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Making Watermelon Play Dough – DIY Homemade Playdough

This project for making watermelon play dough is super easy to do. The project takes less than ten minutes to make and the end result smells great. Watermelon season is here and both adults and many kids love to grow them. (and eat them too!) Today we’ll be making red, green, white and black play …

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Fiddlehead Ferns – Culinary Delight from the Ostrich Fern

I was born in Maine, and one of my fondest memories is the collection of fiddlehead ferns each spring.  Even though I have moved away, each year my family boxes up a whole bushel of them and sends them to me by priority mail here in NC.  It’s always a special day when that box …

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Today’s Featured Recipe: Gluten Free Treat – Pão de Queijo

It’s featured recipe time.  This one comes from my friend who used to blog at an international recipe site called Molly Mel.   Regina is a fabulous cook and many of her recipes are Brazilian in nature.  Most are easy to do and look just delicious. Regina submitted this gluten free treat called Pão de Queijo.  …

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DIY Cottage Chic Herb Garden With Mason Jars

Growing herbs is something that any good cook should consider. This mason jar herb garden fits into the French country look that I have going on in my kitchen as part of a renovation, too. It’s the perfect DIY project for my vegetable gardening summer! I love cottage chic decor projects. They have a rustic appeal …

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Dip Recipes – Easy Appetizer Party Starters for Your Next Gathering

These dip recipes are the perfect way to start any party or gathering. It will soon be time to start thinking about summer parties and barbecues.  (I know, I know…will this winter ever end?) But it is never too early to start planning for the next big event.  Start your celebrations off right with one …

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Baked Lamb Chops – Baking Lamb Chops in the Oven

These baked lamb chops are beautifully tender and have a delicious rosemary cream sauce. The recipe makes a nice main course alternative to pork or beef. I’ve you’ve never tried baked lamb, you are in for a treat. Lamb loin chops are a tender cut of meat and much less expensive than the fancy rack …

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Caramelized Mushrooms – How to Make Savory Caramelized Garlic Mushrooms

Caramelized mushrooms are one of my favorite side dishes.  Who doesn’t love the delicious taste of these slowly cooked mushrooms that take on a lovely caramel color and a boat load of amazing flavor. This recipe is super easy to make and a must have addition to any side dishes recipe collection. Cooking mushrooms this way …

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Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cream

This recipe is an adaptation of a Julia Child recipe.  French cooking at its best.   Julia Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I have lightened up the recipe slightly,  (less butter …

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Mushroom and Wild Rice Pork Roast – Easy Recipe

There will be no reason to ask your family to have a seat at the table when you serve this delicious mushroom and wild rice stuffed pork roast. They will come running!  The wild rice gives the recipe an exotic look and elevates it from a normal week night meal. Keep reading to find out …

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Coffee Grounds for Hydrangeas, Roses and Camellias – A Natural Fertilizer

Using left over coffee grounds for roses and other plants that like a boost in nitrogen is a natural way to add fertilizer to your garden plants without the use of harsh chemicals. Don’t throw out those used coffee grounds.  There are lots of ways to put them use in your garden.  And more to the …

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This Colorful Sauteed Swiss Chard Brightens up Dinner Time

This recipe for colorful sauteed Swiss chard is brimming with the flavor of garlic, onions and Chardonnay wine for an easy and refreshing side dish. Swiss chard has a taste that is quite similar to spinach or beet greens, with stems that are slightly sweet and taste almost like bok choy. It is a wonderful addition …

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Stuffed Eggplant with Ground Beef

This recipe for stuffed eggplants uses small eggplants that hold the ingredients perfectly.  The eggplants are stuffed with ground beef and taste just delicious. Printable Recipe: Stuffed Eggplant with Beef I used Cabot 40% reduced fat cheese for the stuffed but topped them with normal cheddar cheese so it would melt best. Preheat oven to …

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Butterfly and Insect Photos by Gardening Cook Fan Tamara

I love to feature photos from some of the fans of my Facebook page. Today I’ll be featuring  the lovely butterfly and insect photos of a fan named Tamara. Fans of my Facebook page love to submit photos of their gardens and projects for me to consider for this website and The Facebook page – …

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Roasted Rosemary and Olive Oil Carrots

These roasted rosemary carrots have a lovely sweet flavor. They will be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving menu. They make a great side dish for your favorite protein and I also love to add roasted carrots to salads for a warm autumn lunch choice. Roasting any vegetable brings out its lovely sweetness and these …

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Cheddar Cheese – Party Appetizer

These delicious stuffed mushrooms would make a great side vegetable or a party appetizer.  Use white button mushrooms that hold up well to fillings. Mushrooms are one of my favorite vegetables to use for small bites to start a party. The cap of a mushroom is the perfect place to add all sorts of ingredients …

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Home made Giardiniera Mix

This recipe for home made giardiniera mix is sure to become a favorite. The recipe features crisp, zesty pickled vegetables with garlic and chili peppers in cider vinegar. Giardiniera makes a lovely side dish to accompany sandwiches and wraps. It’s great to add to tacos and works beautifully on an antipasto platter. Home made Giardiniera …

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Turning a Compost Pile – Easily and Cheaply

Turning a compost pile can be time consuming and a bit difficult to do.  The material can get very heavy and cumbersome to move around which is needed in order to change the organic matter into hummus. All vegetable gardeners know that composting is a great way to get organic fertilizer for your garden beds.  …

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