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Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody's favorite comfort food ~ delish!

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody’s favorite comfort food ~ delish! I promise you won’t regret making this easy mac & cheese recipe!  Cacio e pepe (cheese…

Honey Roasted Parsnips

Minimal Monday: Honeyed Parsnips

If you need a last minute side dish that your dinner guests most likely won’t have had before, try this.  It’s super simple.  Parsnips are the sweeter and creamier version of carrots, and they caramelize beautifully in a hot…

Quick and easy weeknight pasta with Tuna, Lemon, and Dill

Minimal Monday: Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and Dill

Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and Dill is a straight from the pantry meal full of vivid Mediterranean flavors. If you’re smart you’ll memorize this recipe, and you’ll be so glad you did — the very next time you’re at…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate, a healthy side dish

Minimal Monday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate is a super easy fall and holiday side dish that dresses up any table and will make Brussels sprout fans out of everyone! Everybody knows by now that if you lightly coat Brussels sprouts…

Sweet Bell Pepper and Onion Salad 2

Minimal Monday: Sweet Bell Pepper & Onion Salad

Sweet Bell Pepper & Onion Salad ~ if you love colorful bell peppers like I do, this is for you ~ it’s crunchy, colorful, healthy, and so yummy! When it comes to what I’m eating, all bets are off…

Micro Caprese Salad 7

Minimal Monday: Micro Caprese Salad

These Micro Caprese Salads are a fun way to celebrate the month when tomatoes finally come into their own.   I love this idea because the tomato stays nice and firm, and the basil stays fresh and crisp because there’s…

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas! 4

Minimal Monday: Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas!

Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas is one of the simplest recipes on the blog, and one of the most outrageously delicious frozen desserts you’ll ever eat! A quick little post today — we had a busy weekend and I’m…

Brandied Blackberry Fool 6

Minimal Monday: Brandied Blackberry Fool

The world of fresh fruit and heavy cream is a wonderland.  The two come together in so many different ways to form some of the greatest, and simplest, desserts on the planet.  A fool is an old English treat…

Kale Slaw 2

Minimal Monday: Kale Slaw

Kale Slaw is a healthy, delicious, sturdy salad that just gets better as it sits in the refrigerator. In the dog days of summer we often resort to visiting the salad counter at our favorite grocery store… we pick…

Quick Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Minimal Monday: Quick Maple Bacon Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon rolls on Minimal Monday?  No, don’t run for your reading glasses, these rolls are the shorthand version, they’re ready for the oven in the time it takes to make your first cup of coffee.  I don’t usually use…

Papaya and lime Agua Fresca |The View from Great Island 8

Minimal Monday: Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca

Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca ~ you can customize this hydrating fruit beverage in a million ways, and it’s so much healthier than soda or juice! Fair warning — I’ve got a new obsession…Agua Fresca.  Spanish for fresh water. …

Honeysuckle Iced Tea 2

Minimal Monday: Honeysuckle Iced Tea

With Easter and Passover behind us, spring is really and truly here.  The honeysuckle vine draped across my front porch is in bloom, and  every time I go in or out I’m blown away by the scent.  I’ve been…

Celery Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette 8

Minimal Monday: Celery Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

If your first thought on reading the post title was meh, whatever, think again.   This is my favorite kind of recipe to share and my favorite way to eat.  Yes its spare, and you may not think of celery…

Everything You Need To Know About Sugar

Sugar in all its glorious forms is one of the most important ingredients in baking, and I certainly couldn’t run my blog with out it.  Here’s an overview of everything you need to know about the sweet stuff… We’re…

Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs

Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs is a simple, but luxurious dessert. I’ve got two fig recipes lined up for this week because this is it, high fig season, and you need to grab them while you can.  Green  black,…

Minimal Monday: Papaya Salsa

Papaya Salsa ~ this juicy tropical salsa is equally at home with a bag of chips as it is at the side of a great steak ~ make a big batch today! If I had to pick one food…

Minimal Monday: Fresh Raspberry Vinegar

Last Monday’s Blackberry Vinegar set off a chain reaction here at TVFGI… it was so delicious I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of flavors.  The whole thing started with an obscenely expensive bottle of strawberry vinegar that I bought…

Minimal Monday: Roasted Olives

Step away from the baby carrots and ranch dressing.  Put the clip back on that bag of Kettle Chips. If you’re having people over for dinner, or you’re just sitting in front of a table fan watching reruns of…

Minimal Monday: Provencal Tomatoes

Provencal Tomatoes are a super easy and healthy side dish with that classic French panache ~ who thought something so simple could be so delicious? It’s Monday again, and those beautiful heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market are sitting…

Minimal Monday: Spaghetti with Roasted Garlic and Oil

Spaghetti with Roasted Garlic and Oil is a classic Italian recipe that is quick, easy, and so satisfying.  Roasting the garlic reduces its bite, so you can add as much as you like! When my kids were little they…

Minimal Monday: Cheese and Pepper Pasta

Cacio e Pepe, or Cheese and Pepper Pasta, is a classic and ultra simple Italian dish that really illustrates what I love so much about Mediterranean food.  This is lunch you can throw together from the pantry, assuming you…