Perennials Still at their Peak

Now is a great time to check your perennial border for gaps in color. Stop by and see which plants have color now to add to your garden. All perennials are Buy 5, Get the 6th for FREE. Additional “Past Bloom” perennials are 50% OFF

Flowers with Vegetables

The original idea of mixing vegetables and flowers was based not in prettiness, but in pest control. The following are commonly used for this purpose and the petals of the Nasturtiums and Calendula also make a colorful & tasty addition to salads! 

Cherry Pepper Poppers

Directions: Slice tops off peppers and remove seeds. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around a cheese cube, and stuff into a pepper. Repeat with remaining peppers. Place stuffed peppers into a 1 quart jar and sprinkle with salt. Pour in enough olive oil to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit for 1 hour before eating. Ingredients: 12 fresh cherry peppers …

Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400° F. Boil, drain and peel the potatoes. Pass them through a sieve and put the puree in a bowl. Scald the zucchini and pass them through a sieve or mash with a fork. Add them to the potatoes, along with the egg, grated cheeses and oil. Season with marjoram, salt and pepper. Add garlic if …

Cucumber Salad

Directions: Combine tomatoes, cucumber, carrots and onion in large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, oregano and parsley. Whisk in oil, salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables and toss lightly. Sprinkle with feta before serving. Ingredients: 4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges 4 cucumbers, sliced thin 1/2 medium onion, sliced thin 2 carrots, sliced 1 Tbsp fresh …

Crispy Kale Chips

Directions: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food. Ingredients: 1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried 2 tablespoons olive oil Sea …

Houseplants as an Indoor Nature Connection

The mere presence of a lone Peace Lily tucked in the corner of the living room is nice. But, with a bit more thought and effort regarding placement, arrangement and interaction with houseplants, benefits similar to those received from being outdoors in nature can be achieved. Of course, this is all based on having more plants than one….lone…Peace Lily.  If …

Spiced Tomato Jam

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan, Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, then cool and refrigerate until ready to use; this will keep at least a week. Delicious on burgers, chicken, cheese …

Gazpacho for One

Directions: In blender or food processor, combine tomatoes, tomato juice, celery, garlic, half of the: cucumber, green pepper and onions; the hot pepper sauce and salt. Process until vegetables are finely chopped but not pureed. Stir in remaining cucumber, green pepper and onions. Refrigerate until chilled. Ingredients: 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1/3 c tomato juice 2 Tbsp celery, …

Easy Microwave Eggplant Lasagna

Directions: Microwave eggplant 4 minutes, covered, on plate with paper towel. Spread 1/4 c spaghetti sauce in 8″ baking dish. Arrange eggplant over sauce. Cover with 1/4 c spaghetti sauce, 1/3 c white sauce and 1/3 mozzarella cheese. Repeat layerings andtop with remaining cheese. Cover dish and microwave for 10 minutes. Let stand for 3 minutes before serving. Ingredients: 1 …

Greek Oregano Chicken

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl combine oil, lemon, salt, garlic, pepper and oregano. Mix well. Dip chicken pieces in dressing and place in a shallow pan, skin side down. Add 1 cup of water to remaining dressing, pour over chicken. Bake uncovered for 1 hour, or until juice runs clear, basting often. Turn chicken after 25 …

Grape Tomato Salad

Directions: Place tomatoes, cucumber and green onions in a medium bowl; toss gently. Combine balsamic vinegar, sugar, olive oil, pepper, and salt in a small bowl and stir with a whisk. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad; toss gently to coat. Ingredients: 2 c grape tomatoes, chopped 1 1/2 c cucumber, chopped 2 Tbsp green onions, chopped 1/4 c balsamic vinegar 1 …