Side Dishes

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…

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…

Antipasto Platter Tips – 14 Ideas for the Perfect Antipasti Platter

Antipasto Platter with specialty meats and cheeses

  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. Antipasto, (the plural is called antipasti)  when translated, means “before the meal.” Antipasti platters are meant to stimulate your guest’s appetite before…

Seasoned Cauliflower Rice – Mexican Style

Mexican cauliflower rice

This Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is very easy to make and has a Mexican spice combination that gives the side dish a delicious flavor.  I served it recently with my Mexican Chori Pollo Recipe to make a lovely and tasty gluten free meal. Making Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is quick and easy! I love carbs as much…

Italian Sweet Potatoes – Easy One Pot Side Dish

Italian sweet potatoes

These Italian sweet potatoes combine with fresh herbs and diced tomatoes for the most amazing full flavored side dish.  They are wonderful served with any protein and even taste great as leftovers the next day as part of a cooked breakfast. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in recipes.  You can substitute them in any recipe…

Red Lobster Copy Cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits

This Red Lobster copy cat cheddar bay biscuit recipe gives you the restaurant taste at home in just minutes. thegardeningcook.com

Anyone who has eaten at the Red Lobster knows that their famous cheddar bay biscuits are to die for.  But there is no need to go to Red Lobster to enjoy them. Just make my at home! With this recipe for Red Lobster copy cat cheddar bay biscuits, your family will have the authentic taste of…

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Bread

Bacon jalapeno cheese bread

This delicious bacon jalapeño cheese bread is soft, buttery and just full of the flavor of pepper, bacon and Monterey Jack Cheese. The bread is a very versatile, all around recipe.   Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s time for some bacon jalapeno…

Roasted Yam Salad with Seasoned Chicken

Roasted yam salad with seasoned chicken

This Roasted Yam Salad with seasoned chicken has the most amazing flavors. It’s simple to make and just full of hearty goodness and flavor. Salads don’t have to be boring and this one proves it in spades. Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?  This gives us a perfect time to focus on…

Warm Tuscan Bacon Potato Salad – A Grill Side dish

Warm Tuscan bacon Potato salad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias This Warm Bacon Potato Salad makes a Great Grill Side Dish. The motto in our house all summer long is “it’s time to Fire up the Grill.”  We grill most of the year, but in the…

Green Beans with Garlic and Mushrooms

Green beans with mushrooms and garlic in wine and coriander

I love summer time cooking.  It gives me a chance to make vegetables the star item in my dinner time menu.  This recipe for Green beans with garlic and mushrooms is the perfect way to make a vegetable the feature on a summer dinner plate. Have a steady supply of beans all summer long! Green…

9 Tips for Cooking With Mushrooms

Tips for Cooking with Mushrooms – Buying, Storing and More! Mushrooms are one of my favorite vegetables.  They are a member of the fungus family and have been used in recipes since the early Roman and Greek times.  Mushrooms are very low in fat, packed with nutrients and delicious too.  It takes just a bit…

Roasted Italian Potatoes and Onions

Roasted Italian Potatoes and Onions

This recipe for Roasted Italian potatoes and onions is just delicious. The onions are crispy on the outside and have a lovely flavor and texture when you bite into them.   Roasted Italian Potatoes and Onions – A Delicious Side Dish. This recipe is super easy to do.  The potatoes  and onions take on a…

Paleo Beef Avocado Blueberry Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Paleo Beef Avocado Blueberry Salad with maple Mustard dressing.

Anyone new to a Paleo diet may start thinking they will get tired of salads, since they can be a staple of the food regime.  But This Paleo beef avocado blueberry salad is anything but ordinary, and is so delicious, you will find that it keeps sneaking into your lunch time pattern. This Paleo Beef…

7 Recipes for An Asian Dinner Party

7 Asian Dinner party recipes

Join us for an Eco-Friendly Asian Dinner Party with a Leafware Dinner Set. What fun my friends and my husband and I had this weekend with our eco-friendly Asian Dinner Party! I tried out some of my newest Asian recipes with our guests and we had a blast trying the new dishes, drinking wine and…

Beef Veggie Salad with Pear Gorgonzola Dressing

Beef veggie salad with pear gorgonzola dressing.

If you are trying to lose some weight, eating salads for lunch is a good choice.  You can load up on tons of healthy low calorie vegetables, add a bit of protein and come up with a great looking salad. This Beef veggie salad with pear Gorgonzola dressing is not your average salad.  It is…

Roasted Carrot Salad – Healthy Gluten Free Side Dish

Gluten Free Roasted Carrot Salad

I love roasting almost all vegetables. It seems to bring out the natural sweetness in them.  If your kids don’t like veggies, try roasting them.  You may be surprised to find out how much they enjoy them.  This Roasted Carrot salad is super easy to make and so delicious.  Your family will ask for it…

Pork and Vegetable Fried Rice

Pork and Vegetable Fried Rice

Pork and Vegetable Fried Rice is the Perfect Side Dish for any Asian Meal Pork and vegetable fried rice is a staple of most Chinese restaurants.  But you don’t need to rely on takeaway to enjoy it.  Just make your own.  It is pretty easy to do and tastes great.  Best of all no MSG…

The Garden Charmers Favorite Valentine’s Day Recipes

10 Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day

The Garden Charmers want to share a little love with you today.  Valentine’s day love that is. This great group of ladies have a tribe on Facebook where we help to share and promote each others websites.  The ladies are very talented in all aspects of DIY, gardening, and cooking ideas. I recently asked them…

35 Foods You Can Make in a Muffin Tin

Muffin tins are not just for muffins! See my collection of 35 awesome muffin tin recipes

35 Surprising Recipes Can All be Made in a Muffin Tin! Muffin tins are not just for muffins anymore.  There are loads of creative ways to use your ingredients and then cook them in a muffin tin.  The finished recipe is a handy size that is perfect for either portion control or a meal on…

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Slimmed Down

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Printable recipe – Lightened Down Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes This recipe for creamy garlic mashed potatoes is a slimmed down version of the original recipe.  Light sour cream and skim milk are the secrets to keeping the fat in check but not losing any of the flavor. The potatoes are cooked with garlic cloves in…

Cucumber Mint Sauce

This cucumber mint sauce is the perfect condiment for Indian foods.

Cool down Indian foods with this Cucumber Mint Sauce This cucumber mint sauce is the perfect side dish to tone down the heat of any Indian food recipe.  The cool taste of the yoghurt combines with the cucumber mint and garlic to give a refreshing change from spicy foods. This sauce makes a great side…

Cheesy Herb Biscuits with Tarragon – Great Side Dish

Cheesy herb biscuits with tarragon make a great side for a soup, stew or casserole

Whenever I go to Ruby Tuesday or The Red Lobster restaurant, I always look forward to their cheesy herb biscuits.  I decided to try and make an approximation of them that would not break my calorie bank. These biscuits are savory and slightly rich but have far less calories than the restaurant version. Cheesy Herb…

Fully Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Fully Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

I first discovered hasselback potatoes 30 years ago in Australia. They were all the rage.  For some reason, it took a while for them to start appearing here but they have been a popular way of cooking potatoes for a while now. This recipe for bacon cheddar hasselback potatoes is fully loaded and takes my…