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Farmers Market Hummus in a white bowl

Farmers Market Hummus

My Farmers Market Hummus is topped with juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil ~ they’re an unexpectedly perfect complement to a classic Mediterranean chickpea dip ~ it’s summer in an appetizer!…

Tomato bruschetta on a white surface

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ the secret to doing it right!

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ why do we feel like we have to reinvent the wheel every time we have friends over?  I mean, the Italians have already done it, bruschetta is the perfect party appetizer, and in summer when…

basil marinated mozzarella with sliced summer tomatoes on a white surface

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes ~ you already know it, the simplest foods are the best. You know instinctively that ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and fresh mozzarella will taste incredible.  Take awesome ingredients and don’t screw…

Savory Herb Shortbread dough rolled out, with cookie cutter.

Savory Herb Shortbread (and Spring Printables!)

Set out these buttery savory herb shortbread crackers at the cocktail hour for an elegant alternative to chips.  I’ve included a pretty customizable menu and place cards to help you set the theme for a spring brunch or afternoon…

A plate of Better than Restaurant Salsa and chips

Better Than Restaurant Salsa

My Better Than Restaurant Salsa combines the best of two worlds ~ it’s got that deep rich roasted tomato flavor and thickness that you love from your favorite cantina, but brightened with fresh colorful veggies and cilantro.  This is…

overhead photo of baked truffle fries with mayo dip

Baked Truffle Fries

Baked Truffle Fries are a healthier, lower fat version of my current restaurant appetizer obsession ~ truffle oil and truffle salt give it an over the top decadent truffle flavor.…

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 ~ an easy baked cheese appetizer that shows off the spectacular sun drenched  flavors of the Mediterranean.  Serve it with some toasted bread and watch it disappear!…

Shrimp and romesco sauce in skillet

Shrimp in Romesco Sauce

Shrimp in Romesco Sauce ~ serve this grilled shrimp and bold roasted red pepper sauce along with some crusty bread for a Spanish style tapas menu.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the return of warmer weather.…

Fresh Asparagus Blender Soup

I make this Fresh Asparagus Soup so easily in the blender.  There’s no long cooking involved so this healthy soup stays bright and flavorful (all the vitamins remain right in the bowl where they belong.)  It’s a nice way…

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread with paper thin slices of Meyer lemon is an easy yeast bread you’ll come back to again and again.  With only a quick hand mixing and 40 minutes to rise, you can…

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board ~ an easy meat and cheese platter is ideal for the busy holiday season. ~ it’s quick to throw together, looks stunning, feeds 2 or 200 as an appetizer or a light…

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups

Spicy Tuna Wonton Cups are portable comfort food for easy holiday entertaining, game days, poker nights, potlucks, open houses,…wherever and whenever you’ve got hungry people to feed!…

Brûléed Brie

Brûléed Brie ~ this is your wow appetizer for the season ~ you only need a wheel of Brie and some sugar to do this, and the results speak for themselves.  Call up a few friends and tell them…

Rosé Wine Hot Pepper Jelly

Rosé Wine Hot Pepper Jelly ~ a simple sweet/hot wine jelly that turns cheese and crackers into a gourmet experience.  This pretty homemade hot pepper jelly makes a unique host gift!…

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 different varieties and five different flavors!…

Easy Low Sugar Wine Jelly

This Easy Low Sugar Wine Jelly recipe takes just minutes, and its mellow, not-too-sweet flavor enhances everything from cheese and crackers to turkey sandwiches.  Make some for yourself, then post the recipe on the fridge, you’re going to want…

Easy Baked Brie with Figs and Honey

Easy Baked Brie with Figs and Honey ~ this elegant baked cheese is your ultimate Fall and holiday appetizer, but it’s so rich and decadent you could even serve it for dessert!…

Fire Roasted Salsa Negra (black salsa)

Fire Roasted Salsa Negra ~ this intense Mexican black salsa is made with roasted tomatoes and peppers for a deep dark color and a gutsy flavor.  Caution, this recipe involves playing with fire, and a whole lot of smoky…

Guacamole Bruschetta Bar

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to eat avocado toast for dinner, and this fresh and easy Guacamole Bruschetta Bar is the way to do it!…

Rainbow Summer Rolls

These refreshing Rainbow Summer Rolls are like a cool breeze on a hot day, and they get bonus points for fitting in to just about any diet you’re on, from low carb and gluten free, to vegan, Paleo, Whole…

Mexican 7 Layer Dip Cups

These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations layered up just like everybody’s favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ so you can mingle and chow down at the same time ~ genius!…

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa ~ say that without drooling, I dare you!  I’m crowning this the salsa of the year, it’s stolen my heart and I know it’ll steal yours.  This salsa is going to be…

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 GOOD!  It’s a multi-tasker that’s always welcome at…

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ this simple salmon and potato soup is the ultimate 30 minute spring meal, with a light cream broth, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of salmon, and tons of fresh dill!

