How To Grow Dinner Plate Dahlias

How to grow Dinnerplate Dahlias

Dinner plate Dahlias are not plants that one would call shrinking violets.  These majestic plants command attention in a garden bed and also need plenty of room to grow and flower. A Master of a Plant – Dinner Plate Dahlias I love dahlias and zinnias…and cone flowers….and on and on.  Basically anything that looks even…

Today’s Featured Fan – Tamara Martin

Pretties and Uglies in the Garden

Gardening Cook Fan Tamara Martin’s Photos The fans of my Facebook page are always submitting photos of their gardens and projects for me to consider for this website and The Facebook page – The Gardening Cook. Normally, I include a photo or two in specific articles, such as vegetable harvests, or garden flowers. But every…

Italian Sausages Recipe – Home Made Marinara Sauce

Italian sausages and pepper

I recently made a batch of home made mushroom marinara sauce and wanted to use it for a great tasting recipe.  My husband loves sausages and pasta, so I combined them with a home made sauce to make this Italian Sausages Recipe. I love Italian Sausages and peppers recipes. The combination seems just perfect for…

Home Made Mushroom Marinara Sauce – Fresh Tomatoes

I love marinara sauces.  I recently made one using roasted fresh tomatoes with white wine and it was just delicious.  You can find that recipe here. It is one of the most popular recipes on my website and gets hundreds of views every day. Today’s recipe is a modification of the basic sauce.  It is…

Sunflowers – My Daughter’s Favorites

Sunflowers and My daughter Jess

My daughter Jess’ favorite flower is the sunflower.  I plant them in my garden each year and love to find new varieties that I have not had before. Growing sunflowers is pretty easy if you keep just a few things in mind. Plant a Sunflower to Brighten your Day I’ve written about sunflowers many times…

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Easy peanut butter fudge

 You really can’t leave me around a jar of peanut butter.  It will be gone before you know it.  This Easy Peanut Butter Fudge has always been one of my favorite holiday sweet treats.  At Christmas time, I always make batches of it. If you enjoy making fudge during the holidays, be sure to check…

Chicken Piccata Recipe

Chicken Piccata

This recipe for chicken piccata combines lemon and capers for a tangy topping.  The recipe is quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight meal. Ready in less than 30 minutes, just pan sear the chicken and them combine lemon juice, white wine and capers for a tangy sauce. Printable Recipe – Chicken Piccata See…

DIY Fall Scarecrow Watering Can Planter

Scarecrow Watering Can Fall Planter

Watering cans make great planters and garden decor items.  The size is perfect and the opening can be used for a plant or cut flowers. Today, I am putting one to use in a scarecrow watering can planter that is just perfect for fall. One of my favorite things to do when I am at…

Pineapple Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk and Thai Chili Paste

Island hopping Chicken Curry

This island hopping Pineapple Chicken Curry is full of flavor, easy to make and will become on of your families favorite international recipes. It is both savory and sweet with a delightful blend of interesting flavors. I like to cook curry recipes when the weather turns cooler. The use of spices gives a warm and…

Recycled Metal Coffee Frog Garden Art

Recycled Metal Coffee Frog Garden Art

This colorful and eye-catching Recycled Metal Coffee Frog Garden Art will always make you smile. Seat him indoors or out, he makes a great conversation piece for garden walk, porch stairs, hearth or anywhere you want a fanciful, fun-loving accent. The Recycled Metal Coffee Frog Garden Art is handmade from recycled oil drums in Bali…

Fan Flower – Echeveria – Time Line Photos

Echeveria timeline for flowering

The flowering of this echeveria is a sight to behold.  This drought tolerant echeveria has the most spectacular flowers that last for weeks. Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic houseplants.  Be sure to check out my tips for how to care for succulents. I often…

Garam Marsala Roasted Okra Recipe

Spicy Garam Marsala Roasted Okra

Printable Recipe – Roasted Okra Okra is a Southern staple and there are many ways of cooking it.  Stewing and pickling is often seen, but roasted okra is another great way.  Roasting the okra brings out the natural flavor but results in a dish that is much less slimy, which is a common complaint with…

Cheesy Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagne - healthier version of the traditional favorite Italian dish.

I love all types of lasagna recipes. But let’s face it…they are not the most diet friendly recipes every created with all that cheese and those carbs. Printable Recipe:  Cheesy Eggplant Lasagna This recipe for Eggplant Lasagna uses low fat ricotta and replaces the normal lasagna pasta noodles with baked eggplant slices, for a slightly…

Frogs in the Garden and Home – Cute Accents

These Garden Frogs add A Touch of Whimsy to Any Garden or Home decor. Everyone seems to love frogs. That is a given. They seem to show up in all sorts of garden and home decor decorative accents.  Whether your frogs are the DIY kind, a one of a kind creation or one that you…

Garden Seating Areas – Favorite Places to Sit, Hide and Dream

10 charming garden seating areas to sit, to read, to dream

Relax in style in one of these Garden Seating Areas. To Sit, To Hide, or To Dream… Which of these ideas come to mind when you think about your garden seating areas? A garden sitting area can mean something very different, depending on the person you ask and their perspective. It can be as simple…