Sue Moran


Hey ~ I'm Sue, and Welcome In!

I love to make delicious food, photograph it, and write about it, but mostly, I just love to EAT. Isn’t that what it’s all about? My recipes are bold and vibrant, but totally approachable ~ and my philosophy? We should all have the tools to feed ourselves well, and the confidence to cut loose a little in the kitchen. Food should be fun!

The Origin Story

The View from Great Island was born in 2011 during a period of change for our family ~ just as my youngest daughter Molly was leaving for college, we sold our longtime home in Los Angeles and took a 2 year hiatus back East. We settled in ~ where else? ~ Great Island, aka the tiny island town of New Castle, New Hampshire. After so many years of cooking for a family, I was suddenly free to cut loose in the kitchen, and it was exhilarating. I started sharing my recipes with friends and family online and the rest is delicious history. TVFGI is now an international destination for food lovers with millions of visitors every month!

What To Expect

Whole foods, for sure, but nothing’s off limits as long as it tastes good (I’m looking at you, Doritos Crusted Tilapia!) I have to admit my favorites make repeat appearances. I love cardamom and citrus. I like to cook with spirits, and fresh herbs. I like things spicy. I love coffee, coffeecakes, street food and the farmer’s market. I teeter on the brink of vegetarianism, but I crave a good meatball. I love eating breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. Did I mention I have a weakness for pumpkin? Ditto for chips and salsa. I guess you could say I’m my own best customer 😉

The Latest

After 30+ years in the vibrant LA food scene, we’re now located in Madison, Wisconsin to be with my daughter Clare who’s joined the Great Island team. Our new home base is proving to be equally inspiring, and we’ve got a whole new set of food traditions to explore from gooey fried cheese curds to the best Laotian larb salad I’ve ever had. Did you know we’ve got the biggest farmer’s market in the country?!

Let’s Connect

I’m always cooking, and there’s a brand new recipe up on the blog just about every other day, so why not jump on my email list to stay current, I’ll send you each new recipe, plus all kinds of special content, as well as my FREE e-books! You can sign up here. Life’s short, and I plan to savor each and every bite, so let’s get cooking!




Clare’s Favs

I bring a passion for illustration, photography, vegetable gardening, and foraging to the party here at TVFGI. I’m a longtime DIY-er who sews her own jeans and cans her own cocktail cherries, so I love the challenge of crafting the perfect recipe. June is my resident sniff-tester!


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What people are saying

I’m wondering if I should toss all my cookbooks since you do such a spectacular job of sharing the best recipes with us – I’m so happy to have found your blog – you cook the way we like to eat!!
Your recipes are the best! As a chef for 35 years I have to just say your recipes and style, and presentation, are some of the finest work I’ve ever seen !!!
Over the years I have followed other sites and yours is the only one I’ve stuck with. I can tell that you put a lot of thought into your selections and how you present each one. The photos are very professional and I really enjoy your extra comments regarding ways to ‘change it up’ and other suggestions that add so much to what you are sharing.
Can I just say ….you are the best !! I love to cook and my neighbor/friend sent me your link last year and I love 90% of all your recipes. Thank you so much for doing what you do, and keep ‘em coming. You def are the delight in my inbox !!
I absolutely LOVE your recipes. Yours are the only recipes I use without any changes.
You never disappoint. Your recipes are amazing. I always feel like an accomplished “chef” when I try your recipes. Thank you!
Have you considered including a “tip jar” or “buy me a coffee” button? I seriously think I owe you 🙂
I found your blog awhile ago and I just wanted to tell you that it is so good and so well crafted! And reliable. There are way too many sites out there that post recipes that don’t work, waste time and money and still worse, waste ingredients. Your site is filled with great ideas and it is so refreshing to try new recipes that actually work.
I just wanted to thank you for your blog – I really enjoy receiving your posts — even if I don’t get around to baking all the fabulous things you share – I so enjoy reading the posts. I am sure you have lots of fans, but somehow, I do think we could really be friends if you were my neighbor!!
I have to tell you, I LOVE seeing email from you pop into my mailbox! Always so interesting. Every recipe of yours has turned out perfect. Thank you!!!
I stumbled on to your fabulous site and I am wholeheartedly addicted. My friend and I are planning a “Baking” afternoon using your recipies and centered around lemons. Everything I have made to date has been luscious..I confess I ate the Banana Bread by myself in one day. Thank you so very much for everything.
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