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  • a slice of chocolate cake with cranberry buttercream

    Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream

    This Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream is a super quick moist chocolate layer cake recipe made right in a saucepan! And the cranberry frosting is just about the best thing ever,…

  • a lineup of acorn meringue cookies

    Acorn Meringue Cookies!

    Acorn meringue cookies are adorable cocoa-flavored meringue kisses dipped in chocolate and coated with ground walnuts. They look like acorns, but taste like the crispiest little treat you’ve ever had!…

  • Boston Market Style Cornbread, stacked on a bread board

    Boston Market Style Cornbread Recipe

    Boston Market Style Cornbread is crisp on the outside, but soft, moist, and sweet inside. It’s a cult favorite (and you won’t believe how it’s made!)…

  • Close up of a bowl of sweet potato soup with lime greek yogurt sauce.

    Smoky Sweet Potato Soup

    Smoky sweet potato soup features a perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors ~ serve this delicious fall soup as a Thanksgiving starter or in a steamy mug for a cozy…

  • chocolate truffle tart topped with Maldon salt

    Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart

    My dark chocolate truffle tart recipe is an easy and elegant indulgence ~ a chocolate-lover’s dessert for any occasion, any time of year. It’s decadent and rich, but simple to make,…

  • cranberry gingersnap pie

    Sweet and Savory Cranberry Recipes

    My best sweet and savory cranberry recipes ~ from simple cranberry sauce and cookies to exotic treats, healthy smoothies, and main course dishes. Cranberries add incredible flair to every meal of…

  • Cranberry Apple Crisp

    A cranberry apple crisp has all the hallmarks of an extra special fall dessert with juicy apples, tart cranberries, and a cinnamon-y oatmeal pecan crisp topping. This bright combination upstages a…

  • sliced gingerbread bundt cake

    Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

    Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake is a spectacular gingerbread cake iced with a thin sugar glaze ~ this delicious coffeecake is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.…

  • spaghetti and meatball soup in a bowl next to the pot

    Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

    Spaghetti and Meatball Soup is a 30 minute meal the whole family can get behind. This comforting slurp-able soup is delicious and such fun to eat!…

  • apple crisp muffins, on a cooling rack

    Apple Crisp Muffins

    Apple crisp muffins are warm from the oven, full of tiny chunks of juicy apple and topped with a buttery brown sugar streusel. The kitchen smells amazing. The coffee’s brewing. Life…

  • maple cranberry jam in a jar

    Maple Cranberry Butter in 15 minutes!

    Silky doesn’t even begin to describe this sweet tart cranberry butter, you’ll want to scoop it, spread it, slather it, dollop it, and definitely, definitely, lick the spoon. It’s a luscious…

  • How to cook any type of winter squash

    How to Cook Any Type Of Winter Squash

    How to Cook Any Type of Winter Squash from pumpkin and butternut to kabocha, acorn, and more ~ all members of the gorgeous gourd family are edible, healthy, and delicious, and…

  • Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

    Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup

    Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup is an appetizer that gathers together so many fall favorites…with gooey molten cheese and maple syrup, caramelized apples and crunchy roasted pecans, it’s…

  • a bowl of pumpkin Alfredo pasta with sage and pine nuts

    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta is made with just 6 simple ingredients in 15 minutes! It’s a Fall comfort food powerhouse just waiting to happen in your kitchen. Yes carbs ~ but there’s…

  • Green Bean Casserole from scratch

    Favorite Green Bean Casserole from scratch!

    This is the ultimate green bean casserole recipe  ~ made completely from scratch. Everything in this classic holiday side dish is made quick and easy without cans. The flavor is out…

  • apple celery and walnut salad in a wooden bowl with salad servers

    Apple Salad with Celery and Walnuts

    Look no further than my apple salad with celery and walnuts if you want a fabulous fall themed recipe for a luncheon, a dinner, or a fresh addition to your Thanksgiving…

  • a pot of wild rice soup with bread

    Creamy Wild Rice Soup

    A simple, creamy wild rice soup just like the kind you’d get at an old fashioned supper club in the midwest. But don’t worry, I do have a couple of secret…

  • 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…

  • roasted winter squash seeds in small bowls

    How to Roast Squash Seeds ~ five ways!

    How to Roast Perfectly Crisp Squash Seeds ~ the secret to super crisp and delicious roasted winter squash seeds is simple and oh so easy…I’ll show you how to make five…

  • stack of toffee pecan bars

    Chewy Toffee Pecan Bars

    These chewy toffee pecan bars are part blondie, part cookie bar, and full on ooey-gooey delicious. The buttery pecan flavor is outrageous!…

  • apple fritter bread

    Easy Apple Fritter Bread

    Easy Apple Fritter Bread ~ tart apples are swirled with brown sugar and spices in this classic loaf cake, topped with a sweet crackly glaze. This apple quick bread takes a…

  • sliced pot roast with gravy

    Classic Sliced Pot Roast

    How to make a classic sliced (not shredded!) pot roast for that tender, succulent braised beef of your dreams. This is the ultimate meal for comfort food lovers.…

  • 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…

  • pumpkin spice liqueur in cocktail glasses

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy!…

  • pumpkin Spice Crisp in a bowl with ice cream

    Pumpkin Spice Crisp

    Pumpkin Spice Crisp is the new gold standard for pumpkin desserts, sorry not sorry pumpkin pie, we’re going a different way this Thanksgiving, and we’re super excited about it. This fluffy…

  • 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!…

  • graving dripping down a Swedish Meatball Meatloaf

    Swedish Meatball Meatloaf

    Swedish meatball meatloaf is juicy and delicious, complete with gravy and lingonberry jam. This cozy family meal is also perfect for the holidays!…

  • 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…

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

    Quick Chili Oil Noodles

    Szechuan chili oil noodles are a famously easy late night meal, but these spicy Chinese noodles are welcome any time, especially after a busy day. When you’re fiercely hungry, totally beat,…

  • Dutch Apple Cake with fork

    Dutch Apple Cake

    Every bite of this Dutch Apple Cake is sweet and juicy thanks to layers of thinly sliced Honeycrisps, baked up in a no fail batter with a touch of spice. This…