Fresh From Nancy's Garden

A Fun Place For Gardening Tips and Great Recipes

A "Massaged" Kale Salad I Promise You’ll Love

Yes, you read that correctly–I did say massaged kale. In fact, that’s the secret to making kale taste like…well…like a real salad. I don’t know about you, but chewing kale made me feel like I had “earth” in my mouth. So recently when I was asked to bring a kale salad to a holiday dinner party for 50 guests I got nervous. I Googled kale and all you could do with […]

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A Festive Holiday Buffet

The holidays! They’re either the most wonderful time of the year–or the most stressful–especially if you’re hosting a holiday party. I’ve learned that having a fabulous buffet is the easiest way to celebrate and still enjoy your own party. All the work is pretty much done in advance and you can actually spend time with your guests. This buffet is great for a White Elephant Cocktail Party or even a […]

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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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Fresh Arugula Salad and Garden Update

Tired of turkey and cranberry sandwiches? Still full from your Thanksgiving feast? Here’s a quick, light and delicious salad you can make in minutes. I picked the arugula in my garden but if you need to buy it, make sure you purchase “baby arugula”. It’s more tender and has a better flavor.  INGREDIENTS Fresh baby arugula Rinsed and drained cannellini beans Shaved Parmesan cheese 1 lemon Olive oil  Pepper to […]

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Raspberry Tiramisu–Perfect for the Holidays!

Everyone knows I love all things Italian, but here’s a confession. I’ve never been a big fan of Italian desserts. I thought they were either too wet (rum cakes) or too dry (biscotti).  But all that changed last week when I was planning an “authentic Italian dinner party” and found Giada De Laurentis’ recipe for raspberry tiramisu.It was love at first bite! And it’s so easy to make. The hardest part […]

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We’re Cookin’ Chili!

Are you one of those skeptics who believes turkey chili can’t possibly be as good as beef? If so, here’s a challenge. Try my recipe, serve it to your friends or family and watch what happens. I promise they’ll love it and never know the difference…unless you tell them.But there is one secret to making great turkey chili—SPICES–and lots of them. It’s important to begin adding flavor when you are browning the […]

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Fresh Herb-Paired Roasted Fall Veggies

Working in my garden today I realized I planted enough herbs last month to supply a small restaurant chain for at least a year! What to do with all of them? Either all of my friends would get “herbs for the holidays” or I needed to dream up some new recipes–fast. Then it occurred to me–you always hear about wine pairing so I thought I’d try “veggie-pairing”. I rummaged through the fridge and […]

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4 Mac and 5 Cheese…and definitely not from "The Blue Box"!

When Jake was around eight or nine years old a friend of his came over for dinner. Jake was excited that we were having one of his favorite meals–mac and cheese. His friend sat at the table, took one look at his plate and said, “This didn’t come from the blue box!” At first I wasn’t sure what he meant, but soon realized he was referring to the Kraft version of […]

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A Trip To Tuscookany + Franco’s Minestrone = Buon Appetito!

Last April, in my blog about Swiss chard, I promised I would share Franco’s minestrone recipe and now, with his permission, here it is. My love affair with Italy didn’t begin last year with my cooking vacation at Tuscookany, but rather during my junior year of college when I lived in Florence. Back then, Italy was more famous for strikes than spaghetti and the Red Brigade was discussed more often than […]

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Two Men and a Mango

Grilled Halibut with Two Men Mango Salsa Last week my neighbor, Kurt Olson, Man #1 in this story, called and asked how I felt about mangos. I had to be honest. I told him I thought they were okay, but I never bought them because I wasn’t really sure how to cut them and I heard they had a weird seed in the middle and well…I just didn’t want to […]

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