Author Archives: Karen

About Karen

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

Nantucket Getaway

Before summer comes to an end, join me for a visit to the idyllic island of  Nantucket. Less than thirty miles off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the picture perfect island, with lighthouses guarding its shores and beaches edged with sand dunes … Continue reading

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A Garden Transformation

When you live in a small residential community, the homes and the landscaping around them often look very similar, especially if the community is governed by a Home Owners Association. Wishing to have a garden that would distinguish our house … Continue reading

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Schnitzel / What To Order In Germany

What to Order In A German Restaurant can be intimidating for those not familiar with the cuisine or language. After staring at the menu (speisekarte) trying to decipher words that seem to have way too many letters, your eyes settle on … Continue reading

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Vero Beach, Gateway To The Tropics

When my husband and I moved from New England back to Florida, I was unaware that Vero Beach was called “The Gateway To The Tropics” until after we had settled into this charming little seaside resort town. Now that we are spending … Continue reading

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Strawberry Shortcake, Gluten Free

Strawberry Shortcake, the classic summertime dessert, made with sun ripened strawberries piled on top of a buttery shortcake and finished with a large dollop of freshly whipped cream is a taste of heaven and this one is gluten free. When … Continue reading

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Broccoli And Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with smoky bacon, pine nuts and raisins is an updated version of a classic broccoli salad that appeared at most potluck dinners and backyard barbecues that I attended as a young girl growing up in Texas. I … Continue reading

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A Blogger’s Anniversary

Five years ago, I sat at my laptop and wrote “Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life” as a tag line for Back Road Journal. I asked you to spend a few minutes of your day with me and … Continue reading

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Coffee Panna Cotta

Coffee Panna Cotta is a softly set, almost delicate Italian dessert of lightly sweetened cream flavored with coffee and a little vanilla. Each spoonful of this cool, silky smooth dessert seems to melt in your mouth almost instantly making it the perfect … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day

A warm wish to all mothers, May your day be filled with love, joy and happiness and unfold like the petals of a flower, becoming more lovely with each passing hour. My gift to each of you is a pretty … Continue reading

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Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage,  while perfect for a weeknight meal it also makes a wonderful dish to serve when you have guests over for dinner. I love having impromptu dinners for our friends and when I do, I … Continue reading

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