I love to make beautiful food, photograph it, and write about it, but mostly, I just love to EAT. Isn’t that what it’s all about? My food is bold and vibrant, but I try to keep it honest and unfussy. I know you can’t always get to a farmer’s market, so you’ll find most of my ingredients in your local supermarket. And when I do play with something unusual, I’ll make sure you know where to get it.

Sue headshotYou won’t find any fad diets here ~ just a healthy enthusiasm for the incredible variety of whole foods on this beautiful planet of ours. I don’t like the term food porn, but I do think that a gorgeously fresh and colorful salad can be just as enticing as a gooey dessert, and I aim to get all your senses firing here at TVFGI

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I’ve acquired my cooking skills through trial and error over many years of cooking for myself, and for my husband Grant and two daughters, Molly and Clare. Grant is in the kids entertainment biz, and we’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost 30 years. The View from Great Island was born during a period of change in our family ~ just as my youngest daughter was leaving for college, we sold our house 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 this blog is the result. I’ve taken inspiration from wherever I find myself, from New England to the rich cultural mix of our current home in Los Angeles.

My style is enthusiastic, colorful, and honest. No food is off limits here, as long as it’s ‘real’ and unprocessed, but my favorites make repeat appearances. I love cardamom and citrus. I like to cook with nuts, spirits of all kinds (I have a growing collection of airline sized bottles for just that purpose) and fresh herbs. I like things spicy. I love coffeecakes, street food and the farmer’s market. I teeter on the brink of vegetarianism, but I crave a good meatball. Food memories haunt me until I recreate them. I love eating breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. Did I mention I have a weakness for pumpkin? Ditto for spinach artichoke dip. Suffice it to say, I’m my own best customer.

Whatever ends up on my plate, I’m going to savor each and every bite, so let’s get cooking!



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