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10 Days in Italy along the Amalfi Coast

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in Homepage, Italy: The Amalfi Coast, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

10 Days in Italy along the Amalfi Coast

What comes to mind when you think of the Amalfi Coast? La Dolce Vita and Marcello Mastrianni? … Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane and her on screen lover, Marcello, as he winds along that famous road with his other lover … or perhaps Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney in Two for the Road?  Hollywood has long since had a love affair with the 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. The legendary Amalfi Coast has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its piercing beauty and unique natural landscape of sheer cliffs and rugged...

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Basque-style rabbit in white wine & tomato sauce with green olives

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Basque-style rabbit in white wine & tomato sauce with green olives

Rabbit has had a place on the kitchen table in Italy, France, and Spain for more than a millennium, thanks in large part to Pope Gregory I condoning the consumption of rabbit during lent, proclaiming that rabbit meat was not meat.  Rabbit meat is both nutritious and versatile.  Many liken it to chicken breast, though it does have a more dynamic taste.  Higher in protein than meat (and more easily digestible than other proteins), rabbit is also high in B-vitamins, particularly B12, has virtually a third of calories of beef, and half the calories of pork.  Avoid overcooking, as it...

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Cooking Classes

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Cooking with Karen, Homepage | 0 comments

Cooking Classes

I’m Karen Gros, a culinary instructor, avid foodie and travel enthusiast.  I teach cooking classes in our Provençal-style home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and lead small group tours to various regions in France. I get inspired when I travel and bring this inspiration back to my classes.  Seeing the abundant produce at our local farmers’ market also feeds my inspiration.  My husband is an organic vegetable farmer, so our commitment to locally produced ingredients runs deep. A Taste of the Mediterranean in Eureka Springs, Arkansas My passion is all about delicious food and feeling...

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The village of Kastro ~ ancient capital of Sifnos

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

The village of Kastro ~ ancient capital of Sifnos

The village of Kastro was the capital of the island during ancient times until 1836. It is built on top of a high cliff on the island’s east side, and today has extensive medieval remains and is home to the Archaeological Museum of Sifnos, housing a wonderful collection of Archaic and Hellenistic sculptures. The magnificent village of Kastro is perched on a steep hill on the east side of Sifnos, offering stunning panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.      The Panagia Poulati Monastery is prized for its beauty, as well as the landscape it...

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Salade Niçoise

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Salade Niçoise

Classic Salade Niçoise is a type of potato salad ~ hearty enough to stand alone as a meal ~ thanks to the addition of tuna (yes, canned tuna is traditional!), green beans, and hard-boiled eggs.  To be “Niçoise” means to be from the city of Nice, France.  My sister-in-law, though born and raised in Marseille, considers herself Niçoise as she has spent most of her adult life in the sunny Mediterranean coastal city.  We make this local specialty often during our time together at her place in summer. Recipe adapted from Les Recettes Faciles by Françoise Bernard, and...

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