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ this simple salmon and potato soup is the ultimate 30 minute spring meal, with a light cream broth, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of salmon, and tons of fresh dill!…

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onions ~ these tender potstickers are packed with flavor and make an ideal appetizer or light dinner.

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onion ~ everybody’s favorite appetizer!  These tender pot stickers are even better than the ones at your favorite restaurant, and they couldn’t be easier to make.…

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

Mediterranean Bean Salad

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick…

Guinness Battered Onion Rings with Spicy Curried Mayo

Guinness Battered Onion Rings

These Guinness Battered Onion Rings with a spicy curried mayo dip are the ultimate appetizer, these rings are gutsy and satisfying, no meal required! Onion ring lovers you know there are so many wonderful variations on this fab appetizer. …

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Low carb eating just got a whole lot more interesting with my Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps!  Who needs rice when you’ve got fresh crunchy lettuce leaves?  Everybody’s going to come back for seconds and thirds, and that’s ok because…

Classic and elegant Shrimp Bisque ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Creamy Shrimp Bisque

Creamy Shrimp Bisque ~ it’s a little bit romantic, a little bit ladies who lunch, and it definitely has a 20th century vibe ~ but I think this richly flavored soup is ready for a comeback! Seafood bisques are…

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call…

Warm Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ a wonderfully unique appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ are you ready for a new taste sensation?  The olives are crispy on the outside, warm and juicy inside, the yogurt is cool and creamy, and the herb sauce is…

Mushroom and Brie Soup ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Mushroom and Brie Soup

Mushroom and Brie Soup is a fall classic kicked up a notch with lots of creamy Brie cheese.  It’s perfect for a cozy dinner on the couch or a special first course for holiday meal. The other night I…

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup ~ this dish gathers together so many fall favorites…with gooey molten cheese and maple syrup, caramelized apples and crunchy roasted pecans, it’s no wonder people just want to hang out by…

Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bread is the perfect appetizer package….everybody’s favorite garlicky, cheesy dip all hot and bubbly and ready-stuffed into a crunchy baguette.  Slice it up and watch it disappear. It’s unanimous in our family, spinach artichoke dip is…

Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe

My Homemade Boursin Cheese recipe will blow you away, not only because it’s easy to do, spot on delicious, and will impress the heck out of your friends…but because it will save you SO MUCH money!  Don’t lose track…

7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

Take your salad from so-so to stunning with these 7 tips — and when something looks this fabulous and fresh it’s a pleasure to serve, and even more fun to eat.…

Spicy Pineapple Habanero Jam with cheese and crackers

Pineapple Habanero Jam

Pineapple Habanero Jam is a delicious no-sugar, no-pectin recipe — the heat and the sweet will duke it out in your mouth, and cheese and crackers will never be the same again. I don’t like to admit how often…

Mahogany Chicken Wings, a fabulous appetizer for the Lunar New Year!

Mahogany Chicken Wings

Mahogany Chicken Wings are just plain irresistible, and the name pretty much tells the whole story — these yummy little guys are glazed to a deep burnished brown and the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Just be sure to make…

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

Skinny Microwave Potato Chips are a quick and guilt-free way to get your daily snack fix.  These healthy homemade potato chips are light, crisp, and made right in the microwave! (They’re low fat, gluten free, Paleo, and Whole 30…

Super easy cheesy beer dip

Cheesy Beer Dip with Pretzel Rolls

Cheesy Beer Dip with Pretzel Rolls is a quick and easy game night people pleaser.  I’ve used refrigerated dough to make the pretzel rolls super fast…while they bake you can whisk together the cheese dip and have this hot…

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

Hummus with Forty Cloves

Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic! I don’t do things by halves.  Why should I when I can get such great results by pushing the envelope…

Za'atar Spiced Cashews make the perfect holiday starter!

