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Sugar Plum Fairy Bark on a gold and white plate

Sugar Plum Fairy Bark

Sugar Plum Fairy Bark ~ a pretty white peppermint confection bedazzled with sprinkles, because a little bling is always appropriate during the holidays.…

Crisp Almond Lace Wafer cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Almond Lace Wafers

These delicate almond lace wafer cookies have a wonderfully light crisp texture and can easily be made gluten free.  Dip them in chocolate or leave them plain, they’re always a hit!…

A round platter ofRainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta ~ an oasis of freshness and crunch in a season full of comfort foods and holiday treats, people will flock to this colorful healthy appetizer!…

Making Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galette Cookies

Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes (plus printable tags)

Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes ~ my homemade version of these soft shortbread sandwich cookies filled with fruit preserves are simply amazing.  I’ve included custom gift tags to go along with them, just download and print!…

Easy How To instructions for making swirled chocolate bark

Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways!

Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways ~ chocolate bark is the easiest of all homemade candies and probably my favorite.  It can be done in a thousand and one ways, here are the 15 best!…

5 Mouthwatering Flourless Desserts

These 5 mouthwatering flourless desserts prove you don’t need traditional white flour to make a knock-out sweet treat! …

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes in a mug

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes (plus printable gift tags)

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cookies) are a variation on tradition using toasted almonds.  These easy shortbread drop cookies with their snowy sugar coating are required eating during the holidays!  I’ve designed special tags to go…

sliced Nutcracker Bark on a marble slab

Easy Nutcracker Bark (with printable recipe tags!)

Easy Nutcracker Bark ~ crunchy, salty mixed nuts enrobed in lots of dark chocolate.  Who wouldn’t want some of that?  Nobody, that’s who.  And I’ve even included downloadable recipe gift tags so you can share with your bestest friends.…

a log of Hazelnut Sandies cookie dough, sliced

Hazelnut Sandies

Hazelnut Sandies ~ I love the toasted nutty flavor, I love the buttery shortbread texture, and I love that little sandy finish from the sugar coating.  This is my kind of cookie!…

A pan of eggnog streusel French toast casserole with a piece taken out

Eggnog Streusel French Toast Casserole

My Eggnog Streusel French Toast Casserole is a decadent, holiday morning worthy baked French toast that can be assembled the night before.  Can you say fantasy B&B breakfast?…

rolling and cutting gingerbread cookie dough

Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies

Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies ~ I’ve tracked down the best tips and tricks for make ahead cookies so you can enjoy more of your holidays inside and outside of the kitchen!…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, sliced, on a cooling rack

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is a must make every fall — this pumpkin bundt cake is moist and tender with just the right amount of spice, and the chocolate chips take it from delicious to dynamite!…

Breaking apart a homemade turtle candy

Grandma Kathy’s Homemade Turtle Candy Recipe

Grandma Kathy’s Homemade Turtle Candy ~ this vintage recipe is straight from grandma’s recipe box, it’s the one she made throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s and it’s still the best classic holiday candy around.…

cacio e pepe spaghetti squash

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash is a deliciously low carb and gluten free version of one of my favorite classic Italian pasta recipes.  …

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies ~ this classic chewy oatmeal cookie dipped in a rich maple glaze is deceptively simple and divinely delicious ~ you won’t be able to stop at just one.  Bake them to enjoy now, or freeze…

Por chops in the Instant Pot for Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce

5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners

Having an Instant Pot means never having to settle for boring weeknight meals again ~ here are 5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners that prove it!…

Gift Guide 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Since this Sunday is wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shopping is on my mind, and I’m a firm believer in getting as much of it out of the way as possible so you can actually enjoy the…

Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal

Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal is a healthy gluten free hot cereal with floral, fruity pear, fragrant vanilla, warm spices, and creamy oats ~ it makes for an aromatherapy boost we could all use on frosty mornings.  …

Fall cocktail

13 Recipes for a Signature Thanksgiving Cocktail

Do you have a signature Thanksgiving cocktail?  If not, you might find some inspiration below.  I love to start off the holiday with a house cocktail offered to each guest as they walk in the door, it’s a nice…

Jeweled Wild Rice in a white bowl with pomegranates

Jeweled Wild Rice Salad

My Jeweled Wild Rice Salad is a joyful gluten free vegan recipe and a make-ahead friendly side dish for your holidays.  Bonus: whatever their diet, nobody at your table will feel like a second class citizen.…

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers ~ you’ve probably got the menu all set, the turkey, the fixings, and the desserts, but don’t forget about the all important starters!…

