Hidden Gems ~ fabulous recipes you’ve probably missed!

Sometimes incredible recipes fly under the radar, and need a little extra nudge. Consider these my “blogger’s choice” recipes that may have been keeping a low profile on the blog, but definitely deserve a second look!

pasta with radicchio and bacon

are you missing out on these overlooked recipes?

Believe it or not, not every recipe I publish is an instant hit. Why? Sometimes a recipe might contain an unpopular or polarizing ingredient (looking at you, anchovies and beets.) Sometimes the photos land flat, or the timing of the post was off. Other times…it’s an utter mystery, like the dreamy Nutella pie, below! Whatever the reason, these are some of my favorite recipes that have been flying under the radar, and really deserve your attention. I hope you’ll give one or two of them a try!


dreamy Nutella mousse pie

This decadent pie might look fancy and time consuming, but it’s actually really simple to throw together and that fluffy meets rich meets creamy texture is totally unforgettable. I’m still thinking about it, anyway 🙂

Nutella Mousse Pie with bite taken

caramelized onion dip

Maybe some people are put off by the bit of time it takes to thoroughly caramelize onions, but let me tell you that every single minute is totally worth it for this ultimate onion dip. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and honestly I probably have! I promise it’ll be the hit of any party you bring it to.

baked onion dip in a metal pan

pan con tomate (Spanish tomato bread)

A lusciously simple Mediterranean tradition made with fabulous toasted bread topped with olive oil, garlic, and grated tomatoes. Don’t get hung up on the fancy heirloom tomatoes, they aren’t essential for this classic ‘peasant’ style dish.

pan con tomate on parchment paper

mapo tofu

Even those of you who don’t normally do tofu, I highly encourage you to try this dish! It’s an unusual combination of tofu with ground meat, and the flavors are just so savory, delicious, and comforting. It’s a go to for us when we just need something yummy and filling.

A bowl of mapo tofu with fork

apple, fennel, and salami salad

It may sound like a strange combination, but for me, this fresh yet satisfying salad was one of those flavor discoveries that stayed with me long after I’d polished off the last bites. It makes a great light lunch or a side dish.

apple, fennel, and salami salad in a white bowl

classic carrot cake

When I set about to make this carrot cake, I wasn’t messing around. I sought out and perfected THE BEST recipe for the carrot cake of your (and my) dreams. Moist, full of rich, spiced flavor, with all the right add-ins and nothing extraneous, and of course a super decadent, tangy, cream cheese frosting. Everyone needs a great carrot cake in their life, and this is it.

a slice of carrot cake, with cream cheese frosting

patty melts

Like a burger, but somehow more fun and satisfying than a burger, this diner classic is the perfect recipe to have in your back pocket when you don’t really know what to make for dinner but you need something yummy and easy.

patty melt sliced in half with knife

honey ice cream

This recipe is a dupe for an old Haagen Daaz flavor that I used to love, and it has the most intoxicating flavor ever. The best part, for me, is that the honey makes this ice cream stay super soft, creamy, and scoop-able, even after days in the freezer, which is often such a problem with homemade ice creams.

Scooping honey ice cream.

pasta with radicchio, bacon, and walnuts

Radicchio is a stunning veg and the star of this sophisticated yet totally simple pasta dish. The slightly bitter notes of the radicchio and walnuts balance out the the rich bacon, and the result is one of my favorite flavor combinations I’ve ever had. Highly recommend.

a bowl of pasta with radicchio, bacon, and toasted walnuts

triple coconut pound cake

Oh man. Just looking at these pictures again have my mouth watering. It’s rare for me to save and eat ALL of what I bake for the blog, but we savored every single slice of this bread. I updated the recipe last year to make it the butteriest, coconut-iest, moistest loaf ever, and I think you’ll love it.


lemon artichoke pesto

Lemon and artichoke are a classic combination that I love, and this pesto is easy to whip together and endlessly versatile in the fridge. I serve it with crackers as an appetizer, toss it with pasta for lunch or a light dinner and I’m in heaven.

artichoke lemon pesto with cheese, crackers, and wine

butter pecan shortbread

My husband deemed these shortbread bars the best dessert I’ve ever made. Ok, he may have said that once or twice before, but they’re a must-try if you’re a butter pecan lover.

a stack of butter pecan shortbread squares

lemon chicken biryani

I made it the other night for the family and was reminded of how special this gorgeous lemon scented chicken and rice is. I prepped all the components ahead of time so the cooking process was actually relaxing! This one is a winner.

Lemon Chickey Biryani ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

fire roasted gazpacho (black gazpacho)

It’s gutsy and delicious, with fire roasted tomatoes and blistered peppers for a deep rich color and a smokey flavor that is truly unique.

Gazpacho Negra in small glass jars

mint chocolate chip sheet cake

Both components of this sheet cake are top notch. The cake is the best, moistest, chocolate-iest cake, and the frosting is a super creamy mint buttercream (we’re going for ice cream vibes here) with chocolate flecks that is good enough to eat on its own.

mint chip sheet cake

cornbread panzanella

Even I was surprised at how much I loved the flavor combinations in this dish. Butter-toasted cornbread meets sweet tomato juices, fresh sliced onion and basil for a yummy twist on an Italian bread salad. I can’t wait until tomato season to make it again and again.


sweet and spicy bar mix

This recipe has become such a staple in our house that people get testy if it isn’t around at every single holiday! Something about the combination of flavors and textures is just totally irresistible.

baking a sweet salty and spicy snack mix on a baking sheet

easy beer bread

This beer bread was a little bit of a revelation for me. It’s got fantastic flavor and a lovely soft, moist texture that I just didn’t expect from such a simple bake (no yeast, no kneading, no rising). Perfect for rounding out so many meals, this beer bread will exceed your expectations.

a stack of beer bread slices, with butter

best peanut butter chocolate chip scones

Have you ever wanted to make the perfect melt in your mouth scone? This is it! These moist and flaky scones are energy boosters for breakfast, coffee break, or tea time.

fresh baked chocolate chip scones cooling on a rack


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    Bevky
    February 23, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Your recipes are always delicious! And your phenomenal photography is what initially attracted me to your Facebook page and website. Some of these photos fall a little short of your typical shots, so I’m guessing that’s the issue. That’s not going to stop me from trying all of these though!

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    Marilyn
    February 22, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Your recipes are great and I’ve already made or saved most of these. I just want to say that I personally find some of the advertising that comes up on many cooking blogs to be inappropriate to anything food related. I usually move on to something more pleasant – maybe others do the same thing.

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    Megan
    February 21, 2022 at 8:49 am

    This is a great idea for a post, and I can’t wait to try the Lemon Artichoke Pesto.

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    Elisabeth
    February 20, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    What a great idea, Sue, go put these (somewhat) overlooked recipes in this post! I have thought ALL of these things when reading some of these recipes, especially the onion dip and the tofu dish. I’ve grown to trust your recipes over the years, so I’ll be trying these out. Thanks!

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