mother” sauces, béchamel and Espagnole.  In addition, two major French doughs will be taught, straight dough and choux paste. Laminated Viennoiserie will be demonstrated and enjoyed by the group in the form of croissant and Pain Chocolate for those that want to arrive 30 minutes early on day 2.  We will dine together for a true French experience.  Wines will be served along with a cheese course each day.  Breakfast and lunch portions will be eaten together and the dinner portions will be taken home. Three irresistible French desserts are included.  This course promises to improve your overall kitchen skills; French cooking is the gold standard and expertise acquired will last a lifetime. Hope you will be part of the fun! Class will be limited to 10 participants Fee $189.00 per person. CLICK HERE for the menu offering

Chocolate Almond Butter

1 cup raw whole almonds

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon dark cocoa

2 tablespoons walnut oil

Pinch of salt

Toast almonds on the stove top until just warm.  Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time.  Add almonds to food processor and process until they are a very fine powder and beginning to turn into butter.  Add chocolate and process another minute until mixture looks shinny.  Add salt, cocoa powder and oil; process another minute, scraping down the sides of the food processor.  Store butter in a jar at room temperature.