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Bars

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Bars

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Bars are an unbeatable combination of buttery walnut shortbread and tart homemade cranberry curd.…

Minestrone soup in a white cast iron soup pot with ladle

Italian Minestrone Soup

Italian Minestrone Soup ~ next to grandma’s chicken soup there’s nothing more comforting than a pot of minestrone bubbling away on the stove.  This authentic recipe will warm you, satisfy you, fortify you, and slim you.  Not bad for…

Colorful purple cauliflower rice salad in a wooden bowl

Purple Cauliflower Rice Salad

My healthy Purple Cauliflower Rice Salad is gluten free and so colorful ~ it combines roasted and raw veggies for tons of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber!…

Olive and Herb Appetizer Wreath on a white platter with cocktail forks

Festive Olive Wreath Appetizer

My Festive Olive Wreath Appetizer is such fun for the holidays ~ olives are easy, they’re healthy, and fit just about every diet out there.  It looks Martha Stewart-ish, but it’s really a cinch, so any way you look…

A steaming bowl of rainbow carrots with browned butter and sage

Rainbow Carrots with Browned Butter and Sage

Rainbow Carrots with Browned Butter and Sage is an easy way to add a pop of color to your fall and winter meals.  I like to put a big bowl of these colorful healthy carrots on our Thanksgiving table,…

hands making pie dough on a dark ground

15 Inspirational Apple Pies!

15 Inspirational Apple Pies for the fall season ~ clear your weekend schedule and tackle one or two of these glorious recipes, you’ll be a master once the holidays roll around!…

A bowl of Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon ~ tender Brussels sprouts roasted in maple syrup and a little bacon grease (sorry not sorry,) topped with lots of crispy bacon bits ~ nobody, but nobody, walks away from this bowl a sprout hater!…

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles ~ soft, buttery, chewy snickerdoodle dough is infused with molasses and coated with sugar and classic gingerbread spices for a holiday-ready twist on a favorite cookie!…

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies in foil

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies ~ these spiced molasses cookies have been upgraded with a bit of dark chocolate for a ‘best of all worlds’ holiday cookie.…

How to make Smoking Cocktails with Dry Ice (or not!)

How to make Smoking Cocktails with Dry Ice (or not!) Smokey cocktails are the gold standard of Halloween, adult style, and I’ll show you how to create them at home using dry ice and other trade secrets from the…

Colorful Winter Pansy Salad

Winter Pansy Salad

My Winter Pansy Salad with blood orange vinaigrette will bring some color to your fall and holiday menus using edible pansies that thrive in the cooler months! …

Pieces of Buttermilk Pecan Fudge stacked on parchment paper

Pecan Buttermilk Fudge

Pecan Buttermilk Fudge ~ this creamy white fudge has got a sweet tangy flavor like nothing else I’ve ever tasted.  I highly recommend you try this unique treat, you won’t be disappointed.…

A stack of homemade Butter Brickle Bark

Easy Butter Brickle Bark

Easy Butter Brickle Bark ~ this is it, the ultimate easy peasy homemade candy that you can make for yourself, or for gifts.  The prep is just 5 minutes, and it firms up in the fridge in another 30.…

Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

5 Easy Grain Salads that will feed your soul!

These 5 Easy Whole Grain Salads are hearty, healthy and vegan-friendly. They’e simple enough to pull together for a weeknight dinner, gorgeous enough for special occasions, and the leftovers make the BEST packable lunches!…

Jelly Doughnut Bundt Cake

My Jelly Doughnut Bundt Cake is jelly doughnut meets bundt cake for a unique morning or mid-day treat.  This comforting, not-too-sweet cake just begs for a cup of coffee or tea.…

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle with two spoons

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle ~ if you put nothing down on the dinner table but this light and fluffy, sweet and crunchy casserole I wouldn’t feel slighted in the least.  As long as you let me have seconds :)…

kale and butternut salad in a wooden bowl with wooden salad servers

Kale and Butternut Salad with Maple Spiced Pecans

Kale and Butternut Salad with Maple Spiced Pecans ~ a simple vegan salad full of superfood nutrients and fall flavors.  This is the way you’re going to balance out all those heavy meals on your holiday menus…no Turkey Pants…

Soft Glazed Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Glazed Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Glazed Gingerbread Cookies ~ if you love baking holiday cookies I bet you’re always on the hunt for a new recipe, one that’s not too hard, but has that wow factor.  These easy stamped cookies are soft and…

Easy and healthy Chimichurri Shrimp appetizer or light meal ~ serve it over greens for a low carb paleo dish, or with bread or pasta for some serious comfort food. ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

