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 😉
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?!
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I bring a passion for vegetable gardening, foraging, illustration, and photography 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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