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  • lemon velvet sheet cake

    Lemon Velvet Sheet Cake

    Lemon Velvet Sheet Cake is like a long tall glass of lemonade in a sheet pan…tart and tangy and oh so inviting.  This easy vintage inspired lemon cake is a potluck classic!…

  • tangerine chicken in a black bowl with chopsticks

    Spicy Tangerine Chicken with Black Rice

    My Spicy Tangerine Chicken with Black Rice is an authentic Chinese stir fry recipe with fabulous from-your-favorite-restaurant flavor, and the black “forbidden” rice makes it extra special!…

  • Green Bean Casserole from scratch

    Favorite Green Bean Casserole from scratch!

    This is our favorite Green Bean Casserole recipe  ~ made completely from scratch. Everything in this classic holiday side dish is made quick and easy without cans. The flavor is out…

  • a maple pumpkin cake topped with walnuts

    Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

    This Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting is my way of welcoming in the best season of the year…it’s 3 layers of fluffy maple cake with an irresistible maple buttercream.  If…

  • wheat berry salad in a glass jar

    Lunch Prep: Instant Pot Wheat Berry Salad

    Lunch Prep: Instant Pot Wheat Berry Salad ~ as part of a new series I’ll be sharing  easy, healthy, make ahead lunch recipes that keep well and pack well. This whole…

  • blackberry slab pie bars, stacked

    Blackberry Slab Pie Bars

    Blackberry Slab Pie Bars ~ the flakey pastry, the jewel toned filling, and the sweet little glaze all work together in this super user friendly dessert.  They can go from your…

  • peanut butter chocolate chip scones on a baking sheet

    Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe

    This is the BEST peanut butter chocolate chip scone recipe… have you ever wanted to make the perfect melt in your mouth scone?  This is it!  These moist and flaky scones are energy…

  • apricot jalapeño jam with cheese and crackers on a white marble surface

    Apricot Jalapeño Jam

    Apricot Jalapeño Jam ~ it’s sweet, hot, sticky, and makes an insanely delicious appetizer with soft cheese and crackers.  Do this hot pepper jam small batch refrigerator style, or can up…

  • A slice of lemon cake with lemon poppy seed buttercream on a small plate with fork

    Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Poppy Seed Buttercream

    Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Poppy Seed Buttercream ~ a lush lemony 3 layer cake loaded with a tart lemon poppy seed buttercream frosting.  Your fork won’t touch solid ground until…

  • Clotted Cream Shortbread, cut into squares

    Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbread

    Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbread  is an authentic shortbread recipe that uses clotted cream in addition to butter to make the most luxurious breakfast or tea time treat ever.  This is the…

  • A slice of roasted banana bread

    Roasted Banana Bread with Walnuts

    This Roasted Banana Bread with Walnuts is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made…seriously. Want some?  You’ll need an entire bunch of bananas, some buttermilk, a full bag of walnut…

  • Balelea Salad, Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad (Balela)

    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad (Balela) ~ You know I love a great bean salad as much as I love Middle Eastern food, and this hearty Mediterranean chickpea salad paired with creamy…

  • Salmon Cobb Salad in a wooden salad bowl with salad spoons

    Salmon Cobb Salad

    Salmon Cobb Salad ~ a twist on a classic main course salad that proves that salad can complete with tacos or pizza any night of the week!…

  • Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto in a white bowl 5

    Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

    Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto ~ this earthy risotto is one of my all time favorites for a quick weeknight meal or a romantic dinner by the fire.  Wild mushrooms, dry…

  • Chickpea Salad with Pesto in a large white bowl 2

    Chickpea Salad with Pesto

    Chickpea Salad with Pesto might just be the perfect salad, perfect for family meals, potlucks and working lunches alike.  This deliciously colorful Mediterranean bean salad should be a staple in any…

  • Scooping up Smokey Spinach and Artichoke Dip with a chip

    Smokey Spinach Artichoke Dip

    Smokey Spinach Artichoke Dip ~ a warm, cheesy classic that’s an absolute necessity if you’ve got friends coming over on a chilly night.  My smokey recipe takes this familiar comfort food and gives…

  • A bowl of Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

    Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

    Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon ~ tender Brussels sprouts roasted in maple syrup and a little bacon grease (sorry not sorry,) topped with lots of crispy bacon bits ~ nobody, but nobody,…

  • Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle with two spoons

    Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle

    Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle ~ if you put nothing down on the dinner table but this light and fluffy, sweet and crunchy casserole I wouldn’t feel slighted in the least.  As…

  • Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers

    Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

    Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers ~ this classic comfort food gets an exotic makeover with ground lamb, lightly spiced with cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg, along with fluffy couscous to…

  • chicken salad summer rolls on a platter with herbed mayo dip

    Chicken Salad Summer Rolls

    My Chicken Salad Summer Rolls with an herbed mayonnaise dip is a delicious take on classic Vietnamese rice paper rolls ~ this easy 30 minute lunch or dinner is one of…

  • A bowl of pasta alla checca

    Easy Pasta Alla Checca

    Easy pasta alla checca is a healthy raw tomato sauce from Italy that’s a refreshing way to do pasta when the temperatures rise.  Heat waves, record highs, sweltering nights…bring it!  …

  • Farmers Market Hummus in a white bowl

    Farmers Market Hummus

    My Farmers Market Hummus is topped with juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil ~ they’re an unexpectedly perfect complement to a classic Mediterranean chickpea dip ~ it’s summer in an appetizer!…

  • Tomato bruschetta on a white surface

    Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

    Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ why do we feel like we have to reinvent the wheel every time we have friends over?  I mean, the Italians have already done it, bruschetta is…

  • A platter of fried cabbage and bacon slaw, with tongs

    Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw

    Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw ~ this warm bacon coleslaw has won our hearts this summer, and I have a feeling it’s going to win yours too.  Simple ingredients, fried up…

  • Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

    Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon

    Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon looks impressive but is so easy. This heart healthy meal is full of omega 3s, and topped with Mediterranean inspired ingredients. This is a 30 minute meal…

  • chopped asparagus salad

    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…

  • 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…

  • Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta

    Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta ~ this earthy whole grain salad is homey, but festive enough for the holidays, and even if you’re dealing with a mashup of  carnivores,…

  • Cheesy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

    I don’t think dinner can get any more comforting than this Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole.  It’s an impossibly delicious concoction of egg noodles, tender chicken, and a creamy poppy seed sauce,…