5 Easy Shrimp Recipes

5 Easy Shrimp Recipes ~ shrimp is the original fast food, it can be on your table in a flash.  I’ve gathered together 5 delicious dishes that showcase my favorite crustacean, and you can use fresh or frozen shrimp…

A pumpkin Spice Ice Box Cake, sliced on a white plate

Pumpkin Spice Ice Box Cake

You know the drill I’m sure…after this Pumpkin Spice Ice Box Cake sets up in the fridge for a few hours the creamy filling penetrates the crisp chocolate wafers and creates the most intensely luxurious mouthfeel ever.  Part cake,…

Grilled Baby Eggplant with Minted Yogurt and Pomegranate on a silver platter

Grilled Baby Eggplant with Minted Yogurt and Pomegranate

Grilled Baby Eggplant with Minted Yogurt and Pomegranate is a simple healthy Middle Eastern inspired side dish or appetizer ~ you can even pick up these babies by their stems and eat them as finger food ~ they might…

Colorful Firecracker Chicken in a wok with tongs

Firecracker Chicken

I love everything about this Firecracker Chicken ~ the vivid peppers, the tender chunks of chicken, and the fiery sweet and spicy sauce ~ it’s so much better than takeout!…

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage in a bowl with fork and sage leaves

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage ~ I’m hyperventilating just thinking about sharing this recipe with you  You must try it, the flavor and texture is so luxurious, and all from a handful of common ingredients.  (Did you…

hands holding a glass bowl with cocoa powder and a chocolate truffle

5 fall desserts that will make you swoon

5 fall desserts that will make you swoon ~ 5 of my favorite easy desserts guaranteed to make you weak at the knees…better be sitting down for this one, just in case.…

Dutch Apple Cake being sliced

Dutch Apple Cake

Every bite of this Dutch Apple Cake is sweet and juicy thanks to layers of thinly sliced Honeycrisps, baked up in a no fail batter with a touch of spice.  This easy coffee cake has a nice crisp sugary…

Vanilla lavender latte with fresh lavender

Vanilla Lavender Latte

Vanilla Lavender Latte ~ this warming drink is made with vanilla bean and lavender buds for a soothing way to start or end a busy day.…

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers ~ this classic comfort food gets an exotic makeover with ground lamb, lightly spiced with cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg, along with fluffy couscous to replace the traditional rice.  The aroma is swoon-worthy!…

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh in a wooden bowl

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh ~ a twist on the glorious Middle Eastern cracked wheat salad, made low carb and grain free using cauliflower rice.  This is a light, clean, and healthy vegan salad that’s always a conversation starter.…

apple butter brandy meatballs in a small copper skillet

Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs

Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs, the name tells you all you need to know.  These luscious meatballs are smothered in a sweet and tangy apple butter brandy sauce that will bring you to your knees.  Technically for the cocktail hour,…

Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake, sliced, with sprinkles on parchment paper

Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake

Are you ready for cake?  Because I’ve got cake!  This classic Chocolate Sour Cream Doughnut Bundt Cake is a nod to that irresistibly glossy chocolate doughnut that calls to you from the doughnut shop case……

Pasta peperonata with tuna in a bowl with fork

Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives

Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives is a rustic Italian style pasta that’s easy to throw together on a weeknight.  It’s an inexpensive, healthy 30 minute meal with that casual Mediterranean ‘let’s set up dinner in the vineyard tonight’ vibe.  Not…

The Ultimate Guide to Nachos!

The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos!

The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos! ~ possibly the world’s most perfect food.  This beloved game day appetizer can double as an easy 30 minute dinner any day of the week.…

Honey Spice Cookies with glaze

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies ~ these nutty, glazed cookies are a perfect way to ease into fall baking, and they’ll provide a little old world spice for your holiday cookie assortment later in the season.…

Sheet pan peppers and brats with grainy mustard

Sheet Pan Peppers and Brats

Sheet Pan Peppers and Brats are the easy way to serve a hungry family or a game day crowd. The sausages get beautifully caramelized, and the peppers get glossy and lightly charred… provide buns or go low carb, but…

A plate of pear salad with creamy walnut vinaigrette

Pear Salad with Creamy Walnut Vinaigrette

My Pear Salad with Creamy Walnut Vinaigrette is just about the first thing I make when gorgeous pears show up in my grocery store.   The star of this fall salad is a whole pear that’s been thinly sliced…

A pan of Moussaka with large spoon

A Classic Moussaka Recipe

Gorgeous eggplants at the farmers market this weekend inspired me to make one of our favorite one dish meals, moussaka.  This rich and comforting Greek casserole is made with layers of ground lamb or beef and eggplant, all topped…