These recipes are meant to inspire you to create with the fabulous produce available from your garden.  Take these ideas and cook the exact recipes.  Or experiment, using the recipes as a jumping off place.  Have fun.  Nature’s bounty is so incredibly awesome!


Recipes will be posted in this order:













Snow and Snap Peas

Sweet Peppers




Summer Squash

Winter Squash

Swiss Chard and Kale

Cherry Tomatoes



Arugula Recipes

Arugula Pesto (See Basil Pesto for suggested uses) 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/3 cup pint nuts, lightly toasted 2 cups tightly packed arugula leaves ½ cup grated parmesan cheese ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Put first four ingredients into a food processor and chop finely.  With machine still …

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Asparagus Recipes

Asparagus Salad Idea Blanch asparagus in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes.  Drain and cool. Slice Diagonally, toss in a vinaigrette, and add to lettuce and other salad ingredients.   Lemony Asparagus Asparagus, blanched in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes Parmesan cheese Melted Butter Lemon Juice Top asparagus …

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Basil Recipes

Tomato Basil Salad 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar 2 teaspoons honey ¼ teaspoon minced garlic ¼ teaspoon minced shallot 1 small sprig fresh rosemary 4 medium tomatoes, chopped 8 large basil leaves coarsely chopped salt and pepper red onion, thinly sliced 1-2 ounces parmesan cheese, very thinly sliced 1. Put the balsamic vinegar in a stainless …

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Beet Recipes

Baked Beets with Orange 4 large or 6 medium beets Grated rind from one orange (orange part only) 1/3 cup stock or hot water Strained juice from one orange 3 T butter Salt and freshly ground pepper Beets can be peeled or unpeeled.  Larger ones especially may need to be peeled.  Thinly slice the beets.  …

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Broccoli Recipes

Stir Fried Broccoli 2 lbs of broccoli 2 Tablespoons canola oil 1 Teaspoon salt 1 Teaspoon sugar 2 Tablespoons water Cut the stems from the broccoli, peel and slice into ½ inch pieces.  Cut broccoli florets into smaller pieces also.  Heat oil in a frying pan until hot.  Stir fry the broccoli for two minutes.  …

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Cabbage Recipes

Best Tasting Easy Cabbage Cooking Method One of the best ways to keep cabbage sweet is to steam it or sauté it in butter or sesame oil.   A Favorite Cole Slaw Dressing 1 ½ cups mayonnaise ¼ cup pure Maple Syrup ¼ cup lemon juice ¾ teaspoon nutmeg Mix ingredients and toss with one …

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Carrot Recipes

Garlic Lemon Carrots 1 tablespoon soft butter 1 ½  teaspoon grated lemon peel, yellow part only or 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ clove very finely minced garlic 1 ½ lbs. carrots, sliced, steamed until tender and drained. Mix butter, lemon and garlic together.  Let this melt over the hot drained carrots.  Give it a toss …

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Cauliflower Recipes

Roasted Cauliflower 1 cauliflower head, cut into ¼ inch slices Extra virgin olive oil Salt Freshly ground black pepper Place cauliflower in a large mixing bowl.  Pour on enough olive oil to coat (about 2 tablespoons.)  Season generously with salt and pepper and toss gently until evenly coated.  Lay cauliflower pieces out on a baking …

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Corn Recipes

Baked Corn Layered with Tomatoes ¼ C chopped onions 1 T butter 1 C fresh bread crumbs 2 C cut corn kernels 2-3 large peeled seeded and sliced tomatoes Salt and pepper 3/4 C light cream Saute onions in butter.  Stir in bread crumbs and cook until crumbs are golden.  In a greased baking dish, …

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Cucumber recipes

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches A summer, outdoor-eating favorite 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced 1 8 oz package of reduced fat cream cheese, warmed to room temperature 3 tablespoons fresh basil, cut in a small julienne 1/8-teaspoon salt 8 slices whole wheat or multi-grain bread 4 large apricots or 2 nectarines, pitted and thinly sliced ¼ …

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Eggplant Recipes

In general Salting – Some say this is not necessary if the eggplant is garden fresh as the eggplant only gets bitter if it sits for a period of time. Some say salting rids eggplant of its excess moisture which reduces bulk and keeps the eggplant from exuding juices as it cooks. Salted and drained …

