Cooking Tips

Left Over Lemons – Freezing and Grating is the Trick

Instead of throwing away left over lemons, freeze and grate them later. NO WASTE! Find out how I do it.

What can you do with left over lemons? Often times a recipe will call for just a tablespoon or two of lemon juice.  I hate to waste the left over lemons.   (I even use the peels and used flesh on my compost heap.)  I always grate the skin, but then I am left with the…

Useful Kitchen Gadgets – To Make Life Easier

Whick Kitchen Gadget would you use?

Could you make use of these kitchen gadgets? These days, it seems there is so much to do and so little time to do it.  But these handy kitchen gadgets can make many tasks a breeze.  They would be useful for many common kitchen tasks that are either messy or time consuming. I have a…

35+ Creative Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

35 Creative Uses for Hydrogen peroxide: thegardeningcook.com/

Hydrogen peroxide is one of those things which people have in their bathroom, that they use primarily for healing wounds and cuts. But it is a shame to save this handy bottle for just medical uses, when there are so many more uses for it around the home.  And it is so inexpensive too! Hydrogen…

40+ Kitchen Tips to Make your Life Easier

40+ tips to make life easier in the kitchen

We spend so much time in the kitchen and not all of it is fun.  And yet there are so many things that will make what might be heavy duty chores into something much easier. I thought it might be useful to  share some of my favorite tips for making life in the kitchen easier. …

$220 up for Grabs in Gourmet Grillware Giveaway

$220 up for grabs in a Gourment Grillware give away. Get details at Get details at thegardeningcook.com/gourmet-grillware-giveaway

My friends at Gourmet Grillware have an exciting offer for US readers of my blog.  They recently sent me a fish griller from their range of grill ware to review to see if I liked it.  You can read my review of it here. This Promotion has ended.  Thanks for all your interest! The company…

DIY Vegetable Oil Sprayer – No Need for Pam

It's easy to make your owm olive oil sprayer

Make your own Vegetable Oil Sprayer. Pam is an easy way to cook without adding a lot of oil to a pan, but it is full of chemicals and the aerosol is not so great for the environment.  The solution is simple – make your own Vegetable oil sprayer. Using an oil sprayer is a…

Silicone Baking Mats Make Life Easy

My silicone baking mat makes parchement paper a thing of the past for me. See my review of it here: https://thegardeningcook.com/?p=12128

I love to bake.  Normally, I use parchment paper so that cookies and other baked goods do not stick.    Recently, I had the opportunity to try out a new Silicone baking mat from one of the fans of my Facebook page.  I was skeptical at first that something that felt like plastic would manage to…

Fiddlehead Ferns – Culinary Delight from the Ostrich Fern

Fiddle head ferns - the edible fern from the ostrich fern family. Find out how to prepare and cook them.

I was born in Maine, and one of my fondest memories is the collection of fiddlehead ferns each spring.  Even though I have moved away, each year my family boxes up a whole bushel of them and sends them to me by priority mail here in NC.  It’s always a special day when that box…

Ways to Use Grapefruit

10 Amazing things to do with Grapefruit

Now, I like grapefruit as much as the next person, but I only need a few each week to keep me happy. Imagine my dismay when I got home from the grocery store the other day, with what I thought was a large bag of oranges, only to discover (after I had cut open the…

The Secret To Perfect Mashed Potatoes – the ultimate comfort food

The secrets to perfect creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes, every time.

Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. We all love them, don’t we?  I get asked often for cooking tips, but when people taste my mashed potatoes, they always want to know my tip for making them.  So…drum roll… Here we go: How to make the perfect mashed potatoes, step by step. For me, the ultimate…

Grapefruit Juice Ice Cubes

Grapefruit Ice Cubes - great for lemonade and mixed drinks.

What do you do when you have a huge bag of grapefruit that you thought were oranges? Why juice some of them and freeze the juice to use later, suggests a fan of the Gardening Cook on Facebook – Violet Roew.  (I asked my fans to give me some suggestions for using the grapefruit and…

Chinese Five Spice Powder – Make your Own DIY

Make your own Chinese Five Spice Powder

Chinese Five Spice powder is often called for in recipes but can sometimes be hard to find at the store or you may have run out of it. No problem!  Make your own. Chinese Five Spice Powder is Easy to make One of the great thing about making your own is that spices lose their…

How My Spice Jars Became Collector’s Items

Lenox Cats of Distinction Spice Jars

Cats of Distinction Spice Jars Have increased in Value over the years. Anyone who looks on eBay, Ruby Lane, or other sites that sell vintage items will see old kitchen items that you may have used at some point being offered for sale.  Today, I discovered that my lovely Cat Spice Jars are now in…

Slimcado Information – Good and Bad

Slimcado - 35% less calories and half the fat.

