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My 10+ Favorite Vodka Drinks

There are two ways to drink vodka – for purists – neat, with no mixers or flavorings and in mixed drinks and, for casual drinkers, in mixed drinks and cocktail recipes.  Everyone who dabbled into the realm of spirits as a teenager has probably had a screwdriver. (vodka and orange juice).   My favorite Vodka drinks…

11 Tips for Growing a Vegetable Garden on a Deck

11 tips to grow a vegetable garden on a deck

This vegetable gardening post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook.  Let’s grow a vegetable garden on a deck! Growing fresh vegetables is one of the highlights of my summer gardening experience. To me, there is nothing quite like taking out an empty basket and…

Burlap Wreath Tutorial – DIY Home Decor Project

Burlap wreath tutorial

I love the look of a front door that has been decorated in some way.  Many of us do this at Christmas or for Thanksgiving but why stop there?  The entry is the first look that someone has when they approach your home.  Dress it up for the best impression. This burlap wreath tutorial shows…

15 Money Saving Tips for a Summer Barbecue

15 Money Saving tips for a great BBQ - thegardeningcook.com/15-money-saving-tips-bbq

It is finally that time of the year again.  Memorial day and Father’s day have just passed, and the summer grilling season is in full force. To me, summer is just not summer without barbecue recipes, but they can add a lot to your food bill if you are not careful.  These 15 money saving tips…

11 Uses for Silicone Baking Mats

11 uses for silicone baking mats thegardeningcook.com/

Silicone Baking Mats make Life Easy in the Kitchen. I am a big fan of silicone kitchen utensils. (affiliate link) I have quite an array of them now and use them almost every day.  They really make some of my most often used kitchen chores a breeze. One product that I use all the time…

Owl Topper Wine Bottle Stoppers

Owl toppers bottle stoppers

Add some Whimsy to Your Wine Storage with these Owl Topper Wine Bottle Stoppers. My husband and I are very fond of wine.  We also like interesting bar tools, so these cute Owl Topper Wine Bottle Stoppers took our attention recently. The wine stoppers are custom crafted in four earthy colors: dining room red, decadent…

Ummi Multi Colored Outdoor Pillows

Pillow Perfect pillows

Dress up your Outdoor Space with these Multi Colored Outdoor Pillows. Our friends at Pillow Perfect have a great range of outdoor pillows to dress up your outdoor space.   Their pillows are perfect to add some pizazz to drab furniture in need of an accent. Adding pillows to plain furniture immediately revives the seating…

Budget Front Yard Make Over and a Summer Garden Blog Hop

Charming front yard seating area

Charming Seating Area with this Budget Front Yard Makeover. I am all about gardening on a budget.  With the amount of garden beds that I have, (8 and counting!) I have to be. I had a neglected Pine tree garden that was in dire need of a make over and I wanted to make it…

Top 25 Grilling Tips For an Amazing BBQ

25 tips for a perfect grill. thegardeningcook.com/

It’s that time of the year again.  One only has to be outside around 6 pm to smell the aromas of someone in the neighborhood having a grill out.  But just putting something on the grill does not mean that your BBQ will be a success. Here are my top 25 Grilling Tips to make…

20 Surprising Uses for A Cheese Grater

I have about 10 graters in my kitchen. All of them are useful in some ways, and can be used for much more than just grating cheese. Graters are so versatile too. I’ve put together a list of 20 surprising uses for a cheese grater or microplane. A Cheese Grater is not just for Cheese. See my…

14 Easy Ways to Make Your Bedroom Feel Like a Luxurious Hotel

14 Easy Ways to give your bedroom a Luxurious Feel

Anyone who has slept in an upper end hotel room knows that you will get an amazing night’s sleep there.  There is something hard to describe about the stay at a five star luxurious hotel.  Of course, we can’t pay to sleep in luxury each night, but there are many ways to have the same…

Mex-Italian Burger – It’s Grill Time

It's grill time with a Mex Italian Burger. Get the recipe thegardeningcook.com/

Mex-Italian Burger Cookbook We love grill time at our house, and nothing is better on the grill than a home made burger.   They put any fast food burger to shame and are simple to prepare. This Mex- Italian Burger combines the two culinary methods into one rich and delicious burger. This burger combines the creamy…

Blueberry Streusel Muffin Top Muffins

Muffin tops blueberry muffins

If you are looking for a really tasty breakfast on the go for those busy mornings, try one of these blueberry streusel muffin top muffins. Blueberry Streusel muffin top muffins make a great breakfast treat. I made these muffins as a bakery store super sized recipe because I wanted to make them in a new…

