Provence, The Hilltop Villages

provencal hilltop village

Leave the French Riviera with its crowds of tourists and mega yachts and follow the breathtaking back roads high into the hills above the coast to discover towns and romantic small villages of Provence once lost in time but rediscovered by writers, poets and painters for their alluring charm. Fortified hilltop towns perched on cliffs […]

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Curried Butternut Squash Ravioli

curried butternut squash ravioli

Indian curry sauce may sound like an unlikely partner to toss with Italian ravioli but the savory, slightly spicy flavor of the cream sauce works wonderfully with sweet butternut squash ravioli.  Topped with caramelized butternut squash, crunchy toasted almonds, sweet raisins and green scallions, it’s colorful and delicious. The warm spices, rich flavors and fresh […]

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Daydream Destination – Nantucket

steps beach nantucket

It is hard not to fall in love with the charming New England island of Nantucket with it’s unspoiled beaches, quaint downtown with cobblestone streets lined with small boutiques and restaurants, stately historic homes and gray shingled cottages surrounded by beautiful blue hydrangeas and pink roses. Summers used to be about getaways to dream vacation […]

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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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Flounder Oreganata

flounder Oreganata

If you have been hesitant about cooking fish, you can’t go wrong preparing crunchy breadcrumb and herb topped Flounder Oreganata. This Italian American favorite is quick and easy to prepare. Mix up the breadcrumb topping, place on the fish and bake until golden brown…as simple as that. The Oreganata crumb topping is also delicious on other […]

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Summer Peach Salad

peach and blue cheese salad

A good meal is a sum of all its parts, no matter how simple it may be. A summer peach salad with only a few ingredients can be outstanding, if each ingredient can not only stand on its own but creates a beautiful harmony when they are all tossed together. The sweetness of fresh ripe […]

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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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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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