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Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Rosemary Chicken Skewers ~ tender chunks of tzatziki marinated chicken and a rainbow of veggies threaded onto fragrant sprigs of fresh rosemary ~ can you say delish?…

Tortellini Salad with Artichokes and Edamame

Tortellini Salad with Artichokes and Edamame ~  perfect for those busy nights when you want a nice healthy salad for dinner, but crave some protein and carbs along with it.…

What to Eat in August

What to Eat in August ~ this last month of the season means it’s time to enjoy the best of summer food before it’s gone for another year.   That means sweet corn, zucchini, (in all forms, including dessert!) melons,…

Healthy and hydrating Cucumber Lemon Spa Popsicles

Cucumber Lemon Spa Popsicles

Cucumber Lemon Spa Popsicles ~ just like the refreshing water at your favorite spa, these flavor infused ice popsicles will hydrate, detox, and rejuvenate ~ you’ll be so glad you have them in the freezer when the temperature soars.…

Nutella S'mores Bars ~ everybody's favorite campfire treat in an ooey gooey bar!

Nutella S’mores Bars

Nutella S’mores Bars ~ everybody’s favorite summer treat in an ooey, gooey, decadent, and delicious bar, no campfire needed! Make a batch and watch them disappear before your eyes.…

Fresh Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Fresh Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream ~ regular and no churn

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream ~ I can remember ordering it as a kid, there’s something about raspberries that just screams summertime, right?   The fresh flavor of my homemade raspberry ripple ice cream is delightful and something you won’t…

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!  It’s a multi-tasker that’s always welcome at…

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

Mediterranean Bean Salad

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick…

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Dill Pickle Potato Salad ~ this creamy potato salad packed with pickles will become your favorite spring and summer side, perfect for barbecues, picnics, and potlucks ~ better print off lots of copies of the recipe, everyone’s going to…

Dinosaur Egg Popsicles | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Dinosaur Egg Popsicles

Dinosaur Egg Popsicles — if you know what a Dinosaur Egg is you’re ahead of the game…pluots, apriums, and plumcots are some of the true treasures of summer! Pluots, apriums, and plumcots are hybrids of plums and apricots, and…

No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream is incredibly silky, creamy, and delicious! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream is a discovery of epic proportions…not only is it no churn, meaning you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, but it takes just 2 ingredients, and it stays perfectly…

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. It dawned on me recently that so many…

Shishito peppers

Grilled Shishito Peppers

Peppers are the unsung heroes of late summer.  While everyone is talking about tomatoes and zucchinis, we forget that peppers are just as abundant and just as delicious.  And they come in more varieties, shapes, colors, and sizes than…

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad is a must-try before the summer’s out.  It’s patterned after the popular Mexican street food ‘elote’, which is basically seasoned corn on the cob.  The corn is boiled or grilled, then slathered in a creamy…

Pasta Salad with salami, ham, and bacon

Meat Lovers Pasta Salad

Meat Lovers Pasta Salad ~ yes, real men DO eat pasta, and it’s this hearty pasta salad!   Real women love it too ;) Pasta salads are kind of a late summer staple for me, I like to have them…

Watermelon Gazpacho

You can tell it’s hot here because this is the second chilled soup I’ve posted in a row.  Refreshing is the name of the game in my kitchen this week! The combination of red ripe tomato and crisp watermelon…

Juicy tomatoes baked up in a cheesy Southern style pie

Southern Tomato Pie with Fried Onions

Does your dad send you articles?  My dad has been sending me articles ever since I left home.  At this point the envelopes from him with the carefully folded newspaper clippings and scanned magazine articles are some of the…

The perfect late summer dessert - juicy white peaches baked in a buttery shortbread crumble crust

White Peach Bars

White Peach Bars ~ these are thing things summer dreams are made of, with delicate and juicy white peaches baked up in a butter golden shortbread crumble crust ! Apparently, farmers used to throw white peaches in the trash,…

Black Coffee Ice Cream

My Black Coffee Ice Cream recipe is the real deal — no namby pamby coffee flavor here!  This homemade coffee ice cream will satisfy your wildest caffeine cravings. I don’t know about you guys, but the flavor of coffee…

New Potato and Egg Salad is the perfect side for so many summer meals.

