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My Paella Travels to Savory Spice Shop located in Historic Downtown Franklin, TN for a Paella and Tapas Party!

I love paella! Paella is my passion. Let me share my paella with you!


Teaching the art of cooking paella has been a skill that I have been cultivating for many years. From the time when I first moved to Nashville in 1989 (wow) and then when  I lived in Austin, Texas, I cooked paella for many friends and hosted a paella dinner at a near by olive oil farm. Paella is one of Spain’s most popular dishes. This art has been perfected for centuries in Spain from the workers in the rice fields of Valencia to today’s tables all around the world.

It’s pretty magical what you can do with rice, olive oil, saffron, sausage and seafood. My paellas are filled with layers of amazing flavors, aromas, textures and enhanced with local ingredients. I often refer to my paella as a symphony of flavors that will make you swoon and come back for more. Together with my unique fusions of local flavors combined with the many years of traditions of authentic Spanish ingredients and techniques, you’ll not find another paella that matches mine anywhere around Nashville.

My Paella Travelled to Savory Spice Shop in Franklin, Tennessee for a Paella Cooking Class this June 2016. I cooked a paella mixta from scratch to a sold out crowd. Paella mixta is a flavorful combination of mussels, shrimp, chicken, chorizo and other sausages. My signature marinated chicken, green beans, zucchini, squash and other summer vegetables filled the paella pan to the brim.  While I was cooking and demonstrating, the class enjoyed Tapas and refreshing white Sangria made with Walker’s Feed Co White Sangria mix. SOOOO refreshing!

This is the second Paella Class that I have hosted at Savory Spice Shop in Franklin, Tennessee. I especially love hosting paella classes here  because of the lovely guests that show up and the authentic spices that are available for my paella. Every single spice and seasoning was available and truly was the key to the #bestpaellainnashville @mypaellatravels.

Enjoy the photos from Saturday night’s cooking class. WARNING! PREPARE FOR HUNGER!


photo of someone taking a photo of the cooking paella by @laylamays


Hollie Rollins, owner of Savory Spice Shop and My Paella Travels (Lisa Mays) are about to serve the finished product!



This was a lovely group of paella enthusiasts! I just loved interacting with each person!


Paella cooking instructions



My paellas are as intensely colorful as flavorful, just try it and see!


The class took many photos that night!



Paella presentation is very important! This is a 32 inch paella pan filled to the brim with succulent rice, seafood, chicken and sausage which took two strong men to carry in!


The tapas boards included seasoned marcona almonds, a variety of Spanish cheeses and meats and my speciality seasoned and smoked olives. And, the dessert, oh my! Hollie’s special recipe for flan! This was her mother’s recipe and it is fabulous!


There were lots of smiles and happiness Saturday night. I think they really enjoyed the paella!

Paella Collage





06 2016

Green BEAN Delivery Brings Fresh Local and Organic Artisan Groceries to Your Doorstep and First Ever Recipe Contest #PlateProud!

Two ways to experience the benefits of Green Bean Delivery Service and Win Superb Prizes for your Recipes!

$15 off for New Members (or reactivation) on your first Delivery!

                                       #Plate Proud Recipe Contest  Share your original recipes in Green BEAN Delivery’s Recipe Contest and WIN BIG!!!! ( I did!)


Green BEAN Delivery expanded to Nashville in late January and members can shop from a full selection of produce and natural groceries and have them delivered to their doorsteps. How convenient is that!

Here is all you do to get the freshest product delivered to you! And, today and for the next 3 months, enter the promo code bc6wwla.  <——-PROMO CODE

It is good for $15 off your first order! And, that my friends is a great reason to check out the coolest online home delivery service in Nashville! (or your area, currently in the Southeast region: Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky)

1. Shop online for quality natural & organic foods

2. Your order is sourced and carefully packed in a green tote with ice packs

3. Delivered free right to your doorstep!

Read about Green BEAN Delivery’s first certified organic farm in Indiana. For more information, go to ABOUT Green BEAN Delivery.


Enter NOW! Recipes must be entered by May 22, 2015 to be eligible.

Here are the categories! 

Chilln’ and Grilln’

Locavore (show off you skills with local ingredients, I did!)

Pack-And-Go Healthy Lunch

Veggie Side

Quick, Easy and Kid-Friendly

In celebration of warm weather and fresh foods, Green BEAN Delivery is inviting foodies everywhere to participate in its first-ever recipe contest, Plate Proud. We’d love for you to participate and share the contest with your readers so they can also take advantage of this festive competition.

Each participant is asked to submit their favorite original recipe in one—or all—of five categories for a chance to win impressive culinary prizes, including a grill set, planters, placemats, a mandoline slicer and much more. Categories include everything from recipes on the grill to packed lunches to meals using only local ingredients. All winning recipes will be highlighted on the contest website.

Here’s my Green BEAN Delivery right to my doorstep!  (basket not included)


For $37, I received this luscious bounty of goodies which included 2 large avocados, 2 limes, 1 large organic  yellow onion, 2 large and beautifully green organic zucchinis, 2 organic blood oranges, 1 container of organic blueberries, 2 large organic portobello mushrooms, 8 oz of fresh and organic baby spinach and a fragrant bunch of organic cilantro.  Mouthwateringly gorgeous!

Hearty Roasted Vegetable Salad with Lime Cilantro Honey Vinaigrette for Dinner

Use just about any vegetable or fruit that is delivered to your door! No recipe needed!

This fresh bounty of goodness was right on time for dinner. I made large and filling salad with all of the ingredients-no recipe needed. First,  I roasted the onions, portobellos and zucchini with olive oil, dried herbs and seasonings in the oven until lightly caramelized. Second, while the vegetables were cooling to room temperature,  I blended up a Cilantro Lime Honey Vinaigrette with honey, mustard, cumin and garlic. Diced all of the veggies, blood oranges and avocados into bite-sized pieces and added the spinach to the mix. Finally, I tossed the salad with the vinaigrette and added local goat cheese, toasted Pepita seeds and my family enjoyed every fresh and delicious bite!



05 2015