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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!…

What to Drink Now: Fall Cocktails

What to Drink Now ~ Fall cocktails are the BEST…think cranberry, maple, apple, pear, fig, pumpkin, woodsy herbs and smokey spices ~ check out this gorgeous Autumn inspired cocktail collection and get ready to discover your new favorite cozy…

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!…

The ULTIMATE Guide to Deviled Eggs {50+ recipes}

The ULTIMATE Guide to Deviled Eggs ~ is there anything better than these perfect little packages of protein packed goodness?  Here’s 50 + of the world’s best deviled eggs, with enough devilicious inspiration to get any party started!…

Patriotic Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water

Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water

Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water ~ don’t save this patriotic thirst quencher for Memorial Day or the 4th of July ~ stay healthy and hydrated all summer long with this colorful fruit infused water.…

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…

Spring Salad with Edible Blossoms

Spring Salad with Edible Flowers

Spring Salad with Edible Flowers ~ this simple side dish is spring in a bowl ~ I’ll show you how to identify, source, and use edible flowers to make this celebratory salad for weddings, showers, holidays, or any spring…

Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf

My Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf is meant for joyful gatherings ~ it has roots in the ancient cuisines of Persia, India, and Turkey, but I guarantee this pretty gluten free vegan dish will thrill everybody around your table,…

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…

Multi Seed Crisps ~ homemade vegan crackers made entirely from seeds!

Multi Seed Crisps ~ Homemade Vegan Crackers

These vegan Multi Seed Crisps are a deliciously crisp cracker just perfect for snacking and dipping ~ and they couldn’t be easier to make! I was so intrigued when I saw this recipe on my blogging friend Angie’s blog…

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…

How to Make the Perfect Salad Nicoise ~ a colorful and healthy main course salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make the Perfect Niçoise Salad

How to Make the Perfect Niçoise Salad ~ this healthy main course salad is one of the best ever invented… it’s colorful, protein packed, and so satisfying ~ the French just have a flair for putting together simple but…

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…

How to Make the Best Bourbon Meatballs ever! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make the Best Bourbon Meatballs Ever!

These luscious little Bourbon Meatballs are going to be the hit of your next party ~ people will flock to the meatballs, but they’ll hang around for the sauce!! I have to confess, although these Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs are…

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…

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Side Dishes ~ is your Thanksgiving table a sea of drab neutrals?  What a turnoff!  Wake up everybody’s taste buds with these 15 vibrant recipes.…

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…

Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Vegan Ancient Grain Salad

This pretty vegan Ancient Grain Salad is so versatile, it goes from holiday table to working lunch without skipping a beat, and it’s as healthy as it is stunning. save the recipe! It’s all about the texture!   This…

Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Dip is the ultimate Big Game appetizer! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Dip

Cheesy Hatch Green Chile Dip is pretty much the ultimate appetizer for all you chile heads out there who also appreciate the finer points of hot, gooey cheese and the salty crunch of a great tortilla chip. It’s late…

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. It dawned on me recently that so many…

A recipe for a gorgeous swirled chocolate bark candy

Marbleized Chocolate Bark

Marbleized Chocolate Bark — it’s kind of like finger painting in the kitchen, but you get something delicious to eat when it’s all done! I think I may have to make about a dozen batches of this bark just…

An easy cassoulet recipe perfect for holiday entertaining

Easy Cassoulet

My Easy Cassoulet is a pared down version of the classic French dish and it’s perfect for laid back entertaining or a romantic dinner for two! *This post is in association with Swanson® ~ thank you for supporting my…

Smokey Onion Dip

This Smokey Onion Dip is patterned after my all time favorite Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip.  When Vidalias aren’t in season, this is my go to.  The smokey flavor of smoked Gouda and Gruyere cheese makes it extra special, and…

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! My husband is…

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! I’ve made these Antipasto Skewers for a couple of different parties this year and I thought…

