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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…

What to Eat Now: Figs

What to Eat Now: Figs ~ eating seasonally is a joy, especially when what’s in season is luscious figs!  Here are some creative fig recipes that make use of these fall beauties in some surprising ways.…

Glazed Old Fashioned Buttermilk Doughnut Bundt Cake

Glazed Old Fashioned Buttermilk Doughnut Bundt Cake ~ this cake knocked our socks off, you have to try it.  It tastes just like those glazed old fashioned doughnuts, you know the ones…only this one is mega-sized, in a bundt…

Homemade Oat flour in a glass jar with spoon

How To Make Oat Flour

How to Make Oat Flour ~  simple instructions for making your own homemade naturally gluten free oat flour, it takes just seconds!   Use it alone or in combination with other flours to give added flavor, a nutritional boost,…

A bowl of colorful Jewel Box Labneh Balls

Jewel Box Labneh Balls

Today we’re making Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~ these little gems are made with homemade yogurt cheese rolled in colorful herbs and spices.  Serve with a fresh sliced baguette, then let everyone have fun choosing their favorites and spreading…

Warm Maple Oat Nut Smoothie (& How To Winterize Your Smoothie Habit)

Warm Maple Oat Nut Smoothie (How To Winterize Your Smoothie Habit)

Warm Maple Oat Nut Smoothie (How To Winterize Your Smoothie Habit) ~ while you’re shopping for that perfect transitional cardigan, don’t forget about getting your breakfast routine ready for fall and winter, too.  Warm spices and seasonal ingredients will…

homemade labneh balls in a jar with olive oil, lemon, and thyme

How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese)

How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese) ~ this exciting recipe is a method for making cheese from yogurt!  It’s a Middle Eastern staple and it’s incredibly rich and creamy.  I love to roll it into balls, and store it…

oatmeal cranberry cookies in a jar

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

These Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are the old fashioned style oatmeal cookies: perfectly crisp on the outside, and chewy inside.  The sweet/tart cranberries are a nice bonus!  …

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna in a white bowl

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna ~ I know, it’s the end of a long day and you’re starving.  So yes, open that can of tuna, but don’t eat it over the sink.  This beautiful salad’s got everything you crave:…

Pasta twirled on a fork

5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners

5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners ~ I’ve put together 5 of my favorite pasta recipes that are perfect for fall weeknight cooking.  They’re simple, seasonal, quick 30 minute meals, and every one of them is a testament to the comforting power…

blackberry Moscato slushies in mason jars with frozen berries

Blackberry Moscato Slushies

Blackberry Moscato Slushies ~ I couldn’t let summer slink away without one for the road, and this easy frozen wine cocktail is just the thing for an end of season toast.  The best part is that you don’t need…

Instant Pot Short Ribs over polenta

Instant Pot Short Ribs with Rosemary and Polenta

Instant Pot Short Ribs with Rosemary and Polenta is a decadently rich and creamy meal that normally takes all day to make, but the Instant Pot brings it all together in about an hour.…

Chopped Greek Salad in a bowl with serving spoon

Chopped Greek Salad

My Chopped Greek Salad is a delicately diced version of the classic Greek salad that’s such a healthy mainstay of the Mediterranean diet.  (The chopping makes it even more delicious, imo!)…

Pumpkin Cornbread on a wooden table

A 21 Recipe Salute to Cornbread

A great cornbread’s always there for you, from summer potlucks and tailgating chilis to the fanciest holiday tables.  It’s right there alongside our steaming mugs of soup during the February doldrums, too.  What more could you want from a…

Fig galette with lavender honey sliced into wedges on parchment paper

Fresh Fig Tart with Lavender Honey

Fresh Fig Tart with Lavender Honey ~ this crisp galette with a jammy fig filling can go anywhere from breakfast and brunch to dessert.  The homemade lavender infused honey is worth the price of admission.…

making quick rainbow giardiniera vegetable pickle

Quick Rainbow Giardiniera (small batch)

My Quick Rainbow Giardiniera is a colorful riff on the classic Italian relish ~ my vibrant version makes use of some of the more unique veggies in the produce aisle.  Enjoy these crunchy pickled vegetables as a healthy snack…

hands holding a zucchini walnut crumble bar

Zucchini Walnut Crumble Bars

Zucchini Walnut Crumble Bars ~ you’ll welcome the summer zucchini glut once you try these homey little bars.  The layer of spiced zucchini is unusual, to be sure, but one taste and you’ll be in your comfort zone…think zucchini…

white peach popsicles on a white surface

Healthy White Peach Popsicles

Healthy White Peach Popsicles ~ Mother Nature gets all the credit for these ~ fresh white peaches are washed,  pitted, chopped, pureed, poured into a popsicle mold, and frozen.  These healthy fresh fruit popsicles are sublime.…

Instant Pot Pork Chops in a Creamy Mustard Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce ~ these fork tender pork chops cook up in no time in the Instant Pot pressure cooker ~  let’s just call it instant comfort food gratification!…

My Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart makes a fun non-dairy breakfast treat for any occasion. Customize your healthy tart with whatever fruit's in season.

