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  • Colorful Firecracker Chicken in a wok with tongs

    The 16 Best Panda Express Copy Cat Recipes!

    The 16 Best Panda Express Copy Cat Recipes ~ from chow mein and fried rice to everybody’s favorite orange chicken, these restaurant style copy cats are spot on!…

  • solar lanterns for zero waste entertaining

    Zero Waste Outdoor Entertaining ~ you can do it!

    Zero Waste Outdoor Entertaining ~ make all your backyard barbecues, summer garden parties, and family gatherings eco-friendly this season with minimal waste and maximum style! What is zero waste all about?…

  • Trader Joe's Storefront

    What’s New and Good at Trader Joe’s

    What’s New and Good at Trader Joe’s ~ honest feedback on the latest and greatest products from everybody’s favorite grocery store!  …

  • The Best Farmers Market Totes

    The Best Farmers Market Totes ~ we Americans are finally getting hip to the market culture.  We go to discover, taste, stock up, people watch, and look chic while we’re at…

  • holding a plant based burger with all the fixings

    The Ultimate Plant Based Burger Taste-Off!

    The Ultimate Plant Based Burger Taste-Off!  We ate meatless burgers for a week to review the Beyond Burger and 12 other popular veggie burgers.  Vegan meat is the hottest trend this…

  • Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

    Summer Potluck Salad Recipes for the 21st Century!

    Summer Potluck Salad Recipes for the 21st Century! ~ it’s potluck season again and whether it’s the company picnic or a backyard barbecue, you’re going to need a few potluck salads…

  • mixed berries on a white surface

    Craving Berry Desserts? Start here!

    From the earliest spring strawberries to lush, late-summer blackberries, berries rule the dessert table at our house.  Here are a few of my favorite berry dessert recipes……

  • The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole Recipes

    The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole

    The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~  a great guacamole recipe is cheap, healthy, vegan, gluten free, drop dead easy, and universally loved. (We’ve been making it since college, humans have been…

  • gluten free whole tangerine cake

    The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipes for Spring

    The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipes for Spring ~ there are always lots of entertaining opportunities in Spring ~ Mother’s Day, Easter, Passover, showers, graduations…so many cake-worthy occasions.  From decadent chocolate…

  • Limoncello Cocktails

    The Prettiest Pastel Cocktails for Spring

    The Prettiest Pastel Cocktails for Spring ~ they’re in every color of the rainbow and almost too pretty to sip, but don’t let that hold you back, they’re perfect for your…

  • roasted asparagus on a baking sheet with soft boiled eggs

    12 Recipes Every Asparagus Lover Needs

    12 Recipes Every Asparagus Lover Needs ~ asparagus is king of the spring veggies, and whether you like yours thick, thin, or in between, you’ll need some fabulous recipes to make…

  • Grapefruit Blossom Pot de Creme is an elegant dessert infused with the essence of spring

    Spring Botanical Desserts

    Celebrate the start of the new season with these Spring Botanical Desserts ~ edible blossoms, tender herbs, and even wild spring greens like nettles or dandelions enhance these unique recipes.  …

  • 5 Ways to Empty a Bottle of Baileys

    5 Ways to Empty a Bottle of Baileys ~ drink it, bake with it, freeze it… but whatever you do, don’t let that bottle of Irish Cream go to waste! …

  • Strawberry Cake with fresh strawberries

    The Best Spring Strawberry Cakes

    The Best Spring Strawberry Cakes ~ the prettiest, spring-iest, strawberr-iest cakes out there,  choose one, two, or three to make this season!…

  • 7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

    Take my Main Course Salad Challenge!

    Take my Main Course Salad Challenge and lighten up your menu for spring ~ join me and eat a hearty healthy salad for dinner once a week during the months of…

  • Lemon Buttermilk Chicken Skewers

    12 Inspiring Recipes that Pair Chicken with Citrus

    12 Inspiring Recipes That Pair Chicken with Citrus ~ considering we each eat, on average, close to 100 pounds of chicken a year, having some good ‘juicy’ recipes up our sleeves…

  • A Blush Pink Valentine’s Day Menu

    A Blush Pink Valentine’s Day Menu ~ whether you trend Millennial pink or more toward faded Victorian rose, there are more than a few shades in this blush tinted menu to brighten up…

  • Trader Joe's marcona almonds

    12 Things I Never Leave Trader Joe’s Without!

    12 Things I Never Leave Trader Joe’s Without ~ TJs sparks foodie passions like no other store, and our favorites list is as unique as our fingerprints.  How does my list…

  • Hot quest dip

    15 Excuses to Have Hot Cheesy Dip for Dinner

    15 Excuses to Have Hot Cheesy Dip for Dinner (as if you needed one) ~ a collection of hearty hot appetizers that can stand in for dinner at a moment’s notice.…

  • Roasted Veggie Winter Bliss Bowl

    Roasted Veggie Winter Bliss Bowl and 15 other blissful recipes ~ just because it’s yucky out doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful, healthy, vibrant meal…in a bowl, of course.  …

  • Drunken Cranberry Meatballs

    5 Mouthwatering Cocktail Meatballs

    5 Mouthwatering Cocktail Meatballs ~ ah the cocktail meatball, equal parts dainty, elegant, and, well, meatball. If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing appetizer that doubles as dinner, get your toothpicks…

  • The Sloppy Santa nightcap

    The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps

    The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps ~ I’m signing off for the weekend with a warm and fuzzy collection that will help you drift off to a much deserved…

  • These easy cocoa meringues are the minimalist of cookies ~ just a few simple ingredients whip up into something magical! Meringues are a naturally gluten free, fat free treat!

