Buttermilk Corn Bread is a Delicious Side Dish

buttermilk corn bread

This recipe for buttermilk corn bread is one that I have made many times and it never fails to please my guests.  It is moist and just delicious with a slight tang from the buttermilk that makes it a great accompaniment to any meal. Buttermilk Corn Bread is Easy and Quick to Make. To make this corm bread…

Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry and Leeks

Butternut Squash soup with leeks and sherry

Fall and winter are the times of the year when I make soups, so I am always on the lookout for new crock pot recipes each year at this time. This creamy Butternut squash soup is my latest attempt and it was a huge hit at a dinner party this week, even with non squash…

Planting Garlic – Fall is the best time to do it.

planting garlic

Planting Garlic is best done if you do it in the fall. It is easy to grow and gives you bulbs to use in cooking for much of the year.  Be sure to get the heads for planting from a reputable supplier.  Planting garlic from the store might not grow, since it is often treated…

Caladium Tubers – How to Overwinter them

How to overwinter Caladium tubers

One of my things to do before the frost was to make sure that my caladium tubers were dug up and brought indoors for the winter. But as luck would have it, I hurt my back this fall, at the time I normally do this.  I was laid up for a few weeks waiting for…

Chocolate Covered Cherries – Hand Made

Chocolate Covered Cherries and Bon Bons

My all time favorite Christmas treats are chocolate covered Cherries. Each year, this is something that my husband buys me treat, and he also started including cookies and cream bonbons. A double delight! A Festive Treat – Chocolate Covered Cherries There is nothing quite like biting into a chocolate covered cherry. The ooey gooey center…

Tulips Daffodils and the Front Garden Bed.

Plant Spring flowering bulbs in the fall

It is always a bittersweet time in the fall.  Everything is dying back. Most of the blooms are gone and the garden has to be cleaned up and put to bed, for want of a better term.  When I realized that gardening was winding down for the year, I thought of the tulips daffodils and…

Preparing Spring Flower Beds in the Fall

Prepare beds now for spring flowers

The weather is so cool now, and that makes it  the perfect time for preparing spring flower beds. There are not many times during the growing season when the beds are dormant and easy to work with.  Use this time, without the heat, to make your vegetables and flowers look fantastic in the spring. Preparing Spring…

Food Art – Vegetable Carving as an Art Form

Owl carved from fruit

It is hard to say exactly when food art, vegetable carving and other artistic ways of presenting foods first started.  The origins of vegetable carving are disputed: many people believe it to have begun in Thailand 700 years ago.  Others  believe that vegetable carving originated in the time of the Early Chinese Dynasties, notably the …

Heirloom Vegetables – My Great Grandmother’s Beans

Heirloom pole beans - A family's history in the garden.

Gardeners often hear the word “heirloom” when talking about seeds for vegetables.  Basically heirloom vegetables and plants are those grown from seed which is saved from early varieties of the plant.  They always remain true to the original plant. Heirloom Vegetables Like These Take on a Very Special Meaning. Many of these seeds are passed…

Garden Peas – My Favorite Fall Treat

garden peas

For me, vegetable gardening means growing lots of peas. Anyone who knows me well, is aware that my all time favorite treat as a snack is fresh garden peas straight from the vines.  My birthday is late in April, and each year, here in North Carolina, just about the time of my birthday, I start…

Green Beans Yellow Beans – Lots and Lots of Beans

beans

I’m getting lots of string beans from my garden right now.  I’ve also discovered why are more expensive than the green beans.   Green bean plants are bigger and much more prolific! Green Beans Galore! I planted my yellow beans in mid June and my green ones in late August.  The green bean plants are about…

Sunflowers Say Goodbye to My Daughter Jess

sunflowers

My daughter Jess loves .  This year, when I started my garden island beds, I made sure to plant them in all the beds.  They have taken off and are blooming beautifully now.  They attract bees like nothing else I have planted.  Next year, I am going to plant sunflowers around the edges of my…

Melon Plants Do Not Like to Be Moved

cantaloupe

Early this year when I first decided to plant some vegetables, I had only a 15 foot long and 3 foot wide garden bed that got afternoon sun.  That has since been rectified, since my back yard south facing lasagne garden was ready to plant a few weeks after I assembled it. But that is…

Watermelons Love Sunlight to Grow Successfully

Watermelons

The title of this post seems obvious doesn’t it?  All vegetables love sunlight – 6 to 8 hours a day is what we all strive for. Watermelons love sunlight and will grow best with this much sunlight and more. Watermelons Love Sunlight Like Most Other Vegetables But looking at my watermelon patch again today has…

My Mystery Plant – Do you Know what it is?

mystery plant

Every once in a while I find something growing in my garden that I call a Mystery Plant. Right now I have a plant which has shown up in my garden in three different places. I have no idea what it is and I don’t remember planting anything like it. Name that mystery plant!  Who…

My Love Hate Relationship with My Watermelons

My Love Hate Relationship with my watermelons.

I love watermelons.  They are sweet, juicy, messy to eat, and remind me of summer like nothing else does.   But growing my watermelons in a vegetable garden has proven to be a challenge for me. My Watermelons are Giving me the Fits! My watermelons were planted as seedlings in June and by the time I…

Compost Pile Planting with Butternut Pumpkin

This is the first year I have ever tried to compost.  My intent was to have nicely finished compost bins with a three compartment design which I could use to gradually transfer the compost as it cooked.  This blog post talks an experiment I made with compost pile planting. Butternut Pumpkin –  Compost Pile Planting…

The Gardening Cook has two Facebook Pages now

The Gardening Cook at Facebook

Social media is a large part of marketing for most websites now.  Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter and Instagram are all a good way to spread the word about new content on websites and blogs. I have just two new Facebook pages devoted to my gardening and cooking endeavors.  The pages will have photos as I take them,…