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  • Mexican 7 Layer Dip Cups

    These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations layered up just like everybody’s favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ so you can mingle and chow down at the same…

  • Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa

    Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa ~ say that without drooling, I dare you!  I’m crowning this the salsa of the year, it’s stolen my heart and I know it’ll…

  • Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

    Cowboy Caviar Recipe

    Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain…

  • Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

    Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa ~ this is a healthy light meal for a warm night, and the spicy fruit salsa can double as an appetizer ~ just add chips and…

  • Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onions ~ these tender potstickers are packed with flavor and make an ideal appetizer or light dinner.

    Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger

    Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onion ~ everybody’s favorite appetizer!  These tender pot stickers are even better than the ones at your favorite restaurant, and they couldn’t be easier…

  • Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lime

    Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lime

    Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lime ~ this simple soup is like a burst of sunshine, with a bright flavor and a cheering color ~ that extra dose of beta carotene…

  • Spring Salad with Edible Blossoms

    Spring Salad with Edible Flowers

    Spring Salad with Edible Flowers ~ this simple side dish is spring in a bowl ~ I’ll show you how to identify, source, and use edible flowers to make this celebratory…

  • Easy Springtime RITZ Cracker Canapés ~ celebrate the return of warmer weather with a collection of colorful toppings on crisp Ritz crackers...layer them up and watch them disappear!

    Easy RITZ Cracker Canapés (Video)

    Easy RITZ Cracker Canapés ~ celebrate the return of warmer weather with a collection of colorfully topped RITZ crackers…layer them up and watch them disappear!…

  • My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

    Mediterranean Bean Salad

    My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a big…

  • Multi Seed Crisps ~ homemade vegan crackers made entirely from seeds!

    Multi Seed Crisps ~ Homemade Vegan Crackers

    These vegan Multi Seed Crisps are a deliciously crisp gluten free cracker just perfect for snacking and dipping ~ and they couldn’t be easier to make!…

  • Spicy Citrus Salad with Black Olives ~ this healthy Mediterranean fruit salad is packed with the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean!

    Spicy Citrus Salad with Black Olives

    Spicy Citrus Salad with Black Olives ~ this glorious salad in the Mediterranean tradition is an experience not to be missed.  It’s proof positive that not all fabulous salads are leafy…

  • Guinness Battered Onion Rings with Spicy Curried Mayo

    Guinness Battered Onion Rings

    These Guinness Battered Onion Rings with a spicy curried mayo dip are the ultimate appetizer, these rings are gutsy and satisfying, no meal required! Onion ring lovers you know there are…

  • This is a simple and satisfying Leek and Potato Soup, straight from the Irish countryside. Serve it with a drizzle of soured cream, some fresh snipped chives, and a big chunk of soda bread.

    Traditional Irish Leek and Potato Soup

    This authentic and satisfying Traditional Irish Leek and Potato Soup comes straight from the Irish countryside.  Serve this easy 30 minute meal with a drizzle of soured cream, some fresh snipped…

  • Classic and elegant Shrimp Bisque ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Creamy Shrimp Bisque

    Creamy 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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

    Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt

    Chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s 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…

  • 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!…

  • 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. …

  • 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 crispy onion fritters sizzling on the stove will draw crowds ~ don’t save them just for…

  • The Secret to the Best Brussels Sprout Soup!

    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…

  • 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 cocktail party ~ people will flock to the meatballs, but they’ll hang around for the sauce!!…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

    Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup

    Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup ~ this dish gathers together so many fall favorites…with gooey molten cheese and maple syrup, caramelized apples and crunchy roasted pecans, it’s no…

  • 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

    Chimichurri Shrimp

    Chimichurri Shrimp ~ this can be a low carb and paleo friendly appetizer, or a comforting 30-minute meal when you pair it with pasta, couscous, or warm toasty bread.  You’ll be…

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread

    Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread is the perfect appetizer package….everybody’s favorite garlicky, cheesy dip all hot and bubbly and ready-stuffed into a crunchy baguette.  Slice it up and watch it disappear.…

  • Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe

    My Homemade Boursin Cheese recipe will blow you away, not only because it’s easy to do, spot on delicious, and will impress the heck out of your friends…but because it will…

  • Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Dip is the ultimate Big Game appetizer! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Dip

    Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Dip is pretty much the ultimate appetizer for all you chile heads out there who also appreciate the finer points of hot, gooey cheese and the salty…

  • Minimal Monday: Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes | theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes

    The most delicious way to enjoy height of the season tomatoes is also the easiest…Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes are ready in 10 minutes, and they go with everything.  Just a few simple…

  • Wild Caught Tuna Crostini --- these little toasts are fun to make and so healthy --- theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Wild Caught Tuna Crostini

    Wild Caught Tuna Crostini are a super healthy and colorful appetizer or light meal — just add wine and friends and you’ve got the makings for the perfect summer gathering.…

  • Healthy and crisp Baked Zucchini Fries with a fresh tomato dipping sauce --- theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Healthy Zucchini Fries

    Got zucchini?   These Healthy Zucchini Fries are just as yummy and crisp as the restaurant version, minus all those pesky calories because this healthy appetizer is baked, not fried.…

  • Skinny Fries are crispy and delicious without the calories | theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Skinny Fries

    These Skinny Fries are skinny in every sense of the word — thin and crispy, baked in healthy olive oil with lots of flavor and no salt — there’s no doubt…

  • Spicy Fruit Salsa is the perfect healthy accompanyment to grilled fish, meats, and chicken --- it's packed with flavor and looks so festive! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Spicy Fruit Salsa

