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    My 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

    My 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes ~ variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to the Thanksgiving dessert table, so here are a few creative ways to shake…

  • This Cheesy Creamed Brussels Sprout gratin will quickly become your new favorite fall side dish! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    My 5 Best Thanksgiving Sides

    What would you say if I told you I’ve got all your Thanksgiving side dish recipes covered?  Here are 5 of my best sides, all made from scratch, no cans of…

  • How to cook any type of winter squash

    How to Cook Any Type Of Winter Squash

    How to Cook Any Type of Winter Squash ~ because all members of the gorgeous gourd family are edible, healthy, and delicious, and you shouldn’t miss one fabulous bite!…

  • making ganache in a glass bowl

    The Deepest Darkest Chocolate Recipes

    Come over to the dark side…of fall baking that is, with my deepest darkest chocolate recipes.  Because pumpkin spice and gingerbread can only take you so far ~ and after a…

  • classic chicken soup in a bowl with spoon

    The Cozy Soup Recipes You Need Right Now!

    My Best Cozy Soup Recipes ~ a  pot of homemade soup bubbling away on the stove is the bear hug of comfort foods…creamy, hearty, and nourishing, these cold-weather soups will fill…

  • canned pumpkin

    Everything you need to know about canned pumpkin

    Everything you need to know about canned pumpkin ~ Have you stocked up?  Because you never know, the great pumpkin shortage of ’15 could rear its ugly head again at any time…be…

  • Honeycrisp Apple Cake with fork

    Our Favorite Apple Cakes

    Our Favorite Apple Cakes ~ whether you’ve just come back from the pick-your-own farm, gathered a few apples from the tree in your backyard (lucky you!), or grabbed a bag at…

  • Greek meatballs in lemon sauce

    7 Easy Weeknight Dinners ~ the Meatball Edition!

    7 Easy Weeknight Dinners ~ the Meatball Edition! Meatballs are always welcome at the table, and here are some of my favorite creative meatball recipes to inspire you. So tie a…

  • quick pickled 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 and colorful homemade quickles are more complex in flavor than…

  • Gazpacho in small glasses

    Summer’s Best Gazpacho Recipes

    Memorizing a few simple gazpacho recipes is essential if you’re going to survive the rest of the summer without wilting.  I’ve collected all versions of this classic Spanish chilled soup, from…

  • 5 Vibrant Summer Dinner Bowls

    5 Vibrant Summer Dinner Bowls~ sure, we have to eat dinner, but it’s summer, and the classic square meal just isn’t cutting it right now.  I’m going with nourishing, satisfying meals-in-a-bowl bursting…

  • Classic Side Dish Recipes

    Classic Summer Sides 2.0

    Classic Summer Sides 2.0 ~ your side dish game is about to get a big boost, these upgraded recipes are bright, bold, and just a whole lot better.  You (and your…

  • Fresh Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

    5 Super Chill Summer Desserts

    5 Super Chill Summer Desserts  for when you can’t bear to turn on the oven, but you still want to impress.  These fabulous summery treats will help you keep your cool!…

  • Americana Desserts for Summer

    Americana Desserts for Summer ~ from true-blue classics (cherry pie, anyone?) to those ‘only in America‘ specialties, these dessert recipes will take you from July 4th all the way to your…

  • 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…