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  • freshly baked buttermilk pound cake on a rack with knife

    Perfect Buttermilk Pound Cake

    Perfect Buttermilk Pound Cake is that once in a lifetime recipe made with the classic ratio of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. This easy bundt cake always comes out perfect, and…

  • Buckwheat Honey and Caraway Rolls

    Buckwheat Honey and Caraway Rolls are lightly sweet with the unique aroma of caraway seeds (they’re what give rye bread its amazing flavor!) These rustic dinner rolls turn your favorite soup…

  • Diving into a slice of apple cake with a fork

    Apple Butter Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

    My Apple Butter Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream is the perfect fall dessert ~ think golden apple spice cake with a plush caramel frosting. It’s got the perfect fall color palette, too;…

  • slicing beef tenderloin on a cutting board

    How to Roast Beef Tenderloin

    How to Roast Beef Tenderloin (aka filet of beef or Chateaubriand) ~ I’ll give you easy instructions for the perfect roast, no muss no fuss ~ just juicy meat! Ideal for special…

  • cream style horseradish sauce in a bowl

    Creamy Homemade Horseradish Sauce (from scratch!)

    Creamy Homemade Horseradish Sauce is made with horseradish root, sour cream, and vinegar.  This epic sauce adds the ultimate finishing touch to steaks, beef tenderloin, and roast beef. Don’t forget it…

  • pouring gravy on sliced sauerbraten pot roast

    Sauerbraten (German pot roast)

    This authentic German Sauerbraten recipe comes straight from my grandfather’s kitchen ~ you can do this braised chuck roast on the stove, in the oven, in the crock pot, or the…

  • Tropical Hot Dog Bar ~ seven exotic condiments to take your next barbecue to the tropics!

    Tropical Hot Dog Bar

    I admit it, I’m a closet hot dog lover, maybe you are too?  Today I’m sharing a slew of exotic toppings for a tropical hot dog bar, including homemade spicy kiwi…

  • Mexican street corn potato salad

    Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad

    My Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad recipe borrows the incredible flavors of elote, complete with the creamy sauce, fresh lime, cilantro, and crumbly cotija cheese ~ it’s perfect for your next potluck or…

  • tossing a chopped Italian salad

    Chopped Italian Salad Recipe

    My Chopped Italian Salad is your excuse to open up the doors and take dinner outside.  It’s a combination of crunchy veggies and Mediterranean flavors that just can’t be beat.…

  • Sheet Pan Pancakes Recipe

    My Sheet Pan Pancakes recipe is an ingenious (and delicious) way to batch cook breakfast ~ with these fluffy baked pancakes the whole family can finally sit down to a warm…

  • The Best Easter Side Dishes to Serve with Ham

    The Best Easter Side Dishes to Serve with Ham ~ every Easter table needs some delicious sides to stand up to that main course ham. Here are some great side dish…

  • virtual cocktail party drinks

    How to Host a Virtual Happy Hour!

    How to Host a Virtual Happy Hour ~ just because we’re on house arrest these days doesn’t mean we can’t hang out with friends…virtual cocktail parties are all the rage right…

  • spring salmon salad on a white platter with fresh veggies

    Spring Salmon Salad Platter

    This Spring Salmon Salad Platter is an ode to springtime ~ think Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, or your best friend’s shower.  It’s a healthy side of wild salmon served chilled over…

  • Mushroom Gruyere Bruschetta with Thyme

    Mushroom & Gruyere Bruschetta

    Mushroom & Gruyere Bruschetta is the kind of quick and easy appetizer you can throw together on the spur of the moment.  This toasted cheese bread with savory grilled mushrooms is…

  • Ina Garten’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

    Ina Garten’s Chocolate Cake recipe ~ it’s a classic!  When I hear the word dessert, this homey, rich, chocolatey cake is what springs to mind.  Everybody should make it at least once.…

  • Tasting Gone Loco party mix

    Gone Loco Party Mix ~ the Ultimate No Bake Recipe

    Gone Loco Party Mix ~ the Ultimate No Bake Recipe!  It’s all your guilty pleasures loaded into one epic snack mix, perfect for seeing the year out in style (don’t worry,…

  • potato latkes on a platter

    How to Make Perfect Latkes

    How to Make Perfect Latkes your bubbie would love! Tips and tricks to make classic crisp latkes, plus a spiced cardamom applesauce to go with them.  These easy potato pancakes are…

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

    My Best Party Appetizer Recipes

    Every party needs a great appetizer ~ so here are my favorite recipes for feeding crowds, impressing guests, and leaving you with enough time and energy to be a scintillating host!…

  • Naughty and Nice Party Mix Recipe

    My Naughty and Nice Party Mix Recipe is an updated take on classic Chex mix combining spicy, salty, and sweet flavors into one seriously addictive snack. It’s endlessly customizable, just make…

  • 7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip with wine and rye crisps

    7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

    7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip because everybody needs a show stopping appetizer up their sleeve for the holidays, am I right?  This Scandinavian inspired layered dip can be made a day…

  • cranberry glazed pork roast

    Cranberry Glazed Pork Roast

    My Cranberry Glazed Pork Roast is a succulent pork loin roasted with a rosemary mustard rub, and topped with a sweet tart cranberry orange glaze.  It takes just an hour in…

  • a slice of chocolate cake with cranberry buttercream

    Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream

    This Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream is a super quick moist chocolate layer cake recipe made right in a saucepan!  And the cranberry frosting is just about the best thing ever,…

  • slicing a colorful fruit and nut Christmas Cake

    Modern Christmas Fruitcake Recipe!

    My modern Christmas fruitcake recipe is just plain epic, I don’t think I’ve ever packed so much flavor into one cake in my life ~ it’s beautiful, boozy, and delicious.  Let…

  • Fall cocktail

    13 Recipes for a Signature Thanksgiving Cocktail

    Do you have a signature Thanksgiving cocktail?  If not, you might find some inspiration below.  I love to start off the holiday with a house cocktail offered to each guest as…

  • Cheesy Brussels Sprout dip in a skillet

    Cheesy Brussels Sprout Dip

    We love Cheesy Brussels Sprout Dip, it’s our new hot appetizer obsession.  If you love my spinach artichoke dip, my Vidalia onion dip, or any baked dip for that matter, this…

  • a small bowl of wild rice and carrot soup

    Wild Rice and Carrot Soup

    Wild Rice and Carrot Soup is a quick and easy soup that combines sweet carrots with earthy wild rice, topped with toasted hazelnuts and fresh thyme.  All that healthy beta carotene practically glows!…

  • Trader Joe's Host Gifts, turkey gravy with bow

    6 Perfect Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving Host Gifts

    6 Perfect Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving Host Gifts ~ because for every Thanksgiving host, there’s an average of 6.87 guests, and that means a lot of us are going to need a…