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Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Dill Pickle Potato Salad ~ this creamy potato salad packed with pickles will become your favorite spring and summer side, perfect for barbecues, picnics, and potlucks ~ better print off lots of copies of the recipe, everyone’s going to…

Quick and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

Are you ready for some instant pickle gratification?  My Quick and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles are ready in under an hour ~ and because they’re not processed in a hot water bath, they stay extra crunchy! On this blog I’ve…

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Low carb eating just got a whole lot more interesting with my Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps!  Who needs rice when you’ve got fresh crunchy lettuce leaves?  Everybody’s going to come back for seconds and thirds, and that’s ok because…

Thai Beef Salad, a tangy and spicy salad made with sliced steak, fresh herbs, and a spicy garlic and ginger dressing ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad ~ it’s in a league all by itself, with ribbons of rare steak, tons of fresh herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro, feathery slices of red onion, crunchy cukes, hot peppers, and a tangy garlic ginger…

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody's favorite comfort food ~ delish!

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody’s favorite comfort food ~ delish! I promise you won’t regret making this easy mac & cheese recipe!  Cacio e pepe (cheese…

Mueslit Toasting Bread 8

Muesli Toasting Bread

Some bread is just meant to be toasted. Like this chunky fruit and nut Muesli Toasting Bread. When the thick biscotti shaped slices hit the hot coils the nuts begin to toast and turn fragrant, the bits of fruit…

How to make Homemade Vegan Thin Mint Cookies ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

No Bake Vegan Thin Mint Cookies

My No Bake Vegan Thin Mint Cookies are hopelessly addictive, just like the ones you buy from your favorite Girl Scout ~ but my copy cat recipe is shockingly easy to make ~ hold on to your hats, these…

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives is a quick and healthy 30-minute meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives

Shrimp in Lemon Sauce with Olives ~ this 30 minute meal will transport you to the Greek Isles with its silky lemon sauce and rich, briny olives.  The health news on the Mediterranean Diet just keeps getting better and…

Classic and elegant Shrimp Bisque ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp Bisque

Shrimp Bisque ~ it’s a little bit romantic, a little bit ladies who lunch, and it definitely has a 20th century vibe ~ but I think this richly flavored soup is ready for a comeback! Seafood bisques are definitely…

Sarah Bernhardt Cookie recipe

25 MORE Fabulous Flourless Cookies

25 MORE Fabulous Flourless Cookies ~ whether you’re eating gluten free, cutting carbs, trying to eat healthier, or just looking for some damn delicious cookies, you’ll want to taste-test every last recipe on this list! Let’s hear it for…

Stuffed Shells Bolognese is a stepped up version of a family dinnertime classic ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Stuffed Shells Bolognese

Stuffed Shells Bolognese ~ a rich meaty Bolognese sauce elevates these stuffed shells from a family dinnertime classic to a special occasion centerpiece. I adore stuffed shells, but I rarely make them because it seems like a lot of…

Shrimp Pad Thai ~ a better version of take-out! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai is a healthy stir fry noodle bowl made with gluten free rice noodles, shrimp, and all the classic Thai flavors like ginger, garlic, lime, and cilantro ~ this meal beats take-out by a mile! Thai food…

Hearty and healthy Falafel Salad Bowl is a protein rich Middle Eastern main course salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Falafel Salad Bowl

My Falafel Salad Bowl is such a fabulous vegetarian main course salad, it makes Meatless Monday everybody’s favorite night of the week! This Falafel Salad Bowl is inspired by one of my favorite places to grab a bite.  I…

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The 11 Best Reasons to Eat More Dark Chocolate

The 11 Best Reasons to Eat More Dark Chocolate~ we’re not talking about a candy bar from the check out lane, we’re talking serious chocolate with a cacao content of 70% or more…it’s deep, rich, delicious, and it’s incredibly…

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.

Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart

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. *I’m teaming up with So Delicious® today ~ thank you for supporting me and…

Blood Orange Crumble Bars ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Blood Orange Crumble Bars

I’m squeezing every last delicious drop out of blood orange season with these Blood Orange Crumble Bars ~  the sweet tart filling is layered into a buttery shortbread crumble dough and what comes out of the oven is nothing…

How to Make the Perfect Salad Nicoise ~ a colorful and healthy main course salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make the Perfect Niçoise Salad

How to Make the Perfect Niçoise Salad ~ this healthy main course salad is one of the best ever invented… it’s colorful, protein packed, and so satisfying ~ the French just have a flair for putting together simple but…

Blood Orange Jem ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Blood Orange Jam Recipe

Blood Orange Jam ~ this easy jam has a bright delicate flavor with berry overtones, and a glorious color ~ with none of the bitterness of marmalade.  I’ve added vanilla bean to make it even more alluring…breakfast never had…

Slow Cooker Weeknight Pho is a quick and easy version of a fabulous Vietnamese noodle bowl!

Easy Slow Cooker Pho Recipe

Slow Cooker Pho ~ this slurp-able Vietnamese noodle soup is world famous for its richly flavored broth that simmers all-day.  With my easy crock pot recipe you can enjoy pho any night of the week!…

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup ~ a wonderfully surprising soup made with smokey brats, tangy dill pcikles, and tender potatoes in a creamy broth ~

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup

Dill Pickle and Brat Soup, made in the crock pot, or not.  This soup is a delicious surprise, with smokey brats, tangy dill pickles, and tender potatoes all in a light sour cream broth.  If you love pickles, this…

Flourless Pecan Choclate Chip Cookies

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies are gluten free, dairy free, and absolutely amazing.   I replaced the flour and butter of a traditional cookie with creamy pecan butter, and you won’t believe the results! Once I discovered the…

Short Rib Fries ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Short Rib Fries

Short Rib Fries ~ thick cut wedges of russet potato baked until browned and crispy, then topped off with fork tender braised short ribs in a rich wine gravy ~ don’t bother trying to resist. Dinner, or maybe Game…

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo is a spicy sexy 30 minute meal that is guaranteed to get sparks flying! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo ~ this fiery romantic dish can be whipped up in 30 minutes with a bag of frozen shrimp and pantry staples.  This is the best shrimp scampi recipe I’ve tried, and also the easiest. Shrimp…

Chinese Chicken Salad is a classic main course salad that can't be beat for bright flavors and an insane crunch factor! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make the Best Chinese Chicken Salad

This Chinese Chicken Salad recipe is probably my favorite year round main course salad.  It’s healthy, satisfying, and insanely crunchy! This is the truly BEST Chinese Chicken Salad.  Who does your favorite?  Wolfgang Puck?  The Cheesecake Factory?  Applebees?  Chin…

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call…

Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad ~ a beautiful, crunchy, healthy salad for the colder months ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad ~ have you ever seen a prettier salad?  Paper thin rounds of winter root veggies are stacked and then lightly dressed with olive oil and a balsamic glaze.  This is the ultimate winter salad! I’m…

Warm Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ a wonderfully unique appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt

Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ are you ready for a new taste sensation?  The olives are crispy on the outside, warm and juicy inside, the yogurt is cool and creamy, and the herb sauce is zesty.  It’s a…

Oat Bran with Trail Mix is a wonderfully cozy breakfast for a chilly morning, it's healthy, full of protein and fiber, and so delicious! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Oat Bran Power Bowl

This Oat Bran Power Bowl recipe is a really cozy way to fuel your day ~ oat bran is creamier, has more fiber, and keeps you satisfied even longer than regular oatmeal.   We love it! Do you eat…

Winter Weight Loss Soup is colorful, delicious, and effective! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Weight Loss Soup Recipe

 This revitalizing weight loss soup is satisfying and delicious.  I don’t know where I’d be without it ~ probably a few pounds heavier, that’s for sure! *This post is in partnership with Swanson® ~ thank you for supporting me…

Quick and easy deep dish White Mushroom and Ham Pizza ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Quick Mushroom and Ham Pizza

This Quick Mushroom and Ham Pizza is a warm and cozy pizza that you can whip up on a whim because it’s made with…wait for it…refrigerated dough!…

