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A round platter ofRainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta ~ an oasis of freshness and crunch in a season full of comfort foods and holiday treats, people will flock to this colorful healthy appetizer!…

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers ~ you’ve probably got the menu all set, the turkey, the fixings, and the desserts, but don’t forget about the all important starters!…

Olive and Herb Appetizer Wreath on a white platter with cocktail forks

Festive Olive Wreath Appetizer

My Festive Olive Wreath Appetizer is such fun for the holidays ~ olives are easy, they’re healthy, and fit just about every diet out there.  It looks Martha Stewart-ish, but it’s really a cinch, so any way you look…

How to make Smoking Cocktails with Dry Ice (or not!)

How to make Smoking Cocktails with Dry Ice (or not!) Smokey cocktails are the gold standard of Halloween, adult style, and I’ll show you how to create them at home using dry ice and other trade secrets from the…

apple butter brandy meatballs in a small copper skillet

Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs

Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs, the name tells you all you need to know.  These luscious meatballs are smothered in a sweet and tangy apple butter brandy sauce that will bring you to your knees.  Technically for the cocktail hour,…

Sheet pan peppers and brats with grainy mustard

Sheet Pan Peppers and Brats

Sheet Pan Peppers and Brats are the easy way to serve a hungry family or a game day crowd. The sausages get beautifully caramelized, and the peppers get glossy and lightly charred… provide buns or go low carb, but…

Chopped ingredients for farmers market vegetable salad in a glass bowl

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad is a chunky chopped veggie salad with a tangy tarragon/anchovy/lemon vinaigrette.  Hit the market, raid your garden, or clear out the fridge, this is a summer must-make.…

Spooning Charred Corn and Bean Salad into mason jars

Charred Corn and Bean Salad

Charred Corn and Bean Salad ~ everybody’s favorite healthy summer salad gets a delicious makeover with sweet corn that’s been blackened on the grill.  There’ll be no rolling back this update!…

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

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…

watermelon stars and blueberries

Red White and Blue Recipes You Actually Want to Eat!

Red White and Blue Recipes You Actually Want to Eat! ~ Patriotic holidays bring out all the red white and blue food, for sure, but is that a good thing?  For anyone over the age of 8, red white…

a bowl of gluten free pasta salad

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous ~ gluten free pasta is a great invention, but it doesn’t perform very well cold, which is  big problem for summertime salads.   I’ve got some tips and tricks…

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.…

15 recipes that’ll make you a Game Day hero!

What’s the score?  Doesn’t matter ~ everybody’s a winner with these 15 Game Day Recipes.  From chips and dips to meatballs and more, I’ve got all your bases covered for a slam dunk event.…

Irresistible Bagel Toast (your new favorite snack!)

Bagel Toast ~ whether it’s a Game Day bagel bar for a crowd, or a quick snack for one, these bagel toasts are hearty, healthy, and yummy ~ you can layer them up in a million delicious ways, so…

Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip)

Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip) ~ Muhammara isn’t quite as well known as its sisters hummus and baba ganoush, but it’s equally amazing and versatile, and If you love Middle Eastern dips, this easy vegan spread has…

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!…

What to Make Now: Baked Brie

What to Make Now: Baked Brie ~ baked Brie is the easiest slam dunk appetizer ever invented.  If you can turn on the oven you can make one of these ooey gooey people pleasers!  Here are the 20 best…

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…

How to Make Homemade Nutella Liqueur (Video)

How to Make Homemade Nutella Liqueur ~ ever since my recent DRINKABLE NUTELLA recipe I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making the famous chocolate hazelnut spread into a decadent beverage.  This easy diy chocolate liqueur is my latest…

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 red white and blueberry 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…

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 tuna 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…

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!! VINTAGE VIEW ~ these Bourbon Meatballs are from TVFGI archives,…

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 ~ from cranberries and green beans to bright orange squash, these side dishes bring your holiday meals to life!…

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.…

A recipe for a gorgeous swirled chocolate bark candy

Marbleized Chocolate Bark

Marbleized Chocolate Bark — this colorful homemade chocolate bark is kind of like finger painting in the kitchen, but you get something delicious to eat when it’s all done!…

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…

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…

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!  This dark chocolate dessert never fails to elicit oohs and aahs.…

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!…

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…

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 are gorgeous, too, and make a quick and delicious 30 minute meal ~ have you eaten the rainbow today? These skewers are so…

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.…

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!…