A Year of Fruit Tarts ~ 12 gorgeous recipes

A Year of Fruit Tarts ~ 12 gorgeous recipes!  Fruit tarts aren’t just for summer, you can enjoy them all year round with seasonal ingredients…here are some of my favorites, there’s one for every month of the year.…

a slice of blueberry cornbread on a wooden table, with fresh blueberries

The Best Blueberry Cornbread

Blueberry Cornbread ~ I’ve fallen hard for this berrylicious cornbread, it’s moist and tender, with juicy berries exploding in every bite.  Serve it with chilis, chowders, and stews, or as a rustic breakfast cake!…

honey roasted plums with fresh ricotta cheese in a glass bowl

Honey Roasted Plums with Fresh Ricotta

Honey Roasted Plums with Fresh Ricotta, a unique Italian style fruit dessert that opens up all sorts of delicious possibilities for summer evenings……

summer fruit salad with kefir poppy seed dressing in two glass bowls

Summer Fruit Salad with Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing

Summer Fruit Salad with Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing is one of my favorite ways to cope with the avalanche of fruit that tumbles into my kitchen every year, right about now.  Our eyes are always bigger than our fridges…

avocado and herb salad in a white bowl with lemon and parsley

Avocado and Herb Salad

This Avocado and Herb Salad is a delicious example of the new trend in healthy eating ~  fat (the good kind) is back!  There’s no sacrifice involved with decadent avocados and lots of bright fresh herbs, in fact this…

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes)

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ fruit butters are the ultimate frugal treat ~ they turn a late summer glut into the silkiest, most intensely flavored spread imaginable, and help stock the larder for so many cozy…

apple walnut zucchini bread

Apple Walnut Zucchini Bread

Apple Walnut Zucchini Bread ~ if you could pack late summer/early fall into a bundt pan and bake it up, this is what you’d get, a moist cake loaded with shredded zucchini, crunchy walnuts, and chunks of tart Granny…

apricot gazpacho in a glass bowl with an ice cube

Refreshing Apricot Gazpacho

Apricot Gazpacho ~ this uber refreshing summer starter is a playful riff on the classic Spanish cold soup.  The sweetness of the apricots is balanced with a touch of fresh lime and sherry vinegar, along with a little sharp…

Pizza Supreme Chicken in a skillet

Supreme Pizza Chicken Skillet Dinner

My Supreme Pizza Chicken Skillet Dinner is a cheesy skillet chicken loaded with all the toppings from your favorite pizza.  Had a hard day?  Treat yourself to this comforting one skillet meal, it’s ready in 30 minutes.  (PS the…

Heirloom tomatoes in a bowl with knife

13 Recipes that prove heirloom tomatoes deserve all the hype!

Heirloom Tomatoes are all the rage, but are they worth all the trouble?  They’re expensive, delicate, hard to find, and did I mention expensive?  The answer is a resounding YES!!  I’ve gathered together everything you need to know, plus the…

Colorful heirloom tomato toast with glass of rosé wine

Heirloom Tomato Toast

Heirloom Tomato Toast ~ the simple pleasure of great tomatoes paired with great bread is known to tomato lovers everywhere.  When you’ve got tomato toast, no matter what else is going on around you…life is good.…

a bowl of Steak Pad Thai Salad with chopsticks

Steak Pad Thai Salad

Steak Pad Thai Salad  ~ a classic rice noodle bowl made into a salad with lots of crunchy veggies and greens topped off with thinly sliced grilled steak.  The noodles are naturally gluten free, and the flavors really pop…

Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.  …

hands holding chia limeade popsicles

Healthy Chia Limeade Popsicles

Chia Limeade Popsicles ~ file this 2 ingredient frozen treat under easy, healthy, refreshing, vegan, and last but not least, delicious!…

girl holding large wooden bowl of cherries

What to Eat Now: Cherries!

What to Eat Now: Cherries!  They’re here today, they’ll be gone tomorrow, so make the most of these luscious little gems with these easy cherry recipes.…

a batch of brownies with peanut butter frosting, cut into squares

Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies

Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies ~ these chewy chocolate brownies are topped with a veritable avalanche of creamy peanut butter frosting.  Don’t even bother trying to resist.…

A bowl of Spanish Chilled Almond Soup with droplets of olive oil, toasted almonds, and fresh mint leaves

Spanish Almond Soup “ajo blanco”

Spanish Almond Soup ~ aka ajo blanco, or white gazpacho, is a cool and creamy chilled soup without a speck of dairy ~ it’s wonderfully refreshing and unexpectedly delicious!…

Chopped ingredients for farmers market vegetable salad in a glass bowl

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad is a chunky chopped veggie salad with a tangy tarragon/anchovy/lemon vinaigrette.  Hit the market, raid your garden, or clear out the fridge, this is a summer must-make.…

Savory goat cheese and summer squash tart sliced on a wooden table with a glass of wine

Goat Cheese and Summer Squash Tart

Goat Cheese and Summer Squash Tart ~ call it a galette, a pizetta, or a flatbread pizza, this savory tart is elegant, crispy, and delicious.  Serve it as an appetizer or a light meal. …

My Favorite Hot Pepper Jelly Recipes

Summer is Hot Pepper Jelly making season, and there’s a jackpot of hot peppers in the farmers markets and grocery stores right now ~ maybe your garden is exploding with them!  Cook up some of these sweet and spicy…

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

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…

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 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…