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Are you feeling like something new for dinner tonight? Our recipes are sure to tempt you.

The Gardening Cook is here to help you plan delicious meals with less stress. If you love cooking with garden fresh vegetables, that is our specialty!

We offer fresh, flavorful and mainly healthy recipes as well as cooking tips to make your time in the kitchen easier.

These food ideas are made for your daily life, as well as for entertaining with friends.

From cocktails and drinks to appetizers and desserts, make sure that your next gathering will be a hit.

Index of recipes

If you are in the mood for something new tonight, these posts are sure to delight.

Gluten Free Apple Crumble – Tasty GF Apple Crisp Recipe

This delicious gluten free apple crumble is full of flavor but contains no wheat at all. What do you do when you are pining for a pastry style crumble but are following a gluten free diet?  No problem at all with substitutes like oat flour and gluten free oatmeal. I love using apples in the …

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How to Grill Like a Pro – 25 Grilling Tips for Summer Barbecues

These basics will help you learn how to grill like a pro. Included are my top 25 grilling tips to make sure that your next barbecue is something your friends will rave about. It’s that time of the year again. One only has to be outside around 6 pm to smell the aroma of someone …

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Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bars – Fudgy Brownies

Looking for a sweet dessert to serve as the ending to a romantic dinner? The easy strawberry cheesecake swirl brownie bars recipe are the perfect choice! These cream cheese brownies are rich and delicious and make a great addition to your collection of cheesecake recipes. I love any desserts that are strawberry flavored. This easy …

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Breakfast Pizza with Canadian Bacon – Healthy English Muffin Pizza

Pizza for breakfast? Yes, you can enjoy this meal often if you make my slimmed down version. This breakfast pizza recipe is easy to make, super tasty and healthy, too. English muffin pizzas are a fun way to incorporate vegetables into breakfast. The kids will love to help you make this breakfast recipe by assembling their own …

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Rice Patties – Recipe for Left Over Rice – Making Rice Fritters

These left over rice patties are crunchy and savory with a fresh flavor that comes from a variety of garden herbs. I got a rice cooker a while ago and now I make rice all the time. When I prepare it, I usually make extra servings so that I can have some on hand to …

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Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe – Tangy and Bold Mediterranean Flavor

This recipe for Mediterranean lemon chicken piccata combines lemon and capers for a tangy topping.  The recipe is quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight meal. You’d never think it when you see them in a jar, but capers come from a prickly bush called capparis spinosa. It grows wild across parts of Asia …

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Phyllo Cup Recipe – Appetizers with Crab Meat – Crab Phyllo Cups

Looking for easy appetizer ideas that will be a great start to a cocktail party, or a fancy dinner for special friends?  This phyllo cup recipe with crab and cream cheese will delight the most discerning of guests. These little bites of goodness are super easy to make since they use frozen miniature tart shells. All …

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Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting – Thanksgiving Dessert

One of my mother’s time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, with her special toasted coconut frosting. She is not with us now, but that does not mean the cake will be missing! My whole family takes turns at making the cake for our Thanksgiving celebration. …

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Brussels Sprouts Leaves Recipe with Bacon Onions & Garlic

This Brussels sprouts leaves recipe makes great use of parts of the plant that might end up on a compost pile or in the trash can. Brussels sprouts leaves (AKA tops) are not sold in stores. You get them by growing the plants themselves.  The leaves that are used for this recipe are the ones that …

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Steak with a Cuban Mojo Marinade – Easy Grilled Recipe

This recipe for steaks with a Cuban mojo marinade combines spices with orange juice, olive oil and grill mates seasoning for an easy and spicy main course dish. I love the sweet, tangy and savory flavors.  It makes grill night something special. We grill every Saturday’s night at our house. My husband is the grill master …

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Montreal Steak Seasoning Recipe With Sweet and Spicy Grill Mates Steak Rub

This Montreal steak seasoning recipe has a sweet and spicy rub made from Grill Mates that is sure to delight your friends. Even better, it is simple and easy to prepare. Team the recipe with grilled corn in their husks and you have a crowd pleasing meal. At our house we grill every Saturday night. …

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Crostini Appetizer Recipe with Gouda Cheese, Asparagus and Proscuitto

