Author Archives: Karen

About Karen

I travel the back roads of New England and beyond, sharing great food and interesting places.

Do You Cook With Leftovers Or Create Nextovers

I have friends, you know who you are, that say they never eat leftovers. Well at this present time in our lives, I bet my friends aren’t throwing out their leftovers. Of course, you can just reheat what you have … Continue reading

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Pantry Essentials

Having lived through both hurricanes and blizzards in my lifetime, I’ve learned that my home should always have a good supply of food, home cleaning products, medicines and personal hygiene products. While my pantry usually has a good assortment of … Continue reading

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Ravioli With A Creamy Mushroom And Asparagus Sauce

Ravioli With A Creamy Mushroom and Asparagus Sauce is the perfect spring meatless meal. Surprisingly, it is prepared without any cream whatsoever. While cream is not bad as long as it is used sparingly, it is not needed in this delicious pasta recipe … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef And Cabbage

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Irish pubs in America will be filled with merriment as people gather to enjoy a pint of Guinness stout, sing Irish folk songs and enjoy a plate of corned beef and cabbage. The Irish however, … Continue reading

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers are made with colorful bell peppers filled with seasoned beef, rice and a fresh pico de gallo sauce then topped with cheese and baked until tender and golden. I like to serve the delicious peppers on a … Continue reading

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Sunset On Longboat Key, Florida

Sunset on Longboat Key is spectacular but it isn’t the only reason to visit the lovely barrier island just minutes away from downtown Sarasota. If you are thinking of an island getaway, you don’t have to fly off to the Caribbean, just … Continue reading

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Sautéed Chicken With Mushroom Farro Risotto (Farrotto)

Pan Sautéed Chicken With Mushroom Farro Risotto is a healthy Mediterranean alternative to the classic American chicken and rice casserole that is often made with canned mushroom soup. Farro, an ancient form of wheat, is used in this recipe. Also … Continue reading

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Seared Scallops With Watercress, Orange And Pistachio Salad

Sweet citrus, peppery watercress and crunchy pistachios are served with tender pan seared sea scallops for a delicious yet very healthy meal. Include a whole grain roll and a glass of red wine and it is a good example of … Continue reading

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A New DASH Mediterranean Lifestyle

A new DASH Mediterranean Lifestyle is something I’ll be occasionally writing about on Back Road Journal. If you aren’t familiar with DASH, it is the most recommended diet in America. The diet is not a weight loss diet but rather a … Continue reading

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Thai Style Noodles With Chicken, Broccoli And Peanuts

My recipe for Thai Style Noodles With Chicken, Broccoli and Peanuts will remind you of the ever popular Pad Thai dish that everyone seems to love. While not an authentic dish that you might find in Thailand, the recipe does have … Continue reading

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