Fresh From Nancy's Garden

A Fun Place For Gardening Tips and Great Recipes


No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter "Minute" Cookies

These have been my all-time favorite cookies since I can remember. I know they might not be the most photogenic cookie, but what they lack in good looks, they make up for in delicious, mouth-watering, chocolatey good taste. And as their name implies, you can make them in just a few minutes. Minute cookies are popular during the holidays, but I enjoy them all year.  INGREDIENTS FOR “MINUTE” COOKIES 2 cups sugar […]

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Valentine’s Day Brownies With A Dollop Of Chocolate Frosting

It’s Valentine’s Day, let’s indulge!  Who doesn’t love chocolate? For that matter, who doesn’t love brownies with just a drop of rich, creamy frosting like your grandma used to make? Surprise the one(s) you love with this dessert from the heart!    I went to Coast Hardware–one of my favorite stores in town–to get a heart shaped cookie cutter and came out with a heart shaped brownie pan, three heart shaped […]

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Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches…For You and Your Valentine

Chocolate strawberry ice cream sandwiches–so creamy and chocolaty. Doesn’t this picture make you want one right now? These are super simple to make–the hardest part is waiting for the ice cream to melt and refreeze so you can cut out the heart shape. This recipe makes at least 24 sandwiches–that is, if you stop yourself from eating all the dough–I had trouble resisting. Counting calories? Skip the ice cream. They’re […]

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Chocolate Chip Roll-Ups…AKA Rona’s Rugelach

These are easy to make–and taste so good–they might just become your favorite cookie. I know they’re my favorite, and Rona’s too. When she asked me for the recipe I decided to share it with her…and everyone else.    It’s so simple I almost feel like I’m cheating when I make them. Give it a try and you’ll see what I mean.   INGREDIENTS 1 sheet Pepperidge Farms puff pastry, […]

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It’s Strawberry Season–Let’s Make A Tart!

I love the first strawberries of the season. They’re so sweet and you can do so much with them. I add them to spinach or arugula salads, top my yogurt with them, and of course there’s always strawberry shortcake, but my favorite is this delicious and easy strawberry tart.  INGREDIENTS 1 sheet Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry (thawed) 8 oz. Philly Cream Cheese–room temperature2-3 baskets of strawberries, cut into slices juice […]

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It’s Holiday Cookie Time!

I love these molasses gems and guess what–I’m not alone! I just heard from a very reliable source that they’re also one of Santa’s favorites. So this year I’m going to leave him a few extra on Christmas Eve. Maybe he’ll leave a little something extra in my stocking. Are you reading this, Santa? I hope so!    Wait…this just in…Hanukkah Harry likes them, too! In fact, sometimes he shows […]

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Rustic Apple Tart — So Easy and So Good

Who can resist this? Not me! And it’s so simple to make.  Since I always focus on all things Italian, I decided to pay homage to the French today with a rustic apple tart…cooked on a French Silpat….and served on a French placemat. This is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make and your friends and family will love it. I tried to keep it as healthy as possible […]

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