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  • cauliflower gratin served up in a small bowl

    Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Gratin ~ Updated!

    I’ve made some subtle improvements to Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Gratin to make this top rated side dish even easier, and more delicious. Try it this holiday season with (or without) my…

  • 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…

  • Pecan Sandies cookies on a plate

    Perfect Pecan Sandies

    Buttery Pecan Sandies are the official cookie of fall ~ feed hungry back to schoolers, or get a head start on your holiday cookie list. (But first, make a batch just…

  • 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…

  • corn casserole out of the oven

    Sweet Corn Spoonbread Casserole

    Sweet Corn Spoonbread Casserole with (or without!) roasted chiles is one of the best side dishes you’ll ever taste, it goes with everything from pulled pork and meatloaf all the way…

  • Zucchini Casserole with spoon

    Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

    Cheesy Zucchini Casserole is a comfort food classic made with garden fresh zucchini, plenty of cheese, and a buttery crisp cracker topping.  This is one zucchini recipe nobody turns down.…

  • christmas in july cookies

    Christmas in July Recipes and Inspiration!

    Dreaming of Christmas in July?  Me too. Holiday 2020 won’t be business as usual, for sure, but we can’t afford to waste one precious year. So I hope you’ll indulge me…

  • A pink frosted sugar cookie with sprinkles

    Soft Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Soft Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting are thick buttery sugar cookies slathered with a creamy frosting and lots of colorful sprinkles.  These big bakery style cookies are perfect for Easter…

  • 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…

  • chocolate truffle tart topped with Maldon salt

    Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart

    My Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart recipe is easy and elegant ~ a chocolate-lover’s dessert for any occasion, any time of year.  It’s decadent and rich, but simple to make, and easily…

  • Homemade Maple Marshmallows

    Homemade Maple Marshmallows are all natural, no corn syrup marshmallows made with maple syrup ~ instantly upgrade your hot cocoa and other cozy winter sip-ables with these easy refined sugar free…

  • 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!…

  • Holiday Gingerbread Cake

    This festive holiday gingerbread cake combines spiced gingerbread cake layers loaded with lots of snowy cream cheese frosting, all surrounded by a forest of gingerbread cookie trees. It’s an edible winter…

  • thumbprint jam cookies on a platter

    Jam Thumbprint Cookies

    Jam Thumbprint Cookies are delicious little almond shortbread cookies showered in powdered sugar and filled with jewel toned jam that melt in your mouth.  What could be more tempting?  Bring these…

  • 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…

  • My 10 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

    My 10 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes ~ from tried and true classics to unique originals, these are my absolute favorite holiday cookie recipes to fill out your cookie box, or win…

  • spritz cookies

    Cardamom Spritz Cookies

    Cardamom Spritz Cookies ~ these easy festive little Scandinavian Christmas cookies are so quick to make. Their colorful variety makes an instant holiday cookie assortment, so stamp them out by the…

  • 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…

  • Cookies packed in an Ello silicone sleeved baking pan

    Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

    My Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are soft brownie cookies studded with chocolate chips, then dipped in white chocolate, and sprinkled with crushed candy canes for the perfect cookie swap or office…

  • Nyackers Gingersnap Cake on a white platter

    Nyakers Gingersnap Cake Recipe

    Nyakers Gingersnap Cake recipe (with a cream cheese frosting) is a classic holiday spiced bundt cake. Gingersnap cookie crumbs give it fabulous flavor and a unique tender crumb.  The aroma is…

  • Traditional Swedish Pepparkakor Recipe

    This traditional Swedish Pepparkakor Recipe makes deliciously crisp spice cookies with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and clove.  They’re a Scandinavian Christmas tradition and they’re absolutely fabulous!…

  • Breaking apart a homemade turtle candy

    12 Homemade Holiday Candy Recipes

    12 Homemade Holiday Candy Recipes for homemade gifts that are even easier than navigating an online checkout (cvc’s, promo codes, passwords, CAPTCHA …wouldn’t you rather be melting chocolate?)…

  • 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,…

  • New Fallen Snow Shortbread Cookies

    New Fallen Snow Shortbread Cookies ~ these easy cookies are flavored with vanilla bean and peppermint, then coated with glittery sugar to mimic the look of fresh winter snow.  Your Christmas…

  • chocolate gingerbread stamped cookies

    Chocolate Gingerbread Stamped Cookies

    Chocolate Gingerbread Stamped Cookies ~ these pretty old world holiday cookies are made with cookie stamps, and the snowflake design is highlighted with a sweet glaze.  Make them the star of…

  • pfeffernusse cookies in a glass bowl

    Pfeffernusse (German Spice Cookies)

    Pfeffernusse (German Spice Cookies)  ~ don’t let the name scare you off, these iced gingerbread cookies are pure heaven.  On top of that, pfeffernusse cookies have the uncanny ability to get…

  • rolling and cutting gingerbread cookie dough

    Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies

    Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies ~ Learn how to freeze all your favorite Christmas cookies so you can relax and enjoy more of your holidays inside and outside of the…

  • 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…