Recipes

Food Art – Fruit and Vegetable Carving – Food Sculpting and More

Yellow watermelon carving

Food art is the act of preparing, cooking and presenting food in creative ways.  It incorporates everything from elaborate plating that we see in fine dining establishments to both simple and intricate fruit and vegetable carvings that are meant to be decorative in nature. It is hard to say exactly when food art, vegetable carving,…

Build an Easter Basket with Clues – Teenage Easter Activity

Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

A fun thing to do at Easter is to have your child build an Easter Basket with Clues. This project is great for an older child to give them a more challenging hunt than a normal Easter Egg Hunt. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions…

The Gardening Cook on Social Media – [Facebook – Pinterest – Twitter]

Join The Gardening Cook on social media. I have profiles on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter to share my content and that of others on my social media pages. The Gardening Cook on Social Media Social media is a large part of marketing for most websites now.  Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram are all a good way to spread the word about…

Peppermint Rice Krispie Ball Cookies

These peppermint Rice Krispie ball cookies are so tasty and look really festive too. They have a crunchy cereal base dipped in white chocolate with a fun candy cane holder. I love making cookies this time of the year for cookie swaps. Another great Christmas cookie recipe is the one for lemon snowball cookies. They…

Cherry Cordial Recipe – Making Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade chocolate cherry cordials

My all time favorite Christmas treat is a chocolate covered cherry cordial. Each year, this is something that my husband buys me for my stocking, and he knows that I’ll be thanking “Santa” for these bonbons. Home made chocolate covered cherries are a pop of delicious fruity, sweet flavor in your mouth and an extra…

Lemon Snowball Cookies – Snowball Cookie Recipe

Lemon Snowball Cookies

These lemon snowball cookies are snowball shaped bites of melt in your mouth sweet deliciousness. This snowball cookie recipe is perfect for a cookie swap and will be a cookie recipe that you will love to make each Christmas. Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like…

Uses for Parchment Paper- 30 Creative Ideas

Using parchment paper in creative ways in the oven, kitchen and around the home.

We all know that parchment paper is great for easy clean up after kitchen but it has so many more uses.  These creative uses for parchment paper may give you some ideas you hadn’t thought of. I love anything that makes my life easier in the kitchen or around the home.  I’m always on the…

Tips for Making Perfect Fudge Every Time

Fudge making tips

How are your fudge making skills?  Do you end up with beautifully set fudge that forms nice little parcels, or do you find it a challenge?  These cooking tips for making perfect fudge will have you getting wonderful results every time from now on. It’s hard to believe, after a summer of gardening, that the beginning…

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices – Warm Cinnamon Apples

cinnamon baked apple slices

These cinnamon baked apple slices have a thick brown sugar glaze but is not too sweet, since I used tart Granny Smith apples. Ever since I was a little girl, apples and pork were flavors that I really loved.  I often make homemade applesauce to go with a pork dish but for tonight’s dinner, I…

Easy Crustless Bacon Quiche – Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Recipe

This easy crustless bacon quiche is brimming with flavor. It is ready to cook in just minutes and is sure to become one of your family’s favorite breakfast recipes. The history of quiche recipes Although we think of quiche as a French dish, this type of dish was cooked much earlier in many other countries. …

15 Tips for a Fun Indoor Camping Party & Free Printables

Indoor Camping Party

We love to camp at our house, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get away for a real camping weekend or the weather just won’t allow it. For times like this, the kids can still have a lot of fun by having an indoor camping party.  It is really just a matter of…

Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cookies

Halloween Pumpkin cookies

These Halloween Pumpkin Cookies are the perfect treat for your family or neighborhood friends. They have a cute pumpkin face and are filled with rich chocolate frosting. I love this time of the year.  Our neighborhood kids are out playing most of the time, and it is a lot of fun to treat them to…

Authentic German Potato Salad

Warm German Potato Salad

This authentic German potato salad recipe has a rustic homemade taste and texture that makes it a great side dish for any summer BBQ or special occasion. I make potato salad all the time.  My grandmother had a great recipe that she served on Thanksgiving and it is scrumptious.  But sometimes I am not in the…

Campfire Cooking Recipes and Tips for Cooking on an Open Fire

One of the best things about a camping trip is the time and tastes that come from campfire cooking. Nothing seems to taste as good as those recipes cooked on a big campfire. Even though the summer is ending, there is still time to get out there and enjoy the good old outdoors with some…

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

sugar cookie dough

July 9 is Sugar Cookie Day.  Are you a cookie baker?  It’s easy to resort to slice and bake cookies but it is also super easy to make your own basic sugar cookie dough.  It keeps well and can be used to make all sorts of delicious holiday treats. Why Buy Slice and Bake?  Make…

How to Make an Awesome Swiss Chard Breakfast Skillet

This Swiss chard breakfast skillet is crammed full of fresh grown veggies and the salty taste of bacon, all topped with soft cooked eggs and fresh parsley. Breakfast at my house is either a grab and go on the way out the door moment, or an occasion to experiment with flavors and tastes that will…

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – Healthy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bar

oatmeal strawberry bars

These strawberry oatmeal bars have a luscious fresh strawberry center that sits on a whole wheat pastry flour base and is topped with a buttery streusel crumble.  They are the perfect way to make use of fresh strawberries that are so plentiful right now. Every year, about this time, I come back from the Farmer’s…