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Holidays

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…

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies in foil

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies ~ these spiced molasses cookies have been upgraded with a bit of dark chocolate for a ‘best of all worlds’ holiday cookie.…

Pieces of Buttermilk Pecan Fudge stacked on parchment paper

Pecan Buttermilk Fudge

Pecan Buttermilk Fudge ~ this creamy white fudge has got a sweet tangy flavor like nothing else I’ve ever tasted.  I highly recommend you try this unique treat, you won’t be disappointed.…

A stack of homemade Butter Brickle Bark

Easy Butter Brickle Bark

Easy Butter Brickle Bark ~ this is it, the ultimate easy peasy homemade candy that you can make for yourself, or for gifts.  The prep is just 5 minutes, and it firms up in the fridge in another 30.…

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,…

hands holding a glass bowl with cocoa powder and a chocolate truffle

Hot Chili Pepper Truffles

These Hot Chili Pepper Truffles are made with a dark chocolate ganache spiced up with cayenne pepper for a unique homemade candy with a kick!…

What to Bake Now: Birthday Cakes!

It’s my birthday, and I’ve got birthday cakes on the brain!  Everybody’s got their own idea about what makes a cake a birthday cake, but first and foremost, it has to be homemade.  Here are some of my favorite…

Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream

Homemade Gingerbread Ice Cream ~ my latest ice cream obsession is bursting with the warm spicy flavor of the best gingerbread!…

Cardamom Crescent Cookies on a baking sheet

Cardamom Walnut Crescent Cookies

Cardamom Walnut Crescent Cookies ~ these classic Swedish Christmas cookies  are made with a buttery shortbread dough jam packed with walnuts and a hint of warm cardamom ~ every holiday cookie assortment needs a few!…

What to Buy Now: Holiday Gift Guide

What to Buy Now: Holiday Gift Guide ~ it’s that time of year again, and I bet some of you are stumped for ideas.  Here are some fun last minute prezzies for those fellow foodies on your list……

Easy Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Easy Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing ~ it’s that time of year and nothing gets me in the mood quicker than baking up a batch of gingerbread cookies!…

What to Sip Now: Cozy Drinks

What to Sip Now: Cozy Drinks ~ it’s finally here, my favorite time of year, cozy drink season!  I’ll pour myself at least one a day from now until spring ~ so here they are, the 30 COZIEST hot…

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…

No Churn Cranberry Ice Cream

No Churn Cranberry Ice Cream ~ this easy seasonal no churn homemade ice cream is a refreshing option for holiday pies and takes à la mode to a whole new level!…

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.…

Drinkable Nutella

Drinkable Nutella ~ a warm, sippable version of your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread.   This beats any drinking chocolate you’ve ever had, and it’s pure, molten bliss.  Go ahead, skip right to the recipe, I won’t be offended, I’d do…

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!…

My Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart makes a fun non-dairy breakfast treat for any occasion. Customize your healthy tart with whatever fruit's in season.

Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart

My Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart makes a fun non-dairy breakfast treat for any occasion.  Customize your healthy tart with whatever fruit’s in season. *I’m teaming up with So Delicious® today ~ thank you for supporting me and…

Za'atar Spiced Cashews make the perfect holiday starter!

21 Easy and Adorable Holiday Appetizers

21 Easy and Adorable Holiday Appetizers ~ because sometimes we’re so preoccupied with the main course and the desserts that we forget all about the hungry hoards camping out in our living rooms beforehand……

Fresh Cranberry Scones with white chocolate chips and a vanilla bean glaze ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

Chilly morning?  Cozy up with these Fresh Cranberry Scones ~ they’re moist and flaky, loaded with lots of tart cranberries, and a touch of white chocolate ~ all topped with a vanilla bean glaze.…

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

Making Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge capitalizes on one of the world’s great flavor combos ~ this homemade fudge is sophisticated, quick and easy, and definitely giftable. *This post is sponsored by Peanut Butter & Co™ ~ thank you for supporting…

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…

Easy swirled chocolate bark, two ways

How To Make Swirled Chocolate Bark

How to make swirled chocolate bark for an easy last minute holiday gift — the combinations are endless and the result is stunning! Everybody has their favorite last minute holiday food gift — mine is bark.  And  lately I’ve…

Reader’s Recipes: Orange Cream Chips

Reader’s Recipes: Orange Cream Chips ~ the classic holiday combination of chocolate and orange shines in these simple drop cookies!…

All Natural Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

Let your kids ‘bake’ alongside you with Homemade Gingerbread Playdough — it looks, smells, and feels just like the real thing! Today sharing one of my favorite things…homemade playdough!  I’ve made it countless times for my girls when they…

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. …

TVFGI custom designed O Olive Oil Gift Set

Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tips

Happy Cyber Monday guys!  This weekend was fun and all, but today I’m buckling down and getting super serious.  I’m a type-A gifter and I need to get a handle on my list before December 1st.  (Hey, I want…

Crisp Almond Lace Wafer cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Almond Lace Wafers