This crostini appetizer recipe is simple to make. The delicate asparagus spears and distinct flavors of prosciutto and Gouda cheese will make your guests think you spent hours in the kitchen making them. The appetizers are the perfect choice for an easy drinks night. Are you having friends over for drinks any time soon?  The right appetizer …

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Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe and History of This Classic Southern Side Dish Recipe

Does your vegetable garden have more unripe tomatoes than you can use in salads? Are you wondering what to do with unripe tomatoes? Try using some of the green ones for this fried green tomatoes recipe. This delicious side dish makes a nice change from raw tomatoes and is very, very tasty. There is nothing …

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Meaty Spaghetti Sauce with Pork and Beef – Homemade Pasta Sauce

This homemade pasta sauce is made with both pork and beef for a meaty spaghetti sauce that your family will ask for again and again. It is the ultimate topping for any type pasta. This is a recipe that has been a favorite with my family for one reason – it  tastes amazing! I have …

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Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce – How to Make Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I have been making this roasted tomato pasta sauce for years. It is rich and chunky and one of the best tasting homemade spaghetti sauces I have ever tried. The recipe is just full of flavor. The key ingredient to the taste and texture of the sauce is that I use roasted garden tomatoes. I …

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Growing Onions at Home – Planting Onion Sets – Harvesting Onions

Onions are a vegetable that I use almost every day in recipes. Growing onions at home is easy, as long as you have a sunny garden spot and a patient nature. Onions are a cool weather crop. Get started early on your planting and you will be enjoying fresh onion bulbs by the middle 0f …

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Growing Sugar Snap Peas – Planting and Using Sugar Snap Peas

After a long winter where not much is growing in the garden, it’s nice to have an early crop that likes the cold. Growing sugar snap peas gives the gardener a much anticipated outdoor task to do at this time of the year. Peas like cool temperatures and have a tendency to fade out when …

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Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli – Ready in Less Than 30 Minutes!

This creamy shrimp pasta with broccoli has a velvety parmesan cheese sauce that is light but still comforting. It is full of flavor and easy to put together.  The dish is colorful to look at and only takes about 15 minutes to get it on the table. Combining shrimp with pasta gives a lovely delicate …

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Healthy Granola Recipe – Learn How to Make Homemade Granola

My version of a healthy granola is packed with flavor, uses whole grains and nuts and is naturally sweetened to make it better for you.  Normal store bought granola is delicious and a great breakfast recipe, but is often filled with fat and high in calories.   Top this healthier granola with your favorite soy or …

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Curried Carrot Soup with Tofu – Non Dairy Creamy Vegan Soup

This curried carrot soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu, scallions and vegetable broth and is very easy to make. I’ve recently adopted a vegan diet along with my daughter Jess. The original recipe for carrot soup had lots of butter and cream, so we had to …

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues for an Older Child – Teenage Easter Basket Fun

These Easter egg hunt clues for an older child will help your teenager enjoy a more challenging Easter hunt than a typical one where you just hide Easter eggs. A fun thing to do at Easter is to have your child build an Easter basket with clues. It turns an ordinary holiday egg hunt into …

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Honey Chicken Wings – Oven Zesty Garlic and Herb Seasoning

These honey chicken wings are the perfect party appetizer for a Super Bowl gathering or to take along to a tailgating event. The recipe could not be easier to make. Just combine the wings with honey and my zesty garlic and herb seasoning mix, shake in a bag and bake in an oven. These chicken …

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Sticky Chicken Wings in the Oven – Super Bowl Party Food with Chutney

Looking for a great big game party appetizer, BBQ dish or tailgate recipe? This recipe for sticky chicken wings is the perfect choice.  For many, the Super Bowl is the time for party food. If you are like me, BBQ style food is a year round thing at your house! Super Bowl food is meant …

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Egg White Quiche with Vegetables – Healthy Crustless Quiche Recipe

If you are looking for a tasty breakfast recipe that is full of flavor but low in calories, this egg white quiche is a winner.  The crustless quiche is colorful, hearty and brimming over with taste. It’s a great healthy twist on the traditional breakfast option. I’m a quiche lady.  I love the combination of …

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Gingerbread House Tips – 15 Tricks for Making Gingerbread Houses

These Gingerbread House tips will make sure that your next project will be a stunner. From using muffin tins for supplies to choosing the right icing, these steps will make the task of making gingerbread houses quick and easy. The taste of gingerbread desserts just seem to go along with Christmas in my mind. Check …

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