What is a Slimcado? A few months back, I starting seeing a larger and lighter green avocado in my Lowe’s Food supermarket. It was called a “slimcado” and was marketed as having 35% fewer calories and 50% less fat. For those people who count calories or are concerned with fat intake, this avocado seems like…

Best Household Tips – Make your Home Run Smoothly

Time Saving Household tips

I am an orderly person.  Organization seems to be my middle name.  I am always looking for tips that I have not thought of to make my home run more smoothly and efficiently.  So, it is only normal that I would be looking online for the best household tips that others have come up with…

Gardening Cooking Humor – Collection of Jokes and Funnies

Gardening and cooking humor

Every now and then, it is fun to just let your hair down and enjoy a bit of gardening and cooking humor.  These graphics and jokes are a way for us to lighten your day. Life should not always be too serious. The Gardening Cook agrees. So we have made a collection of some of…

Chill wine with Frozen Grapes

Cool down warm wine with frozen grapes. It will cool the wine without watering it down like ice cubes do.

Cool wine is a great drink to have when it’s hot outside, but sometimes we end up with a bottle that has not been chilled yet.  Don’t water down your warm wine with ice cubes.  Keep frozen grapes in the freezer and add them to the warm wine.  It is a great way to chill…

Make Your Own Vanilla Flavoring

Vanilla Ice Cube Flavoring

Have you ever heard of a Vanilla Ice Cube?  This simple homemade trick makes a yummy ice cube that can be used in all sorts of drinks and cocktails.  Use them in coke to make vanilla coke. Or add them to make a delicious iced coffee or tea. The options are limitless. These vanilla ice cubes…

Butter and Margarine Conversion Chart

Butter and Margarine Conversion Chart

I keep a very well stocked pantry, but there are still times when I am out of something that I needed for a recipe, only to discover that I am missing one important ingredient.  Have you ever found a recipe which you want to do, and have all the ingredients except for the butter?  This…

Use Cookie Cutters to make your Eggs

Cookie Cutter Eggs

It’s time for some fun in the morning.  If you are like me, you will have a whole host of cookie cutters that you rarely use.  Put them to a creative use by making cookie cutter eggs. Get creative with Cookie Cutter Eggs Kids love these breakfast treats and even the kids who don’t particularly like…

Food Art – Artistic License in the Kitchen

Round up of Creative Food Art Creations

I love seeing what creative people can do with food to make it into an art form.   Food carving and creative food art is something that requires a great deal of patience to end up with just the perfect result.  Food Art – Creative use of Food Here are some of my favorite Food Art…

Home made sweet and sour mix

Sweet and sour mix

There are lots of commercial sweet and sour mixes available for purchase in grocery stores and where liquor is sold. But most of those are too sweet for my liking.  Many drink recipes ask for a sweet and sour mix.  This home made version is perfect for those who don’t want a very sweet mix.…

Freezing Buttermilk – Why waste part of the Container?

Freezing Buttermilk

If you are like me, you will find that most recipes call for much less than a carton of buttermilk and the rest of it can go to waste before you use it again in another recipe.  Don’t waste the rest of the container.  Freezing Buttermilk is the answer. Don’t Waste – Freezing Buttermilk is…

Soften Brown Sugar With Bread – Today’s Cooking Tip

soften brown sugar

Brown sugar is great in recipes but if you don’t use the whole box of it, you will likely find a hardened mess the next time you open the box.   No need to throw it away!  Just use this cooking tip to soften brown sugar easily. Use this tip to Soften Brown Sugar Add a…

DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner – Today’s Household tip

Do it yourself Stainless steel cleaner

There is nothing quite like the look of stainless steel appliances in a kitchen.  They are very popular right now and most kitchens seem to have them.  But one of the problems associated with them is how on earth do you get rid of the fingerprints that seem to accumulate on them without spending a…