Za’atar Roasted Cashews

Za’atar Roasted Cashews is a super simple crowd pleasing appetizer that brings together the exotic flavors of the Middle East, and comes together in no time! Nuts and the holidays have always gone hand in hand in my family. …

The Best Smokey Onion Dip

The Best Smokey Onion Dip ~ this creamy, cheesy baked onion dip has a hint of smokey flavor which makes it stand out from the rest! This Smokey Onion Dip is patterned after my all time favorite SWEET VIDALIA…

Fried Olives

Fried Olives are the best little appetizers in the world ~ they’re crisp on the outside, warm and juicy on the inside ~ dip them in a little garlicky aioli and you’ll be in heaven, guaranteed!…

Warm and oozy baked Brie with Roasted Cranberries

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries is an easy holiday appetizer, and it’s so darned pretty! Baked Brie doesn’t always come across my radar when I’m thinking about what to serve for guests.  I think that’s because it’s so…

Fun and festive Antipasto Skewers --- who needs salad?

Antipasto Skewers

I make these colorful and fun Antipasto Skewers all the time ~ everybody gets their own personal antipasto selection right on a stick ~ from Game Days to the Holidays, these are everybody’s favorites! I’ve made these Antipasto Skewers…

Meatballs smothered in cheese

Cheesy Skillet Meatballs with Garlic Toast

Cheesy Skillet Meatballs with Garlic Toast ~ this easy hot appetizer or light dinner with tender meatballs baked up in an ooey gooey cheese sauce comes with crisp slices of garlic bread for scooping ~ yum!…

Photo of a white bowl filled with shishito peppers.

Grilled Shishito Peppers

Grilled Shishito Peppers are possibly the fastest and most interesting appetizer out there.  These simple Japanese peppers are flash cooked, or blistered, on a screaming hot grill pan for just a minute or so, and then served with a…

habanero nectarine jam cooling

Habanero Nectarine Jam

Habanero nectarine jam will liven up your morning toast and be the star of your next cheese plate. This fiery but sweet jam is addictive!…

Watermelon Gazpacho

You can tell it’s hot here because this is the second chilled soup I’ve posted in a row.  Refreshing is the name of the game in my kitchen this week! The combination of red ripe tomato and crisp watermelon…

The ultimate hot weather refresher --- Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup is one of my earliest cooking memories, one of the first times I ventured beyond brownies.  I think I discovered it during the hot summer after college when I was suddenly responsible for feeding…

Restaurant Style Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa ~ it’s made entirely without tomatoes, but a jar of roasted red peppers fills in beautifully, giving this salsa a vibrant color and flavor! Mid summer begs for salsa — it’s as much of a…

grilled cherry tomato bruschetta

Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

It’s high summer, tomatoes are at their peak, and the grill can be fired up at a moment’s notice. Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta is a delicious way to take advantage of all that. I saw the idea on Todd…

Sweet Vidalia Onion Strings make the perfect appetizer

Easy Onion Strings

Easy Onion Strings are flash fried ultra thin slices of onion and they are dangerously easy to make! I have an ongoing love affair with onions strings because they’re easy and dependable.  And freaking delicious.  As long as you…

jalapeno goat cheese is fabulous on crackers or pita chips

Jalapeno Goat Cheese

We discovered this amazing jalapeno goat cheese spread, or dip, at our favorite Middle Eastern stand at the farmers market.  The guy sells a dizzying array of yogurts, dips, salads and spreads.  It’s like a colorful mosaic of little…

sweet basil pizza, close up

Homemade Pizza in less than an hour!

Homemade Pizza in less than an hour ~ and that’s completely from scratch ~ from flour and water to hot pillowy cheesy pizza in under 60 minutes! Meet my Sweet Basil Pizza.  I made her in less than an…

finger salad cups with rhubarb vinaigrette

Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette are perfect for entertaining, whether you’re having a family picnic, throwing a wedding shower, or hosting a spring brunch.  But make a few extra to keep the fridge for healthy snacking, too.…

sweet walla walla onion rings with basil buttermilk dip

Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with Basil Buttermilk Dip

Walla Walla, Vidalia, Maui, or any generic sweet onions will do for these epic Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with Basil Buttermilk Dip! Last meal request?  A huge pile of onion rings, no question. And these sweet Walla Walla…

clean, fresh tasting Cilantro hummus

Cilantro Hummus

Cilantro Hummus is a fresh vibrant take on one of the healthiest and most versatile appetizers out there. Cilantrophobes, you may want to make your exit right about now.  I’m not poking fun at you, I know you can’t…

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes are super healthy and super delicious ~ even if you’ve never cooked one before, I’ll take you through the process step by step ~ these are too good to miss! I grew up in the…