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old fashioned zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting in a glass pan with forks

Old Fashioned Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Old Fashioned Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ a classic that’s a classic for a reason, this moist zucchini walnut cake is delicious even without the generous layer of fluffy cream cheese buttercream!…

Hands tossing a Shirazi Salad in a white bowl

Shirazi Salad (Persian Cucumber Tomato Salad)

Shirazi Salad, or Persian cucumber tomato salad, is a combination of crisp cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, sharp onions, and fresh herbs ~ If you’ve had pico de gallo, Israeli salad, or even a good old Southern tomato salad, you already…

a peach frangipane galette, sliced on parchment paper

White Peach Frangipane Galette

White Peach Frangipane Galette ~ galettes are wonderfully casual desserts perfect for cooks who don’t think they can manage pies.  No worries, pie was never this easy, this crisp, or this irresistible.…

chicken salad summer rolls on a platter with herbed mayo dip

Chicken Salad Summer Rolls

My Chicken Salad Summer Rolls with an herbed mayonnaise dip is a delicious take on classic Vietnamese rice paper rolls ~ this easy 30 minute lunch or dinner is one of the most refreshing meals on the planet.…

Summer's Best Pitcher Cocktails

Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails

Pitcher Cocktails are a host’s best friend. Make-ahead friendly, these delicious drinks won’t keep you tied to the bar cart for the whole party!  From sangria and spritzes to juleps, margaritas, and more, I’ve got summer’s best pitcher cocktails…

cold brew icebox pie

Easy Cold Brew Icebox Pie

Cold Brew Icebox Pie ~ with its deep dark chocolate crumb crust filled with a refreshing cold brew coffee cream, this easy no bake dessert is what sultry night dreams are made of.…

Broiled Whitefish with Cherry Salsa and lemons on a baking sheet

Whitefish with Cherry Salsa

Whitefish with Cherry Salsa ~ whether you grill your fish over charcoal or pop it under the broiler, my juicy cherry salsa makes it a spectacular 30 minute meal.  …

A pan of gluten free spiced peach crisp with melting ice cream

Gluten Free Spiced Peach Crisp

Gluten Free Spiced Peach Crisp ~ just a couple of little tweaks makes a classic peach crisp gluten free and so much tastier.  The crumble topping is made with almond meal and rolled oats, spiced up with cinnamon, cardamom,…

A bowl of pasta alla checca

Easy Pasta Alla Checca

Easy pasta alla checca is a healthy raw tomato sauce from Italy that’s a refreshing way to do pasta when the temperatures rise.  Heat waves, record highs, sweltering nights…bring it!   This delicious 30 minute meal can handle it…

summer's best icebox cakes

Icebox Cakes for the Dog Days of Summer

Icebox Cakes ~ is there anything better than sinking your fork into a creamy icebox cake on a sweltering night?  I don’t think so.  Here are some of the best easy icebox cake recipes out there, choose one and…

How to Make an Ice Cream Terrine

How to Make an Ice Cream Terrine ~ if you’re entertaining friends and family this summer, how about trying one of these pretty terrines?  It requires no cooking skills, and the payoff is enormous for such a simple project.…

Fresh peach shortcake with whipped cream

Fresh Peach Shortcake

Fresh Peach Shortcake ~ fluffy buttermilk biscuits topped with ripe juicy peaches and homemade whipped cream ~  a simple down home summer dessert that’s definitely one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!…

Spooning Charred Corn and Bean Salad into mason jars

Charred Corn and Bean Salad

Charred Corn and Bean Salad ~ everybody’s favorite healthy summer salad gets a delicious makeover with sweet corn that’s been blackened on the grill.  There’ll be no rolling back this update!…

classic potluck salads 2.0

Classic Potluck Salads 2.0

Every classic has to start somewhere, right?  These potluck-friendly dishes are just as delicious, just as crowd-pleasing as the originals you know and love. Bring one to your next summer shindig and you may just start a new tradition!…

Farmers Market Hummus in a white bowl

Farmers Market Hummus

My Farmers Market Hummus is topped with juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil ~ they’re an unexpectedly perfect complement to a classic Mediterranean chickpea dip ~ it’s summer in an appetizer!…

a small dish of no churn blueberry frozen yogurt, with metal scoop

No Churn Wild Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

No Churn Wild Blueberry Frozen Yogurt (3 ingredients!) ~ that’s all natural, no fat and no refined sugar either, sounds like a pretty refreshing deal to me.  …

slicing a whole side of salmon

How to Eat Salmon Once a Week all Summer and Love it!

