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blackberry Moscato slushies in mason jars with frozen berries

Blackberry Moscato Slushies

Blackberry Moscato Slushies ~ I couldn’t let summer slink away without one for the road, and this easy frozen wine cocktail is just the thing for an end of season toast.  The best part is that you don’t need…

Pumpkin Cornbread on a wooden table

A 21 Recipe Salute to Cornbread

A great cornbread’s always there for you, from summer potlucks and tailgating chilis to the fanciest holiday tables.  It’s right there alongside our steaming mugs of soup during the February doldrums, too.  What more could you want from a…

white peach popsicles on a white surface

Healthy White Peach Popsicles

Healthy White Peach Popsicles ~ Mother Nature gets all the credit for these ~ fresh white peaches are washed,  pitted, chopped, pureed, poured into a popsicle mold, and frozen.  These healthy fresh fruit popsicles are sublime.…

a slice of blueberry cornbread on a wooden table, with fresh blueberries

The Best Blueberry Cornbread

Blueberry Cornbread ~ I’ve fallen hard for this berrylicious cornbread, it’s moist and tender, with juicy berries exploding in every bite.  Serve it with chilis, chowders, and stews, or as a rustic breakfast cake!…

summer fruit salad with kefir poppy seed dressing in two glass bowls

Summer Fruit Salad with Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing

Summer Fruit Salad with Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing is one of my favorite ways to cope with the avalanche of fruit that tumbles into my kitchen every year, right about now.  Our eyes are always bigger than our fridges…

apricot gazpacho in a glass bowl with an ice cube

Refreshing Apricot Gazpacho

Apricot Gazpacho ~ this uber refreshing summer starter is a playful riff on the classic Spanish cold soup.  The sweetness of the apricots is balanced with a touch of fresh lime and sherry vinegar, along with a little sharp…

Heirloom tomatoes in a bowl with knife

13 Recipes that prove heirloom tomatoes deserve all the hype!

Heirloom Tomatoes are all the rage, but are they worth all the trouble?  They’re expensive, delicate, hard to find, and did I mention expensive?  The answer is a resounding YES!!  I’ve gathered together everything you need to know, plus the…

Colorful heirloom tomato toast with glass of rosé wine

Heirloom Tomato Toast

Heirloom Tomato Toast ~ the simple pleasure of great tomatoes paired with great bread is known to tomato lovers everywhere.  When you’ve got tomato toast, no matter what else is going on around you…life is good.…

Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.  …

hands holding chia limeade popsicles

Healthy Chia Limeade Popsicles

Chia Limeade Popsicles ~ file this 2 ingredient frozen treat under easy, healthy, refreshing, vegan, and last but not least, delicious!…

girl holding large wooden bowl of cherries

What to Eat Now: Cherries!

What to Eat Now: Cherries!  They’re here today, they’ll be gone tomorrow, so make the most of these luscious little gems with these easy cherry recipes.…

Chopped ingredients for farmers market vegetable salad in a glass bowl

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad is a chunky chopped veggie salad with a tangy tarragon/anchovy/lemon vinaigrette.  Hit the market, raid your garden, or clear out the fridge, this is a summer must-make.…

My Favorite Hot Pepper Jelly Recipes

Summer is Hot Pepper Jelly making season, and there’s a jackpot of hot peppers in the farmers markets and grocery stores right now ~ maybe your garden is exploding with them!  Cook up some of these sweet and spicy…

old fashioned zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting in a glass pan with forks

Old Fashioned Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Old Fashioned Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ a classic that’s a classic for a reason, this moist zucchini walnut cake is delicious even without the generous layer of fluffy cream cheese buttercream!…

Hands tossing a Shirazi Salad in a white bowl

Shirazi Salad (Persian Cucumber Tomato Salad)

Shirazi Salad, or Persian cucumber tomato salad, is a combination of crisp cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, sharp onions, and fresh herbs ~ If you’ve had pico de gallo, Israeli salad, or even a good old Southern tomato salad, you already…

