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

 

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: […]

Gallo-Roman Vaison-la-Romaine

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in The South of France, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Gallo-Roman Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine was inhabited during the Bronze Age, and in the 4th-century BC, the upper city of Vaison became the capital for a Celtic tribe. A place of vital significance in the early history of Provence, Vaision-la-Romaine extends on both sides of the river Ouvèze, with an upper self-contained medieval quarter with the look and character of a hill-village. […]

Seaside town of Cassis

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in The South of France, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Seaside town of Cassis

“One who has seen Paris, but not Cassis, has seen nothing!” (“Qui a vu Paris, et non Cassis, n’a rien vu!”) – Provençal writer Alexandre Dumas Located in the département of the Var, the seaside gem of Cassis (not to be confused with crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy which takes its name from the French […]

Athens, Greece

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Athens, Greece

Home to the most important ancient monument in the Western world, Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, with a recorded history spanning around 3,400 years.   Athens is considered to be the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.   Join me in this lively and vivacious city as we explore […]

Culinary Journey to Greece

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Culinary Journey to Greece

It is said that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest in the world.  In the Mediterranean, the people say that the Greeks have the healthiest diet.  It surely has something to do with olives, fish, vegetables and herbs… Join me on an exciting culinary journey to Greece, where authentic dishes such as these await your […]

Santorini island, Greece

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Santorini island, Greece

No doubt the most visually stunning and dramatic Greek island, Santorini is at both elegant and charming.  Voted as the world’s best island for 2011 by the readers of Travel & Leisure, this Cycladic Island offers one of the Aegean’s most unusual landscapes.  The island’s official name is Thira, although the medieval name – a […]

Greek island of Sifnos

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Greek island of Sifnos

Welcome to the quiet island of Sifnos.  A small, hilly island popular with walkers and known for its pottery, poets, and chefs, Sifnos offers charming villages to explore, and terraced countryside dotted with ancient towers to roam.  In ancient times, Sifnos was renowned for its gold mines.  The islanders paid yearly homage to the Delphic […]

Classic French dark chocolate truffles

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Classic French dark chocolate truffles

These truffles are inspired by the dark chocolate truffles served with coffee after lunch at Le Flore en l’île, a beautiful restaurant and tea salon on the Île Saint-Louis with a magnificent rear view of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris (and those flying buttresses!)  They also happen to resemble those from the legendary chocolate makers at La Maison du Chocolat. […]

Snickerdoodles

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles occupy a special place in my memory, as this was the cookie that my mom would bake and send to me wrapped in waxed paper and packed in a Christmas tin when I was in college in California, a long way from home in Oklahoma.  A popular Southern favorite cookie, the snickerdoodle is basically […]

Brown sugar chocolate chip cookies

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Recipes by Karen Gros | 0 comments

Brown sugar chocolate chip cookies

This cookie recipe, one of the world’s best, was used by Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis, and are hence named “Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies” in Martha Stewart’s Entertaining cookbook.  I have modified the recipe to reduce the amount of sugar, as it is possible to successfully reduce the quantity of sugar in any recipe […]