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Fall

Hot Dulce de Leche

Hot Dulce de Leche ~ a decadently creamy and delicious hot caramel milk that gives cocoa a run for its money ~ once you try it there’s no turning back!…

What to Eat Now: Fresh Cranberries

What to Eat Now: Fresh Cranberries ~ I’ve gathered together the best fresh cranberry recipes to help you savor those tangy red berries before they disappear for another year.  I’ve got you covered from breakfast all the way to…

Rye and Carrot Salad

Rye and Carrot Salad ~ I’m all about grain salads in the cooler months, and this one made with healthy rye berries is wholesome, satisfying, and incredibly tasty!  Serve it as a side dish or turn it into a…

One Hour No Sugar Apple Butter

One Hour No Sugar Apple Butter ~ this healthy small batch fruit butter has the flavor of fresh apples with just a hint of spice, and best of all, it’s ready in an hour!…

French Potato and Onion Gratin

French Potato and Onion Gratin ~ this quintessential fall side dish of potatoes and onions cooked up in a simple cheesy cream sauce is easy enough for a family dinner, but indulgent enough for any holiday table.…

How to Roast Perfectly Crisp 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!…

Spiced Cider Glazed Apple Bars

Spiced Cider Glazed Apple Bars ~ these buttery shortbread crumble bars are stuffed with juicy SweeTango apples and drizzled with an outrageous spiced cider glaze!…

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup ~ this nourishing soup is the cold weather equivalent to your power smoothie.  It’s a vibrant soup packed with everything you need to get through cold and flu season without so much as a…

What to Eat Now: Winter Squash

What to Eat Now: Winter Squash ~ there’s a wonderland of winter squash out there, and it turns out the good eating goes way beyond pumpkin pie.  So let’s get all those gorgeous gourds out of the tacky fall…

Kale and Fall Fruit Salad with Cider Poppy Seed Dressing

Kale and Fall Fruit Salad with Cider Poppy Seed Dressing ~ this is the queen of fall salads, with pear, cranberries, figs, pomegranate, and grapes, all tossed in a creamy cider vinaigrette.  It’s healthy, hearty, and festive enough for…

Pumpkin Spice Biscuits

Pumpkin Spice Biscuits ~ the stuff pumpkin lovers’ dreams are made of…tall, golden, flaky biscuits enriched with pumpkin puree and a hint of Fall spices.  Pair ’em with every soup and stew you make this season.…

Death by Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

If you love pumpkin, or chocolate, you can’t afford to pass up this Death by Chocolate Pumpkin Bread, it’s quite decadently delicious, in a fall sort of way ;)…

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…

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…

Braised Red Cabbage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Braised Red Cabbage

I’ll tell you one thing, Braised Red Cabbage might not be the most glamorous dish on the holiday table, but it provides a perfect sweet/tart element that brings everything else on your plate to life.  Plus you can’t beat…

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.…

Cheesy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

I don’t think dinner can get any more comforting than this Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole.  It’s an impossibly delicious concoction of egg noodles, tender chicken, and a creamy poppy seed sauce, all topped with a buttery Ritz cracker crust,…

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…

Whole Roasted Kabocha Squash with Chipotle Butter ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Whole Roasted Kabocha Squash with Chipotle Butter

Make a grand entrance with my Whole Roasted Kabocha Squash with Chipotle Butter and ‘carve’ it right at the table — then get ready for rave reviews.  This easy fall and holiday side dish will wow everybody! save the…

Brats with Spicy Cranberry Apple Relish ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Brats with Spicy Cranberry Relish

I highly recommend these Brats with Spicy Cranberry Relish if you’re ready to jump headfirst into fall ~ the sausages are briefly grilled, then gently simmered in the slow cooker while the cranberry/jalapeno/apple/onion relish waits patiently in the fridge. …

Harvest Kale Salad with Pomegranate Allspice Dressing

Harvest Salad with Pomegranate Allspice Dressing

Harvest Salad with Pomegranate Allspice Dressing because salad love doesn’t stop when the calendar switches over to fall…this healthy and colorful salad is perfect for the holidays! Is everybody ready for Thanksgiving?  I hope so, because it’s right around…

