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Sue

Irresistible Bagel Toast (your new favorite snack!)

Bagel Toast ~ whether it’s a Game Day bagel bar for a crowd, or a quick snack for one, these bagel toasts are hearty, healthy, and yummy ~ you can layer them up in a million delicious ways, so…

Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip)

Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip) ~ Muhammara isn’t quite as well known as its sisters hummus and baba ganoush, but it’s equally amazing and versatile, and If you love Middle Eastern dips, this easy vegan spread has…

What to Eat Now: Citrus

What to Eat Now: Citrus ~ here are the best citrus recipes on tvfgi to help you make the most of these juicy gems of mid-winter, whether you have access to farmers market blood oranges and pomelos, or just…

Blueberry Poppy Seed Squares

Blueberry Poppy Seed Squares, a unique coffee cake in the Eastern European tradition ~ it’s packed with fresh blueberries and crunchy poppy seeds on a buttery shortbread crust.  This is one unforgettable snack cake!…

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pancakes are a variation on one of my most popular recipes.  Fresh tangerine juice, Greek yogurt, and crunchy poppy seeds make a lighter and healthier version of everybody’s favorite pancake breakfast.…

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies ~ the holidays may be over, but winter carries on…and these easy sprinkled sugar cookies will help light your way right through to spring.  They’re perfect for just about any occasion you can throw at them,…

What to Make Now: Healing Soups

These healing soups are packed with immune boosting powerhouse ingredients like spinach, garlic, turmeric, saffron, cayenne, and ginger. Whether you’re fighting a flu or just trying to stay warm this winter, these recipes will keep you healthy AND cozy!…

Rosemary Roasted Rainbow Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Rainbow Potatoes are a colorful and easy side dish that brings some excitement to the table, and they’re no more trouble to make than regular roasted potatoes.  These easy roasted potatoes bring a splash of color to…

My favorite Recipes of 2017

My favorite Recipes of 2017 ~ these are the ones I personally loved, and if you missed them, I recommend giving them a try.  2017 was a pretty tasty year!…

The Flavor Forecast for 2018

The Flavor Forecast for 2018 ~ you might already know the Pantone color of the year (it’s Ultra-Violet), but what about the food trends of 2018?  Here’s what the experts are saying are going to be the star dishes…

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables ~  this clean-out-the-fridge salad can be changed up in countless ways depending on what you have around…and it’s proof that leftovers don’t have to be boring!…

Gluten Free Tangerine Cake

Gluten Free Tangerine Cake ~ this flourless cake is such a wonderful surprise, made with whole tangerines and almond flour in the Italian tradition ~ it’s impossibly moist and bursting with citrus flavor,  just like biting into a fresh…

What to Make Now: Last Minute Snacks for Santa

‘Twas the night before Christmas…did you remember to make something for Santa?  Here are a few easy last minute Christmas Eve snacks for Santa to ensure that your house doesn’t get skipped this year.  And don’t forget the reindeer!…

Wild Rice Bowl with Watercress and Hazelnuts

My Wild Rice Bowl with Watercress and Hazelnuts is a quick pilaf of rice and mushrooms served warm over spicy watercress and topped with toasted hazelnuts.  This earthy gluten free vegan bowl celebrates the best fall flavors!…

Fresh Lemon Truffles

These Fresh Lemon Truffles are creamy confections with a bold citrus flavor.  Rolled in sugar or dipped in dark chocolate ~ they make an unexpectedly light and bright homemade candy for chocolate and citrus lovers alike.…

Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream

Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream ~ my latest ice cream obsession is bursting with the warm spicy flavor of the best gingerbread!…

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board ~ an easy meat and cheese platter is ideal for the busy holiday season. ~ it’s quick to throw together, looks stunning, feeds 2 or 200 as an appetizer or a light…

What to Make Now: Chocolate Truffles

Homemade Chocolate Truffles ~ it’s a happy coincidence for chocolate lovers everywhere that the most decadent chocolate candy on the planet is also the easiest to make.  Here are some of my favorite truffle recipes to indulge yourself or…

Grapefruit Gingersnap Pie

This tangy Grapefruit Gingersnap Pie is a riff on my popular CRANBERRY GINGERSNAP PIE, which was just too good to let alone ~ this sunny mid-winter dessert wows everybody!…

