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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International Travel Plans

planning a European holiday

As the long weeks of lockdown and social distancing restrictions start to slowly ease, you might start thinking once again about international travel plans to a destination that you have been dreaming about for months if not years. Before you book your international travel plans, make sure you check the current travel restrictions for the […]

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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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Will You Cruise Again

regent seven seas explorer

I know that many of you booked a cruise this year…some for a long weekend to the Caribbean and others to Alaska, Europe and Asia. When the no sail order is lifted, will you rebook as soon as possible or will you give pause to cruising for the foreseeable future? My husband and I loved […]

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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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A Pop Of Color

le chambard hotel

Today’s decorating trends lean towards rooms or even entire buildings being done in an understated palette of whites, taupes, or grays but even in the starkest of rooms, most decorators will add a pop of color to lend personality to an otherwise neutral space. It doesn’t matter if the overall design is conservative, traditional, contemporary […]

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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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Pantry Essentials

pantry essentials

Having lived through both hurricanes and blizzards in my lifetime, I’ve learned that my home should always have a good supply of food, home cleaning products, medicines and personal hygiene products. While my pantry usually has a good assortment of items for preparing several unplanned meals, COVID-19 has suddenly changed how I stock my pantry, […]

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