Fresh From Nancy's Garden

A Fun Place For Gardening Tips and Great Recipes

Uncategorized

Crispy Potato Roast–The Best Potatoes EVER!

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love potatoes. If I could only pick one food to take to a desert island it would be potatoes–okay, or maybe pizza. These crispy roasted potatoes are simply the best. You can even use a tiny loaf pan and one potato if you need a smaller portion. Cathy Nokes actually found this recipe a couple years ago on The Bitten Word website […]

Continue Reading →

Cheers to Spring! Vive La French 75 Cocktail!

Can’t catch a flight to France to celebrate spring? No problem! Invite some friends over, shake up these French 75 cocktails, and you’ll almost think you’re at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. The French 75 has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember but it’s not a drink every bartender knows how to make–which is surprising because it’s really very simple.  They say it […]

Continue Reading →

Pasta With Peas, Prosciutto & Parmesan

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I have a bumper crop of peas right now and I wanted a great (and different) way to use them. And this is definitely it!  I’m huge fan of pasta with peas, but usually the recipe calls for heavy cream or white wine and it’s a heavy meal. I wanted something tasty, but light, without a gazillion calories. Trust me–you’ll love […]

Continue Reading →

Winter Harvest, Roger’s Gardens Tomatomania! & Spring Planting

The Laguna Beach heatwave continues to confuse me and my veggies! It was 80 degrees here last Saturday and my winter crops didn’t know what to do, so they bolted. Literally. Just when the broccoli was actually producing beautiful clusters–without the mold problem I usually battle–it got so hot they went straight to flowers. So much for roasted broccoli. And just look what happened to the bok choy before I even enjoyed one […]

Continue Reading →

Thai-Style Steak Salad ala Martha Stewart

When I need inspiration for a great idea for dinner I always turn to my two favorites–Martha Stewart and Ina Garten. I love the simplicity of their meals and their recipes are foolproof. But I admit, sometimes I tweak them just to change things up. But this Thai-Style Steak Salad is pure Martha Stewart–my only change was to grill the steak on the BBQ instead of cooking it a skillet.If the […]

Continue Reading →

(Could Be Vegan) Cabbage Soup–So Easy To Make, So Good To Eat

I admit, cabbage soup probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about what would be good for dinner tonight. But when you taste this version I think you’ll change your mind.I was on my weekly hike with Roxane and Bettina last Saturday and Roxane mentioned she had made a cabbage soup and was surprised how sweet the cabbage was. It occurred to me that cabbage was one […]

Continue Reading →

Fettuccine (Or Spaghetti) & Meatballs

Winter–comfort food–pasta. What more can I say? Even though the weather in Laguna Beach has been warmer than summer I’ve been craving good, old fashioned comfort food. For me, that means pasta…and lots of it. It’s even more satisfying with home-made meatballs. I’ll admit in a pinch I’ll use the frozen ones from Costco (don’t think less of me) but there’s nothing better than authentic meatballs you make with love in […]

Continue Reading →

Super Bowl (Super Simple) Pesto Crostini With Mozzarella

Need a Super Bowl appetizer, but hate to cook or don’t the time? I have the perfect solution–and people with think you worked on it for hours! These pesto crostini with a mozzarella ball practically make themselves. You could make your own pesto, but why? I think the Buitoni brand is as good or better than mine. (I hate to admit this). The hardest part is waiting for the oven to preheat […]

Continue Reading →

Best-Ever (and Super Easy) Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Roasted chicken and potatoes–what more can I say other than yes, please! The weather finally cooled down enough last Sunday (sorry, the rest of the country) and I felt like I could turn on my oven again. I always think it’s a lot of work to roast a chicken and just easier to buy one already cooked at the market–until I make one and remember how simple it is! And the home-made ones […]

Continue Reading →

Chicken With Blackberry Buzz Jalapeño Preserves

I’m always looking for new ways to cook a boneless skinless chicken breast and I have Beau & Shari Nokes to thank for this one.  They gave me this jar of Blackberry Buzz Jalapeño Preserves and after just one taste I knew I wanted to do more than spread it on toast or a bagel. So of course, I used it on a chicken breast. It was so simple and delicious–I think […]

Continue Reading →