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Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this unique spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade…it’s a super refreshing conversation starter, and the honeysuckle vodka is ready in 24 hours ~ can you say instant gratification?…

Bourbon Banana Bread | The View from Great Island

Bourbon Banana Bread

Plain old banana bread gets a makeover and, va-va-voom, Bourbon Banana Bread is in the house —  extra moist and definitely decadent, but still welcome at the breakfast table. It’s funny how some recipes come about.  It was a…

Milk Chocolate Marbleized Bark

Milk Chocolate Marbleized Bark

Spring is around the corner and here at TVFGI even the chocolate is decked out in pretty pastels — my Milk Chocolate Marbleized Bark is special enough for any occasion, from Easter and Passover, to weddings, showers and beyond,…

Grapefruit Blossom Pot de Creme

Grapefruit Blossom Pot de Creme is delicately infused with the essence of spring — if you can’t get citrus blossoms, try lilac,  jasmine, honeysuckle, or elderberry. Spring is around the corner…in fact here in Los Angeles it’s already arrived…trees…

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! I think I may have to make about a dozen…

banana walnut scones with browned butter glaze

Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing

Moist and tender Banana Walnut Scones with Browned Butter Icing might just be the most comforting breakfast on the planet! I know, you don’t have to tell me, I posted two scone recipes this week.  But it makes total…

diy fancy sugar cubes

Afternoon Tea and DIY Sugar Cubes

DIY Sugar Cubes ~ these fancy sugar cubes are surprisingly easy to make, and can transform morning coffee or afternoon tea into a truly memorable occasion! The other day I had the most fun I’ve had in a while,…

glazed strawberry shortcake scone

Strawberry Shortcake Scones

Strawberry Shortcake Scones are the ultimate breakfast treat, with tons of juicy fresh strawberries tucked inside a flaky tender pastry. Our air conditioning was blasting yesterday, and today we’re cranking the heat.  I love the crazy bipolar weather in…

easy white chocolate dipped strawnerries

Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

This is a quick and easy project the kids (or non-cooks) can do for mom on Mother’s Day.  It requires no cooking, and no special skills, a three-year-old can dip a strawberry just fine, and kids are master sprinklers.…

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. Fessing…

Homemade clotted cream

How to Make Clotted Cream

Homemade Clotted Cream ~ this luxurious spreadable cream is a must for afternoon tea and scones, and the only way to get it is to buy those pricey little imported bottles  ~ but now you can make it right…

Lemon Panna Cotta | The View from Great Island 3

Lemon Panna Cotta

This light Lemon Panna Cotta is the perfect early spring dessert, it’s no-bake, super simple, and you can make it dairy free with coconut milk! I knew one of the first things I was going to make once the…

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Scales | The View from Great Island 6

Poached Salmon with Cucumber ‘Scales’

Poached Salmon with Cucumber ‘Scales’ ~ this healthy poached salmon makes a stunning presentation for any special occasion ~ and it’s easy to do! My friend Judith and I were winding our way through the aisles of Costco yesterday,…

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…

edible flower salad

How to Eat Flowers!

I think maybe I need to cleanse my palate after that grilled sausage.  Looking back on the past week or so I was shocked to see that it’s been sort of a mad blur of sweets, alcohol, fried foods…