“Pie Talk” at The View from Great Island


 Peppermint Pie So excited to be visiting with Sue from The View from Great Island today - talking all about pie!  We'll be answering your questions all week right up to Thanksgiving.  Please leave a comment with your questions and we'll get back with you as soon as possible.  Click on the link below and join in on the fun - thanks so much for stopping by! The View From Great Island . . . Continue Reading

Crunchy Crackers

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My husband called these my bird seed crackers.  I’m not sure if that means he loves them or not – but I certainly do.  You know how we want to eat healthy but sometimes miss that crispy crunch from a chip or cracker?  These crunchy crackers will cure that craving and then some.  I've been taking a few to work each day and just love the toasted nutty flavor and crispy crunch – it . . . Continue Reading



What would a trip to Ireland be without a big scoop of Colcannon?  This is one of the most popular and beloved Irish recipes.  It has many adaptations but the basic recipe includes potatoes, cabbage and/or kale, scallions, butter, milk and salt and pepper.  Leeks and chives are also common add-ins.  I couldn't believe I haven't posted this yet - especially since it is our favorite potato . . . Continue Reading

Brown Irish Soda Bread

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We're off on a wonderful adventure this week!  Can you guess where we are?  Here's a hint ... I'm most likely eating lots of this Brown Irish Soda Bread topped with rich creamy Kerry Gold Butter!   To get us in the mood for all things Irish (I'm always in the mood for Irish food and vacation), I whipped up this absolutely fantastic Brown Irish Soda Bread.  I say whipped up because it . . . Continue Reading

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Larabars (featuring COCOZIA Coconut Oil)

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If you’re still on the fence about homemade Larabars – then this is the recipe you should try first.  If you like coconut, dates and nuts you'll love this delicious snack.   These date bars taste almost exactly like the Coconut Cream Pie Larabars you can buy in the stores.  The texture, flavor, and natural sweetness – I hate to be overly effusive but these are amazing!  I am thrilled . . . Continue Reading

Olive, Onion & Sun Dried Tomato Focaccia

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I bet I'm in the minority this week since I don't have a Thanksgiving / Fall dish to post today.  I was overcome with a serious craving for olives and I'm going to blame it on Food52.  Have you ever visited their site or signed up for the weekly emails?  They are very creative and seem to be putting a new look on recipes and wonderfully unique gadgets.  About a month ago they sent out a . . . Continue Reading

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

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Sometimes when you have a lot of choices it can make it harder to actually make a decision.  We’re not talking major life events here – just little things like what to serve our guests during the holidays.  There are a lot of options out there especially when it comes to the Thanksgiving table.  Of course I'll serve all the family favorites and NEVER even consider changing up the . . . Continue Reading

Beet, Avocado and Pea Salad

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I received my new cookbook written by Yotam Ottolenghi titled Plenty More, Vibrant Vegetable Cooking From London's Ottolenghi.  As with his previous cookbooks once you start reading it's hard to put it down.  The recipes are inspired, the photography is amazing and the food is breathtaking.  Over the past week I've read myself to sleep each night trying to decide which recipe to make . . . Continue Reading

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies with Cinnamon and Cardamom

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Every year I seem to run out of time during the holidays and don't get the chance to try new cookie recipes.  I've already had a few inquiries about my regular homemade gifts like the Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Fudge and English Toffee.  So yes - dear friends, I will begin making these treats in early December!  And ... this year I may add these cookies to the rotation.  To say they . . . Continue Reading

Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup (Shorabit Jarjir)

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 This is an amazing soup.  Other than a little olive oil, the soup is made primarily with fresh vegetables and plenty of spice.  I was surprised that a soup this creamy was made without any milk, cream or butter.  The vegetables and red lentils are cooked until soft then pureed to create a lovely, thick, hearty and filling simple main course. Lentils are another one of those super foods . . . Continue Reading