Taste & Travel Blog

In my Taste & Travel Blog, I share with you my passion for food & travel, including recipes and food-oriented trips to (mostly) France, the gastronomic capital of the world.  The key to good food starts with good ingredients.  The highest quality, and best-tasting, ingredients are those that are locally grown and produced.

market_foundationFarm_lgAn abundant array of vegetables produced from my husband’s organic farm in Northwest Arkansas, Foundation Farm

 

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’ […]

9 Days in Paris ~ The City of Lights

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Homepage, Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

9 Days in Paris ~ The City of Lights

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world.   But it’s not enough for me to just go there.  The fun part is sharing it.  And sharing it from an insider’s perspective is even better.  Imagine yourself saying “bonjour” to your French neighbors as you come and go each morning from your Paris apartment. […]

10 Days in the South of France ~ Provence

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Homepage, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

10 Days in the South of France ~ Provence

My tour of Provence takes you through quaint villages and the picturesque countryside of the region’s interior, as well as the strikingly beautiful coast between Marseille and Cassis.  The region is large and varied, and we allow ourselves the time to explore as much of its charm as possible, while still retaining the serenity aroused […]

14 Days in Greece ~ Athens & the Greek Isles

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Homepage, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

14 Days in Greece ~ Athens & the Greek Isles

I first came to Greece over 20 years ago.  Then, as now, I find blissful joy in wandering aimlessly, exploring, and taking photos of the white-washed houses, staircases and doorways, flower pots, turquoise domed-churches, and the food of course!  Seeking out authentic food is my most passionate mission of all. The stunning white villages against […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Kale Caesar salad with homemade croutons

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Kale Caesar salad with homemade croutons

Caesar Cardini (Italian-born Mexican) is credited with creating this legendary salad. Cardini was living in San Diego but also working in Tijuana where he avoided the restrictions of prohibition. Cardini made do with what he had, successfully adding the dramatic flair of the table-side tossing “by the chef”. Four years later Cardini moved his restaurant […]

The Pearl of the Adriactic ~ Dubrovnik

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Travel with Karen | 0 comments

The Pearl of the Adriactic ~ Dubrovnik

This trip was an adventure for me. I haven’t traveled solo since before I was married, when I trekked through England, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal at the age of 27.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since the language was so different.  I expected my greatest challenge to be driving (I confess I was […]

Sweet almond pastry crust (naturally gluten-free pâte sucré)

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Sweet almond pastry crust (naturally gluten-free pâte sucré)

I developed this crust as a gluten-free substitute for pâte sucré in dessert tart recipes. It is delicious with a satisfying texture. The whole egg acts as a binder so that the pastry is not too crumbly. Recipe by Karen Gros.     Makes one single crust for a 10- or 11-inch tart pan 1½ […]

Sweet potato pecan tart

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Sweet potato pecan tart

Do you love pecan pie, but not the gooey corn syrup that makes up the conventional filling?  I used to eat the pecans off my mom’s pecan pies (to her fury!), but even with the monumental sweet tooth that I had as a child, that filling was just too rich and too sweet.  Our sweet potato […]

Lemon-infused quinoa tabouli with fresh parsley & mint

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Lemon-infused quinoa tabouli with fresh parsley & mint

Quinoa must be thoroughly washed and rubbed to remove the saponins, which would otherwise impart an astringent after-taste. Roasting the quinoa prior to simmering it deepens the flavor, which is otherwise quite neutral. The slight sweetness of the orange juice further enhances the taste. I first ate tabouli at Jamil’s, a Lebanese restaurant in Tulsa, […]

Twice-baked potatoes with parsnip, carrot, cilantro & Gruyère

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Twice-baked potatoes with parsnip, carrot, cilantro & Gruyère

An interesting twist on twice-baked potatoes ~ coriander and cilantro bring out the earthy sweetness of the parsnips, a sadly under appreciated vegetable.  The whole combines wonderfully with nutty Gruyère.  This dish makes a lovely addition to any Thanksgiving table, and can be served year round. Recipe by Karen Gros. Serves 8 1 cup homemade crème fraîche: […]