Recipes

Italian Sweet Potatoes – Easy One Pot Side Dish

Italian sweet potatoes

These Italian sweet potatoes combine with fresh herbs and diced tomatoes for the most amazing full flavored side dish.  They are wonderful served with any protein and even taste great as leftovers the next day as part of a cooked breakfast.Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in recipes.  You can substitute them in any recipe that…

Breakfast Hash Browns with Bacon and Eggs

Thees breakfast hash brown potatoes make a filling start to your day.

It’s the weekend, and for me that means that it is time for one of my hearty breakfast recipes. I have more time in the kitchen when I am not thinking about getting out the door in a hurry, and it gives me a chance to experiment with flavors and make something hearty and tasty…

Grilled Caribbean Shrimp Kebabs

This is the time of the year when the grill is fired up almost daily and I am always experimenting with new shrimp recipes to hand over to my husband, who is the grill person in our house. Today’s recipe is grilled Caribbean Shrimp Kebabs. Fire up the Grill for these Caribbean Shrimp Kebabs. These…

Spinach Frittata with Mushrooms and Leeks

Plate of spinach frittata and fruit

Are you a breakfast person?  We love to really splurge on it in my house.  My whole family loves a cooked breakfast.  They really don’t take a lot of time and I can get very creative with flavors. This Spinach Frittata with mushrooms and leeks is just bursting with flavor and comes together in about…

Roast Vegetable Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing

Tasty roast vegetable salad

  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s time for a roast vegetable salad with creamy cashew dressing! Roasting vegetables in the oven brings out their natural sweetness and this makes them a perfect addition to salads. This Roast Vegetable Salad has…

Paleo Sweet Potato Breakfast Stacks

Sweet potato breakfast stacks

A big focus of mine, lately, is trying to cut out carbs.  (or at least cut them way, way down!)  That can make breakfast a bit of a challenge.  But not so with these Paleo Sweet Potato Breakfast Stacks.  The sweet potato acts like a piece of bread and it gets stacked with the most…

Crustless Chicken Quiche

Crustless chicken quiche on a pretty plate

This Crustless Chicken Quiche is loaded with the amazing flavors of eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese. The recipe is my gluten free version of the classic Cheese Quiche, but without the crust, which saves a lot of calories.  Most of the time, at breakfast, there are also bagels, muffins or rolls, so why add a crust…

Roast Beef Wraps with Cheese & Roasted Red Peppers

Roast beef wrap pinwheels

I love quick and easy recipes that still look pretty and taste amazing.  These Roast Beef Wraps with cheese and roasted red peppers make a great party appetizer or fun lunch treat.The Gardening cook is a participant in the Amazon Affiliate Program. This post may contain affiliate links. I earn as small commission, at no…

Mason Jar Easter Bunny Treats Project

Mason Jar Easter Bunny Treats

This Mason Jar Easter Bunny project is a great alternative for celebrating the holiday. It comes together in just minutes and would also make a great table centerpiece for your dessert table. I love hiding Easter eggs and making a basket for kids as much as the next person. But it can get pretty expensive…

Blueberry Granola Bars – A Dairy Free Breakfast Treat

Blueberry Granola Bars

  Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. ##DairyFreeGoodness #CollectiveBias  It’s time to make some Blueberry Granola Bars! There are some mornings when I have all the time in the world, and other mornings when I just can’t get out the door quick enough.…

Build an Easter Basket with Clues

Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringMoments #CollectiveBias It’s time to build an Easter Basket with Clues! When my daughter was a little girl, we always had a normal Easter egg hunt for her, but as she got older, and she…

Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

orange bundt cake

,My husband loves any type of dessert that is made with fruit.  Lemon meringue pies, orange cheesecakes, apple crumble – you name it, if it has fruit in it, he’ll love it.  This Orange Bundt Cake with a light orange glaze is my latest attempt at pleasing his sweet tooth. There is something just amazing…

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This fork tender old fashioned beef stew is made just the way Momma made it! Rich and savory with big chunks of meat and vegetables are the ultimate comfort food.