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Blondies

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Blondies

Whole grain flour gives these Whole Wheat Gingerbread Blondies great flavor and a big nutritional boost! I’m so excited to be teaming up with one of my all time favorite brands today, Bob’s Red Mill.  I’ve been using and…

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 HOMEMADE IRISH CREAM I’ve been itching…

Healthy Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Whiskey Butter

Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter

I feel like I should put out a donation can with this Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Whiskey Butter. After all, I’m about to make your mornings a whole lot better. This is officially my new favorite way to…

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies are a delicious blend of fall spices, molasses, and chocolate in a super easy recipe that will quickly become a new holiday tradition! According to the calendar, Wednesday was the first day of fall, but…

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…

Golden pumpkin butter made easy in the crockpot

Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter

Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter ~ this easy slow cooker pumpkin butter recipe is the first thing I make every fall.  It’s super easy to throw together and the kitchen smells amazing! Fruit butters (yes, pumpkin is technically a fruit)…

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is an easy homemade ice cream recipe that tastes just like a slice of your favorite pumpkin pie! I went back and forth whether to offer up a unique take on pumpkin ice cream, or…

Tall and luxurious golden yellow Pumpkin Crumb Cake

The Best Pumpkin Crumb Cake

My favorite Pumpkin Crumb Cake is a classic fall coffee cake enriched with pumpkin and perfectly spiced.  It has become a holiday breakfast tradition in our house! Wow, I sensed from the aroma coming out of my oven that…

Fire Roasted Hatch Pepper Chili, made in the crock pot

Slow Cooked Hatch Pepper Chili

Slow Cooked Hatch Pepper Chili ~ this lush chili is perfect for the summer months when fresh Hatch chiles from New Mexico are available ~ but use canned or frozen chiles the rest of the year so you don’t…

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…

Healthy Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts is the perfect fall and holiday salad, it’s healthy and bursting with colorful fruits and nuts in every bite. Why do I only think about wild rice once a year?  Every November,…

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup recipe 8

Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup

My Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup is healthy, warm, satisfying, and the most gorgeous shade of crimson you’ve ever seen! I’m not sure what I love more about this Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup, the astonishing color, or the flavor, which…

white mushroom lasagna

White Mushroom Lasagna

This White Mushroom Lasagna is a rich, comforting, cheesy lasagna infused with fall flavors like mushroom, shallot, thyme, Gruyere and Marsala.  It’s all woodsy meets creamy white, and it’s very luscious. We went CRAZY for this white mushroom lasagna,…

Spiced pear crumble bars 3

Spiced Pear Crumble Bars

Spiced Pear Crumble Bars are a delicately spiced shortbread bar filled with fresh juicy pears. I’ve had the most beautiful pears sitting on the counter for almost a week now waiting for me to decide what to do with…

Ham and Pea Soup 4

Ham and Pea Soup

Hearty and vibrant Ham and Pea Soup made with fresh frozen peas will warm up the coldest night! I get tired of cooking, just like you do.  And just like you, I get bored with my same old stand…

spicy sausage and pumpkin mac & cheese 4

Spicy Sausage and Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Spicy Sausage and Pumpkin Mac & Cheese ~ the key here is to remind yourself that, first and foremost, pumpkin a winter squash, not a pie filling.  After you’ve got that down it’s easy to imagine it marrying with…

Pumpkin Cream Scones

Pumpkin Cream Scones

Pumpkin Cream Scones are soft, tender pastries that are so much better than the ones you get at your favorite coffee store! I hear from people all the time who tell me they don’t like scones.  I think it’s…

Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions 2

Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions

Hard Cider Braised Pork with Apples and Onions ~ this slow cooked pork loin is fork tender and infused with all the flavors of Fall. This is one of those meals that you know is going to be great…

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Cider Vinaigrette is a delicious healthy salad that adds a bit of fresh green to fall and holiday tables. Pumpkin bars and apple cakes are all fine and good, but ‘real food’ can play…

Irish Apple Cale

Irish Apple Cake

This is an authentic old fashioned Irish apple cake, the kind that would be made throughout the apple harvest season all over Ireland, where every farmhouse has its own prized version of the recipe.  The heat wave in California…

Fall and Holiday Baking

Is Your Kitchen Ready for Baking Season?