    I consider salsa to be one of the basic food groups, you can’t beat it for explosive flavor and visual appeal… I crave new and exciting versions every season, and this…

  • Skinny Microwave Jalapeno Potato Chips

    Skinny Microwave Jalapeño Potato Chips

    Skinny microwave jalapeño potato chips might just be the perfect healthy snack — crispy, low fat, and low calorie, with just enough heat to make it interesting……

  • 7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

    7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

    Take your salad from so-so to stunning with these 7 tips — and when something looks this fabulous and fresh it’s a pleasure to serve, and even more fun to eat.…

  • Healthy Fattoush Salad

    Fattoush Salad

    My Fattoush salad recipe is a chunky Mediterranean salad full of healthy veggies and crunchy toasted pita bread — a tangy lemon-sumac dressing makes the dish sing.…

  • Spicy Pineapple Habanero Jam with cheese and crackers

    Pineapple Habanero Jam

    Pineapple Habanero Jam is a delicious no-sugar, no-pectin recipe — the heat and the sweet will duke it out in your mouth, and cheese and crackers will never be the same…

  • Blood Orange and Jicama Salad is a light refreshing winter salad

    Blood Orange and Jicama Salad

    Blood Orange and Jicama Salad is a refreshing mix of juicy citrus and crunchy jicama — it’ll make you forget all about the mid-February blues and give you a healthy dose…

  • Mahogany Chicken Wings, a fabulous appetizer for the Lunar New Year!

    Mahogany Chicken Wings

    Mahogany Chicken Wings are just plain irresistible, and the name pretty much tells the whole story — these yummy little guys are glazed to a deep burnished brown and the meat…

  • Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad

    Jeweled Tabbouleh

    My Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad is a healthy Mediterranean cracked wheat recipe studded with colorful, gem-like dried fruits and nuts. This festive no mayo whole grain salad is perfect for both holiday…

  • Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

    Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

    Skinny Microwave Potato Chips are a quick and guilt-free way to get your daily snack fix.  These healthy homemade potato chips are light, crisp, and made right in the microwave! (They’re…

  • Super easy cheesy beer dip

    Cheesy Beer Dip with Pretzel Rolls

    Cheesy Beer Dip with Pretzel Rolls is a quick and easy game night people pleaser.  I’ve used refrigerated dough to make the pretzel rolls super fast…while they bake you can whisk…

  • Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

    Hummus with Forty Cloves

    Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic!  This conversation starting appetizer is guaranteed to be the hit of your next party!…

  • Za'atar Spiced Cashews make the perfect holiday starter!

    Za’atar Roasted Cashews

    Za’atar Roasted Cashews is a super simple crowd pleasing appetizer that brings together the exotic flavors of the Middle East, and comes together in no time! Nuts and the holidays have…

  • The Best Smokey Onion Dip

    The Best Smokey Onion Dip ~ this creamy, cheesy baked onion dip has a hint of smokey flavor which makes it stand out from the rest!…

  • Fried Olives

    Fried Olives are the best little appetizers in the world ~ they’re crisp on the outside, warm and juicy on the inside ~ dip them in a little garlicky aioli and…

  • Warm and oozy baked Brie with Roasted Cranberries

    Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries

    Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries is an easy holiday appetizer, and it’s so darned pretty! Baked Brie doesn’t always come across my radar when I’m thinking about what to serve…

  • Fun and festive Antipasto Skewers --- who needs salad?

    Antipasto Skewers

    I make these colorful and fun Antipasto Skewers all the time ~ everybody gets their own personal antipasto selection right on a stick ~ from Game Days to the Holidays, these…

  • Meatballs smothered in cheese

    Cheesy Skillet Meatballs with Garlic Toast

    Cheesy Skillet Meatballs with Garlic Toast ~ this easy hot appetizer or light dinner with tender meatballs baked up in an ooey gooey cheese sauce comes with crisp slices of garlic…

  • Easy and elegant Baked Eggs in ouff pastry

    Tomato and Egg Puff Pastry Tarts

    Tomato and Egg Puff Pastry Tarts are a wonderfully elegant breakfast that only looks hard to put together.  Make these pretty galettes the centerpiece of your next brunch!…

  • Photo of a white bowl filled with shishito peppers.

    Grilled Shishito Peppers

    Grilled Shishito Peppers are possibly the fastest and most interesting appetizer out there.  These simple Japanese peppers are flash cooked, or blistered, on a screaming hot grill pan for just a…

  • Mexican Street Corn Salad

    Mexican Street Corn Salad

    Mexican Street Corn Salad is a must-try before the summer’s out. It’s patterned after the popular Mexican street food ‘elote’, which is basically seasoned corn on the cob. The corn is…

  • habanero nectarine jam cooling

    Habanero Nectarine Jam

    Habanero nectarine jam will liven up your morning toast and be the star of your next cheese plate. This fiery but sweet jam is addictive!…

  • hummus with juicy turkey zucchini meatballs

    Hummus with Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

    Hummus with Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs ~ I made a meal out of my favorite creamy hummus appetizer simply by topping it with tender turkey meatballs lightened up with fresh shredded…

  • Watermelon Gazpacho

    You can tell it’s hot here because this is the second chilled soup I’ve posted in a row.  Refreshing is the name of the game in my kitchen this week! The…

  • The ultimate hot weather refresher --- Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

    Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

    Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup is one of my earliest cooking memories, one of the first times I ventured beyond brownies.  I think I discovered it during the hot summer after…