New Potato Salad with Eggs and Mustard

New Potato Salad with Eggs and Mustard ~ this gutsy potato salad will up your hamburger and hotdog game all spring and summer, and will quickly become your new favorite ~ I found this salad at bon appétit and…

Fresh and healthy Grilled Stone Fruit and Kale Salad

Grilled Plumcot Salad with Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette

My Grilled Plumcot Salad can only happen in mid summer, since stone fruits are one of the few holdouts that aren’t imported from some other hemisphere in the middle of January — you’ve got to love them while they’re…

Grilled wild Salmon Salad

Grilled Wild Salmon Salad

Grilled Wild Salmon Salad is a wonderfully fresh and healthy main course salad ~ make it right on the stove top in a grill pan and enjoy all year long! *The post is sponsored by Morey’s®, thanks for supporting…

creamy peanut butter ice cream bars

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars ~ creamy homemade peanut butter ice cream coated in a homemade magic shell. Do you remember the feeling – when you’d hear the ice cream truck bells on a really hot summer…

ahi tuna skewers

Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers

Ahi Tuna and Cremini Mushroom Skewers ~ if you want a quick healthy meal, look no further than these beautiful skewers  ~ they cook in a flash! I’m obsessed with skewers, it’s as simple as that.  I think they’re…

striped juice popsicles

The Top 100 Popsicles Of All Time

The Top 100 Popsicles Of All Time ~ popsicles have taken the world by storm over the past several summers, and I bet you’ve finally caved in and bought yourself a spiffy new mold.  This weekend is the unofficial…

Turkish Coffee Popsicles

Turkish Coffee Popsicles

Turkish Coffee Popsicles ~ the first time I had Turkish coffee I was hooked for life.  It’s dark, intense, and lightly spiced with cardamom…it’s a sort of pleasantly harsh experience that makes you feel grown up and worldly, kind…

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. …

oreo cookie popsicles

Cookies and Coconut Cream Popsicles

Cookies and Coconut Cream Popsicles are refreshing and naturally vegan frozen treats made with everybody’s favorite cookie! Popsicle season is a little like swimsuit season…you’ve got to get started thinking about it early, and it takes some serious prep. …

Tomato Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad 8

Minimal Monday: Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad ~ this salad was on the cover of  Bon Appétit this month.  I knew I wanted to make it on first sight, only to realize after opening to the page that it’s a…

a slice of apricot pie

Midsummer Apricot Pie

Midsummer Apricot Pie ~ is there anything that says summer more than a big slice of juicy fruit pie?  This fresh apricot pie with lots of sweet/tart apricots piled into a buttery crust doesn’t disappoint ~ let’s hear it…

Plum Crisp with ice cream

Plum Crisp

Plum Crisp ~ Isn’t it nice that one of the great desserts of summer is so simple that everyone, even complete non-cooks, can make it. If you can cut up fruit, you can make a glorious crisp…how deliciously democratic.…

Old Fashioned Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream 7

Old Fashioned Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream

Old Fashioned Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream ~ this is the classic stuff you remember from childhood, made with fresh ripe peaches and a touch of buttermilk for a fabulous old fashioned flavor. You can expect a whole lotta peach…

Chilled Cauliflower and Yogurt Soup 4

Chilled Cauliflower and Yogurt Soup

I’m so into chilled soups this year.  I love the pale, creamy colors and the inventive little garnishes.   They’re the perfect way to start a summer meal, and for me they become increasingly alluring as the temperatures rise.  They…

Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles 6

Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles

I’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, useful links, and DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why…

Red White And Blueberry Popsicles | The View From Great Island 2

Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

Show your colors this summer with these healthy Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles!  Kids of all ages love these berry-licious frozen treats… I’ll eventually get striped popsicles out of my system, but with Memorial Day (and the 4th!)…

iced coffee popsicles 1 | The View from Great Island

Iced Coffee Popsicles

Iced Coffee Popsicles ~ this is the way to get your morning (or evening!) cup of coffee when it’s hot out, these refreshingly caffeinated popsicles are like a long tall drink of iced coffee, on a stick! One lump,…

