Cooking From Your Pantry, Marinated Chickpea Salad

marinated chickpea, tomato and cucumber salad

Warming a can of chickpeas in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and herbs before adding them to your favorite salad makes a huge difference in flavor. Add them to perfectly ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumber chunks and a light lemony dressing for a summer salad bursting with Mediterranean flavors in every bite. I’ve lived through blizzards […]

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Fresh Green Bean, Tomato And Blue Cheese Salad

green bean tomato and blue cheese salad

A fresh green bean, tomato and blue cheese salad is the ultimate summer side dish. Super easy to prepare with tender young green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, your favorite blue cheese and tossed with a simple vinaigrette, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next backyard barbecue. This is the time of […]

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Claude Monet, The Artist’s Garden And Home

Monet's Garden

“I need flowers, always flowers, even flowers to pick… so that I can paint them on rainy days” Claude monet To better appreciate Claude Monet’s paintings, visit his home and famous gardens in Giverny, a small village 50 miles northwest of Paris, in Normandy, France. I dreamed of seeing his beautiful gardens for years and […]

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Spring Pea And Lamb Pasta With Minty Pea Pesto

Spring Pea And Lamb Pasta With Mint Pea Pesto

As mild temperatures start to return, celebrate spring with a delicious pasta dinner. Minced lamb and sweet peas are tossed with orecchiette pasta, topped with vibrant green, minty pea pesto and sprinkled with grated lemon zest that gives a bright and refreshing burst of springtime flavors to your evening meal. Spring has arrived and that […]

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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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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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New England Post Cards / Favorite Photos

Postcards are a way of saving memories. Since I’ll soon be starting my seventh year writing Back Road Journal, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite memories and photos through the next several posts called “Postcards”. The first being New England Post Cards / Favorite Photos about my wonderful years […]

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Hotel Spa Der Steirerhof, Bad Waltersdorf

Hotel And Spa Der Steirerhof is perhaps the most welcoming hotel I’ve had the pleasure to stay at during my many years of traveling. Located an easy 75 mile drive south from Vienna in the Austrian state of Styria, this lovely region is filled with historic towns, beautiful landscapes, numerous castles, orchards and vineyards. All in all, […]

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Tiny Tropical Paradise

Tropical blue, lime green, sunny yellow, sizzling orange, hot pink, bright red, and vivid purple are all colors found in my tiny corner of a tropical paradise. Florida can give you a feeling that you are living in a bright, Technicolor movie. It is all about bold colors along with various shades and textures of […]

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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 from the other forty-nine in our gated community, my husband and I decided to hire […]

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