Recipes & Edibles

Let the culinary experts at My Garden Life help you bring the joy of gardening into your kitchen with easy to follow, delicious recipes using all of your garden favorites.

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Preserving Your Summer Harvest

Preserving Your Summer Harvest - enjoy summer’s bounty for months to come -

Learn more about the variety of ways homegrown fruits and vegetables can be preserved for use long after the harvest season has ended.

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Cold Soup Recipe Collection for Summer

Cold Soup Recipe Collection for Summer - quick & easy to make -

Our favorite summertime soup recipes that use fresh-from-the-garden vegetables and herbs.

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Green Pea and Mint Soup

Green Pea and Mint Soup - a fresh twist on an old favorite -

This easy-to-prepare soup is a tasty blend of peas and fresh mint.

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Chilled Cucumber Soup

Chilled Cucumber Soup - a refreshing soup for hot summer days -

Use fresh cucumbers from your garden to make this easy summertime soup!

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Gazpacho for One

Gazpacho for One - yummy cold soup for a hot day -

No need to turn on the stove and heat up the kitchen with this chilled soup. Simply pick some fresh vegetables from your garden and blend them together!

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Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad - a cool treat on a hot summer’s day -

Not too sure what to do with all of your extra cucumbers? This salad is a perfect way to utilize them.

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Use Your Summer Harvest:  Fresh Tomatoes 5 Ways

Use Your Summer Harvest: Fresh Tomatoes 5 Ways - fresh, sauce, salsa, juice, canned/frozen -

If you're looking for new ways to use your tomatoes, try some of these ideas!

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Top 10 Tomato Pests and Problems

Top 10 Tomato Pests and Problems - and how to avoid them -

Here's expert advice on how to keep your tomatoes healthy and prevent the 10 most common problems with tomato plants.

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

A refreshing adult beverage; perfect for those quiet spring nights or as the signature cocktail of your Kentucky Derby party.

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Grilling with Fresh Herbs

Grilling with Fresh Herbs - fire up the flavor -

Use herbs from your garden to add layers of flavor to grilled foods. A fresh supply of herbs make the tastiest marinades and rubs.

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Mint Marinade

Mint Marinade

This recipe makes a sweet, tangy marinade for beef, pork or lamb.

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Lemon Sage Rub

Lemon Sage Rub

A mellow seasoning for meat and poultry.

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Parsley Cilantro Marinade

Parsley Cilantro Marinade

The perfect seasoning recipe for fish, shrimp and poultry.

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Lemon and Thyme Marinade

Lemon and Thyme Marinade

This recipe provides a light, refreshing flavor for poultry or fish.

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Edible Landscaping: A New Trend in Outdoor Living

Edible Landscaping: A New Trend in Outdoor Living - how to add fruits, vegetables and herbs to your garden -

Adding edible plants, berries and fruits to your traditional garden scheme is a clever way to add beauty as well as reduce your food costs.

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Growing Herbs and Vegetables for Pets

Growing Herbs and Vegetables for Pets - it’s fun and easy to grow containers of foods your pet will love -

Most house pets can enjoy a range of fresh foods as part of their overall diets. Many of the herbs and vegetables among these foods are quite easy to grow in containers.

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Fresh Rhubarb Pie

Fresh Rhubarb Pie - fresh ingredients that will take your dessert to new heights -

An old-school take on pie that you will serve time after time.

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Pollination Charts for Fruit-bearing Trees and Shrubs

Pollination Charts for Fruit-bearing Trees and Shrubs - how to get a larger crop of apples, blueberries and pears -

Some fruit trees and shrubs cannot pollinate themselves, or if they can, then it's not highly effective. These charts recommend good pollinator sources to guide you to which different variety must be planted nearby to ensure a large harvest of fruits.

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Herbal Tea from your Windowsill

Herbal Tea from your Windowsill - grow and brew your own cup of relaxation -

Growing your own herbs for tea is an easy and inexpensive windowsill project that rewards you with great taste and the meditative moments that come with prepping, brewing and sipping.

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Super Bowl Party with Gourmet Finger Foods

Super Bowl Party with Gourmet Finger Foods - make these gourmet finger food appetizers and score a touchdown with your Super Bowl party guests -

Super Bowl Sunday is filled with football and food. This year kick it up a notch with gourmet finger foods.

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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes - a decadent finger food perfect for any party -

You can’t go wrong with anything that has cream cheese and this recipe is no exception, add in the shrimp and tomatoes and you have the perfect party appetizer.