Pumpkin Pie Popsicles

What could be more season spanning than a pumpkin pie popsicle?  These creamy popsicles taste like that cold piece of leftover pie you sneak straight from the fridge the day ofter Thanksgiving.  A little unusual, I admit, but healthy…

Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls

Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls ~ fresh and light summer rolls filled with a rainbow slaw! In the dead of summer, Vietnamese summer rolls are probably the most appropriate meal anyone could dream up.  I’ve posted three other summer…

The Watermelon Gin Rickey

The Watermelon Gin Rickey ~ a super refreshing cocktail made with ripe summer fruit! The Gin Rickey is an old classic, made with gin, a squeeze of lime, and carbonated water.  A close cousin to the Tom Collins and…

Black Grape and Cognac Sorbet

Black Grape and Cognac Sorbet ~ a bold healthy and refreshing dessert made with minimal sugar and a little kick of booze to keep it all interesting. I found these Black Emerald seedless grapes at last week’s farmer’s market. …

Caramelized Plum Upside Down Cake

Summer plums, are perfect for this kind of cake because they are so colorful and full of juice.  I think smallish ones work best because you can fit them in really tightly and get a really pretty mosaic effect…

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…

No-Bake Coconut Panna Cotta Tart

This has everything you want in a summer dessert.  It’s light, cool and refreshing, not too sweet, with a silky texture and a subtle coconut flavor.   Panna cotta is a new discovery for me.  I like how it slips…

Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

Nectarine Frozen Yogurt ~ this simple, healthy concoction of fresh peaches and Greek yogurt is the excuse you finally need to get that ice cream machine! Nectarines are the most incredible fruits.  Just let the name roll across your…

Homemade Muesli

Homemade Muesli is one of the original ‘health’ foods, invented by a Swiss doctor in 1900. It falls somewhere between granola and oatmeal — it’s lighter than granola because it isn’t roasted with oil, and it’s served cold, which…

Jack Daniel’s Peach Pie Bars

Jack Daniel’s Peach Pie Bars ~ as if you needed another excuse to love summer, these buttery peach shortbread crumble bars laced with whiskey will seal the deal! I’m going to say something a little bit controversial now, so…

Mason Jar Cherry Crumbles

Mason Jar Cherry Crumbles with Mason Jar Whipped Cream ~ these adorable individual desserts are great for summer entertaining because you can prep the jars ahead of time and bake them during dinner. Let your guests shake up their…

Striped Juice Popsicles

Striped Juice Pops might just be summer’s prettiest and healthiest frozen treat — I’ll show you how to create these beauties in a few simple steps! Aren’t stripes just so summery? Think beach umbrellas, sailboats, and French sailor shirts.…

Peach and Apricot Pie

Describing food isn’t as easy as it seems.  The English language is super limited when it comes to words that convey the sensations of taste and the nuances of flavor.  The vague delicious pretty much covers it all.  There’s also…

Layered Ice Cubes

Layered Ice Cubes ~ aren’t these pretty?  They’re just ordinary ice cubes, made with layers of fruit juices.  And they’re not just pretty, they actually have a purpose— as they melt they flavor whatever you’ve plopped them into.  The…

Spring Vegetable Skewers and Saffron Couscous

Spring Vegetable Skewers and Saffron Couscous is an easy meatless meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes! At least once a week I try to make a simple, no frills vegetarian dinner.  I clear out the extra…

Panzanella Salad

It was my birthday last week and my husband and I planned to have diner at an Italian restaurant in our neighborhood.  At the last minute, we decided to switch it out for several nights of taken-in instead.   More…

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…

Portobello Mushroom Caprese

Imagine the faint gurgle of Pinot Grigio trickling into your glass.  Feel the warmth of the setting sun lightly caress the back of your neck.  Take a big whiff of that sea air.  OK, now you’re in the right…

Fresh Peach Shortcake

Fresh Peach Shortcake ~ fluffy buttermilk biscuits topped with ripe juicy peaches and homemade whipped cream ~ definitely one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! My peaches are getting ready to turn on me.  I know all the…