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Foolproof Fudge Tips – Secrets for Making Perfect Fudge, Every Time

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

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Dark Chocolate Strawberries – Coating Recipe and Tips for Dipping Strawberries

Nothing appeals to me more than dark chocolate strawberries or other fruits dipped in chocolate.  They make me feel as though I am eating something healthy but also have the decadence of a rich dessert. With Christmas right around the corner, what could be a more perfect treat than these dark chocolate strawberries that you …

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Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cookies – Double the Fun!

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 …

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Antipasto Platter Tips – 14 Ideas for the Perfect Antipasti 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 …

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

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. …

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Grilled London Broil with Spicy Rub and Red Wine Marinade – It’s BBQ time!

This easy grilled London broil recipe has a zesty rub that gives it a load of flavor and a red wine marinade that tenderizes the meat. We make grilling a Saturday night tradition at our house all year round! This delicious recipe for grilled London broil is easy to do. Just prepare the rub and …

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Barramundi Recipe with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce – Restaurant-Style at Home!

Missing your restaurant food right now? This barramundi recipe with a garlic lemon butter sauce is restaurant-style food at home in just minutes. It is flaky and tasty with a quick easy. and delicious sauce. This sweet, sustainable fish is good for your health and also good for the environment. I love that it is …

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Healthy Antipasto Salad Recipe – Awesome Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

This colorful Healthy Antipasto Salad Recipe is super easy to make and sure to keep you full for hours. It’s made with Italian meats, Provolone cheese, and veggies tossed in a vinaigrette dressing – it’s truly amazing. And best of all – this is my healthy version. You can serve this Italian antipasto salad recipe …

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Crustless Chicken Quiche – Healthy and Light Breakfast Recipe

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 …

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

These Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have a crunchy outer layer of chocolate (cocoa) with a filling of smooth peanut butter. It’s meatless Monday and we are having Thai peanut stir fry  with brown rice tonight. My husband is always in the mood for something sweet after dinner. These vegan cookies are the perfect way …

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Vegan Lasagne With Eggplant and Mushrooms

This Vegan lasagne is full of flavor and heart healthy vegetables without all of the fat and cholesterol that a normal lasagna contains. 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” dishes …

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Cherry Cordial Recipe – Making Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

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. January 3 is celebrated each year as National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Let’s find out how to make them …

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Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup – Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup with Sherry

Brimming with the flavors of sherry, fresh leeks and sweet fresh butternut squash, this crockpot butternut squash soup has an elevated taste that is worthy of any special occasion. Fall and winter are the times of the year when I normally make soups, so I am always on the lookout for new crock pot recipes …

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Ziti Pasta with Sausages & Swiss Chard – Skillet Ziti Noodles Recipe

Most ziti pasta recipes are baked and require a long preparation time. This skillet ziti noodles recipe is ready in less that 30 minutes and is super easy to prepare. Until this year, I had never tasted Swiss Chard. But I planted some on a whim in my vegetable garden this past summer and have …

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Southern Cornbread Recipe – Old Fashioned Easy Buttermilk Corn Bread

This recipe for Southern cornbread is one that I have made many times and it never fails to please my guests.  It is moist and just delicious with a slight tang from the buttermilk that makes it a great accompaniment to any meal. Before we get started on this cornbread recipe, I have to tell you that my …

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

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, …

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One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables – Easy One Pan Roast Chicken

This One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables recipe comes together easily in a glass baking dish in my oven. This type of meal is even easier than a 30 minute one pot meal, since everything goes into the baking dish and the oven just does its thing. I love one pot easy recipes.  Normally, I …

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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 …

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Green Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone – Hearty Crockpot Split Pea Soup

Cook up a pot of this Green split Pea Soup with ham bone easily in a slow cooker, and enjoy a hearty and comforting soup. It is the perfect way to use up leftover ham from Christmas. It is always a part of our menu on New Year’s Day. Is there anything more satisfying than …

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Microwave Peanut Brittle – Homemade Nut Brittle with a Delicious Crunch

This microwave peanut brittle is simple to make but looks like you made a trip to the candy shop. It comes together in just minutes and tastes amazing. Homemade nut brittle is one of our favorite Christmas recipes. Peanut brittle is not just for the holidays. Keep that tastes coming in January, too, by celebrating …

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Lemon Snowball Cookies – Snowball Cookie Recipe

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. These delicate cookies are the perfect choice to make for Bake Cookies Day on December 18. …

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Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices – Warm Cinnamon Apples

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 …

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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. However, when it comes to counting calories, a quiche is not often thought of as a diet-friendly choice. Many of the calories in a quiche comes …

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