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

Better than Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (with cream cheese frosting!)  Imagine it…no waiting in line…no worry about getting the mangy looking slice at the back of the case…no sad face after taking your last bite ~ because you’ve got…

20 Healthy Recipes to Get Your Glow Back! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back!

20 Healthy Recipes You Need To Get Your Glow Back ~ are you ready to hit the restart button?  I know I am…here are my top 20 healthy recipes for 2017 ~ my favorite ways to nourish and revitalize…

Creamy Ham and Bean Soup ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Creamy Ham and Bean Broth

Creamy Ham and Bean Broth is a luxe way to use up a leftover ham ~ I make a big pot of this wonderful chowder, it only gets better as it sits. I sometimes look forward to the leftovers…

Jeweled Hummus ~ a ridiculously easy appetizer for a last minute special occasion ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus

The doorbell just rang ~ and all you’ve got is a tub of hummus.  What to do?  Here are 50 ways to hack your hummus so you don’t miss a step.  These fun and easy appetizers will get the…

Zucchini Latkes with Maple Cranberry Sauce ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Zucchini Latkes with Maple Cranberry Sauce

Zucchini Latkes with Maple Cranberry Sauce is a colorful twist on a beloved holiday tradition!  Serve these delicate crispy pancakes for breakfast, or as a side dish, with plenty of tart maple cranberry sauce nearby.…

Marmalade Thumbprint Cookies ~ tender shortbread cookies filled with tangy marmalade ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Marmalade Thumbprint Cookies

Simple Marmalade Thumbprint Cookies are one of the joys of winter ~ they only show up in our house during this short period between Thanksgiving and the New Year, and boy are they good.…

Bittersweet Gingerbread Blondies ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Bittersweet Gingerbread Brownies

Bittersweet Gingerbread Brownies ~ these moist and chewy brownies are stepped up with molasses and warm winter spices ~ then topped off with a decadent bittersweet ganache for a unique holiday treat.…

Scandinavian Almond Bars ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Scandinavian Almond Bars

Scandinavian Almond Bars are soft, chewy shortbread bars jam packed with almond flavor ~ they freeze beautifully, and make fabulous holiday gifts…but don’t give them all away, save a few for yourself, you deserve it! These bars are from…

Sweet Onion Latkes with Chive Sour Cream ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Sweet Onion Latkes with Chive Sour Cream

Sweet Onion Latkes with Chive Sour Cream ~ be forewarned ~ the aroma of these amazing latkes sizzling on the stove will draw crowds! The classic latke, or potato pancake, goes back centuries in Jewish and European food history,…

The Secret to the Best Brussels Sprout Soup!

Spoiler alert ~ it’s bacon.  My Creamy Brussels Sprout and Bacon Soup is a comforting meal for a chilly night ~ just add a simple salad, a hunk of whole grain bread, and a glass of wine.  Love is…

How to Make the Best Bourbon Meatballs ever! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make the Best Bourbon Meatballs Ever!

These luscious little Bourbon Meatballs are going to be the hit of your next party ~ people will flock to the meatballs, but they’ll hang around for the sauce!! I have to confess, although these Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs are…

Festive and healthy Snowflake Pita Chips for all your holiday appetizers! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Snowflake Pita Chips

Homemade Snowflake Pita Chips are a fun and festive way to add a little pizazz to your appetizers this season ~ they’re so cute, and they’re baked, not fried, so they’re healthy too! This project is a delicious little…

Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

My Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage recipe is an easy way to make your own fabulously fresh sausage right at home ~  it freezes beautifully, too, so be sure to make extra so you can enjoy it anytime. Chicken apple…

Elegant and delicious Swedish Cocktail Meatballs is the ultimate holiday appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Swedish Cocktail Meatballs

Swedish Cocktail Meatballs ~ tender ‘Mad Men’ era meatballs smothered in rich gravy ~ the ultimate holiday appetizer that you can whip up in under an hour! *This post is in partnership with Swanson® ~ thank you for supporting…

RADIANT BOK CHOY - a lovely way to serve one of nature's most nutrient dense veggies ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Radiant Bok Choy Soup

Radiant Bok Choy Soup elevates an under-appreciated veggie to the rock star status it deserves.  I team it up with golden turmeric in this revitalizing soup full of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. *This post is sponsored by Jade Asian Greens…

Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles are the ultimate homemade holiday gift! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles

How to Make Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles ~ this is it guys, the ultimate decadent treat made right in your own kitchen!  These DIY hazelnut chocolate truffles are going to make you VERY popular with friends and family……

Za'atar Spiced Cashews make the perfect holiday starter!

