Provence, The Hilltop Villages

provencal hilltop village

Leave the French Riviera with its crowds of tourists and mega yachts and follow the breathtaking back roads high into the hills above the coast to discover towns and romantic small villages of Provence once lost in time but rediscovered by writers, poets and painters for their alluring charm. Fortified hilltop towns perched on cliffs […]

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Curried Butternut Squash Ravioli

curried butternut squash ravioli

Indian curry sauce may sound like an unlikely partner to toss with Italian ravioli but the savory, slightly spicy flavor of the cream sauce works wonderfully with sweet butternut squash ravioli.  Topped with caramelized butternut squash, crunchy toasted almonds, sweet raisins and green scallions, it’s colorful and delicious. The warm spices, rich flavors and fresh […]

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Why Munich Should Be On Your Bucket List

Munich Germany

If you have never been to Munich, put it on your bucket list for when we can once again travel. While known for its famous Octoberfest, the Hofbräuhaus, lederhosen, dirndls, beer and sausage, it has much more to discover…it’s called one of the most livable cities in the world. While travel plans have been put […]

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Mexican Mole Verde With Roasted Chicken

roast chicken topped with green mole

A traditional Mexican mole verde, sometimes called pipian verde, is a cooked green sauce based on ground pumpkin seeds, green chiles and tomatillos. While dark moles are very complicated, have lots of ingredients and take hours to make, mole verde is fresh, vibrant and easier to prepare. Travel around Mexico and you will find that each […]

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Oven Baked BBQ Spare Ribs

oven baked spare ribs

Craving BBQ ribs but you don’t own a smoker or grill? Maybe you do but the weather is frightful outside…no problem, you can make oven baked pork spare ribs. Baked low and slow, this recipe produces lip smacking good ribs that are fall-off-the-bone tender and succulent. Fall-off-the-bone tender oven baked spare ribs are perfect when […]

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Daydream Destination – Nantucket

steps beach nantucket

It is hard not to fall in love with the charming New England island of Nantucket with it’s unspoiled beaches, quaint downtown with cobblestone streets lined with small boutiques and restaurants, stately historic homes and gray shingled cottages surrounded by beautiful blue hydrangeas and pink roses. Summers used to be about getaways to dream vacation […]

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Summer Succotash

summer succotash

Succotash is a classic side dish of fresh sweet corn and tender baby lima beans. Whether serving it as part of an outdoor summer barbecue, a potluck dinner or even at your next holiday gathering, you must give this bright, colorful and delicious dish a try. While many think of succotash as a Southern dish, […]

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Before You Book Your Trip

Cancel For Any Reason

Until the spread of Covid-19, people didn’t give much thought to a world pandemic, civil unrest or natural disasters affecting their travel plans. Unfortunately, they happen and before booking a trip many of us are considering Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance to protect our investment.   When Covid-19 first started spreading, none of us […]

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Pork Tenderloin With Bourbon Peach Sauce

pork tenderloin with bourbon peach sauce

If sweet summer peaches are one of your favorite fruits, then you are going to love this wonderfully tender and flavorful pork recipe. Prime pork tenderloin is butterflied, spread with an herb paste, rolled then brushed with a vibrant, sweet and slightly spicy peach bourbon sauce and roasted. To my thinking, there is nothing like […]

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Are Paper Maps Obsolete

asking for directions

Call me old fashioned, a dinosaur if you must, but I feel paper maps are useful as far as travel is concerned. My travel plans start with a paper map and when I’m visiting a foreign country, I carry paper maps of the regions my husband and I will travel through. We carry iPhones with access […]

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