Recipes from My Garden

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Hi friends!  How was your weekend?  We had some fantastic weather on Cape Cod.  Although it was a little cool for the beach, we manages to get in some tennis, golf and a four mile walk along the Cape Cod Canal.  Good thing since we definitely indulged in some great eats this weekend.

Speaking of eats, remember the herb garden I planted a few months back with Miracle-Gro Organic Choice? Well, the fruits of my labor have paid off!  We have a beautiful little garden growing full of chives, oregano, sage, rosemary and basil.  

I was so impressed with how easily I was able to grow my herbs with Miracle-Gro’s Organic Choice.  I don’t exactly have  a green thumb so I was thrilled to finally be able to produce something! Of course, a litle research from Miracle-Gro Learn And Grow didn’t hurt either.

I was so excited to have my own fresh, organic herbs right at my fingertips, I decided to use some of my fresh herbs this weekend to cook up some delicious meals!

I made rosemary potatoes one night to pair with a meat dish. (All recipes are at the end of the post.)

I also made this delicious rosemary tartine, which was a huge success among my taste testers!  It was the perfect mix of savory and sweet.

I then threw together this amazing pasta meal, which is perfect if you are short on time.  I used the fresh pasta from the cold foods section and made two sauces: butternut squash with sage and a marinara sauce with oregano and basil.

For some extra veggies, I grilled some zucchini and summer squash and topped with basil, oregano and lemon juice.  Simple but delicious!

Rosemary Potatoes
A delicious side dish that is perfectly crunchy. The rosemary adds a hint of sophistication.
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  1. 4 medium Russet potatoes
  2. 1 tablespoon EVOO
  3. salt to taste
  4. rosemary to taste, plus a sprig for garnish
  1. 1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. 2. Slice potatoes into one inch cubes and place in bowl. Drizzle with EVOO. Add salt and rosemary. Stir to combine.
  3. 3. Place potatoes in a single layer onto a piece of foil. Place on gril and gril for 15 minutes or until crisp.
  4. 4. Serve with rosemary sprig for garnish and enjoy!
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Rosemary Tartine
This easy to make dish is perfect for a light lunch or a snack.
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  1. One loaf of bakery quality bread, such as ciabatta
  2. Low fat ricotta cheese
  3. Fig Jam
  4. Rosemary to taste
  1. 1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. 2. Slice bread into thick slices and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place under broil and cook until golden.
  3. 3. Remove from oven and spread a layer of ricotta cheese over the bread slices. Top with fig jam and sprinkle with rosemary. Serve and enjoy!
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Pasta Marinara with Herbs
This spin on traditional pasta marinara adds a nice little kick with the herbs.
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  1. Ready to cook cheese tortellini (found in the cold food section)
  2. Jar of marinara sauce
  3. 1/2 red onion, diced
  4. 1 clove of garlic, minced
  5. basil and oregano to taste
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. 2. While pasta cooks, heat a saucepan over medium heat adding EVOO to the bottom of the pan.
  3. 3. When pan is heated, add garlic and onion and saute until softened.
  4. 4. Add jar of marinara sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  5. 5. Turn heat to low and allow sauce to simmer until pasta is cooked.
  6. 6. Before taking the sauce off the heat, add in shredded oregano and basil. Pour sauce over pasta, stir to combine and enjoy!
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Butternut Squash Pasta
This twist on the traditional tomato-based sauce is rich, creamy and delicious. The sage balances out the sweetness of the butternut squash.
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  1. 2 cans of butternut squash puree (or use frozen if you cannot find canned)
  2. 1/2 cup of water
  3. One package of prepared cheese tortellini
  4. 1/2 red onion, diced
  5. 1 clove of garlic, minced
  6. sage to taste
  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. 2. While pasta cooks, heat a saucepan over medium heat with EVOO.
  3. 3. When pan is heated, add in onion and garlic and saute until translucent.
  4. 4. Add in squash and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. If squash is frozen, break up with spoon and cook until squash takes on a pureed consistency. Then turn heat to low and simmer.
  5. 5. Add a half a cup of water to the squash and stir to combine. Before serving squash sauce, add in shredded sage.
  6. 6. Top pasta with butternut squash sauce and enjoy!
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Summer Veggies
These delicious farmer's market veggies are the perfect summer side!
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  1. 1 zucchini
  2. 1 summer squash
  3. 1/2 lemon
  4. oregano and basil to taste
  5. EVOO
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  1. 1. Heat grill to medium.
  2. 2. Slice squash and zuccihini into rounds. Place in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of EVOO plus salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. 3. Place veggies on a piece of foil and grill until veggies are cooked but not too soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Remove veggies from grill and transfer to serving plate. Squeeze lemon over veggies and add shredded oregano and basil on top. Serve and enjoy!
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Readers, do you use fresh herbs when you cook?  What did you eat this weekend?  What would you make with either sage, rosemary, basil or oregano? What would you grow with Miracle-Gro?


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  1. The butternut squash pasta sound so easy and looks so beautiful! I’ll try it.

  2. I feel inspired now! I have a great window like yours too. I definitely want to try to grow something this summer. I haven’t been cooking much, but maybe this will inspire me.
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  3. rosemary potatoes are my fav!!! Let it be known I killed my cactus so yeahhhhh may not be growing herbs anytime soon lol
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  4. I’m not just saying this – the next time I go to a social gathering I’m 100% bringing that rosemary tartine. That looks like the most delicious thing!! Pinning now! 🙂
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  5. Oh my goodness that all looks soooo delicious! I would love to have an herb garden in my home. This looks awesome!
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  6. YUM. I love using fresh herbs when I cook! I want to get some herbs and flowers planted in my new backyard sometime soon. It’s on my long list of things to do around the house!
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  7. You went all gourmet – that food looks amazing – especially the tartine! I love using fresh herbs and basil smells so wonderful!
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  8. I love using fresh herbs and wish I could grown my own but I’ve never been able to grow anything for more than a few days!!!
    Rosemary is one of my favorites and your recipes look awesome!
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  9. The butternut squash pastas sounds so amazing, just like the rest of the recipes!! So inspired to revive my not so green thumb.
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  10. Wonderful! I would love to do this but I”m afraid that Jeffrey would just get into it. He likes all things green and grass like.

    Your recipes look and sound delish! Especially the rosemary potatoes. Yum!
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  11. Mm, those rosemary potatoes look delicious! I would feel so fancy if I were able to grown my own herbs haha.