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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 Blackberry and Grapefruit Salad

There’s fruit salad, and then there’s fruit salad.  One bite of this pickled blackberry and grapefruit salad and you’ll know what I mean.  Serve it as a refreshing first course, over greens for a light lunch, or drizzled with…

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 Party 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…

A plate of delicate roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies on a plate

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama)

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama) ~ the roasted rhubarb buttercream is sweet and tangy, and the almond cookies are light as air…I’m pretty sure they serve these cookies in heaven.…

Ravishing Radishes ~

Ravishing Radishes ~ radishes have been around for ages, but they’ve only recently moved up to the cool kids’ table and now they’re on chic menus everywhere.  Here are some of my favorite ways to help you get back…

Rhubarb Crisp just out of the oven, with large spoon

Gluten Free Rhubarb Crisp with Cardamom and Vanilla

Gluten Free Rhubarb Crisp with Cardamom and Vanilla ~ I hate to sound bossy but you just have to make this rhubarb crisp at least once this spring, it’s too good to miss out on.  Your reward will be…

Girl holding a slice of Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

The first words out of my daughter’s mouth after she took a bite of this Strawberry Buttermilk Cake?  “Wow ~ this is the best cake I’ve ever had!”  She’s right, this cake is a keeper.  The crust is crisp…

Fully Loaded Wedge Salad on a platter with dressing

Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

The Fully Loaded Wedge Salad is the queen of salads ~ a salad even salad haters can’t resist!  With hearts of iceberg lettuce piled high with goodies like bacon, eggs, croutons, black olives, creamy blue cheese dressing, there’s even…

A collage of Edible Flower Recipe photos

27 Edible Flower Recipes to Freshen up Your Spring Menu

Hey guys ~ early spring is peak edible flower season, so even if you wouldn’t pop a pansy in your mouth on a bet, this collection of 27 edible flower recipes will inspire you to freshen up your tired…

Classic Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Classic Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe ~ this Victoria Sponge, aka Victoria Sandwich, is a British afternoon tea cake made with fresh whipped cream and raspberry jam sandwiched between two layers of fluffy yellow cake.  It’s really hard to resist.…

Strawberries and Cream Tart

Strawberries and Cream Tart ~ a simple spring dessert with an easygoing elegance.  This is a go-to recipe when you’ve got last minute guests, or just want to amp up the glam factor on a spring night.  (You won’t…

11 Easy Leftover Ham Recipes

11 Easy Leftover Ham Recipes ~ don’t just pick away at those leftovers, put them to good use with these simple, classic recipes you don’t have to think too much about ~ just how it should be after a…

Lemon Yogurt Breakfast Cake (Ciambella)

Lemon Yogurt Breakfast Cake, or Ciambella ~ this is a classic Italian style lemon bundt cake with lots of lemony flavor and a delicate crumb.  Pair it with a good cup of coffee and you’ve got the start to…

A mini bud vase made from an eggshell, filled with flowers

Easter Egg Bud Vases and Seed Starter Tutorial

Easter Egg Bud Vases and Seed Starter Tutorial ~ simple eggshells can be used to make the most enchanting floral arrangements for Easter brunch and springtime entertaining.  Skip the pricey florist and create your own tablescapes with flowers and…

Baked feta cheese with olives, lemon, and rosemary with toasted bread on a tray with toasted bread

Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon

Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon ~ an easy baked cheese appetizer that shows off the spectacular sun drenched  flavors of the Mediterranean.  Serve it with some toasted bread and watch it disappear!…

21 Traditional Easter Bread Recipes

21 Traditional Easter Bread Recipes ~ because Easter isn’t all eggs and bunnies.  These beautiful Easter loaves come from all over the globe, each bringing their own particular spin on a celebratory spring bake.…

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars ~ there’s something about the early days of spring that just seems to call out for a batch of these fresh lemon bars.  This recipe is easier than most, and the juicy blueberries are a bonus.…

Shrimp and romesco sauce in skillet

Shrimp in Romesco Sauce

Shrimp in Romesco Sauce ~ serve this grilled shrimp and bold roasted red pepper sauce along with some crusty bread for a Spanish style tapas menu.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the return of warmer weather.…