Cardamom Walnut Crescent Cookies

Cardamom Walnut Crescent Cookies ~ these classic Swedish Christmas cookies  are made with a buttery shortbread dough jam packed with walnuts and a hint of warm cardamom ~ every holiday cookie assortment needs a few!…

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups are portable comfort food for easy holiday entertaining, game days, poker nights, potlucks, open houses,…wherever and whenever you’ve got hungry people to feed!…

What to Buy Now: Holiday Gift Guide

What to Buy Now: Holiday Gift Guide ~ it’s that time of year again, and I bet some of you are stumped for ideas.  Here are some fun last minute prezzies for those fellow foodies on your list……

Maple Walnut Scones

Maple Oat Nut Scones (Starbucks Copy Cat)

These Starbucks Copy Cat Maple Oat Nut Scones are a personal favorite of mine, they have the perfect moist, flaky texture, and a wonderfully warm, rich maple walnut flavor.  Starbucks may have discontinued them, but I’ve brought them back!…

Easy Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Easy Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing ~ it’s that time of year and nothing gets me in the mood quicker than baking up a batch of gingerbread cookies!…

Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake ~ A tender lightly spiced gingerbread cake iced with a thin sugar glaze ~ this delicious cake is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.…

What to Bake Now: Gingerbread Cookies

What to Bake Now: Gingerbread Cookies ~ they can be deep, dark, and chewy, or light and crisp ~  they can be frosted, glazed, sprinkled or plain ~ but whichever way you roll, gingerbread is the cookie of the…

Chopped Steak with Bacon and Mushroom Gravy

Chopped Steak with Bacon and Mushroom Gravy ~ a cozy and comforting supper with a Scandinavian vibe perfect for hunkering down on a chilly night.  These easy hamburger steaks are simmered in a rich mushroom gravy that lures everybody…

Beef Barley Soup ~ crock pot and stove top recipe

Beef Barley Soup ~ put another log on the fire and cozy up with a steaming mug of this classic comforting soup.  You can simmer it on the stove, or let the slow cooker do the work.…

Butter Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Butter Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole ~  this amazing side dish has a souffle-like base of fluffy yellow sweet potatoes topped with a pecan streusel, don’t save this luscious recipe just for the holidays!…

What to Sip Now: Cozy Drinks

What to Sip Now: Cozy Drinks ~ it’s finally here, my favorite time of year, cozy drink season!  I’ll pour myself at least one a day from now until spring ~ so here they are, the 30 COZIEST hot…

Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies ~ maple infused and packed with nuts, this takes my classic slice and bake shortbread cookie recipe to a whole new level.  Add these cookies to your holiday assortment, or keep them all to yourself…

Easy Roasted Rainbow Vegetables

Easy Roasted Rainbow Vegetables ~ this super easy sheet pan side dish wakes up your dinner table with a pop of healthy delicious color ~ let’s banish those boring beige meals once and for all!…

Peppermint Melting Moments

Peppermint Melting Moments ~ these are simple buttery shortbread cookies with a snow cap of minty frosting and a dusting of crushed candy canes, they’re cute as buttons, and I can’t imagine the holidays without them.…

What to Make Now: Baked Brie

What to Make Now: Baked Brie ~ baked Brie is the easiest slam dunk appetizer ever invented.  If you can turn on the oven you can make one of these ooey gooey people pleasers!  Here are the 20 best…

Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta

Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta ~ this earthy whole grain salad is homey, but festive enough for the holidays, and even if you’re dealing with a mashup of  carnivores, flexitarians, weight watchers, picky eaters, and vegetarians around…

Hot Dulce de Leche

Hot Dulce de Leche ~ a decadently creamy and delicious hot caramel milk that gives cocoa a run for its money ~ once you try it there’s no turning back!…

Meatballs al forno

Meatballs al forno are the A-listers of the meatball set.  They’re on the menu at Nancy Silverton’s Mozza restaurant in Los Angeles and they’ve got the reputation for being the best meatballs in the world.   Take a bite,…

What to Eat Now: Fresh Cranberries

What to Eat Now: Fresh Cranberries ~ I’ve gathered together the best fresh cranberry recipes to help you savor those tangy red berries before they disappear for another year.  I’ve got you covered from breakfast all the way to…

Brûléed Brie

Brûléed Brie ~ this is your wow appetizer for the season ~ you only need a wheel of Brie and some sugar to do this, and the results speak for themselves.  Call up a few friends and tell them…

Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe

Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe ~ this classic Italian meat sauce is comforting and SO satisfying!  It gets even better as it sits in the fridge, so plan to make a big batch over the weekend and enjoy it all…

Rosé Wine Hot Pepper Jelly

Rosé Wine Hot Pepper Jelly ~ a simple sweet/hot wine jelly that turns cheese and crackers into a gourmet experience.  This pretty homemade hot pepper jelly makes a unique host gift!…

What to Plan Now: Thanksgiving Pies

What to Plan Now: Thanksgiving Pies ~ here’s what I consider to be the best Thanksgiving pies for you to drool and dream over…but don’t dream too long, because time flies during the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is just…

Pecan Praline Cookies

Pecan Praline Cookies ~ these irresistible chewy brown sugar cookies are topped with a layer of caramel pecan praline ~ you won’t be able to keep your hands off them!…

Rye and Carrot Salad

Rye and Carrot Salad ~ I’m all about grain salads in the cooler months, and this one made with healthy rye berries is wholesome, satisfying, and incredibly tasty!  Serve it as a side dish or turn it into a…

No Churn Cranberry Ice Cream

No Churn Cranberry Ice Cream ~ this easy seasonal no churn homemade ice cream is a refreshing option for holiday pies and takes à la mode to a whole new level!…

How to Make Homemade Nutella Liqueur (Video)

How to Make Homemade Nutella Liqueur ~ ever since my recent DRINKABLE NUTELLA recipe I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making the famous chocolate hazelnut spread into a decadent beverage.  This easy diy chocolate liqueur is my latest…

Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash ~ fall is finally in the air and I’m celebrating with the perfect meal for a chilly (pun intended) night.  I’m using acorn squash as healthy little edible bowls for my meaty chili recipe!…

One Hour No Sugar Apple Butter

One Hour No Sugar Apple Butter ~ this healthy small batch fruit butter has the flavor of fresh apples with just a hint of spice, and best of all, it’s ready in an hour!…

Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots

Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots  ~ this uber simple treat is surprisingly delicious, I call it dessert minus the guilt, which is a beautiful thing.…

What to Make Now: Starbucks Copy Cat Recipes

27 Fabulous Starbucks Copy Cat Recipes ~ whenever anything attains cult status there are bound to be copy cats, and every now and then the copies are even better than the originals.  That’s definitely the case with these amazing…

French Potato and Onion Gratin

French Potato and Onion Gratin ~ this quintessential fall side dish of potatoes and onions cooked up in a simple cheesy cream sauce is easy enough for a family dinner, but indulgent enough for any holiday table.…

How to Roast Perfectly Crisp Squash Seeds ~ five ways!

How to Roast Perfectly Crisp Squash Seeds ~ the secret to super crisp and delicious roasted winter squash seeds is simple and oh so easy…I’ll show you how to make five different varieties and five different flavors!…

Spiced Cider Glazed Apple Bars

Spiced Cider Glazed Apple Bars ~ these buttery shortbread crumble bars are stuffed with juicy SweeTango apples and drizzled with an outrageous spiced cider glaze!…

Drinkable Nutella

Drinkable Nutella ~ a warm, sippable version of your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread.   This beats any drinking chocolate you’ve ever had, and it’s pure, molten bliss.  Go ahead, skip right to the recipe, I won’t be offended, I’d do…

Easy Butter Pecan Bark

Easy Butter Pecan Bark ~ a pecan studded butterscotch bark that knocks the socks off everybody who tries it.  This is for all your butterscotch fans out there ~ it’s proof positive that chocolate isn’t the only game in…

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup ~ this nourishing soup is the cold weather equivalent to your power smoothie.  It’s a vibrant soup packed with everything you need to get through cold and flu season without so much as a…

What to Eat Now: Winter Squash

What to Eat Now: Winter Squash ~ there’s a wonderland of winter squash out there, and it turns out the good eating goes way beyond pumpkin pie.  So let’s get all those gorgeous gourds out of the tacky fall…

Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Wilted Greens

Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Wilted Greens ~ greens and beans are a superfood duo that’s been around for generations ~ this recipe is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, and perfect for when you want your company…

Paleo Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bread

Paleo Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bread ~ this amazing chunky quick bread is grain free, and dairy free, with no added sugar.  It’s also an ingenious way to use up all the random dried fruit and nuts in your…