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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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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Sweet And Spicy Asian Pork Meatballs

sweet spicy asian pork meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Meatballs are a savory combination of pork, herbs and Asian spices browned until crispy then simmered in a delicious sauce until sticky and caramelized. The meatballs can be  served on a bed of steamy white rice or noodles alongside pickled vegetables for a delicious meal with familiar flavors reminiscent of Thailand, Vietnam […]

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Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Toasted Pepitas

sweet and spicy pork tenderloin

Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin topped with a sprinkling of toasted pepita seeds is a mouthwatering, healthy meal that can be on your kitchen table in less than an hour. There is no fancy cooking, just rub the pork with the spice mixture, pan sear quickly and finish in the oven. The lean and tender pork cooks quickly […]

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Do You Cook With Leftovers Or Create Nextovers

gourmet meatloaf sandwich

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 left and eat the exact same meal the next day for lunch or dinner but […]

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