Chocolate hazelnut blondies, cut in squares

Outrageous Chocolate Hazelnut Blondies

Outrageous Chocolate Hazelnut Blondies ~ these blondies are made with hazelnuts, Nutella, and dark chocolate chips for a truly unique flavor.…

Easy Rhubarb Breakfast Cake

My Rhubarb Breakfast Cake is a classic, puffed up, fruity snack cake ~ the kind your grandma made, if you were lucky.  It’s packed with jammy bits of sweet/tart rhubarb and it’s officially my favorite way to start the…

Easy Bone Broth Noodle Bowl with Herbs

My Easy Bone Broth Noodle Bowl with Herbs is a clean, nutritious, fast answer to that pesky question that keeps coming up at the end of every busy day ~ what’s for dinner?…

Quick Pickled Rainbow Carrots

Quick Pickled Rainbow Carrots ~ these refrigerator pickles, or ‘quickles’, are ready in 24 hours ~ they make a colorful side dish, they perk up salads, and make the healthiest, crunchiest snack ~ so what are you waiting for?…

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ an authentic Irish quick bread made even more delicious with oat flour!

Traditional Irish Farmhouse Recipes

This St. Patrick’s Day I’m skipping the dayglo green and opting for homey, traditional Irish farmhouse recipes.  This is quintessential March fare, whether you’re hunkering down through the last days of winter or rejoicing over the first burst of…

These easy cocoa meringues are the minimalist of cookies ~ just a few simple ingredients whip up into something magical! Meringues are a naturally gluten free, fat free treat!

Easy Cocoa Meringues

These easy cocoa meringues are the minimalist of cookies ~ just a few simple ingredients whip up into something magical.  Meringues are a naturally gluten free, fat free, guilt free dessert!…

Instant Pot Limoncello (regular recipe and video too)

Instant Pot Limoncello ~ if you love lemons you probably also love this gorgeous Italian lemon liqueur.  It traditionally takes weeks to infuse the lemon peels into vodka ~ but the amazing Instant Pot does it in 30 minutes. …

Chopped Asparagus Salad Recipe

Make my Chopped Asparagus Salad recipe when the spring asparagus is plentiful and cheap, and you’re craving a bit of fresh crunch in your life after a long winter.  This cold asparagus salad becomes a complete meal with a…

How to Tap Your Own Maple Trees to Make Maple Syrup

You can make maple syrup at home!   If you’ve got  a sugar maple tree in your yard (or a neighbor who’s willing to share) you can tap it and make your own amazing maple syrup.  …

Fresh Asparagus Blender Soup

I make this Fresh Asparagus Soup so easily in the blender.  There’s no long cooking involved so this healthy soup stays bright and flavorful (all the vitamins remain right in the bowl where they belong.)  It’s a nice way…

Banana Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Banana Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Buttercream ~ snack time just got a whole lot more interesting with this unique combination of bananas, poppy seeds, and lemon ~ you can whip up this easy one bowl cake in no…

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread with paper thin slices of Meyer lemon is an easy yeast bread you’ll come back to again and again.  With only a quick hand mixing and 40 minutes to rise, you can…

The Best Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon

The Best Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon ~ this epic beef stew cooks in just 30 minutes in the amazing Instant Pot.  The meat is melt in your mouth tender and the famous French flavors shine through ~ don’t miss…

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette ~ the simple idea of poached fish with fresh salad greens is the perfect way to get a spring-ish vibe going in your kitchen ~ it’s healthy, gluten free, dairy free, low…

Eggs Benedict Quiche with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict Quiche with Hollandaise Sauce ~ this brilliant hack lets you enjoy your favorite luxury breakfast in easy sliceable form ~  complete with little chunks of Canadian bacon and a quick and creamy hollandaise sauce!…

The Best Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes You Don’t Want to Miss!

London based, Israeli born chef Yotam Ottolenghi is just a genius, plain and simple ~ he never fails to tempt me out of my comfort zone in the kitchen.  Here are some of my favorite Ottolenghi recipes, as recreated…

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup ~ a vibrant raw soup packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A that’ll kick start you into the new season ~ are you ready?…

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Flourless Coconut Cake

You don’t have to be on a gluten free diet to appreciate Yotam Ottolenghi’s Flourless Coconut Cake ~ this super moist, super decadent pound cake is completely grain free and a must try.…