In the Kitchen

Spicy Eggplant Stir-Fry

Whip this recipe up on a weeknight when you’re looking to give your family’s tastebuds a wake-up call! Meaty eggplant is the star of this savory, zingy stir-fry, making it an excellent choice for a vegetarian main dish.

Herbed Hummus

This surprising twist on a Mediterranean favorite has a delightfully fresh flavor. Use just-harvested herbs from the garden if you can, and add whole herb leaves for garnish when serving.

Herbal Tea and Stove Top Potpourri

Whether you’re in the mood for a hot cup of aromatic tea or simply want to fill your home with fragrance, make this your go-to recipe. Thyme, sage, lavender, oregano, and citrus combine for a scent and flavor that is both soothing and refreshing.

Bruschetta Pizza

This Bruschetta Pizza recipe takes traditional Italian bruschetta to a whole new level. It uses pizza dough in place of bread, and adds loads of fresh basil, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and olives, plus three cheeses.

Swiss Chard and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Served warm with a honey-feta vinaigrette, this hearty salad makes a wonderful side dish or light lunch, or turn it into a main meal by topping it with grilled chicken or salmon.

Warm Winter Slaw

Adding roasted butternut squash and a warm vinaigrette to raw radicchio and kale will slightly wilt the greens and lend a milder flavor. We suggest serving this slaw as a side dish, burger, or sandwich topping, or enjoying it as a main dish topped with grilled salmon.

Savory Collard Green Saute

In this delicious side dish, earthy collard greens and sweet cabbage come together for a unique spin on a Southern staple. Make extra and keep it in the fridge so you’ll have them on hand to warm up for a quick, comforting snack.

Pumpkin Bisque

Smooth and rich, this delicious soup will fill your home with a wonderful aroma as it cooks. Serve alongside sandwiches or salad, or ladle up a big bowl and eat it along with some crusty bread for a light supper. For a festive touch, hollow out some mini pumpkins and use them as bowls.

Green Smoothie

This green smoothie has all the ingredients and flavor of a green juice while maintaining the important nutritional benefits of using whole fruits and vegetables. Plus, it’s sweetened naturally using fresh stevia leaves. Packed with fiber and vitamins, this recipe is perfect for an afternoon or pre-workout boost.

Strawberry Rhubarb Chiffon Pie

Chiffon pies are a classic of the early to mid-20th century, and this recipe might just become one of your modern-day favorites. Using graham crackers to make the crumb crust adds a wonderful additional layer of flavor of this delicious pie.

Sunshine Salad

This quick and easy Sunshine Salad is aptly named for the brightness of its homemade lemon dressing. It’s a crunchy, delicious addition to your weeknight meals. The tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes can easily be replaced with any fresh vegetables you have on hand.

Ratatouille Salad With Japanese Eggplant

A twist on the French classic, this versatile ratatouille salad can be served hot or cold. If you have any leftovers or want to use this salad in a new way, try sauteing it for a few minutes in a bit of the vinegar-oil mixture and serve over a dollop of ricotta cheese with a fried egg and crusty bread.

Sage Pesto

Pesto is typically made with basil, but this version uses fresh sage leaves for a bold, well-rounded twist on the classic. Try it on pasta, pork, or veal for a deliciously different topping.

Parmesan Squash

This is a very simple recipe that is a wonderful way to highlight the freshness of summer squash. Serve as a simple side dish or jazz it up a bit by adding additional toppings such as fresh herbs, tomatoes, or cucumbers with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.

Oregano Citrus Marinade

This marinade is a simple yet flavorful take on a Cuban favorite, Mojo. If you can’t find sour oranges, substitute for ⅓ cup each of fresh lemon, lime, and orange juice. Chicken, pork, and white fish are the perfect proteins for this marinade.

Marinated Feta Cheese

Once you make this recipe, you’ll want to keep a jar of marinated feta on hand for those last minute guests or as a delicious snack. Serve with sliced meats and crusty bread, or crumble with tomatoes and cucumbers for a light summer salad.

Mom’s Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed with a hearty mix of ground beef, spices, and couscous, these stuffed bell peppers make an excellent one-dish meal. Any color bell pepper will work, but the yellow and orange are particularly sweet in this recipe.

Quick Pickled Summer Squash

Use a vegetable peeler to make gorgeous squash ribbons for a stunning quick pickled summer squash salad. Of course, you can substitute your favorite veggies (like carrots or cucumbers) in place of the squash.

Marinated Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill

We omitted the onions in this traditional marinated cucumber salad to allow the sharp, fresh flavor of the dill to play a more prominent role. You can substitute larger cucumbers as long as you peel and seed the cucumbers before slicing.

Lemon Green Beans

Perfect for a quick and easy side dish to accompany grilled meats or roasted fish, or to bring to a potluck, these Lemon Green Beans are sure to be a favorite. Any leftovers make a great salad topping.

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Highlighting the unbeatable flavor of fresh, sweet tomatoes, these marinated cherry tomatoes are definitely worth keeping stocked in your fridge. They are wonderful eaten alone on toasted bread, or served with fresh mozzarella and torn basil leaves for an excellent caprese salad.

