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Cooking Class in Paris

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I'm brand new here, and so happy to have found this great site! I have to share a recent rare opportunity I had about 2 weeks ago.

My husband has gone to France several times for business, and since we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, we sort of tacked on a 6-day get-away time for the two of us in Paris! As a Christmas present, he scheduled me to take part in a wonderful cooking class.

It was amazing, to say the least. The chef and I coordinated our meeting spot via email, and before I knew it, I was standing in the middle of Saturday morning market with a French Chef and three other cooking fanatics half-way around the world! We strolled through the wonderful markets collecting ingredients for our menu, learning all about the various cheeses of the region, the meat and fish markets, the bakery, etc.

After a short walk up to his kitchen, we came in out of the bitter cold, had a little glass of wine and some soft background music, and began to cook! What a dream, but what amazed me most about the whole process was how simple the recipies were to put together. We prepared everything from an appetizer of braised fennel with a sauce of mussels and scallops to guinea fowl smothered in 3 different typs of mushrooms, riced celery root and potatoes, chocolate lava cake and individual raspberry torts, and never even opened a can - we used all fresh ingredients.

Towards the end of class, and as it started to rain, my husband showed up with a bottle of champagne. We each had a glass of it with our dessert and my cooking class-mates celebrated our anniversary with us! The whole thing was an awesome experience:lips:
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Bon, bon, bon, et bon! Vive l'amour.

post #3 of 4
Ahhh that sounds awesome, I hope one day I'll be able to go to France for a cooking class ! Yay ! :D
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Oh, hopefully one day you will.

But, I have found, since I've been back from our trip, that there are many wonderful cooking classes offered locally, as well. I think anyone with culinary knowledge and who can call themself a "chef" can offer a great cooking class - you don't necessarily have to travel half-way around the world to get it:) Honestly, I didn't care for some of the things we made, but learned that I could apply some of my knowledge gained there in my every-day cooking at home. There's something to be learned anywhere you travel.

Take care and God Bless:chef:
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