Recipes

Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cookies – Double the Fun!

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…

Antipasto Platter Tips – 14 Ideas for the Perfect Antipasti Platter

Antipasto party platter

An antipasto platter is a delicious combination of cheeses, vegetables and meats, usually served with good wines. It’s a great way to start an evening with friends and is very easy to put together. The holidays are filled with opportunities to gather with friends. What better way to start a party than with an antipasto…

Cooking Cutter Eggs – How to Make Egg Molds in Fun Shapes

Get creative with cookie cutter eggs

Breakfast just got more fun with this playful idea for making eggs.  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. Breakfast is considered by many to be the most important meal of the day.…

Crustless Chicken Quiche – Healthy and Light Breakfast Recipe

Cooked crustless chicken quiche

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…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Vegan – Gluten Free – Dairy Free

Vegan chocolate peanut butter cookies

These Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have a crunchy outer layer of chocolate (cocoa) with a filling of smooth peanut butter.   The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is one of my most favorite sweet treats.  I always warm these cookies just before eating to get that straight from the oven taste. They are delicious…

Vegan Lasagne With Eggplant and Mushrooms

tofu lasagne

This Vegan Lasagne is full of flavor and heart healthy vegetables without all of the fat and cholesterol that a normal lasagna contains.  And at only 300 calories per serving, it is also easy on the waist line. Deciding to adopt a vegan style of eating comes with its challenges.  Many of the traditional “comfort food”…

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…

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,…

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…

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. …