Here we are, poised at the starting gate, baking season is about to begin—  Is your kitchen ready?  Mine’s not.  In fact  this week I discovered we have the dreaded pantry moths!  I’ve spent so much time cleaning and…

One Bowl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies

Run, don’t walk, to your kitchen to whip up a batch of these insanely tender and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies ~ Listen, I know my readers will fall into two camps over this.  Either you are a die…

10 Best Packable Lunches

Beyond the Sandwich: 10 Best Packable Lunches

We’re a nation of sandwich eaters, and while I have nothing against them,  I just think they’re a little…boring.  I’d so much rather have real food for lunch.  Here are a few of my favorite lunches on the go,…

Apple Spice Cake with Nutmeg Glaze

Spiced Apple Cake

Sometimes a photo is worth a thousand words, and that’s definitely the case with this Spiced Apple Cake recipe ~ you can clearly see the moist tender crumb, and I bet you can almost smell the warm aroma of…

Nutmeg and Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches 3

Ginger Cookie and Nutmeg Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ginger Cookie and Nutmeg Ice Cream Sandwiches ~ these homemade ice cream sandwiches are a little bit summer, a little bit fall, and a whole lot delicious! Let me clarify … what you’re looking at  is a deliriously great…

Gingerbread French Toast

Gingerbread French Toast

Hey everybody— we’re complete slugs today in our house…I don’t even have the energy to write up a proper post.  But this Gingerbread French Toast has to be shared.  I can’t understand why anyone would go to the trouble…

Easy French Apple Jam Recipe

This unique small batch Easy French Apple Jam Recipe is easy to make, has a gorgeous golden color, a fresh apple flavor, a chunky texture, and a surprise hint of spice from the cardamom. This fabulous jam is worlds…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Shortbread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Shortbread ~ Is it possible that there are still some of you out there who haven’t discovered the joy of pumpkin with chocolate?  If so, here’s your chance to get with it. If you follow this…

Persimmon Rum Punch

Persimmon Rum Punch ~ this warm and spicy fall cocktail is made with two kinds of run, apple cider, and a homemade persimmon syrup ~ yum! Persimmons are so beautiful. I pick some up every year when they’re in…

Pumpkin Doughnuts w/ Chocolate Sauce

Let me just say that if you still need a reason to go out and buy a doughnut pan, you’ve found it right here.  It will be the best ten bucks you’ll spend this fall.  These  churro/doughnuts are crunchy…

Zucchini Walnut Streusel Bread

Zucchini Walnut Streusel Bread is a delicious variation on a classic zucchini bread…the little extra crunch of the topping sets it apart from your everyday quick bread. Writing about food is a lot like writing about fashion, you need…

Zucchini Walnut Pancakes

These healthy 5 grain Zucchini Walnut Pancakes have all the benefits of your favorite zucchini bread ~ what a way to start the day! These are hearty 5 grain pancakes with the added benefits of zucchini walnut bread.  What’s…

Luxurious Beef Barley Soup

Luxurious Beef Barley Soup ~ put another log on the fire and cozy up with a steaming mug of this classic comforting soup. What makes this soup luxurious?  In a nutshell, it’s the generous dose of sherry.  Sherry gives…

3 days and counting…Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

I’m sure you expected better of me, but here we are three days and counting and I don’t have a menu plan for Thanksgiving.  It’s going to be a little bit different around here this year.  For one thing,…

Moist and delicious Pumpkin Cornbread

Pumpkin Cornbread

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN CORNBREAD ~ this luscious pumpkin and spice quick bread is the first thing I make every fall, it’s the perfect side dish to soups, stews, and chilis.  It’s a must on your Thanksgiving and holiday tables, too!…

Beef and Pumpkin Chili Mole

Beef and Pumpkin Chili Mole has got to be the queen of all fall stews, with tender bits of steak, chunks of fresh pumpkin, lots of peppers, both hot and sweet, black beans and an ultra rich broth of…

Roasted Beet Biscuits

Roasted Beet Biscuits are an unexpected treat — serve them with hearty soups and stews and prepare to get compliments! I loved the Sweet Potato Biscuits I made recently, and I thought it would be fun to see if…