In the Kitchen

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.

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.

Sichuan Green Beans

These zesty Sichuan green beans have a bit of spice and a lot of delicious flavor. They make a wonderful side dish for Asian dishes like sweet-n-sour chicken or curry, either served alone or over rice.

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

When it comes to adding flavoring to baked goods, it’s common to reach for an extract or concentrated flavoring. But when you use fresh herbs, batters and icings have a better, more natural flavor. With the use of fresh mint leaves in these Chocolate Mint cupcakes, the flavoring is subtle and perfect.

Hasselback Rutabagas

Rutabagas might be one of the most undervalued types of fall and winter root vegetables. Baking these roots will amplify the sweetness in flavor while maintaining their moisture. Preparing them in the “Hasselback” style gives the rutabagas little pockets in which to catch the dill butter.

Roasted Carrots with Chopped Mint Dressing

Roasting carrots is one of the best way to bring out and intensify this root’s inner sweetness. Seasoned with a hint of heat that balances nicely with fresh mint dressing, Roasted Carrots is a tasty, versatile side dish.

Panko-Crusted Stuffed Chicken

This delicious recipe provides a wonderful blend of textures, with the crunchy panko crust, moist and tender chicken breasts, and creamy stuffing. Serve alongside rice or roasted sweet potatoes and fresh lemon asparagus.

Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Here’s a classic schoolyard snack made from scratch. Using all natural ingredients, these Strawberry-Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups provide delicious berry flavor (with a surprising hint of mint!), but just enough sugar to provide that pliable texture that’s must for any good fruit roll-up.

Creamy Tomatillo Salsa

Inspired by the delicious green salsa you’ll find in just about any West Coast taco shop, this tomatillo salsa is sure to become a chip-dipping favorite. The tartness of the tomatillos is balanced by the creamy sweetness of the avocado.

Grilled Pork with Cilantro-Thyme Butter

This grilled pork recipe is perfect for those warm summer evening cookouts. We recommend serving with a side of grilled vegetables and our Spring Strawberry Salad.

Just in Thyme Rice

This flavorful rice makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and vegetables. You can also mix it with chopped fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet peppers for a hearty and fresh side salad, perfect for a summer picnic or potluck.

Mint Chutney

Mint chutney is often used as a condiment for Indian cuisine, served alongside spices to flavor entrees and top freshly baked naan.

Gumbo z’Herbes

This gumbo is lesser known throughout the country, but is an important dish to Louisiana heritage. Delightfully earthy with a hint of spice, this gumbo is sure to fill you with warmth and satisfaction even on the coldest of days.

Mustard Greens with Chickpeas and Garlic

This dish is perfect for a hearty, quick, and nutritious meal that’s equally satisfying and comforting. If you can’t find mustard greens in your region, fresh collard greens or spinach makes an excellent substitute.

Rosemary Infused Honey

There are two methods for flavoring the honey. One takes longer, but it preserves the healthy microbes in the honey that can be destroyed by heat; the other is a quick method that can be made for immediate use. Both methods work very nicely, and the resulting honey makes excellent gifts.

Easter Breakfast Casserole

This low-carb, gluten-free breakfast or brunch dish is a real show-stopper. The bright, earthy flavors of the asparagus and artichoke hearts mingle nicely with the cheese and fresh herbs.

Green Pea Hummus

One of the best things about spring is that it’s fresh green pea time! Try this recipe for a tasty, surprising twist on traditional hummus. Serve chilled alongside pita crisps, or use as a sandwich spread. (It’s delicious with ham.)

Sauteed Artichoke Hearts with Lemon and Pasta

The heart of an artichoke is deliciously meaty and sweet, making it a great main ingredient to saute and use as the basis for vegetarian dishes like this one. If you don’t have access to fresh artichokes due to season or climate, canned hearts can be substituted for fresh ones.

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.

Lavender Upside Down Cake

This gorgeous, colorful cake is sure to impress. (Don’t tell, but it looks a lot harder to make than it actually is.) You can easily adapt the fruit used in this recipe, depending on the season.

Mustard Greens with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

This satisfying dish is quick, hearty, and nutritious. Any variety of mustard greens will work. If you can’t find them in your region or you’ve been enjoying them so much that your harvest is low, fresh collard greens, turnip greens, and spinach make excellent substitutes.

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.