By my calculations there are 13 weeks  of summer, and that just happens to coincide with healthy salmon season ~ so here are 13 of my most mouthwatering salmon recipes to keep you in tip top shape all summer long.…

A piece of plum blitz kuchen cake on a blue and white plate with fork

Plum Blitz Kuchen

Plum Blitz Kuchen, or ‘lightning cake’ is a vintage German snacking cake recipe from the 1931 edition of Joy of Cooking.  It’s a quick and easy, as the name suggests, and really delicious for breakfast, brunch, coffee break or…

scooping no churn chocolate ice cream

Chillback with No Churn Ice Cream Recipes this Summer!

No churn ice cream is made the way homemade ice cream’s been done for generations, without fancy equipment.  All you need is a little know how, a creative spirit, and a hankering for a frozen treat.  Here are some of the…

a slice of caramelized apricot upside down cake

Caramelized Apricot Upside Down Cake

Caramelized Apricot Upside Down Cake ~ fresh fruit is amazing, for sure, but something magical happens to it when goes in the oven…and just between you and me, if I have to choose, I’d go for the baked stuff…

Peach and Cashew Biryani Salad on a metal platter

Peach and Cashew Biryani Salad

Peach and Cashew Biryani Salad ~ barbecues can be pretty staid affairs what with the same old burgers, potato salads, and slaws, so here’s a thought ~ next time you’re asked to bring something, ditch Aunt Rose’s macaroni salad…

Tomato bruschetta on a white surface

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ why do we feel like we have to reinvent the wheel every time we have friends over?  I mean, the Italians have already done it, bruschetta is the perfect party appetizer, and in summer when…

raspberries

Summer’s Best Berry Recipes

Summer’s Best Berry Recipes ~ you’ve got berries, and I’ve got the recipes!  From strawberries and blueberries to huckleberries, and beyond, here are the best, juiciest, most tempting ways to scarf down summer’s bounty. There are summer berries beyond the…

picking blackberries

Ultimate Guide to Summer Berry Picking

Berry picking is a summer experience no one should miss.  But when?  Where?  How?  I’ve got you covered with this Ultimate Guide to Summer Berry Picking.…

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa

Roasted (or grilled!) Salmon with Kiwi Salsa

Salmon with Kiwi Salsa is an easy 30 minute meal whether you roast it in the oven or pop it on the grill…the buttery fish and the tart tropical kiwi are made for each other ~ why haven’t we…

A platter of fried cabbage and bacon slaw, with tongs

Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw

Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw ~ this warm bacon coleslaw has won our hearts this summer, and I have a feeling it’s going to win yours too.  Simple ingredients, fried up in a little bacon grease, and you’ve got…

overhead photo of steak fajita bowl with chimichurri sauce

Steak Fajita Bowls with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak Fajita Bowls with Chimichurri Sauce is an easy gluten free 30 minute meal that gives you that just off the grill flavor right on your stove top.  It’s on the table before you can say “where’s the charcoal?”…

watermelon stars and blueberries

Red White and Blue Recipes You Actually Want to Eat!

