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  • A bowl of Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

    Give Sprouts a Chance!

    They may be the world’s most maligned vegetable, but the humble Brussels sprout is one of my favorites! If you’re on the fence, my best Brussels sprout recipes are sure to…

  • Overhead photo of creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs in blue pan

    Our Most Popular Cozy Dinner Recipes!

    These are YOUR favorite dinner recipes, taken from over ten years of Great Island cooking. If you’re looking to spruce up your regular meal rotation, you’ll find some yummy tried and…

  • Most Popular Pumpkin Recipes!

    You guys love pumpkin, and I’ve been only so happy to supply you with lots and lots of delicious ways to feed your passion over the years. Here are the top…

  • apple preserves

    Fall Apple Preserves

    My seasonal apple preserves are classic recipes that let you hold on to apple season throughout the year. These apple jams, jellies, sauces, and butters are easy and so delicious!…

  • fresh plums

    Should You Eat More Plums?

    Spoiler alert ~ yes! Plums are the new star superfruit (move over blueberries) and they have so many health benefits to offer. And when we get tired of eating them out…

  • Sheet pan peppers and brats with grainy mustard

    German American Recipes for Octoberfest

    We’re tapping kegs and grilling up our brats ~ Octoberfest festivities have already started across the country, are you ready? Here are my favorite German American recipes so you can celebrate…

  • maple walnut cake, sliced

    Our Favorite Fall Maple Nut Recipes

    The lingering flavor of maple combined with toasty nuts like walnuts and pecans makes some of the most memorable treats of any season ~ move over pumpkin spice!…

  • watermelon and corn salad in a blue dish

    6 Sweet Corn Salads

    Sweet corn salad ~ is there anything better? These corn salad recipes made with fresh summer veggies and fabulous dressings make the cob sort of…irrelevant!…

  • quick pickled red onions

    How To Quick Pickle (almost) Anything!

    How To Quick Pickle (almost) Anything! Today I’m exploring the vibrant world of quick and easy refrigerator pickles ~ these crisp homemade ‘quickles‘ are more complex in flavor than commercial pickles. You…

  • cherry almond bars, with fork

    Pie Bars of Summer!

    Pie bars, crumble bars, slab pies, whatever you call them, these bars make summer’s most iconic desserts easier to bake, easier to eat, and easier to share!…

  • Raspberry Desserts to Make All Summer

    Raspberries are the queen of summer berries in my book. From layer cake to sorbet, these delicious raspberry dessert recipes will keep you enjoying these juicy gems for the whole season…

  • new at Trader Joe's

    What’s New at Trader Joe’s for summer!

    What’s new at Trader Joe’s? My honest feedback on the latest products from everybody’s favorite grocery store. I went back to TJs for the first time in a year, and here’s…

  • lemon icebox pie with a slice missing

    Grandma Approved Summer Desserts

    Old-fashioned summer dessert recipes that put fresh, seasonal fruits front and center with homey flavors and comforting textures! old fashioned summer desserts are the best! I don’t know about you, but…

  • Summer's Best Pitcher Cocktails

    Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails (and mocktails!)

    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,…

  • A bowl of spaghetti salad.

    7 Ways to Love Spaghetti this Summer

    Summer spaghetti recipes are light, bright, and veggie forward ~ look to no cook or barely cooked sauces like basil pesto, aglio olio, and fresh tomato alla checca for delicious inspo.…

  • corn muffins

    Cornbread Muffin Mix Bake-Off!

    What’s the best cornbread muffin mix? We baked, tested, and reviewed six common brands, including Marie Callender’s, and the results may surprise you! which cornbread muffin mix is best? I get…

  • pulled pork barbecue sandwich

    Essential Summer Barbecue Sides

    These perfect summer sides are inspired by your favorite barbecue joint, from cornbread and baked beans to French fries and slaw, I’ve got all the classics covered for your next cookout.…

  • homemade clotted cream

    How to Make Clotted Cream ~ 3 Ways!

    I’ll show you how to make clotted cream 3 ways  ~ in the Instant Pot, oven, or on the stove top: you choose how you want to make your very own…

  • Mexican Chocolate Cake, flourless or not

    What to Bake for Mom this Mother’s Day

    Wondering what to bake for mom this Mother’s Day? Every mom is unique, and I’ve got lots of choices for easy springtime baking projects so you can find the perfect match.…

  • Hilton's DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie with a bite taken

    The Chocolate Chip Cookie – 7 Ways!

    Chocolate chip cookies are a universal pleasure, but we all have our own special needs and wants when it comes to this classic treat. Whether you love soft or crisp, thick or…

  • A mini bud vase made from an eggshell, filled with flowers

    How to make Eggshell Planters

    How to make Eggshell Planters ~ simple eggshells can be used to make the most enchanting floral arrangements for Easter brunch and springtime entertaining. Skip the pricey florist and create your…

  • hands holding fresh farm eggs

    Egg recipes for spring

    Eggs are the perfect symbols of the season, and they also happen to be a delicious, healthy, and versatile ingredient in the kitchen. This cheap source of protein is an unsung…

  • colorful pansy shortbread cookies

    Favorite Spring Cookies

    A few of my favorite spring cookie recipes to bake for spring holidays, weddings, showers, graduations, or just everyday munching, because our inner cookie monsters are hungry year round!…

  • Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ an authentic Irish quick bread made even more delicious with oat flour!

    Traditional Irish Farmhouse Recipes

    For St. Patrick’s Day this year I’m skipping the Day-Glo green and opting for homey, traditional Irish farmhouse recipes. This is quintessential March fare, whether you’re hunkering down through the last days of…