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Spring

fresh strawberries in a white bowl

How to Dry Strawberries

How to Dry Strawberries ~ once you’ve gobbled up your fill of fresh strawberries this season, consider drying them.  Sure, you could also freeze them, or make them into jam, but drying strawberries is super easy and the results…

Savory Herb Shortbread dough rolled out, with cookie cutter.

Savory Herb Shortbread (and Party Printables!)

Set out these buttery savory herb shortbread crackers at the cocktail hour for an elegant alternative to chips.  I’ve included a pretty customizable menu and place cards to help you set the theme for a brunch or afternoon tea.…

May Lilac Recipes

May Lilac Recipes ~ the delicate blossoms of lilacs are beautiful, the fragrance is sweet and haunting…but did you also know that the flowers are edible?  Make the most of their short spring season with these unusual recipes.…

VIDALIA ONIONS FOR PICKLED VIDALIA ONIONS

My Favorite Vidalia Onion Recipes

Vidalia onions are so mild and sweet you can peel them and eat them just like an apple.  But why not go a step further and make some of my favorite Vidalia onion recipes like hot cheesy Vidalia onion…

horizontal photo of grilled salmon salad with edible flowers

Grilled Salmon Salad with Spring Greens

Want to eat more fish but need a little nudge?  This Grilled Salmon Salad with spring greens is one of my favorite ways to eat fresh fish like salmon, ahi, or halibut.  This meal is low carb, gluten free,…

A plate of delicate roasted rhubarb lady's kiss cookies on a plate

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama)

Roasted Rhubarb Lady’s Kiss Cookies (baci di dama) ~ the roasted rhubarb buttercream is sweet and tangy, and the almond cookies are light as air…I’m pretty sure they serve these cookies in heaven.…

Ravishing Radishes ~

Ravishing Radishes ~ radishes have been around for ages, but they’ve only recently moved up to the cool kids’ table and now they’re on chic menus everywhere.  Here are some of my favorite radish recipes to help you get…

Rhubarb Crisp just out of the oven, with large spoon

Gluten Free Rhubarb Crisp with Cardamom and Vanilla

Gluten Free Rhubarb Crisp with Cardamom and Vanilla ~ I hate to sound bossy but you just have to make this rhubarb crisp at least once this spring, it’s too good to miss out on.  Your reward will be…

Girl holding a slice of Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

The first words out of my daughter’s mouth after she took a bite of this Strawberry Buttermilk Cake?  “Wow ~ this is the best cake I’ve ever had!”  She’s right, this cake is a keeper.  The crust is crisp…

Strawberries and Cream Tart

Strawberries and Cream Tart ~ a simple spring dessert with an easygoing elegance.  This is a go-to recipe when you’ve got last minute guests, or just want to amp up the glam factor on a spring night.  (You won’t…

A mini bud vase made from an eggshell, filled with flowers

Easter Egg Bud Vases and Seed Starter Tutorial

Easter Egg Bud Vases and Seed Starter Tutorial ~ simple eggshells can be used to make the most enchanting floral arrangements for Easter brunch and springtime entertaining.  Skip the pricey florist and create your own tablescapes with flowers and…

21 Traditional Easter Bread Recipes

21 Traditional Easter Bread Recipes ~ because Easter isn’t all eggs and bunnies.  These beautiful Easter loaves come from all over the globe, each bringing their own particular spin on a celebratory spring bake.…

Chopped Asparagus Salad Recipe

Make my Chopped Asparagus Salad recipe when the spring asparagus is plentiful and cheap, and you’re craving a bit of fresh crunch in your life after a long winter.  This cold asparagus salad becomes a complete meal with a…

How to Tap Your Own Maple Trees to Make Maple Syrup

How to Tap Your Own Maple Trees to Make Maple Syrup ~ you can make maple syrup at home!   If you’ve got  a sugar maple tree in your yard (or a neighbor who’s willing to share) you can…

Fresh Asparagus Blender Soup

I make this Fresh Asparagus Soup so easily in the blender.  There’s no long cooking involved so this healthy soup stays bright and flavorful (all the vitamins remain right in the bowl where they belong.)  It’s a nice way…

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Poached Halibut Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette ~ the simple idea of poached fish with fresh salad greens is the perfect way to get a spring-ish vibe going in your kitchen ~ it’s healthy, gluten free, dairy free, low…

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup

Spring Tonic Carrot Soup ~ a vibrant raw soup packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A that’ll kick start you into the new season ~ are you ready?…

