Fresh From Nancy's Garden

A Fun Place For Gardening Tips and Great Recipes

Back to the Garden

When most people think of fall they think of college football, the start of the basketball season (well, maybe not this year) and the World Series…but not me. I long for the day when the veggies arrive at Roger’s Gardens and I can begin my fall garden. It seemed I had to wait longer this year, but last Saturday I took the surfboard, skateboards, drumsticks, guitar picks and various other reminders of […]

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Albondigas Soup? Si, Por Favor

Albondigas Soup, is like a little trip to Mexico. But since you can’t always find it on the menu in Mexican restaurants North of the Border, I decided to come up with my own version. I tested at least a dozen recipes and after adding and subtracting various ingredients this is the one I like the best. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.   Don’t let […]

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End of Summer Green Beans…a la Zinc Cafe

It’s the end of summer and the end of a great season for my green beans. I experimented with so many recipes but my favorite is still green beans a la Zinc Cafe. www.zinccafe.com. I’m not sure I’ve exactly duplicated their recipe, but I will say, mine taste really good. I like dishes that are quick, simple, easy to make and preferably require little or no measuring. Give this one a try, […]

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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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Pizza on the BBQ

Leave it to Cathy and Larry Nokes to come up with the best party ideas. Their latest was a “Build-Your-Own” BBQ’d Pizza Party.   Larry has absolutely mastered BBQing pizza–something most of us couldn’t imagine. And Cathy, creative as always, surprised us with the most unusual topping combinations.  Nectarine, pancetta, mozzarella and arugula?  Brussel sprouts, mozzarella and bacon? Sounds crazy, but it was crazy good!  Not that adventuresome? No problem. […]

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Tzatziki — It’s Greek To Me

Tzatziki is one of those funny Greek words that’s hard to pronounce (tsah-ZEE-kee) but boy is it good to eat!   Just the thought of Greece conjures images of lazy summer days, sun-kissed beaches, white-washed buildings with bright blue shutters and long afternoons in tavernas sipping glasses of retsina and dipping pita into big bowls of tzatziki. But if you can’t make it to the Greek Isles this summer, you […]

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Tomato-Palooza…and a Cucumber

Nothing says summer better than sweet, juicy tomatoes fresh off the vine!  Except maybe a home-grown cucumber. Put them together and you have a delicious summer salad. Right now I have an abundance of all types of tomatoes in my garden–stupice, cherry, San Marzano and other heirlooms. Every morning when I go out to check on them I’m amazed to see how many have turned bright tomato-orange overnight. I just […]

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Tarragon Shrimp On The BBQ with a Fresh Garden Tomato Salad aka Larry Nokes’s Favorite

Don’t let the word tarragon stop you from trying this! When I saw this recipe years ago in the LA Times I almost didn’t make it because I didn’t really care for the strong taste of tarragon. But to my surprise, I discovered the marinade flavors blended into a smooth mellow taste and didn’t scream “licorice”. Now it is one of my easy summer go-to BBQ recipes. Not only do […]

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The Perfect 4th of July Burger… and Garden Update

In spite of our Southern California June Gloom, summer is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about burgers for the 4th of July.   There’s nothing like a great juicy burger, hot off the grill, perfectly cooked. It’s taken me years of trial, error and just plain bad ones to finally say I’ve unlocked the secrets to making the perfect burger.   And it’s so easy. Just follow […]

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Easiest Ever Dill-Infused Salmon on the BBQ

This is the easiest and most delicious way to cook salmon! After one bite Jake said even people who don’t like salmon will like this. I hope he’s right.  So here’s a taste test. If you’re not a salmon lover, try cooking it like this and let me know. And remember, salmon is one of those foods that are really good for you…loaded up with Omega 3. Ingredients: a great […]

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