Summer's Best Pitcher Cocktails

Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails

Pitcher Cocktails are a host’s best friend. Make-ahead friendly, these delicious drinks won’t keep you tied to the bar cart for the whole party!  From sangria and spritzes to juleps, margaritas, and more, I’ve got summer’s best pitcher cocktails…

A pan of gluten free spiced peach crisp with melting ice cream

Gluten Free Spiced Peach Crisp

Gluten Free Spiced Peach Crisp ~ just a couple of little tweaks makes a classic peach crisp gluten free and so much tastier.  The crumble topping is made with almond meal and rolled oats, spiced up with cinnamon, cardamom,…

A bowl of pasta alla checca

Easy Pasta Alla Checca

Easy pasta alla checca is a healthy raw tomato sauce from Italy that’s a refreshing way to do pasta when the temperatures rise.  Heat waves, record highs, sweltering nights…bring it!   This delicious 30 minute meal can handle it…

summer's best icebox cakes

Icebox Cakes for the Dog Days of Summer

Icebox Cakes ~ is there anything better than sinking your fork into a creamy icebox cake on a sweltering night?  I don’t think so.  Here are some of the best easy icebox cake recipes out there, choose one and…

How to Make an Ice Cream Terrine

How to Make an Ice Cream Terrine ~ if you’re entertaining friends and family this summer, how about trying one of these pretty terrines?  It requires no cooking skills, and the payoff is enormous for such a simple project.…

Fresh peach shortcake with whipped cream

Fresh Peach Shortcake

Fresh Peach Shortcake ~ fluffy buttermilk biscuits topped with ripe juicy peaches and homemade whipped cream ~  a simple down home summer dessert that’s definitely one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!…

Spooning Charred Corn and Bean Salad into mason jars

Charred Corn and Bean Salad

Charred Corn and Bean Salad ~ everybody’s favorite healthy summer salad gets a delicious makeover with sweet corn that’s been blackened on the grill.  There’ll be no rolling back this update!…

classic potluck salads 2.0

Classic Potluck Salads 2.0

Classic Potluck Salads 2.0 ~ Every classic has to start somewhere, right?  These potluck-friendly dishes are just as delicious, just as crowd-pleasing as the originals you know and love. Bring one to your next summer shindig and you may…

slicing a whole side of salmon

How to Eat Salmon Once a Week and Love it!

By my calculations there are 13 weeks  of summer, and that just happens to coincide with healthy salmon season ~ so here are 13 of my most mouthwatering salmon recipes to keep you in tip top shape all summer long.…

scooping no churn chocolate ice cream

Chillback with No Churn Ice Cream Recipes this Summer!

No churn ice cream is made the way homemade ice cream’s been done for generations, without fancy equipment.  All you need is a little know how, a creative spirit, and a hankering for a frozen treat.  Here are some of the…

raspberries

Summer’s Best Berry Recipes

Summer’s Best Berry Recipes ~ you’ve got berries, and I’ve got the recipes!  From strawberries and blueberries to huckleberries, and beyond, here are the best, juiciest, most tempting ways to scarf down summer’s bounty. There are summer berries beyond the…

picking blackberries

Ultimate Guide to Summer Berry Picking

Ultimate Guide to Summer Berry Picking  ~ berry picking is a summer experience no one should miss.  But when?  Where?  How?  I’ve got you covered with everything you need to know for a successful summer of picking!…

watermelon stars and blueberries

Red White and Blue Recipes You Actually Want to Eat!