Strawberry, Kale & Quinoa Salad

Serve this delightfully spring-y salad alongside your favorite soup or sandwich. Or, top it with grilled or broiled salmon or shrimp and serve it as the main dish for a light, delicious lunch. For nuttier flavor, toast the sunflower seeds first.

Lemongrass Noodle Bowl

This noodle bowl is perfect for a cold night or when you want something light but full of bright flavor. With an Asian-inspired broth as the base, fresh ingredients are added to each bowl right before serving, lending bursts of additional flavor.

Edamame Hummus

Edamame is an excellent substitute for the more traditional chickpeas used in hummus, adding a wonderful nuttiness and color. Throw in a handful of fresh, seasonal herbs as a way to add additional flavor and nutrition. We tested a combination of dill and mint leaves (a few small sprigs of each) and highly recommend the combination.

Thai Basil Curry

Think of this as comfort food with an Asian twist. Thai basil is especially good as the finishing touch in this recipe, but if you are growing other varieties or can’t find it in the store, you can certainly substitute another type of fresh basil.

Berry Basil Fruit Salad

Basil may seem like an unlikely accompaniment to fruit, but it adds a surprising depth of flavor and interest to even the most basic fruit salad. Cinnamon basil is particularly good in this recipe, but any kind of basil can be easily substituted. If you aren’t fond of berries or they are out of season, you can replace them with additional citrus, melon, or even persimmon or pomegranate during the cooler months.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Sauté

This dish works beautifully as a side dish alongside roasted pork or duck. Or, top a portion with slices of grilled chicken for a light, surprising one-dish meal.

Minty Dog Treats in 3 Easy Steps

Made with mint, parsley, and other natural ingredients, these treats are healthier than most commercial dog biscuits, and will freshen Fido’s breath, too! We’ve even got a PDF version of this recipe for you to download.

Parmesan and Sage Crusted Pork Chops

Take the comfort food route by serving these savory, cheesy crusted pork chops with mashed potatoes and garlicky green beans or grilled asparagus, or lighten things up a bit with sides of baked sweet potato fries and spinach salad.

Butternut Squash w/ Browned Butter & Thyme

Looking for a butternut squash recipe to serve for dinner tonight? This tasty side dish goes with everything from chicken and turkey to roast beef, yet requires minimal ingredients.

Vegetarian Meatloaf

Just because you don’t eat meat—or are simply looking for a healthier alternative—doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one of the best comfort foods around. In this vegetarian meatloaf, savory portobello mushrooms play the part of the meat — and play it well, providing a wonderful meat-like texture. This recipe goes beautifully with traditional meatloaf side dishes….

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Get the flavor of old-fashioned vegetable soup without spending a single minute slaving over a hot stove. Put it together before you leave for work in the morning, then come home to a comforting, delicious meal, cooked and ready to eat.

Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce

This savory dish makes a satisfying meal when served with a crusty loaf of French or Italian bread, or atop pasta or rice. Use herbs from your garden if you have them, for the freshest flavor.

Lemon Balm Chocolate Mint Soda

This refreshing soda has a subtle, delicious, fresh-from-the-garden flavor you’ll love. A touch of lemon, a hint of chocolate mint — what could be better? Just the thing to surprise and delight your guests during a hot summer gathering.

Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

You’re less than 20 minutes away from fresh, homemade tomato sauce! It’s ridiculously simple to make, and tastes so good that you’ll never want to use jarred sauce again. Whip some up while the pasta or chicken breasts are cooking, and bingo—you’ve got dinner.

Zucchini with Thyme

This tasty side dish is a cinch to prepare, and a wonderful complement to a wide range of main dishes. The simple presentation of Zucchini with Thyme allows fresh garden flavors to shine through.

Cantaloupe Basil Soup

Cool, light, and refreshing, this recipe for Cantaloupe Basil Soup is simple to make, and works equally well as an appetizer or surprising dessert.

Crunchy Kale Chips

Salty and crisp, these Crunchy Kale Chips satisfy the urge to snack in a healthy, delicious way! We tested this recipe with lacinato (or dinosaur) kale, but any type of kale will work well.

Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ideal for picnics and barbecues, this vibrant dish features grilled sweet summer corn combined with chopped heirloom tomatoes and tossed with an herbed vinaigrette.

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad

While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more subtle. It adds a mild lemon flavor to dishes like this simple, sophisticated salad.