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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Directions: In a food processor (blender) chop and blend together onion, cucumber and soup. Add yogurt and buttermilk. Move mixture to a sauce pan and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Chill at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh mint leaves or dill. Ingredients: 1 1/2 c cucumber, peeled, sliced 2 Tbsp onion 1/4 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Choose Well To ensure attractive healthy annuals all season, choose full, well branched plants with good foliage color and – on flowering annuals – an abundance of buds. Don’t go for the biggest plants or most open blooms, these are more likely to be leggy and burned out too soon. If the latter is all […]
Hosta and ferns are standards for the perennial shade garden. They have similar growing condition requirements and the contrast of fine-textured fronds and broad Hosta leaves does bring dimension and quiet contrast. All well and good for a supremely serene retreat, but what if you’d like to energize your shadowy shade realm a bit?
Pruning of trees and shrubs can help them stay within a certain size limit to fit the confines and aesthetics of a garden space. More importantly, pruning encourages fuller plants – thus more foliage for photosynthesis, more blooms to attract pollinators, more fruits for you and any creatures you share them with.