The patriotic holidays bring out all the red white and blue food, for sure, but is that a good thing?  For anyone over the age of 8, red white and blue food with lots of artificial ingredients can be…yucky!  Not to…

overhead photo of raspberry slab pie in the pan with piece removed

Easy Raspberry Slab Pie

My Easy Raspberry Slab Pie is a luxe dessert for berry season ~  I’ve used refrigerated pie crust to make it quick and easy, just add tons of fresh berries, invite a few friends over, and enjoy!…

Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad in a wooden bowl

Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad

Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad ~ everybody loves chicken salad, but jazz it up with warm Indian spices, crisp apples, celery, raisins, walnuts, coconut, and grapes and it becomes a fork magnet.…

Peach Cobbler with Cinnamon Roll Biscuits

Peach Cobbler with Cinnamon Swirl Biscuits

Peach Cobbler with Cinnamon Swirl Biscuits is the stand out dessert of the summer, with lots of ripe peaches topped off with tender homemade biscuits that think they’re cinnamon buns…this delicious mashup just works!…

texas sheet cake

25 Irresistible Sheet Cakes

25 Irresistible Sheet Cakes ~ from Texas to Maine and back, sheet cakes are a summer staple and I love them!  Whether it’s a birthday, a barbecue, a wedding, or a potluck, you need to have a great sheet…

Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon is impressive but really effortless when you start with a large filet and a sheet pan.  The healthy Mediterranean toppings are simple but paint a beautiful edible picture.  This is a 30 minute meal you’ll…

basil marinated mozzarella with sliced summer tomatoes on a white surface

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes ~ you already know it, the simplest foods are the best. You know instinctively that ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and fresh mozzarella will taste incredible.  Take awesome ingredients and don’t screw…

fresh strawberries in a white bowl

How to Dry Strawberries

How to Dry Strawberries ~ once you’ve gobbled up your fill of fresh strawberries this season, consider drying them.  Sure, you could also freeze them, or make them into jam, but drying strawberries is super easy and the results…

a bowl of gluten free pasta salad

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous ~ gluten free pasta is a great invention, but it doesn’t perform very well cold, which is  big problem for summertime salads.   I’ve got some tips and tricks…

Brat with Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw --- yum!

5 Slaws You Need in Your Life this Summer

5 Slaws You Need in Your Life this Summer ~ this weekend marks the unofficial start of slaw season, so celebrate with some of my favorites.   These crunchy shredded salads are packed with flavor.…

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream in pan with scoop

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream is made with real mint leaves and dark chocolate ~ summer eating doesn’t get any better!   The zippy flavor of the fresh mint paired with an extra quantity of dark chocolate makes this the…

A slice of peaches and cream breakfast cake with whipped cream

Peaches and Cream Breakfast Cake

Peaches and Cream Breakfast Cake ~ a from scratch peach coffee cake loaded with chunks of fresh fruit for a light but indulgent start to the day.  Use white or yellow peaches for this easy peach cake that’s equally…

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

This yummy Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad is an delicious twist on a potluck classic ~ quick to prepare using common ingredients, the Asian flavors in this colorful pasta salad really pop.  This easy summer side salad recipe will be…

Grilled Wild Salmon Salad

Summer’s Best Grilled Salads

Summer’s Best Grilled Salads ~ go ahead, throw your favorite salad on the barbie, it can take the heat!  In fact, sturdy greens, veggies, and even fruits can be grilled right alongside those burgers for the most awesome sides…

A slice of old fashioned peanut butter cake with fork

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake is a good old Southern potluck staple that’s reached cult status.  The hot peanutty frosting gets poured right onto the warm cake, and the whole thing gets showered with roasted peanuts.   Just divine.…

overhead photo of pickled blackerry and grapefruit salad in round bowl

Pickled Blackberries and Grapefruit Salad

Pickled Blackberries and Grapefruit Salad ~ yes, you can pickle berries, and they’re amazing!   Serve this refreshing fruit salad as is for a first course, over greens for a light lunch, or drizzled with honey over creamy yogurt for…

Overhead photo of a bowl of Jamie Oliver's Easy Sausage Carbonara with fork and napkin

Jamie Oliver’s Easy Sausage Carbonara

Jamie Oliver’s Easy Sausage Carbonara is my latest 5-ingredient, 30 minute meal obsession and gives spaghetti and meatballs a whole new meaning.  Yes it’s simple enough to memorize, but don’t worry, make this quick and comforting pasta dinner once…

TVFGI’s 10 Most Popular Summer Recipes

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the recipes out there?  With so many choices and so little time this season, I’ve gathered together tvfgi’s 10 most popular summer recipes to help you out a little.  From decadent chocolate…

Savory Herb Shortbread dough rolled out, with cookie cutter.