Red White and Blue Recipes You Actually Want to Eat! ~ Patriotic holidays bring out all the red white and blue food, for sure, but is that a good thing?  For anyone over the age of 8, red white…

overhead photo of raspberry slab pie in the pan with piece removed

Easy Raspberry Slab Pie

My Easy Raspberry Slab Pie is a luxe dessert for berry season ~  I’ve used refrigerated pie crust to make it quick and easy, just add tons of fresh berries, invite a few friends over, and enjoy!…

basil marinated mozzarella with sliced summer tomatoes on a white surface

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes

Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes ~ you already know it, the simplest foods are the best. You know instinctively that ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and fresh mozzarella will taste incredible.  Take awesome ingredients and don’t screw…

a bowl of gluten free pasta salad

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Salad That Tastes Fabulous ~ gluten free pasta is a great invention, but it doesn’t perform very well cold, which is  big problem for summertime salads.   I’ve got some tips and tricks…

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream in pan with scoop

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream is made with real mint leaves and dark chocolate ~ summer eating doesn’t get any better!   The zippy flavor of the fresh mint paired with an extra quantity of dark chocolate makes this the…

A slice of peaches and cream breakfast cake with whipped cream

Peaches and Cream Breakfast Cake

Peaches and Cream Breakfast Cake ~ a from scratch peach coffee cake loaded with chunks of fresh fruit for a light but indulgent start to the day.  Use white or yellow peaches for this easy peach cake that’s equally…

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad in glass bowl

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

This yummy Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad is an delicious twist on a potluck classic ~ quick to prepare using common ingredients, the Asian flavors in this colorful pasta salad really pop.  This easy summer side salad recipe will be…

Grilled Wild Salmon Salad

Summer’s Best Grilled Salads

Summer’s Best Grilled Salads ~ go ahead, throw your favorite salad on the barbie, it can take the heat!  In fact, sturdy greens, veggies, and even fruits can be grilled right alongside those burgers for the most awesome sides…

TVFGI’s 10 Most Popular Summer Recipes

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the recipes out there?  With so many choices and so little time this season, I’ve gathered together tvfgi’s 10 most popular summer recipes to help you out a little.  From decadent chocolate…

Overhead photo of Ballymaloe no churn vanilla ice cream with old fashioned scoop

Ballymaloe No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Ballymaloe No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream ~ this classic vanilla ice cream recipe from Darina Allen is a dream come true for anyone who craves a homemade ice cream experience but lacks the fancy machine ~ her unusual no…

New England Style Shrimp Roll with chips

New England Style Shrimp Rolls

New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of…jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a butter toasted bun ~ life (and lunch!) doesn’t…

Lime Chiffon Ice Cream ~ this ultra tangy and ultra easy homemade lime ice cream recipe has a secret weapon that makes it the creamiest ice cream ever. No wimpy lime flavor here, this is the REAL DEAL!

Easy Lime Chiffon Ice Cream

Lime Chiffon Ice Cream ~ this ultra easy lime ice cream recipe is made with a sour cream base that makes it the creamiest tangiest ice cream ever.  No wimpy lime flavor here, this is the REAL DEAL!…

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

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…

Roasted Plums with Vanilla and Bourbon

Roasted Plums with Ice Cream

Roasted Plums with Ice Cream is a simple summer fruit dessert with a sly secret ~ you can use that rock hard fruit that shows up in markets way before it’s actually ripe ~ roasting brings out all of…

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.…

Photo of a white bowl filled with shishito peppers.

Grilled Shishito Peppers

Grilled Shishito Peppers are possibly the fastest and most interesting appetizer out there.  These simple Japanese peppers are flash cooked, or blistered, on a screaming hot grill pan for just a minute or so, and then served with a…

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…

healthy summer salad of arugula, figs, and fried goat cheese

Fig and Fried Goat Cheese Salad with Nectarine Vinaigrette

Fig and Fried Goat Cheese Salad with Nectarine Vinaigrette ~ oh wow, where to start?  With the gorgeous fresh figs, or the crispy goat cheese all warm and melty inside?  The nectarine vinaigrette is an explosive flavor bomb, too!…

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

Southern Tomato Pie with Fried Onions ~ this classic tomato pie is gussied up with pretty heirloom tomatoes and crisp onion strings, who could argue with that?…

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 recipe will satisfy your wildest caffeine cravings.…