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  • oven roasted potatoes with rosemary in a bowl

    Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

    Roasted potatoes are a busy cook’s dream recipe. If I could only make one side dish for the rest of my life, it would have to be these crispy potatoes, everybody…

  • Cider sage gravy, in a cup.

    Make Ahead Cider and Sage Gravy

    Make Ahead Cider and Sage Gravy ~ this upgraded no-drippings gravy is tailor made for cozy fall dinners, and it’ll be in our Thanksgiving gravy boat this year for sure!…

  • 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…

  • fresh summer roll with sprouts

    How to Make Summer Rolls

    Summer rolls are one of the most refreshing foods on the planet, and they get bonus points for fitting in to just about any diet you’re on, from low carb and…

  • smoked salmon salad sandwich

    Smoked Salmon Salad

    Smoked salmon salad is a super delicious upgrade on tuna salad, made with succulent smoked salmon, fresh dill, a little mayo, red onion, and, of course, a squeeze of lemon!…

  • 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…

  • Colorful Asian Slaw with tongs

    Asian Slaw

    My vibrant vegan Asian Slaw comes with an awesome crunch and an awesome creamy peanut dressing. (It tastes so good you don’t even realize how ridiculously healthy it is.)  Make it…

  • 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.…

  • Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

    Cowboy Caviar Recipe

    Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain…

  • Hot pepper jelly in glass canning jars.

    Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly

    Easy Hot Pepper Jelly is one of my favorite recipes. This small batch refrigerator recipe makes use of both sweet and hot peppers for a colorful, confetti-like look and an intense…

  • Shrimp Taco Salad in a white bowl

    Shrimp Taco Salad

    Shrimp Taco Salad is a stunning  main course salad with jumbo Mexican spiced grilled shrimp, homemade tortilla strips, house pickled red onions, and all the fixings on a bed of zesty…

  • Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

    Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

    Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad is a delicious twist on a potluck classic ~ quick to prepare using common ingredients, the Asian flavors in this colorful pasta salad really pop. It’s an…

  • baked feta bruschetta with toasted bread

    Baked Feta Bruschetta

    Baked Feta Bruschetta is an easy Mediterranean style small plate made with cherry tomatoes and olives, baked until the cheese is soft and spreadable, the olives are warm and mellow, and the tomatoes have burst…

  • Baked feta cheese with olives, lemon, and rosemary with toasted bread on a tray with toasted bread

    Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon

    Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon is an easy baked cheese appetizer that shows off the spectacular sun drenched  flavors of the Mediterranean. Serve it with some toasted bread and…

  • Israeli salad in a white bowl

    Israeli Salad Recipe with Za’atar Dressing

    Israeli Salad (aka Arabic Salad) with Za’atar Dressing is a fresh tomato and cucumber salad with a refreshing crunch and a complicated history. This healthy chopped vegetable salad is traditionally served…

  • 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…

  • a tuna melt sandwich, stacked

    Sheet Pan Tuna Melts

    Sheet pan tuna melts are the original from the pantry comfort food, with a sublime mix of flavor, texture, and temperature. My tuna melts are made in the oven, so no…

  • salmon fillets in a skillet

    Creamy Lemon Dill Salmon

    Creamy Lemon Dill Salmon ~ an easy dinner that never fails to please. The salmon is succulent because it’s bathed in a creamy wine sauce perked up with lots of lemon…

  • chili oil noodles in a black bowl with a fried egg

    15 Noodle Bowl Recipes for the New Year

    15 Noodle Bowl Recipes inspired by iconic bowls from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Rich flavorful broth, amazing noodles, and piles of colorful, healthy toppings make these the 15…

  • roasted sweet potatoes in a pan with fresh sage

    Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Sage

    Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Sage is the super easy side dish your Thanksgiving table needs this year. It’s pared down, but still gives holiday-worthy pizzazz. It’s all about balance this…

  • pouring gravy on sliced sauerbraten pot roast

    Sauerbraten (German pot roast)

    This authentic German Sauerbraten recipe comes straight from my grandfather’s kitchen ~ you can do this braised chuck roast on the stove, in the oven, in the crock pot, or the…

  • popsicle mold

    The popsicle mold I use

    I use this classic popsicle mold to make all the gorgeous popsicles on the site. It’s inexpensive, and works perfectly every time.…

  • radish dip with fresh radishes

    Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip

    Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip ~ two of spring’s freshest ingredients come together in this crunchy, creamy, irresistible dip! Make it skinny with veggie sticks, or pair it up with…

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