Savory Herb Shortbread (and Spring Printables!)

Set out these buttery savory herb shortbread crackers at the cocktail hour for an elegant alternative to chips.  I’ve included a pretty customizable menu and place cards to help you set the theme for a spring brunch or afternoon…

raspberry pavlova with whipped cream and berries

Individual Raspberry Pavlovas

Individual Raspberry Pavlovas are naturally gluten free, and divine.  Shatter the paper thin crust of one of these mini pavlovas with your fork and you’ll hit a marshmallowy center flecked with vanilla bean ~  be sure to get some…

May Lilac Recipes

May Lilac Recipes ~ the delicate blossoms of lilacs are beautiful, the fragrance is sweet and haunting…but did you also know that the flowers are edible?  Make the most of their short spring season with these unusual recipes.…

A plate of Better than Restaurant Salsa and chips

Better Than Restaurant Salsa

My Better Than Restaurant Salsa combines the best of two worlds ~ it’s got that deep rich roasted tomato flavor and thickness that you love from your favorite cantina, but brightened with fresh colorful veggies and cilantro.  This is…

Pasta with wild mushrooms and hazelnuts in a skillet with large spoon

Wild Mushroom Pasta with Hazelnuts

My Wild Mushroom Pasta with Hazelnuts is a creamy skillet pasta packed with wild mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts, Gruyere cheese, and lots of fresh thyme and sage.   It’s a feast for the senses whether you’ve been foraging in the…

Rainbow Chard Salad in a white bowl with spoon

Rainbow Chard Salad

This Rainbow Chard Salad is a deliciously smart way to use a vibrant underutilized veggie. Watch your back, kale, there’s a pretty new super green in town and it’s moving in on your turf……

VIDALIA ONIONS FOR PICKLED VIDALIA ONIONS

My Favorite Vidalia Onion Recipes

Vidalia onions are so mild and sweet you can peel them and eat them just like an apple.  But why not go a step further and make some of my favorite Vidalia onion recipes like hot cheesy Vidalia onion…

Overhead photo of Ballymaloe no churn vanilla ice cream with old fashioned scoop

Ballymaloe No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Ballymaloe No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream ~ this classic vanilla ice cream recipe from Darina Allen is a dream come true for anyone who craves a homemade ice cream experience but lacks the fancy machine ~ her unusual no…

Overhead shot of individual Tiramisu dessert with chocolate shavings

Easy Summer Tiramisu

My Easy Summer Tiramisu is a classic dessert made in pretty portable glasses because it’s still light out, for Pete’s sake, and nobody wants to be stuck at the dinner table…stroll around the garden, and take your creamy tiramisu…

overhead photo of baked truffle fries with mayo dip

Baked Truffle Fries

Baked Truffle Fries are a healthier, lower fat version of my current restaurant appetizer obsession ~ truffle oil and truffle salt give it an over the top decadent truffle flavor.…

20 Easy Steps to a Greener Kitchen

It’s Earth Day ~ and a great time to take stock ~ do you run an environmentally friendly, sustainable, healthy kitchen?  Are you making the best choices for your family and our planet?  Here are 20 easy steps to…

Pineapple coconut squares with forks

Pineapple Coconut Bars

Pineapple Coconut Bars are an easy tropical inspired treat made with juicy crushed pineapple, coconut, and a brown sugar shortbread crust ~ perfect for breakfast, bunch, or all day snacking.  I recommend the all day snacking :)…

horizontal photo of grilled salmon salad with edible flowers

Grilled Salmon Salad with Spring Greens

Want to eat more fish but need a little nudge?  This Grilled Salmon Salad with spring greens is one of my favorite ways to eat fresh fish like salmon, ahi, or halibut.  This meal is low carb, gluten free,…

Overhead photo of creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs in blue pan

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs

This creamy Tuscan chicken thighs is the kind of meal that draws people like a magnet…they wander into the kitchen from all directions, noses high in the air, begging to know what smells so delicious.  What cook doesn’t live…