These delicate almond lace wafer cookies have a wonderfully light crisp texture and can easily be made gluten free.  Dip them in chocolate or leave them plain, they’re always a hit!…

Gravy made with Swanson Broth

Perfect Gravy Without the Bird

Perfect Gravy Without the Bird ~ this is an amazing hack for making gravy without any drippings, so no need for a bird or a roast in the oven.  With this easy technique you’ll never be left high and…

American Artisan Gene Wilson's Gingerbread Cookie Molds

American Artisans: Hobi Cookie Molds

Hobi  Cookie Molds is the fifteenth in my Sunday series featuring American Artisans. There are so many exceptionally talented craftspeople, designers, and small companies across the country who share my love of handcrafted quality, and this is my chance…

Reader's Recipes: Swedish Sugar Cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Swedish Sugar Cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Swedish Sugar Cookies ~ these pretty Scandinavian sugar cookies are a deliciously simple cookie that you can decorate with your own homemade colored sugar!…

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

My Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies have a creamy layer of peppermint filling in between two soft and chewy brownie cookies ~ these rich treats are a perfect addition to your holiday cookie assortment!…

A rich creamy thick hot chocolate to end all hot chocolates!

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate ~ this thick, rich, chocolatey cocoa is going to be your new best friend this winter, trust me! I’d say most of us have at least one or two obsessions when it comes to food. …

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…

Chocolate Crinkle holiday cookie recipe

Reader’s Recipes: Chocolate Crinkles

Reader’s Recipes: Chocolate Crinkles  ~ these chocolatey cookies are easy to make, not too sweet, and absolutely gorgeous (who can resist those crackles?)   They keep well and travel well, too, so, basically, they ‘re the perfect holiday cookie!…

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…

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!…

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…

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!…

One bowl, soft batch style chocolate chip cookies

Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies might be the world’s most perfect dessert.  Soft, chewy, full of buttery flavor and loaded with chips…trust me, you need these in your life!…

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!…

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Votive

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Votives

I love these easy Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Votives ~ I make a new batch every year with the kids! These little graham cracker cottages are the pre-fab version of  gingerbread houses, and they’re the way to go if…

cranberry chocolate nut pie

Pie Talk!

I’m so excited today because I’ve got my good pal Tricia Buice here, and we’re talking pie.  Tricia writes the beautiful blog Saving Room for Dessert, and in my opinion she’s an expert on pies of every kind, so…

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies ~ These are deep rich gingery butterscotch-y blondies studded with lots of white chocolate ~ guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit! I’ve got an early case of runaway holiday spirit — I’m already…

Holiday Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

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

chocolate dipped espresso shortbread

Turkish Coffee Shortbread Cookies

Turkish Coffee Shortbread Cookies are buttery and delicious with a striking flavor combination of strong coffee and warm cardamom ~ these are cookies to linger over!…

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…

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is an easy hot appetizer that will have everybody begging for the recipe!  It’s perfect for game nights, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in.…

Gingerbread French Toast

Gingerbread French Toast

Gingerbread French Toast ~ the simple addition of molasses and a few spices transforms plain French toast into something worth lingering over. Hey everybody— we’re complete slugs today in our house…I don’t even have the energy to write up…

Pistachio Shortbread 1

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies ~ a classic buttery shortbread slice and bake cookie loaded with fresh pistachios.  These easy cookies melt in your mouth! I’m taking advantage of the surplus of nuts in the stores during the holidays to make…

The Top Ten Holiday Cookies

The Top Ten Holidays Cookies ~ these are classic, easy cookies to help you sail through the holiday baking season with ease! I know you can finds hundreds…thousands…of cookie recipes on Pinterest, but come on, when was the last…

Pumpkin Pot de Creme in vintage punch glasses with whipped cream

Pumpkin Pot de Crème

Pumpkin Pot de Crème ~ these lovely pumpkin custards are silky and perfectly spiced ~ they’re a welcome light dessert after a heavy holiday meal.  Who needs pumpkin pie? …

White Chocolate Rocky Road Candy ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

White Chocolate Rocky Road

White Chocolate Rocky Road has to be the coolest of candies. It’s a fanciful hodge podge of snowy white chocolate, nuts, mini marshmallows and a colorful mix of jellied candies and dried fruit. If you’ve got a candy lover…

Classic Chocolate Truffle candy

The Classic Chocolate Truffle

Like a great cup of coffee, or a perfect scrambled egg, everybody needs to know how to make The Classic Chocolate Truffle! The theme of today’s post is: you can’t really improve on what’s already perfect.  The classic chocolate…

Speculoos Spice Cookies

Speculoos Spice Cookies are based on a classic Dutch recipe that makes perfect cut out cookies ~ these pretty snowflakes will be the stars of your holiday cookie assortment! Everybody’s got their favorite cookie cutters, and chances are they…

Pan Seared Red Cabbage Wedges

Don’t knock these uber simple Pan Seared Red Cabbage Wedges until you’ve tried them ~ this quick and easy side dish is not only healthy, it’s positively addictive!…