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Bourbon Marshmallows in hot cocoa

How to Make Bourbon Marshmallows

How to Make Bourbon Marshmallows ~ these plush vanilla bean marshmallows are spiked with bourbon, add them to hot cocoa for a sweetly indulgent nightcap.…

Clementine Melting Moments on a green plate with a cut clementine

Clementine Melting Moments

Clementine Melting Moments  ~ can a simple cookie really taste like a fresh juicy clementine?  You bet, these little bite sized, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies are infused with the essence of fresh Clementines through and through.  Make them for the…

These easy cocoa meringues are the minimalist of cookies ~ just a few simple ingredients whip up into something magical! Meringues are a naturally gluten free, fat free treat!

12 Days of Holiday Meringues!

12 Days of Holiday Meringues ~ meringues might just be the perfect holiday treat, they’re easy, pretty, gluten free, and light enough to leave room for all the other holiday cookies!…

Jewel Box Truffles on a glass tray

Jewel Box Truffles

Jewel Box Truffles ~ I dare you to find a better or easier holiday food gift than these adorable bedazzled chocolates.  And the best part?  If you can melt chocolate, you can make them!…

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!…

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!…

Easy How To instructions for making swirled chocolate bark

Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways!

Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways ~ chocolate bark is the easiest of all homemade candies and probably my favorite.  It can be done in a thousand and one ways, here are the 15 best!…

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes in a mug

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes (plus printable gift tags)

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cookies) are a variation on tradition using toasted almonds.  These easy shortbread drop cookies with their snowy sugar coating are required eating during the holidays!  I’ve designed special tags to go…

Breaking apart a homemade turtle candy

Grandma Kathy’s Homemade Turtle Candy Recipe

Grandma Kathy’s Homemade Turtle Candy ~ this vintage recipe is straight from grandma’s recipe box, it’s the one she made throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s and it’s still the best classic holiday candy around.…

Gift Guide 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Since this Sunday is wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shopping is on my mind, and I’m a firm believer in getting as much of it out of the way as possible so you can actually enjoy the…

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……

rolling and cutting gingerbread cookie dough

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.…

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!…

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…

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 hot cocoa is going to be your new best friend this winter, trust me!…

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!…

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 a year of elegant entertaining!…

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!…

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!…