Food & Wine trips to France!

Welcome to A Taste of Paris™!  Here you will find information about my food and wine centric excursions to France.  Travel with me to taste, discover, and be inspired by French food and culture, one bite at a time.

In addition to digging into the delicious details of A Taste of Paris™(ATOP) trips, be sure to check out my blog where you can find ways to taste, discover, and be inspired.   Taste the very best from my kitchen to yours, with recipes-inspired by my travels-and creative ideas for entertaining. Discover joy and passion in stories about the extraordinary people, places, and things all around us. Be inspired by the foods, cultures, and stories I love.  Your creativity will be sparked, your taste buds will tingle, and your heart will be warmed as I share my Joie de Vivre with you.

Finally, be sure to look at my current cooking class schedule, and personal appearance, and join me for real time fun in the kitchen.  Be sure to update your calendar with pertinent dates provided by ATOP.


French cheese
French Cheese

French Cheese, there is simply nothing like it! One of my favorite things to do is wander around the excellent cheese shops in France. Did you know that there are over 400 types of cheese? Within these varieties, there are different aging periods making the actual number of choices closer to 1,600!! No wonder cheese shops are super fun! This

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Oppulent fabrics and rich colors at Dior
Paris Windows & Trends for Fall

Paris Windows & Trends for Fall One of my favorite things to do while in Paris is to look for trends, it feels like a throwback to my first career in apparel design. Many of you probably already know that this was my first trip back to France in exactly 3 years. This time I traveled early and when I

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how to prepare leeks at the market
How To Prepare Leeks

Leeks are an underused vegetable. Did you know that leeks are loaded with antioxidants that fight inflammation? If you have not heard by now, inflammation in the body is something we all need to pay attention to. Inflammation can cause all kinds of illnesses and can cause our cells to age. Leeks also contain cancer-fighting compounds that can kill cancer

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Make a Stone Garden Path

Did you ever start a project and a few hours in think, OK, am I crazy? I have! More than once if I’m being honest. Some of you that attend regular cooking classes know that my husband Mark, goes salmon fishing in Alaska most summers. Last year, I had the idea that while he was gone I would create a

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How to make the BEST bacon
How to Make the BEST Bacon

How to Cook the BEST Bacon Did you ever wonder why things taste so good at restaurants? It’s because they have a few tricks up their sleeve! I was chatting one time with one of my favorite restaurant chefs’ and he gave me the secret to the very BEST bacon! And now I am going to share it with you!

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Green Chili Chicken Casserole Recipe
Green Chili Chicken Casserole Recipe

Sometimes you need an easy one-dish dinner to feed a crowd. Am I right? I developed this Green Chili Chicken Casserole recipe for an article I wrote for TexasLiving Magazine called Elevated Casseroles. The word casserole often conjures up childhood memories of the same 3-4 dishes served in regular intervals and stuffed with things like cornflakes, Ritz crackers, or Fritos.

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