    12 Days of Holiday Meringues!

    12 Days of Holiday Meringues ~ meringues might just be the perfect holiday treat, they’re easy, pretty, gluten free, and light enough to leave room for all the other holiday cookies!…

  • Easy How To instructions for making swirled chocolate bark

    Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways!

    Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways ~ chocolate bark is the easiest of all homemade candies and probably my favorite.  It can be done in a thousand and one ways, here are…

  • 5 Mouthwatering Flourless Desserts

    These 5 mouthwatering flourless desserts prove you don’t need traditional white flour to make a knock-out sweet treat! …

  • rolling and cutting gingerbread cookie dough

    Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies

    Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies ~ I’ve tracked down the best tips and tricks for make ahead cookies so you can enjoy more of your holidays inside and outside of…

  • Por chops in the Instant Pot for Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce

    5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners

    Having an Instant Pot means never having to settle for boring weeknight meals again ~ here are 5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners that prove it!…

  • Gift Guide 2018

    2018 Holiday Gift Guide

    Since this Sunday is wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shopping is on my mind, and I’m a firm believer in getting as much of it out of the way…

  • 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…

  • Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

    10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

    10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers ~ you’ve probably got the menu all set, the turkey, the fixings, and the desserts, but don’t forget about the all important starters!…

  • hands making pie dough on a dark ground

    15 Inspirational Apple Pie Recipes!

    15 Inspirational Apple Pie Recipes for the fall season ~ clear your weekend schedule and tackle one or two of these glorious recipes, you’ll be a master once the holidays roll…

  • Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    5 Easy Grain Salads that will feed your soul!

    These 5 Easy Whole Grain Salads are hearty, healthy and vegan-friendly. They’e simple enough to pull together for a weeknight dinner, gorgeous enough for special occasions, and the leftovers make the…

  • 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

    5 Easy Shrimp Recipes

    5 Easy Shrimp Recipes ~ shrimp is the original fast food, it can be on your table in a flash.  I’ve gathered together 5 delicious dishes that showcase my favorite crustacean,…

  • hands holding a glass bowl with cocoa powder and a chocolate truffle

    5 fall desserts that will make you swoon

    5 fall desserts that will make you swoon ~ 5 of my favorite easy desserts guaranteed to make you weak at the knees…better be sitting down for this one, just in…

  • The Ultimate Guide to Nachos!

    The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos!

    The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos! ~ possibly the world’s most perfect food.  This beloved game day appetizer can double as an easy 30 minute dinner any day of the week.…

  • What to Eat Now: Figs

    What to Eat Now: Figs ~ eating seasonally is a joy, especially when what’s in season is luscious figs!  Here are some creative fig recipes that make use of these fall…

  • Pasta twirled on a fork

    5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners

    5 Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinners ~ I’ve put together 5 of my favorite pasta recipes that are perfect for fall weeknight cooking.  They’re simple, seasonal, quick 30 minute meals, and every…

  • Pumpkin Cornbread on a wooden table

    A 21 Recipe Salute to Cornbread

    A great cornbread’s always there for you, from summer potlucks and tailgating chilis to the fanciest holiday tables.  It’s right there alongside our steaming mugs of soup during the February doldrums,…

  • 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.

    A Year of Fruit Tarts ~ 12 gorgeous recipes

    A Year of Fruit Tarts ~ 12 gorgeous recipes!  Fruit tarts aren’t just for summer, you can enjoy them all year round with seasonal ingredients…here are some of my favorites, there’s…

  • Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from theviewfromgreatisland.com

    How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes)

    How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ fruit butters are the ultimate summer treat ~ they turn a late season glut into the silkiest, most intensely flavored spread imaginable, and…

  • girl holding large wooden bowl of cherries

    What to Eat Now: Cherries!

    What to Eat Now: Cherries!  They’re here today, they’ll be gone tomorrow, so make the most of these luscious little gems with these easy cherry recipes.…

  • My Favorite Hot Pepper Jelly Recipes

    Summer is Hot Pepper Jelly making season, and there’s a jackpot of hot peppers in the farmers markets and grocery stores right now ~ maybe your garden is exploding with them!…

  • Summer's Best Pitcher Cocktails

    Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails

    Pitcher Cocktails are a host’s best friend. Make-ahead friendly, these delicious drinks won’t keep you tied to the bar cart for the whole party!  From sangria and spritzes to juleps, margaritas,…

  • summer's best icebox cakes

    Icebox Cakes for the Dog Days of Summer

    Icebox Cakes ~ is there anything better than sinking your fork into a creamy icebox cake on a sweltering night?  I don’t think so.  Here are some of the best easy…

  • How to Make an Ice Cream Terrine

    How to Make an Ice Cream Terrine ~ if you’re entertaining friends and family this summer, how about trying one of these pretty terrines?  It requires no cooking skills, and the…

  • classic potluck salads 2.0

    Classic Potluck Salads 2.0

    Classic Potluck Salads 2.0 ~ Every classic has to start somewhere, right?  These potluck-friendly dishes are just as delicious, just as crowd-pleasing as the originals you know and love. Bring one…

  • slicing a whole side of salmon

    How to Eat Salmon Once a Week and Love it!

    By my calculations there are 13 weeks  of summer, and that just happens to coincide with healthy salmon season ~ so here are 13 of my most mouthwatering salmon recipes to keep you in…