21 Easy and Adorable Holiday Appetizers

21 Easy and Adorable Holiday Appetizers ~ because sometimes we’re so preoccupied with the main course and the desserts that we forget all about the hungry hoards camping out in our living rooms beforehand……

Beautiful and super quick 20 Minute Pink Applesauce is the perfect side dish for everything from holiday feasts to everyday dinners ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

20 Minute Pink Applesauce Recipe

This 20 Minute Pink Applesauce recipe adds the perfect hint of sweetness to every meal, whether it’s a holiday feast or simple weeknight dinner ~ and just look at that pretty rosy color!…

Spinach Artichoke Quiche ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Spinach and Artichoke Quiche

This Spinach and Artichoke Quiche marries my favorite busy day dinner with my favorite cheesy hot dip.  It’s an easy meatless meal that proves that comfort food isn’t all about meat and potatoes. Is there anybody who doesn’t love…

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Tangerine Poppy Seed Pound Cake is bursting with citrus flavor and crunchy poppy seeds ~ and just when you thought winter had nothing fresh to offer! Tangerines are in season, keep an eye out for these juiciest of citrus…

Mushroom and Brie Soup ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Mushroom and Brie Soup

Mushroom and Brie Soup is a fall classic kicked up a notch with lots of creamy Brie cheese.  It’s perfect for a cozy dinner on the couch or a special first course for holiday meal. The other night I…

chewy ginger cookies

30 BEST Freezable Cookies

Ready…Set…Preheat!  Here are the 30 BEST Freezable Cookies to get you set for the holidays in advance, yoohoo!  These cookies are freezable, packable, giftable, and most importantly ~ IRRESISTIBLE!…

Fresh Cranberry Scones with white chocolate chips and a vanilla bean glaze ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

Chilly morning?  Cozy up with these Fresh Cranberry Scones ~ they’re moist and flaky, loaded with lots of tart cranberries, and a touch of white chocolate ~ all topped with a vanilla bean glaze.…

Buttered Rutabaga ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Buttered Rutabagas

Buttered Rutabagas were a staple on our Thanksgiving table when I was growing up and I’m revisiting them today ~ these delicious pale orange turnips are misunderstood and probably the most overlooked veggie in the produce section.…

Braised Red Cabbage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Braised Red Cabbage

I’ll tell you one thing, Braised Red Cabbage might not be the most glamorous dish on the holiday table, but it provides a perfect sweet/tart element that brings everything else on your plate to life.  Plus you can’t beat…

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Side Dishes ~ is your Thanksgiving table a sea of drab neutrals?  What a turnoff!  Wake up everybody’s taste buds with these 15 vibrant recipes.…

Whipped Kabocha with Vanilla Bean ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Whipped Kabocha Squash with Vanilla Bean and Nutmeg

This Whipped Kabocha Squash recipe with vanilla bean and nutmeg is a winner ~ take a chance on this one, guys, trust me, the texture is dreamy and the flavors are out of this world. I don’t think I’ve…

Cranberry Gingersnap Pie ~ theviewfromgreatisand.com

Cranberry Gingersnap Pie

This Cranberry Pie with its spicy gingersnap crumb crust and silky cranberry curd filling brings a little va-va-voom to the traditional dessert table! I’m all for tradition, and in my house, the tradition is that every year we bring…

This Cheesy Creamed Brussels Sprout gratin will quickly become your new favorite fall side dish! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Creamed Brussels Sprouts

Creamed Brussels Sprouts ~ this luxurious cheesy gratin will convert everyone at the table into raving Brussels sprout fans! As a card carrying Brussels sprout lover, I’ve had them every which way, and I have to say, this Creamed…