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this uniquely refreshing spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade...| vodka | summer cocktail | infused alcohol | edible flowers | Mother's Day | spring cocktail | vodka |

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?…

7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

7 Tips for Show Stopping Salads

Take your salad from so-so to stunning with these 7 tips — and when something looks this fabulous and fresh it’s a pleasure to serve, and even more fun to eat.…

A Round Up of Exquisite DIY Easter Eggs

Not Your Mama’s Easter Eggs

Are you ready to up your Easter egg game?  I hope so because we’ve collected tons of fresh ideas for stunning diy projects using everyday stuff like rubber cement, nail polish, Sharpies, and veggies from the fridge!  So ditch…

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!…

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.  These pretty strawberry scones will be a guaranteed hit for a Mother’s Day or Easter brunch. Our air conditioning…

strawberry rhubarb skillet cobbler

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler ~ it’s one of the joys of the season, with juicy ruby red strawberries and rhubarb bubbling up around a flaky biscuit dough, what are you waiting for? Don’t you love that first whiff of change…

honeysuckle ice cream

Honeysuckle Ice Cream

In life, as well as in the kitchen, I’m a big believer in making use of what you’ve got, and right now I’ve got a rambling honeysuckle vine draped over my front porch, just coming into bloom this week. …

strawberry, lime and coconut Cinco de Mayo Popsicles

Cinco de Mayo Popsicles

The fresh flavors of strawberry, coconut and lime make up the festive stripes of these Cinco de Mayo themed popsicles.  They’ll put a smile on everybody’s face and they aren’t at all difficult to make.  A lime agua fresca…

Spring Kale and Herb Salad with edible flowers

Purple Kale and Pansy Salad

Purple Kale and Pansy Salad ~ edible flowers like colorful pansies can turn a salad from so-so to sensational.  Use them as a garnish on all kinds of dishes this spring! Spring has sprung!  And that calls for a…

sunny lemon soup with chicken and couscous

Lemon Soup with Chicken and Israeli Couscous

Lemon Soup with Chicken and Israeli Couscous ~ this creamy lemon soup is based on the classic Greek avgolemono soup, the broth is thickened with egg yolks only, and the flavor is brilliant! Did you know it’s the first…

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes are super healthy and super delicious ~ even if you’ve never cooked one before, I’ll take you through the process step by step ~ these are too good to miss! I grew up in the…

Spring Green Risotto | The View from Great Island

Spring Green Risotto with Peas, Asparagus and Fennel

Spring Green Risotto with Peas, Asparagus and Fennel ~ this healthy risotto recipe with fresh spring vegetables will have you dreaming of spring!  It makes a naturally gluten free side dish or light meal. Risotto is one of the…

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 easy to adjust for dairy free and vegan! I knew one of the first things I was going to make once the weather…

Honeysuckle Iced Tea 2

Honeysuckle Iced Tea

Honeysuckle Iced Tea ~ this sweet, floral, and refreshing drink made from honeysuckle blossoms is the perfect thing to sip on a warm summer day!…

Quick and Easy Spring Flower Cookies 3

Easy Jelly Bean Flower Cookies

Easy Jelly Bean Flower Cookies ~ a quick and easy springtime slice and bake sugar cookie that kids can do themselves! Great for Easter and Mother’s Day. If you need a last minute Easter project to do with the…

Asparagus Roasted with Blood Oranges 7

Asparagus Roasted with Blood Oranges

Asparagus roasted with blood oranges is a side dish that’s as easy and healthy and it is gorgeous.  I love the pretty combination of the fresh green with the blood oranges in this easy asparagus recipe, but you could…

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Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Edible Flower Ice Cubes ~ up your beverage game this season with the prettiest ice cubes ever!  Fresh edible blossoms frozen right into cubes of ice dress up cocktails, soda, or plain water.…

The Rhubarb Spring Fling

The Rhubarb Spring Fling ~ a fruity cocktail that makes every day feel like the first day of Spring!…

edible flower salad

How to Eat Flowers!

Edible flowers are a perfect way to liven up your meals this spring and summer. Learn the dos and don’ts of edible flowers and how to incorporate them into salads and more!…

Springtime Salmon and Fennel Chowder

It doesn’t get any better than this, in my opinion. As I box things up and try to get mentally prepared to cross the three little bridges that will take us off this island for the foreseeable future, I…

Lemon Risotto with Three Cheeses and Grilled Asparagus

I’m celebrating the imminent arrival of spring with a light, lemony risotto.  This is my favorite way to eat and I always revert to it when I’m cooking just for myself.  No meat, just the luscious green of the…