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Cherry Pepper Poppers

Cherry Pepper Poppers - a unique twist on the typical pepper popper -

If you like jalapeno poppers, you are in for real treat with these Cherry Pepper Poppers. Your taste buds will be salivating for the tang the cherry peppers and salty prosciutto.

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Baked Radicchio and Herbed Goat Cheese Dip

Baked Radicchio and Herbed Goat Cheese Dip - So much cheesy goodness, your guests won’t even know they are eating a serving of veggies too -

Herbs, goat cheese and radicchio all mix together in perfect dip harmony.

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Low Calorie Green Onion Dip

Low Calorie Green Onion Dip - a great low calorie swap -

Pair this low cal dip with chips, pita bread and other dippable delights.

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Crispy Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips - crispy, delicious AND healthy -

Everyone craves a salty snack now and again, and now you can have that snack without the accompanying guilt of straying from your New Year's Resolution.

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Mulled Wine & Cider

Mulled Wine & Cider - spice up your next holiday party with this festive cocktail -

A delightful and warming beverage with aromatic spices and apple cider with a touch of citrus, your party guests are sure ask for the recipe.

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Gingerbread Cookies made Simple

Gingerbread Cookies made Simple

Ingredients 1 cups granulated sugar ½ cup Brown sugar (packed) 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 3 tablespoons molasses 1 egg 2 tablespoons milk (or your favorite milk substitute!) 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2…

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Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Pecans

Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Pecans - A Perfect Thanksgiving Addition -

Acorn squash will be your new favorite side dish after you try this one. Slightly reminiscent of a Sweet Potato Casserole, you will definitely want seconds!

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Carrots & Potatoes Roasted with Onion & Garlic

Carrots & Potatoes Roasted with Onion & Garlic

Ingredients5 large carrots, cut diagonally optional cut into 1/2 inch slices (or use baby carrots)4 medium white potatoes, cubed1 medium Vidalia onion, cut into eighths2 cloves garlic, minced6 tablespoons melted butter or olive oilSalt &…

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Homemade Herb Butter

Homemade Herb Butter - and Salt and Sugar too -

Make delicious herb infused butter, salt and sugar right in your own kitchen!

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Sea Salt and Garlic Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Sea Salt and Garlic Roast Pumpkin Seeds - a flavorful, crunchy snack -

It's that season to roast and toast your pumpkin seeds! When carving your pumpkins or cooking with fresh pumpkin make sure to save the seeds. Add your choice of seasoning to make great snacks for the kids, and a bonus, they are rich in fiber too!

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Hint of Mint S'mores

Hint of Mint S'mores -with directions for making indoors-

Fresh mint leaves provide a brilliant twist to our campfire favorite.

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin Spiced Latte - in a slow cooker -

Yum! Make and enjoy this seasonal drink of coffee and milk at home.

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5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Radishes

5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Radishes

Find out why you should grow your own radishes. The #1 reason being, a radish is one of the easiest and fastest vegetables to grow.

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Black Bean & Corn Salsa Salad

Black Bean & Corn Salsa Salad - with a Mediterranean touch -

The ingredients of this easy-to-make recipe blend into a robust, fresh flavor that works well as a relish with chicken or fish, as a side dish or served with tortilla chips.

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Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

This great recipe provides the perfect blend of tangy tomatoes and mellow feta cheese.

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Simple Steps to Freeze and Store Vegetables

Simple Steps to Freeze and Store Vegetables

If your vegetable garden is producing more than you can use in your weekly meals (lucky you!), then follow these steps to freeze and store your extra harvest to use over the next 8-12 months.

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Minty Honeydew Sorbet

Minty Honeydew Sorbet -and frozen fruit snacks-

When a heatwave strikes, find relief and cool down with this minty melon delight.

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Double Berry Crisp (Gluten Free)

Double Berry Crisp (Gluten Free)

It's here, S-U-M-M-E-R, and nothing beats the sweet flavor of blueberries and raspberries in this easy-to-make, tasty treat on a hot, lazy summer day. (…just don't forget a dollop of ice cream on top)

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Simple Pickling Brine

Simple Pickling Brine

Make basic pickling brine with this recipe and can your vegetables to enjoy later.

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4th of July Creamy Potato Salad

4th of July Creamy Potato Salad - made with red radishes, white potatoes, and blue violas-

This recipe will WOW the hungry crowds at your 4th of July picnic with its patriotic colors, refreshingly crisp texture, and delicious taste.

