Zellenberg Hilltop Vineyards, Alsace, France

along the route du vin Alsace France

After eleven years of blogging, one photograph on Back Road Journal has been commented on more than all others combined. It was taken above Zellenberg, France, a tiny village perched on a hill whose slopes are covered with vineyards, some being the renowned Grand Cru d’Alsace Froehn vineyards. Years back, on a misty day in […]

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Shrimp With Fresh Ranchero Sauce On Charred Corn Polenta

shrimp with fresh ranchero sauce on charred corn polenta

If you are crazy about shrimp and grits, then you are going to love my recipe for shrimp with fresh ranchero sauce on charred corn polenta. Wonderfully creamy polenta with charred corn and pepper jack cheese is topped with sautéed shrimp and a vibrant southwestern inspired fresh tomato ranchero sauce. It seems that shrimp and […]

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Nicole’s Coconut Custard Tarts

coconut custard tarts

For coconut lovers everywhere, these individual moist and delicious coconut custard tarts are a super easy dessert that combines a crisp, sweet buttery pastry crust with a coconut custard filling that is prepared in a matter of minutes and then baked to a beautiful golden brown. On a recent Caribbean cruise, one of our ports […]

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Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Meatballs Served With Pistachio Couscous

pomegranate glazed lamb meatballs

Pomegranate glazed lamb meatballs are savory, sweet and tangy with just the right amount of sticky goodness. The flavor and texture of the lamb mixed with lots of fresh herbs and seasoning is one that I believe you will enjoy but if you are not a fan of lamb, beef may be substituted. Meatballs can […]

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Nicole’s Table, A Taste Of Antigua And The Caribbean

View From Nicole's Table, Antigua

Wanting to experience the Caribbean cuisine of Antigua during a cruise port of call, my husband and I joined a small, hands on cooking class called Nichole’s Table. Over four hours, we created a delicious lunch that we later enjoyed on the veranda of the chef’s home overlooking St. John’s Harbor. When traveling, I love […]

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Welcome Aboard The Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Dock In Willemstad

Follow me aboard the beautiful Regent Seven Seas Splendor for one of its inaugural season voyages. My husband and I booked this 14 day Caribbean cruise over a year ago, and after Covid restrictions eased, we finally sailed on this small luxury ship. The fabulous crew, food and weather couldn’t have been better. What made this […]

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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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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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Austria, A Traveler’s Dream Destination

Zell Am See Austria

Austria, one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, is a traveler’s dream destination. It’s a mixture of sophisticated historic cities, grand palaces, museums, and a vibrant cultural scene, and picturesque villages with onion domed churches in peaceful alpine valleys surrounded by crystal clear lakes and snowcapped mountains. Austria is a charming blend of vibrant cities filled […]

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