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Asparagus Crostini Appetizers with Gouda Cheese and Proscuitto

Are you having friends over for drinks any time soon?  The right appetizer can set your entertaining off in style.  These Asparagus crostini appetizers are simple to make, but the delicate asparagus spears and distinct flavors of prosciutto and Gouda cheese will make your guests think you spent hours in the kitchen making them.  They …

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Camping Foods – Creative Ideas for Easy Meals

It is getting close to that time of the year again.  We’ll be hitting the roads for some fun summer vacations.  Camping is one of the great ways to share the outdoors with family members.  These camping foods ideas will give you some inspiration and are all easy and fun to do. These Camping Foods …

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Baked Onion Rings – Healthy and Delicious

One of my favorite restaurant side dishes in baked onion rings.  I love the crispiness of the outside and the hot and delicious onion flavor inside the coating.   But the original version is full of fat and calories.  These baked onion rings have all the flavor of deep fried ones but are much more healthy. …

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Cheesy Penne Pasta With Tomatoes and Pecans

This Cheesy Penne Pasta is nutritious and healthy, and packs a flavor profile that you will just love. Cheesy Penne Pasta – Healthy and Nutritious To make the recipe suitable for vegetarians, I used the following ingredients:  , , .  The almond milk and hidden pecans gives a nutty taste and texture and the sauce …

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Decorative Bird Cage Planters – DIY Projects

I am always on the look out for new and interesting ideas for eco-friendly planters.  Nurseries and Plant shops have lots of them, of course, but it is also great to see re-purposed items used as planters. These lovely Bird Cage Planters fit that bill just beautifully. Bird Cage Planters Turn Trash into Treasure. Whether …

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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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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 but normal chicken breasts would work just fine if you are a meat eater. These chicken strips are very tasty and come in several great tasting flavors. …

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Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. Tulips are considered a true bulb.  Not all flowering bulbs are actually …

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Healthy Breakfast Granola with Fruit and Nuts

Normal granola is often delicious and a great breakfast recipe, but is often filled with fat and high in calories.  My version of a more healthy breakfast granola is packed with flavor, but none of the fats that regular granola has and is so much lower in calories.  Top this granola with your favorite soy or almond …

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Curried Carrot Tofu Soup with Scallions

Curried Carrot Tofu Soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu and vegetable broth and is easy to make. Healthy Curried Carrot Tofu Soup This is a great soup for vegans.  There are many things that you can substitute for normal diet ingredients to make a recipe suitable …

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Microwave Containers make Great Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage hole covers can be a tricky thing to find for your plant pots. Without one, though, the soil will eventually wash through the hole in the bottle and the plant will settle. Recycle Microwavable Trays Drainage Hole Covers There are many things that you can use…piece of broken pots, small stones.  One neat trick …

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Starting Sweet Potato Slips – How to Grow Sweet Potatoes From the Store

If you have never tried to grow sweet potatoes before, you are in for a treat. Starting sweet potato slips is easy to do and lots of fun. Slips are the rooted sprouts that grow from an actual mature sweet potato. They are used to grow new sweet potato plants. Growing sweet potato slips is a …

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

Your child will nave no problem getting their fruit intake when you present them with these banana food art 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. What is a twice baked potato? Twice baked potatoes are a cross between a normal …

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Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – With Vegan Options

I love portobello mushrooms in just about any dish. They are hearty and filling and just delicious. This recipe for Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms has been adjusted for a meatless diet without sacrificing any of the delicious taste. What are portobello mushrooms? Portobello mushrooms are the fully mature version of cremini mushrooms. a family of …

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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 am the Gardening Cook. The Gardening Cook Welcomes you I especially love to use …

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