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5 Delightful Edible Flowers

5 Delightful Edible Flowers Try their sweet, peppery, licorice, tangy or tart flavors!

Some flowers are not just a pretty face, but do double-duty as edible ingredients. The flowers' bright colors add to the visual display of food and provide interesting flavors.

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Asparagus and Pesto Pasta Salad

Asparagus and Pesto Pasta Salad - use your fresh asparagus harvest -

The perfect mix of cheesy goodness and savory pesto with a punch of flavor coming from the sun dried tomatoes, you won't be able to say no to seconds.

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Scrumptious Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Muffins

Scrumptious Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Muffins with Strawberry Butter

These tasty, moist muffins have a healthy secret … spinach!

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Fresh Salsa Mexicana (Pico de Gallo)

Fresh Salsa Mexicana (Pico de Gallo) - easy to make recipe -

Enjoy this refreshing condiment on tortilla chips, tacos, frittatas, burritos, quesadillas, potatoes and fajitas.

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Strawberry Agua Fresca – A Refreshing Drink

Strawberry Agua Fresca – A Refreshing Drink - enjoy aguas frescas on Cinco de Mayo -

Aguas frescas are a popular beverage comprised of fruits, seeds or flowers mixed with sugar, lime, and water.

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Corned Beef Grilled Cheese

Corned Beef Grilled Cheese Leftovers never tasted so good!

Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year with a big pan or crock pot of corned beef and cabbage? And now you have leftovers, so what are you going to do with them? Well we have the perfect recipe for you, Corned Beef Grilled Cheese! You can…

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Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

If I could name my favorite flavor it would probably be Garlic Parmesan! A healthier twist on garlic parm wings would be Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower! This dish did not disappoint! What you need: The first step is removing the "stem" from the head of…

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Bacon and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Bacon and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Let's just start this off by saying I love roasted veggies! A couple top picks for me are roasted cauliflower and roasted carrots. Roasting has the tendency to really bring out the vegetables flavor without needing a ton of fat or spices added. With…

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Marshmallow & Almond topped Sweet Potato Bake

Marshmallow & Almond topped Sweet Potato Bake

Ingredients 3 (15-oz.) cans sweet potatoes, drained 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 15 large marshmallows 1/2 cup sliced almonds Directions1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8-inch…

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Chestnut Appetizer

Chestnut Appetizer

1 (10 ounce) can whole chestnuts, drained 2 cups soy sauce 1 cup brown sugar 1 pound bacon In a small mixing bowl, combine chestnuts and soy sauce. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 450°F Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and…

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Heavenly Apple Crisp

Heavenly Apple Crisp

Is your mouth watering yet? If not, it will be when the delightful aroma of apple and cinnamon is wafting from your oven!

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Light and Creamy Potato Salad

Light and Creamy Potato Salad

A healthy variation on the cookout classic, this potato salad utilizes low-fat buttermilk and light mayonnaise.

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Best Ever Garden Veggie Quesadillas

Best Ever Garden Veggie Quesadillas - use fresh vegetables from your garden -

Quesadillas are a cinch to make and their flavor can't be beat when you make them with garden fresh vegetables.

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Vegetable Cream Cheese

Vegetable Cream Cheese

Rich and tasty appetizer, great for all of your dipping needs!

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Chocolate Mint Frosting

Chocolate Mint Frosting

5 Tbsp light cream1/4 c fresh mint leaves, chopped3 c confectioner’s sugar1 tsp vanilla1/2 c butter, softened1/2 c cocoaCombine cream and mint in a small saucepan. Heat to near boiling. Remove from heat and let sit until cool. Strain, pressing all…

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Freezing Summer Favorites

Freezing Summer Favorites - tips for storing tomatoes & herbs -

The basics steps for preparing and storing garden fresh tomatoes and herbs for quick, easy use later.

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Spiced Up Deviled Eggs

Spiced Up Deviled Eggs

1 dozen peeled, hardboiled eggs1/2 cup mayonnaise2 Tbsp. curry powder3 oz. Sweet and Spicy Tabasco or other hot sauce2 tsp. turmericCut all the eggs in half, lengthwise.Scoop out the yolks and place them in a large bowl, reserving the egg whites for…

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Chile Cornbread

Chile Cornbread

A delicious and easy recipe for Chile Cornbread.

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