An easy and impressive molten chocolate dessert

Patrón Incendio Molten Lava Cake

Patrón Incendio Molten Lava Cake is a voluptuous dessert with the surprise kick of chocolate chile liqueur! Thank you Patrón for sponsoring this post. Visit your local retailers to pick up your own bottle of Patrón XO Cafe Incendio…

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe

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! Ever since I made my own Irish Cream I’ve been itching to…

Wisconsin style Slow Cooked cider Brats with a wonderful apple onion relish

Slow Cooked Cider Brats with Apple Onion Relish

Slow Cooked Cider Brats with Apple Onion Relish are the real deal ~ Midwestern style brats with a crisp apple onion relish ~ we can’t get enough of them! I’ve got it on good authority that these Slow Cooked…

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! Everyone has their…

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…

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…

a delicious desseert mashup between classic tiramisu and ice box cake

Icebox Tiramisu

Icebox Tiramisu is a mash-up between classic tiramisu and a good old fashioned ice box cake. Did your mom ever make the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer cake? The recipe dates all the way back to the 1920s, pretty much…

Infused water

How to Make Healthy Infused Water

How to Make Healthy Infused Water ~ we all know it’s important to drink lots of water, but it’s not always easy!  I’ll show you how to make your own flavor-infused water that will keep you deliciously hydrated! Today’s…

healthy fruit fondue with chocolate dipping sauce

Fruit Fondue with Chocolate Sauce

Today I’m excited to be posting over at Super Healthy Kids — I’m making a kid-friendly fruit fondue and a quick homemade chocolate sauce that’s just like the one we all grew up with.  You don’t have to be…

ahi tuna skewers

Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers

Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers ~ if you want a quick healthy meal, look no further than these beautiful skewers  ~ they cook in a flash! I’m obsessed with skewers, it’s as simple as that.  I think they’re…

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are colorful, healthy, low carb and so easy to make!

Rainbow Salmon Skewers

Rainbow Salmon Skewers are easy, healthy, and so fun to make ~ these colorful fish kabobs or gorgeous, too ~ have you eaten the rainbow today? These skewers are so versatile – you can make them all year long,…

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. Fessing…

savory smoked salmon and smoked Gouda cheesecake

Savory Smoked Salmon ‘Cheesecake’

This Savory Smoked Salmon ‘Cheesecake’ is a unique and delicious appetizer for any occasion, it’s guaranteed to be the hit of the party! *This post is sponsored by Morey’s Seafood ~ thank you for supporting me and the brands…

Roasted Olives with Feta and Jalapeno

Effortless Entertaining: Roasted Olives

I’m popping in today with what might be the most stupidly easy effortlessly elegant appetizer on my blog.  I serve these roasted olives when I want to create an especially relaxed, informal atmosphere with friends, and it occurred to…

making beaded cocktail toothpicks

Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial

Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial ~ these pretty and festive cocktail picks are so easy to put together, you’ll want to make a bunch of them to get you through the holiday season! I’m popping in today to start the…

Drunken Cranberry Meatballs

Drunken Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Drunken Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs ~ tender meatballs in a cranberry bourbon barbecue sauce ~ oh yeah! You know how I feel about meatballs, they’re nature’s perfect food — bite sized, full of protein, easy to make, they reinvent themselves…

12 Winter Salads for Your Holiday Table

What are the non-negotiables on your holiday tables?  When I was growing up we always had to have my great grandmother’s stewed red cabbage, and my Aunt Carol’s boiled rutabagas.  But living in California I’ve come to do things…

Holiday Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine ~ this warming winter cocktail scents the whole house, and guests can help themselves! Steamy hot mulled wine has been warming cold hands and whipping up holiday spirit for centuries.  I’ve just been waiting for…

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is an easy appetizer that will have everybody begging for the recipe!  It’s perfect for game nights, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in. This is an absolutely fabulous crowd pleasing appetizer, I’m telling…