Ah – the joys of using a slow cooker.  When the weather is cold and you are looking for something comforting for dinner, bring out your crock pot.  For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of an Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew.  Cooking beef this way ends up in the most amazingly tender…

One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

One pot roasted chicken and vegetables

I love one pot easy recipes.  Normally, I cook them on top of the stove in a deep sided non stick pan. For today’s recipe, I am doing a One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables recipe in a glass baking dish in my oven. This type of meal is even easier than a 30 minute…

Chicken Cheese Panini Sandwich – Slimmed Down Lunch Delight

Chicken cheese panini with a bowl of slimmed down turkey chili

My daughter bought me a panini pan for Christmas.  She and I often have mum-daughter dates at Panera Bread and I always choose a half panini sandwich and bowl of soup.  Jess knew that I would be cooking up a panini storm for lunch if I had my own pan. She was right!  This slimmed…

Pan Seared Halibut with a Butter Dill Sauce

Pan seared halibut with a butter dill sauce

  This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time to make some Pan Seared Halibut with a Butter Dill Sauce. This recipe for Pan Seared Halibut with a Butter Dill sauce is a perfect way…

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

See what made the list of the most famous posts of 2016 for The Gardening Cook. This year, household tips, gardening tips and one great recipe made the top 10!

Each year, at the end of December, I take stock of what worked (and what didn’t!) on my blog.  Sometimes, I am surprised when a blog post makes my top 10 list for the past year when I wasn’t expecting it.  Other times, I think “not you again” when a tried and true favorite post…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

This Reese's peanut butter cup fudge has a crumbly bottom layer, a rich chocolate middle and chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups on the top. It is TO DIE FOR!

If you like a fudge with texture this is, hands down the best tasting fudge ever! If you love Reese’s peanut butter cups, you will want to dive right into this pan as soon as it sets.  IT IS THAT GOOD! This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge has everything that you want in a fudge…

30 Minute Pork Stir Fry

This 30 minute pork stir fry is full of flavor and so easy to make.

This post was sponsored by Smithfield as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time for a 30 minute pork stir fry. This is such a busy time of the year with all the holiday preparation, cooking and shopping to do.  To combat…

Ground Turkey Stuffed peppers

The cold temperatures that we have been experiencing lately have made me looking for some new “comfort food” creations.  There is nothing quite like tucking into a hearty meal when you are chilled to the bones.  These Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers fill the comfort food need but keep health in mind at the same time!…

Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers

These cranberry pecan crostini appetizers make the perfect party appetizers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoursinCheese #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers! Cranberries are one of those foods that always seem to find their way onto the holiday table.  These lovely Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers are the perfect way to…

Fudge Brownie Truffles

These fudge brownie truffle are so festive looking!

‘Tis the season for fudge, and brownies, and truffles. These Fudge Brownie Truffles combine all of my favorite tastes in one delicious bite.They are so tasty that they’ll deserve pride of placement on your holiday dessert table. The holidays give me an excuse to cook up a batch or two of my favorite treats.  I…

Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

This pumpkin cake is moist and delicious and has a crunchy toasted coconut frosting.

My mother died a year ago so she missed out on our last Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of her time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both of these holidays, with her special toasted coconut frosting.  She is not here this year, but that does not mean the cake will…

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like that!  The time is just perfect for making these Lemon Snowball Cookies!  After all, what is more perfect for the cold weather than a tasty snowball bite of goodness? The holiday season is the time for making cookies.  There…

Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta – A Delicious 30 Minute Meal

Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla® and Johnsonville®. The opinions and text are all mine.  It’s time for some Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta!  My family loves any recipes that have pasta in it, and I love coming up with new ideas to tempt them and see if my latest…

Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars

Take a bite of these apple pie bars with ice cream

The Quaker Oats Company as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time for some apple pie oatmeal bars! It’s fall! For me, that means three months of non stop baking, decorating and general holidaying.  I just LOVE this time of the year.…