Good Health And Prosperity In The New Year

new year

Millions of people around the world eat pork on the first day of the year hoping that it will bring a healthy and prosperous year. After the years 2020 and 2021, I believe we need a large serving of this delicious meat for an abundance of health in the New Year. “Good health and prosperity […]

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Wishing You Peace And Joy This Christmas

silent night

I wish you a joyous Merry Christmas with your family and friends May you have a holiday filled with peace, health and happiness Warmest wishes Karen, Back Road Journal

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Pumpkin Ravioli alla Norcina

Norcia butcher shop

Pumpkin ravioli tossed in a savory sausage cream sauce and topped with Pecorino cheese is a dish that will transport you to the Umbrian region of Italy. For centuries the town of Norcia, in the mountains of southeastern Umbria has been famous for its pork, black truffles, sausage and salumi. Pasta alla Norcina is a […]

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Sugar Cookies Decorated With Royal Icing

ultimate sugar cookie

Sugar cookies decorated with royal icing, colored sugars or other edible decorations make a wonderful addition to your holiday cookie platter. Consider packaging them in pretty gift bags and passing them out at your next gathering of family and friends, I believe they will enjoy these fun homemade cookies. If you are baking cookies for […]

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Thanksgiving Wish

bountiful still life

As we gather around the dinner table. hopefully this year with family and friends, it is the perfect time to reflect upon the past year and consider what we are grateful for, No matter where you will be on Thanksgiving, I hope you will enjoy the day and be grateful for the friends and family that enrich […]

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Corn Casserole For The Holidays

traditional corn casserole

During the holiday season, thousands of families will be serving a traditional corn casserole as a side dish. Sometimes called corn pudding, it goes well with your Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, a delicious baked Christmas ham or with holiday leftovers for a comforting meal after a busy day. I’m sure we have all […]

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Spicy Shrimp, New Orleans Style

spicy New Orleans shrimp

Spend time in New Orleans and you are bound to hear about a spicy shrimp dish of large, head-on shrimp served in a garlicky, peppery butter sauce referred to as barbecue shrimp. Pascal’s Manale, one of the oldest restaurants in the city originally created this delicious but messy dish. Pascal’s Manale, founded in 1913, is […]

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Simple Pleasures Of Autumn’s Golden Days

the golden days of autumn

Autumn pleases all the senses as days turn cooler and the landscape becomes a riot of golden colors. Leaves crunch under our feet as we gather pinecones to decorate our homes and our kitchens are filled with sweet aromas of pies baking as we prepare to gather in thanks for nature’s bounty. Autumn or fall, […]

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Rigatoni Pasta With Roasted Cauliflower

rigatoni with cauliflower

As cooler weather approaches, we often think of heartier and comforting dishes such as this simple rigatoni pasta with roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower, roasted until tender, golden and caramelized, gets tossed with pasta, cheese, sautéed onions and garlic and then finished with bread crumbs for a wonderful crunch. One of my husband’s and my favorite Italian […]

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Pork Schnitzel With A Red Wine Plum Compote

pork schnitzel with sweet and savory plums

For a quick and easy fall dinner or an Octoberfest celebration, top crispy pork schnitzels with a red wine plum compote. The compote, prepared in 15 minutes, combines sweet, tart plums and savory spices that perfectly complement and balance the rich flavors of the juicy pork cutlet. For this dinner, fresh plums are slowly simmered […]

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