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Rolling Compost Pile Method of Composting

A rolling compost pile is much easier to manage that a normal pile in a compost bin. I am committed to organic gardening. My vegetable garden is treated for insects with home made remedies and I control weeds by pulling and with vinegar. I do not use chemical fertilizers, but instead add organic matter formed …

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Butternut Pumpkin by the Buckets in my Garden

Butternut pumpkin (also known as butternut squash) is one of my favorite fall vegetables. Cooking this vegetable in the oven brings out the sweetness in it.  It looks as though it will be the star of my vegetable garden this year! Butternut pumpkins can be cooked so many ways. I love to roast them, and …

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Expandable Curtain Rods as Plant Supports

All gardeners know the task of keeping tall flower stalks from flopping over. There are lots of retail supports that you can purchase, but they can be pricey and also sometimes are not the right lengths. A great creative gardening hack is to use expandable curtain rods as plant supports. The answer is easy.  Collect …

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Homemade Garlic Bread with Basil and Parsley – Perfect Side Dish

Homemade Garlic bread is a must have accompaniment to many main course dishes. This recipe combines butter with basil and parsley for a great taste sensation. There are so many ways to use this homemade garlic bread recipe.  Serve it with home style soups or stews to get that last drop of broth. And what …

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Roasted Potatoes with Spices and Lemon

These roasted potatoes with lemon are cooked in the oven, not deep fried, to make them tasty and healthier at the same time. Roasting any vegetable brings out their natural sweetness.  I love roasted potatoes. There is nothing like biting into a crispy outer skin and then having a creamy center surprise.   Roasted Potatoes with …

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Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry with Mushrooms and Tomatoes in Wine

This recipe for sugar snap peas, mushrooms and tomatoes is easy to make and just full of flavor.  It would make a fast side dish for any weeknight when time is limited. Best of all, the ingredients are fresh from the garden!  What could be better? Nothing tastes quite like a vegetable dish made from …

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Food Art – Artistic License in the Kitchen

Food carving and creative food art is something that requires a great deal of patience to end up with just the perfect result.  I love seeing what creative people can do with food to make it into an art form. Food is soft and this makes it the perfect medium for carving into life-like objects. …

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Roasted Rutabaga – Bring out the Sweetness of Root Veggies

 I recently tried this roasted rutabaga recipe and it is just delicious and makes a wonderful fall side dish. I have always used rutabagas in casseroles and stews.  I like using lots of root vegetables in recipes like this type of recipe.  Roasting rutabagas concentrate the natural sweetness of the vegetable.  This is the same …

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Test Garden – Experimenting with a Variety of Plants and Flowers

I have long dreamed of having a test garden. I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with various types of plants. Some turn out well and others don’t last the season, but I enjoy it all. Since I write about how to grow plants for my blog posts, I wanted a dedicated place where I can test growing …

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Ground Beef Manicotti – Hearty Italian Main Course Recipe

This ground beef Manicotti adds a nice mix to the normal manicotti recipe with just beef and  ricotta cheese.  It is a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables and not complain.  The whole dish is topped with store bought Italian sauce to save on time and then sprinkled with your favorite cheese.  …

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Eggplant Parmesan Recipe – Classic Italian Dish

Traditional eggplant Parmesan dishes can take quite a long time to prepare if you make your own marinara sauce. Eggplant is also known as aubergine. It  is a member of the nightshade family and often used in Mediterranean cooking. Although typically used as a vegetable, its botanical definition is actually a berry! This easy eggplant …

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Vegetarian Baked Penne Pasta Recipe With Tomatoes and Pecans

This vegetarian baked penne pasta recipe is nutritious and healthy, and packs a flavor that you will just love. Nothing says comfort food quite like a plate of mac and cheese. The dish is rich and filling but loaded with items that are no-nos on a vegetarian or low calorie diet. Never fear, though. With the substitutes …

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Vegan Tropical Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

This vegan 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 …

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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. Be sure to make extra rice. The left …

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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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