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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts Leaves with Onions & Garlic

Brussels sprouts leaves are not sold in stores. You get them by growing the plants themselves.  This recipe for sauteed brussels sprout leaves makes great use of leaves that might other end up on a compost pile or in the trash can. The leaves that are used for this recipe are the ones that grow …

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Vinegar Tips – Long Lasting Cut Flowers & More

Vinegar has so many uses.  It is a great household cleaner and can be used in so many ways, including to help your cut flowers to last longer.  Here are some more vinegar tips. Vinegar Tips to Keep your Cut Flowers Fresh and home clean Here are some of my favorite things that vinegar can …

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Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade – Not your usual Recipe

This recipe for Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade gives a new twist to the old favorite – sans the alcohol of course.  Not sure what my garden would look like if I made the adult version! Spring time…and the drinking is easy with fruit flavored cocktail recipes.  My take on an old tune!  I am a great fan …

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Steak with Cuban Style Marinade – Easy Recipe

This Cuban Style Marinade combines spices with orange juice and grill mates seasoning for a delightful and spicy main course dish. I love the sweet, tangy and savory flavors.  It makes grill night something special. Cuban Style Marinade gives this steak recipe a boots of flavor This recipe could not be easier to do.  Just …

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Tropical Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

This tropical salad combines a mix of fresh greens, and veggies with pineapple and a tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette. Since I am following a vegan diet, I used Gardein chicken strips, but normal chicken breasts would work just fine if you are a meat eater. These chicken strips are very tasty and come in several …

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Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. This is one bulb that really likes cook temperatures. Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Keep reading to learn how to help them cope with the heat. Tips for Growing …

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Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice – Vegan Recipe for Meatless Monday

This Thai Peanut Stir Fry has a boatload of veggies to add lots of flavor and nutrition to your dinner meal. Team this vegan stir fry with brown rice, flavored with cumin, spring onions and raisins and you will tempt even the most meat loving family member. We love Thai recipes at our house. They …

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Banana Carving- Creative uses of Bananas – Food Styling and Food Art

Your child will nave no problem getting their fruit intake when you present them with these easy banana carving creations! I love bananas as much as the next guy.  But my main use of them is in my cereal in the morning to get my daily dose of potassium. That is not the case with …

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Vegetarian Twice Baked Potatoes – A Healthier Version – [With Vegan Adaptation]

One of my family’s favorite side dishes is vegetarian twice baked potatoes. But the normal version is full of fat, cream, butter and calories. This healthy recipe uses a Vegan spread and vegetable cheese but is still full of flavor. You can customize your flavorings to suit your family’s tastes. The twice baked potatoes take …

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Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – With Vegan Options

This recipe for Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms has been adjusted for a meatless diet without sacrificing any of the delicious taste. I love portobello mushrooms in just about any dish. They are hearty and filling and just delicious. The next time you want something different for dinner, instead of using ground beef, try stuffing your …

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The Gardening Cook Welcomes You With Gardening Tips and Healthy Recipes

Welcome! Many people think about gardening on the weekends and cooking during the week. For me, gardening and cooking are both week long projects. I could dig in the dirt all day long every day if I had the opportunity. I especially love to use vegetables that I grow in my own vegetable garden in …

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