Steak Fajita Skewers with Cilantro Pesto

Steak Fajita Skewers with Cilantro Pesto ~ this easy recipe is a fun way to enjoy fajitas ~ serve them on or off the skewer, with rice, couscous, or tortillas. Peppers.  They’re astonishing.  If I could cook with no…

Peach and Basil Sangria

Summer Peach and Basil Sangria

Summer Peach and Basil Sangria is the ultimate in summer refreshment, and this is THE drink you’ll want to have chilling in the backyard all season long……

How to Make Veggie Flower Bouquets 14

How to Make Edible Bouquets

You know me, I love any excuse to get down and crafty with my food.  Edible bouquets of veggies disguised as colorful blossoms can stand in for flowers on your summer table, and they’re a great idea for barbecues…

sprinkle waffle cups | The View From Great Island 7

Minimal Monday: Chocolate Sprinkle Waffle Cups

Minimal Monday: Chocolate Sprinkle Waffle Cups are fun and easy to make, and I guarantee you’ll find endless uses for these be-sprinkled waffle bowls! I found waffle cups in the supermarket the other day… maybe you’ve already seen them,…

Roasted Strawberry Soup

Simple Roasted Strawberry Soup

This is a simple concept, somewhere between a smoothie and a soup, meant to be served as the first course of a spring or summertime supper, or maybe as little shooters on a brunch buffet table.  The thing that…

How to Eat Flowers, Edible Flowers

25+ Ways to Put Edible Flowers on the Table

25+ Ways to Put Edible Flowers on the Table ~ flowers are one of the joys of spring time, and they’re also back in vogue as garnishes and ingredients in all kinds of recipes. From cocktails, cheese plates and…

How to make flower ice cubes 17

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Edible Flower Ice Cubes ~ up your beverage game this season with the prettiest ice cubes ever! I was at a brunch wedding shower last weekend and all the food was inspired by Pinterest.  They had doughnut hole and…

Nordic Smoked Salmon Open Faced Sandwiches 10

Nordic Open Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Nordic Open Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches are exquisitely delicate and healthy ~ this is clean eating that that also happens to be insanely delicious. This is a complete change of pace for me.  Not only because I’ve been immersed…

A Fantasy Lineup of Game Day Nibbles…

A Fantasy Lineup of Game Day Nibbles…I’m not a sports fan, but I like to eat like one, and there are lots of great appetizers and snacks on the blog that are perfect for any game day.  I’ve picked…

It’s 5:00 Somewhere Friday: “The Frozen Turkey”

The Frozen Turkey is an adult cocktail of epic proportions, your holidays are never going to be the same, trust me! Reserve plenty of real estate on the holiday dessert table for this, I’m telling you, it’s going to…

Fried Rosemary Mozzarella Balls

Fried Mozzarella Balls ~These crispy little balls of molten cheese will lure everybody to the appetizer table, use your favorite marinara sauce for dipping! Here’s a cold weather way to enjoy fresh mozzarella cheese.  You can do this with…

Chocolate Truffle Cocoa Spoons

Chocolate Truffle Cocoa Spoons ~ These whimsical chocolate spoons will transform any old cup of cocoa into a festive occasion, and they’re a simple way to bring a little cheer to friends and family during the coming season. Keep…

cocktail meatballs Stroganoff

Cocktail Meatballs Stróganov

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday and these Cocktail Meatballs Stróganov are ready to party! These are unabashedly retro, straight out of the 1950s.  In fact my inspiration recipe comes from a little cookbook I found in a thrift shop,…

Black Grape and Cognac Sorbet

Black Grape and Cognac Sorbet ~ a bold healthy and refreshing dessert made with minimal sugar and a little kick of booze to keep it all interesting. I found these Black Emerald seedless grapes at last week’s farmer’s market. …

Sweet Potato Spears with Lemongrass Dip

Sweet Potato Spears with Lemongrass Dip is a healthy appetizer or side dish that lets you indulge without the guilt ~  if you love sweet potato fries, you’ll love these! Do you know your trigger foods?  I learned about…