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Green Bean Recipes

Green Bean Salad with Red Onion and Apricot Dressing 1 lb. fresh green beans, wash and trimmed ½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese ¼ cup sliced toasted almonds ¼ cup olive oil 1/8 red onion, chopped finely 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons finely diced dried apricots 2 teaspoons granulated sugar Salt and freshly ground …

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Unique Uses for Herbs – Many new meal ideas! BASIL – a natural snipped in with tomatoes; terrific in fresh pesto; a great add to pasta sauce.  To one stick of room-temperature butter, add from 1 to 3 teaspoons finely chopped basil for spreading on breads or crackers.  In scrambled eggs or any chopped egg …

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Lettuce Recipes

Decadent Garbanzo Bean Salad 1 clove garlic, minced fine ¼ t salt 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ¼ t Dijon mustard 9 tablespoons olive oil Freshly ground pepper 1 head of lettuce, wash dried and torn into bite size pieces 1 can garbanzo beans, drained 25 green olives, sliced in half 1 oz. thinly sliced …

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Peas – Snow and Snap

Honey Glazed Snap Peas 1 lb sugar snap peas 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon honey Freshly ground black pepper Remove strings from both edges of the pea pod.  Mel the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add the sugar snap peas and stir fry for six-eight minutes or until crisp-tender.  Add the …

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Potato Recipes

Roasted potatoes 1 ½ lbs. potatoes (fingerlings work really well) scrubbed and trimmed Salt 3 tablespoons dry white wine 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh thyme Cut potatoes in chunks to expose the inner part.  Toss with salt, wine, oil and thyme.  Place in a shallow pan. Bake in a 350 oven until …

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Radish Recipes

Radishes, Feta Cheese in Pita Bread 4 cups thinly sliced radishes 8 oz. crumbled feta cheese ¾ c sliced black olives ¼ c chopped fresh mint 1 clove garlic, minced fine ¼ t salt 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ t Dijon mustard 9 T olive oil Freshly ground pepper 4 Pita Breads Mix first four …

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Spinach Recipes

The Best Spinach Salad Dressing: 2 egg yolks 2 tablespoons limeade concentrate 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ½ teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups vegetable oil 2 tablespoon poppy seed ¼ cup honey In a small heavy saucepan, stir together the egg yolks, limeade, lemon …

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Summer Squash – Zucchini Recipes

Spiced summer squash 1 tablespoon vegetable oil ¾ teaspoon ground cumin 1 ½ lbs squash, but into ½ inch thick rounds Salt and freshly ground pepper In a skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add cumin and squash.  Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and tender, about six minutes.  …

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Sweet Peppers

Roasted Peppers Place peppers directly on cooking source, preferably a gas stove or barbeque.  Directly on an electric stove burner will work too.  Using tongs, turn the peppers as their skins blacken.  You want a pepper that is completely black.  Then put peppers into a paper bag and close the bag.  Let them sit for …

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Swiss Chard and Kale Recipes

Sweet and Sour Swiss Chard One bunch of swiss chard, cleaned and torn into                                                  bite sized  pieces One medium onion, sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 …

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Tomato – Cherry Tomato Recipes

Fabulous Cherry Tomato Sandwich Crusty bread Garlic, sliced in half Cherry tomatoes, rough chopped Olive Oil Toast bread.  Rub with garlic. Top with tomatoes. Drizzle with oil.    Tomato-Bread Salad with Basil and Capers 5 cups 1/2-inch cubed French or Italian bread 1 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes Salt 2 medium garlic cloves, minced 1/2 large …

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Tomato Recipes

Important – Keep tomatoes at room temperature.  Don’t refrigerate or flavor will be lost. Tomato Mozzarella Salad 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspooon Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil 4 chopped summer ripe tomatoes ½ cup chopped mozzarella (preferably fresh) Mix first four ingredients together for dressing.  Mix …

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Turnip Recipes

Glazed Turnips 2 lbs small turnips 2 Tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon sugar Salt and freshly ground pepper Melt butter in skillet over medium high heat.  Add turnips and stir with the butter.  Sprinkle sugar over the top.  Cook on each side for five – ten minutes, until browned and glazed.  Turn heat to low and …

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Winter Squash Recipes

Baked squash halves 2 lbs squash, with seeds scooped out Melted butter Salt Water 1/3 cup melted butter ¼ cup honey or maple syrup Brush cut surfaces of squash with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.  Put cut side down in a baking dish.  Cover the bottom of the pan with water.  Baker in a …

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