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Embark on a Taste of Travel beginning in the picturesque village of Giverny, just north of Paris, where Impressionist artist Claude Monet immortalized his cottage and gardens in masterpieces of painting. Our recipes are inspired by some of Monet’s favorite dishes and draws on Normandy’s distinct culinary identity, which is centered on apples, cider, butter, and cream.

We journey along France’s Cider Trail, exploring Norman food and drink traditions, while learning to make creamy Chicken Normandy, a traditional vegetable side dish, and a clafoutis-style custard cake, known as flaugnarde.

“While exploring the Norman contributions to French cuisine for my book, A Woman’s Guide to France, I discovered in the north of France a variation on one of my favorite French desserts, clafoutis. I’ll demonstrate this versatile custardy cake using seasonal fruits.  We also learn to make poulet à la normande – one of Julia Child’s favorite chicken recipes.”

The slideshow and discussion looks at some of Monet’s beautiful artworks, visits the villages and countryside of Northern France, while the dishes are paired with a white wine and cider.