Before You Book A Trip To Disney World

Mickey Mouse At Epcot

It is summer vacation season and after being locked up for months, you might feel the need to get away but before you book a trip to Disney World or other crowded resort, there are many things to consider. If you’re not comfortable getting on a plane at the moment, do you pack everyone up in […]

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Casarecce Pasta With Italian Sausage And Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)

pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe

Originating in Sicily, casarecce pasta is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight pasta dish when combined with sausage and greens. The broccoli rabe, also known as rapini and cime di rapa, with its slightly bitter taste complements the richness of Italian sausage for a delectable meal. Italy has a wide range of pastas and casarecce is […]

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A Taste Of The Ligurian Coast Of Italy

The Ligurian Region Of Italy

“A small handful of Pignoli or pine nuts, fragrant rosemary, thyme, garlic and olive oil create a light sauce that is drizzled over simple sautéed chicken breasts to create a meal that will transport you to the Ligurian region of Italy.” Liguria is a narrow crescent shaped region, from the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea to […]

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Grilled Lamb Burgers With Feta Tzatziki Sauce

grilled lamb burger

When a plain hamburger becomes boring, serve your family and your guests flavorful Grilled Lamb Burgers with Feta Tzatziki Sauce…seasoned with fresh Greek herbs and lemon, these Mediterranean style burgers are juicy, delicious and different. Perfect sides that you might consider to accompany the lamb burgers would be  marinated olives, a creamy Greek style yogurt potato […]

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Deviled Crab, A Favorite Seafood Recipe

deviled crab

This easy to make deviled crab recipe needs to be part of your summer casual dining. Deviled crab, similar to crab cakes, is very popular in beachside towns along the Atlantic and Gulf Coast. Recipes are often passed down for generations and while the ingredients may vary from cook to cook, each version is delicious. Meat from […]

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Writing A Blog, A Lifetime Adventure

narrow street in bruges, belgium

“Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life” is the tag line that I created when I started my blog Back Road Journal nine years ago. The journal is where I share my passion for food, travel and the good things in life that I encounter with readers like youself. Much has changed […]

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International Travel Plans

planning a European holiday

As the long weeks of lockdown and social distancing restrictions start to slowly ease, you might start thinking once again about international travel plans to a destination that you have been dreaming about for months if not years. Before you book your international travel plans, make sure you check the current travel restrictions for the […]

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Tuscan White Beans And Tuna / Fagioli e Tonno

Tuscan White Beans And Tuna or Fagioli e Tonno in Italian is a classic dish that is usually served as a starter in Italy but it also makes a nice lunch. It is beyond simple to prepare and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen pantry. You can turn this into an Italian insalata […]

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Olives, A Simple Ingredient With Great Taste

olives, cheese, fruit and wine

Delicious food doesn’t need to be fancy, it doesn’t even have to be a complete meal. Great taste can come from a simple ingredient such as olives, standing alone or when mixed with other ingredients. Of course, each of us has a different idea of a simple ingredient, a dish or even a meal that […]

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Will You Cruise Again

regent seven seas explorer

I know that many of you booked a cruise this year…some for a long weekend to the Caribbean and others to Alaska, Europe and Asia. When the no sail order is lifted, will you rebook as soon as possible or will you give pause to cruising for the foreseeable future? My husband and I loved […]

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