20 Creative Uses for Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays

20 creative uses for extra large silicone ice cube trays

Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays.  Not Just for Ice! If you eat and drink out much, you may have noticed a new trend that has taken over the food and drink industry.   The ice cubes are getting larger and larger.  Large ice cubes are perfect for any drinks because the ice melts more slowly,…

Moscow Mule Cocktail – Spicy Kick with a Citrus Finish

This refreshing Moscow Mule drink is best served in a copper mug. It became very popular in the US in the 1960s when the Vodka craze was so popular. See how to make it - thegardeningcook.com/moscow-mule-cocktail

A Moscow mule is a buck or mule cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and garnished with a slice or wedge of lime.  The terms buck, or mule are used to refer to historic drinks that contain ginger beer, or ginger ale, along with a citrus juice and some kind of spirit. In…

Savory Roast Chicken – A Meal Time Treat

Savory Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Treat Your Family to My Savory Roast Chicken I love roasting chicken or any other type of protein.  The end result is a meal that seems like you spent hours making it, – which you may have done but the oven does all the work.  The actual prep time is very low.  This savory roast…

Seasoned Grilled Pork chops

Seasoned Grilled Pork Chops

Seasoned Grilled Pork Chops – A Spicy Delight. This recipe for seasoned Grilled Pork chops has a lovely mix of herbs, combined with soy sauce and olive oil. The flavor is deep and rich and they are just delicious. The recipe is very easy to make. Just combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. …

Roasted Italian Potatoes and Onions

Roasted Italian Potatoes and Onions

This recipe for Roasted Italian potatoes and onions is just delicious. The onions are crispy on the outside and have a lovely flavor and texture when you bite into them.   Roasted Italian Potatoes and Onions – A Delicious Side Dish. This recipe is super easy to do.  The potatoes  and onions take on a…

Savory Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

These Banana Chocolate Cupcakes Won’t Break the Calorie Bank. My husband and I are both trying to lose weight right now, but we also have a sweet tooth that we don’t want to deny.  These banana chocolate cupcakes give us the sweet treat we are looking for without a lot of calories. The secret to…

Ice Cream Party Time with Francois et Mimi Ice Cream Bowls

Ice cream party time with Francois et Mimi Ice Cream Bowls

These Lovely Francois et Mimi Ice Cream Bowls are So Versatile. One of the nicest parts of being a food blogger is that vagarious sponsors contact me to review their products.  Normally, I will review what I receive as part of a recipe, or another type of post that I do. But when I received…

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pizza

Take pizza to a new level with this chicken bacon alfredo pizza recipe.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pizza – A Gourmet Experience! Our family loves pizza, but I have grown very tired of the traditional tomato sauce variety.  I love to experiment with olive oil bases, or other unusual ways to make pizza.  This Chicken Bacon Alfredo pizza definitely takes pizza to the next level. The pizza uses a…

8 Health Benefits of Turmeric

8 health benefits of turmeric and 10 ways to add it to your diet.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric Date Back Thousands of Years. Turmeric is an often used spice in curry recipes and is a healthy way to add flavor and color to an Indian inspired home cooked meal like Tikka Masala. But Turmeric is not just used for making Asian and Indian foods.  There are also many…

7 Recipes for An Asian Dinner Party

7 Asian Dinner party recipes

Join us for an Eco-Friendly Asian Dinner Party with a Leafware Dinner Set. What fun my friends and my husband and I had this weekend with our eco-friendly Asian Dinner Party! I tried out some of my newest Asian recipes with our guests and we had a blast trying the new dishes, drinking wine and…

Cooking with Silicone Kitchen Products

The pros and cons of silicone kitchen products

Why cook with Silicone Kitchen Products? One of the more recent developments in the world of kitchen gadgets are silicone kitchen products.   I first heard about them when I tried a silicone baking mat, but since then have heard of many other products, such as oven mitts, pastry brushes, barbeque brushes, cupcake liners, spatulas,  and…

Homemade Tortilla Chips And Salsa

homemade tortilla chips and salsa

How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips with a Great Salsa I have to admit it.  I don’t have a lot of will power to resist the things that I love to eat.  They always say, don’t trust a skinny cook.  I guess it is safe to say that you can trust me with absolute confidence!…

Beef Veggie Salad with Pear Gorgonzola Dressing

Beef veggie salad with pear gorgonzola dressing.

If you are trying to lose some weight, eating salads for lunch is a good choice.  You can load up on tons of healthy low calorie vegetables, add a bit of protein and come up with a great looking salad. This Beef veggie salad with pear Gorgonzola dressing is not your average salad.  It is…