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.


My favorite things 2022
My Favorite Things 2022

My Favorite Things 2022 I’m super excited to share some of my favorite things, just in time for holiday shopping and gift giving! This curated list includes things I already love and a few items I’d love to receive this holiday season. I hope it sparks your creativity, and, imagination, and helps you with your shopping list. The best part,

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Apricot bread for gifting
Apricot and Cream Cheese- Part 1 Gifts from the Kitchen

Apricot and Cream Cheese- Part 1 Gifts from the Kitchen For almost 20 years, I’ve been teaching a class called Gifts from theKitchen. In this class, recipes are taught that are ideal for giving as giftsto friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Over the years, I’ve accrued hundredsof recipes that are wonderful to give and receive. For the next couple of weeks,

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Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce- Thanksgiving Part 4

Do you prefer it from a can? Really there is no shame in just liking thecranberry sauce that comes in a can. I have fond memories from childhood ofthis yummy congealed concoction that was sliced into discs on a small plate andready for the table in a matter of 2 minutes. I think if you took an anonymous poll, you

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Cornbread Dressing- Thanksgiving Part 3

Who besides me, thinks Cornbread Dressing is the best part of the Thanksgiving meal? There is just something about that bumpy, nutty, cornbready, goodness that is so satisfying. It makes me look forward to Thanksgiving more than anything else on the table! My Thanksgiving dressing recipe is the one my mom made and her mom before. You could say it’s

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Thanksgiving cocktail
Sparkling Pear Cocktail Thanksgiving Part 2

Sparkling Pear Cocktail Thanksgiving Part 2 It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is now less than 2 weeks away. If you are like me, it’s time to craft the menu for the most important cooking day of the year. When I think about what will grace the Thanksgiving table, a few tried and true favorites along with some

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Sweet potato crostini Thanksgiving part 1
Sweet Potato Crostini Thanksgiving Part 1

Sweet Potato Crostini Thanksgiving Part-1 Happy Fall Friends! We are officially in cooking season and can you believe Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away? As I head into my final week of cooking classes this season, I’m reflecting on some of the wonderful recipes we created. Today, I’ll share one of these with you, my Sweet Potato Crostini. I’ll be

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