Lemon Verbena Tea Bread

This tea bread highlights both the flavor and scent of lemon verbena. The sweet, tangy glaze soaks in, enhancing the subtle herb flavor in the bread while adding a bright and inviting aroma. Make a little extra glaze to drizzle over slices of Lemon Verbena Tea Bread just before serving.

Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash

Turn your fresh acorn squash into a filling vegetable dish. The sweet maple-currant syrup creates a mouthwatering glaze for the baked squash. It’s the perfect side for your next fall dinner or Thanksgiving spread.

Lavender-Lemon Balm Ade

Lemon balm and lavender add a nice twist to this traditional summer favorite. While lavender can be a strong herb, the flavor is noticeable but well balanced in this recipe.

Jalapeno Poppers

Your next football viewing party or tailgate needs to include these delicious jalapeno poppers! Baked instead of battered and fried, these poppers are lighter on the calories but still heavy on the flavor.

Grilled Turkey-Sage Tenderloins

Turkey isn’t just for holidays and this recipe will have you wanting turkey way more often than that. Serve with roasted vegetables and rice or mashed potatoes.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

This quick and easy salad only takes four ingredients and a salad bowl. When made with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from your garden, it becomes even better! Cucumber and tomato salad is the perfect way to highlight those sweet summer tomatoes and crisp cukes.

Heirloom Tomatoes au Gratin

Sliced heirloom tomatoes are shingled in a baking dish and topped with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs, and grated cheese — the ultimate summer comfort food!

Broiled Tomatoes

In less than 10 minutes of hands-on time, you can have a beautiful, mouthwatering dish that showcases your garden’s best tomatoes. Each tomato is topped with a crisp cap of herbs, breadcrumbs, and cheese. Broiled tomatoes are the perfect accompaniment to virtually any meal.

Original Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess dressing was created in the 1920’s at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. In its time, this dressing was extremely popular; you could liken it to the popularity of Ranch dressing today. It also makes a great dip for a party tray of fresh vegetables.

Herbed Red Wine Vinegar

Herbed red wine vinegar, infused with fresh parsley, sage, and rosemary, is a wonderful addition to any pantry. It’s excellent on salads or used in dressings, drizzled on sandwiches, or added to pastas. It also makes an excellent homemade Christmas gift or treat to welcome a new neighbor.

Eggplant Tempura

This is a relatively easy recipe, but something unique for using those home-grown eggplants. When testing this recipe, we also battered and fried a few basil leaves and flowers to serve with the eggplant — and let’s just say, that may have been our favorite part.

Greek Roasted Chicken

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser that’s easy but impressive, this Greek Roasted Chicken recipe is just what you need. Cooking a whole chicken in a Dutch oven keeps it juicy and packs in the flavor. Serve with rice or couscous.

Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

This recipe is so tasty that you won’t even miss the potatoes! Lower in carbs than potatoes, mashed cauliflower offers a healthy alternative to this comfort food favorite. For an interesting twist, try different colors of cauliflower (yellow, green, or purple).

Red Lentil and Collards Soup

Serve this soup on a chilly evening and you’ll instantly be warmed and comforted. This is a hearty soup, but not a heavy one. The citrus lends a bright, complex flavor, and fresh collards provide the perfect complement. As a bonus, red lentils are packed with protein.

Kohlrabi and Root Vegetable Hash

This hash is perfect for a hearty winter breakfast. It’s full of sweetness from the parsnips and sweet potatoes, with a hint of peppery bite from the kohlrabi. If you are using a cast iron skillet and don’t serve the hash immediately, please note that the eggs will continue to cook from the residual heat of the pan.

Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This delicious twist on stuffed baked potatoes equals a simple, healthy meatless meal. It’s perfect alone as a lunch or light dinner, or served with a side salad. Allow yourself a bit of time to make them, though—although this recipe is really easy to assemble, the potatoes do require at least an hour in the oven.

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Served over rice or noodles, this classic Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry will satisfy your craving for Chinese take-out while bringng the savory flavor to a whole new level.

Iced Watermelon Green Tea

What’s even more refreshing than a juicy slice of watermelon? A tall, chilled glass of homemade Watermelon Green Tea. Whip up a batch to keep on hand, so you’ll always have a cool pick-me-up standing by.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Any variety of tomato works well in this recipe — just use your sweetest ones. Roasting them intensifies the flavor and makes for a very delicious soup. If your tomatoes are in abundance this season, try making a few batches, then canning or freezing them for the winter months.

Roasted Okra

Okra is one of summer’s greatest delights, but when cooked, the sliminess can be a turn-off for some eaters. Roasting them is the perfect solution: It virtually eliminates the gooeyness and instead intensifies the sweetness and adds a delightful nutty flavor.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Sweet and sour with a bit of spice, these roasted Brussels sprouts are a simple crowd pleaser that you just might find yourself making on a regular basis. To switch up the flavors, try adding chopped fresh herbs after roasting or minced ginger to the sauce prior to roasting.

Watermelon Jicama Salad

This refreshing summer salad boasts a wonderful mixture of tender and crunchy textures, and is delicious served alongside grilled steak or chicken. For the best flavor, keep the ingredients chilled and toss everything together just before serving.

Creamy Cantaloupe Popsicles

Who needs ice cream with popsicles that taste this good? These fresh-from-the-garden cantaloupe popsicles have a creamy, almost sorbet-like texture, and are an excellent way to use up melons right on the brink of being overripe.