Fruit

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…

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…

Food Art Photos – Interesting Food Carving Gallery and Info

Food art and Food Carving

Carving of vegetables and fruits into sculptures has been practiced for many years. Some think it even dates back to early Chinese dynasties. These food art photos show just how delicate the pieces can be. Food art is the process in which beautiful models such as animals, Birds, Statues, Faces and other themes, are created…

Hasselback Baked Apples – Tasty Gluten Free Sliced Apples Recipe

These hasselback baked apples are a fun take on the traditional baked apple recipe. Instead of hollowing out the apple and adding a filling, the apple is thinly  sliced and then drizzled with a delicious buttery brown sugar topping. A crunchy gluten free flour and oat topping completes this delicious dessert recipe. When you are…

Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

Apple crumble baked apples with caramel sauce

T’is the season for all things yummy.  Unfortunately, that might mean t’is the season for extra pounds too! This delicious recipe for apple crumble baked apples gives us the best of both words.  This yummy dessert has the delicious taste of apple crumble pie with a few slimming tricks that I have up my sleeve. This…

Popsicle Recipes – Over 25 Home Made Icy Pop Ideas

Popsicle Recipes

Frozen icy pops are a fun and refreshing sweet treat to enjoy during the hot summer months.  They are very easy to make and the sky is the limit when it comes to ingredients that you can use.  These home made Popsicle Recipes show that it’s easy to be cool in a tasty way. They are…

Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles

Bowl of strawberry chocolate pops on ice

Summer is here and the eating is easy – and so are these Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles. They are creamy and crunchy and super sweet from the fresh summer watermelon. There are many types of watermelons you may not have heard about. You could even switch up this recipe by using a different one than the…

Cold Summer Desserts to Beat the Heat

Frozen desserts

When the summer heats up, I go looking through my recipes of cold summer desserts.  There is nothing like a frozen bowl or stick of something to cool me down when the temps are in the 90s. Beat the Heat with these Cold Summer Desserts Root beer floats, summer cocktails, frozen fruit and ice cream…

Blueberry Granola Bars – A Dairy Free Breakfast Treat

Blueberry Granola Bars

There are some mornings when I have all the time in the world, and other mornings when I just can’t get out the door quick enough.  On busy mornings like that, I love to have a delicious treat that I can use as a breakfast on-the-go. These Blueberry Granola Bars fit that bill nicely and…

Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

orange bundt cake

,My husband loves any type of dessert that is made with fruit.  Lemon meringue pies, orange cheesecakes, apple crumble – you name it, if it has fruit in it, he’ll love it.  This Orange Bundt Cake with a light orange glaze is my latest attempt at pleasing his sweet tooth. There is something just amazing…

Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars

Take a bite of these apple pie bars with ice cream

The Quaker Oats Company as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time for some apple pie oatmeal bars! Apple desserts (like these apple crumble baked apples) just scream fall! It’s fall! For me, that means three months of non stop baking, decorating…

Grilled Pork with Strawberry Peach Salsa

grilled pork with strawberry peach salsa

There is nothing quite like a 30 minute meal, is there? This recipe for grilled pork with strawberry peach salsa goes from grill to the table so quickly, but tastes like you spent hours making it. This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. The opinions and text are all…

Paleo Nutella Cranberry Baked Apples

Paleo Nutella Baked Apples

I love Nutella. I love baked Apples and I love fun celebration days.  February 5 is Nutella day and what a tasty day this is to celebrate. Whoopsie…I’m trying to follow a Paleo diet.  So what am I to do? Nutella has both dairy and sugar and both of these are not allowed on a…

Paleo Hazelnut Butter – AKA Nutella – 12 Ways to Use it.

13 Ways to use Nut Butter - AKA Paleo Nutella - thegardeningcook.com

Paleo Hazelnut Butter is a wonderful substitute for Nutella. Did you know that February 5 is considered Nutella day?  If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, you have likely tried Nutella.  But what happens in you wish to follow a Paleo diet?  Is Nutella a thing of the past for you? Thankfully, that is not the case.…

Paleo Nutella Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Nutella Banana Ice Cream

Just because you are trying to follow a Paleo diet does not mean that you have to give up your favorite cold desserts.  This Paleo Nutella banana ice cream is so rich and creamy and, with just a few substitutes, can be enjoyed by anyone who is trying to follow a clean eating lifestyle. This…

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

It’s time to bring out the big guns for your New Year’s party.  And by big guns, I mean big on flavor, big on appeal and big on festive cheer.  This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and…

Chicken Pot Pie – Cinnamon Apple & Pear Salad – Easy Fall Meal

Chicken pot pie with cinnamon apples and cranberry and walnut salad

The Hectic Holidays are made much easier with a Marie Callender Chicken Pot Pie, Cinnamon Apples and Pear Salad. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease#CollectiveBias ‘Tis the season for easy meals in my house.  I adore this time of the year, but it’s…

Today’s Kitchen Tip – How to Hull Strawberries with a Straw

  Hull Strawberries with a Straw to save waste. Today’s kitchen tip shows how to hull your strawberries with a drinking straw to save the waste that comes with cutting the top off, or the time that it takes to use a knife to hull each one properly.Our family eats strawberries year round.  They are…

Celebrate the 4th of July with a Patriotic Fruit Flag

This patriotic fruit flag is easy to do, delicious and makes a great centerpiece for your holiday table. See how to make it at thegardeningcook.com/patriotic-fruit-flag

Impress your Friends with a Patriotic Fruit Flag. We had friends over for brunch on Sunday, and I wanted to add a festive patriotic accent to our table since the holiday is just a week away. I wanted something that we would eat (I hate wasting food on craft projects unless I plan to serve…

Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Gluten Free Apple Crumble

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 Oat flour and Gluten free rolled oats.  This delicious Gluten free apple crumble is full of flavor but contains no wheat at all. I love using apples in the fall.…

Japanese Fruit Plate – Healthy Gluten Free Dessert

We had an Asian dinner party recently, and I wanted to end the meal with something light that would finish off the exotic Asian flavors in clean manner. But I still wanted my guests to think of this as a lovely dessert.   I came up with this Japanese fruit plate and they loved it! This…

Caramel Baked Apples

Caramel baked apples

Fall is the time of the year when apples are so plentiful. Apple pie, Caramel Apples, Applesauce and, of course, hasselback baked apples.  These caramel baked apples are a super delicious way to end a meal and you won’t miss a normal high carb dessert at all! Printable Recipe:  Caramel Baked Apples. I love using…

Spooky Halloween Mouth Apples

Spooky Mouth Apples - a Halloween healthy snack

Healthy Halloween Snack – Spooky Apple Mouth Treats This is the beginning of months of temptations for both young and old alike.  Why not tempt your child with one of these healthy apple treats instead.   Kids love peanut butter all the time and these spooky treats will make the snack even more tempting.The treats will…

Water Bath for Vegetables & Fruit – Is it Necessary?

Washing vegetables with hydrogen peroxide and water

If you grow vegetables in your garden, it’s probably second nature to give them a wash when you bring them inside. After all, they are growing in the dirt and those that grow on vines often have dust and other particles on them. But what about the fruit and veggies that you purchase in a…

Favorite Strawberry Recipes – Spring time Desserts

Best Strawberry Recipes

It will soon be time for the abundance of fresh strawberries to start appearing at the farmer’s market. Well, maybe not soon, with the winter we have had but I have a bad case of spring fever. When strawberries are available,  I always buy them in bulk and they last well just for eating, but…