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Dye Easter Eggs in Nature's Hues

This year, color your Easter eggs with dyes derived from garden vegetables, berries, coffee, tea, or spices. Learn the method, and get a recipe for a basic egg dye and an onion skin dye.

How to Grow No-Spray Organic Apples

Apples are subject to lots of pests and diseases, but one grower has discovered a low-tech way to grow high-quality fruit you won't be afraid to eat.

Sources for Apple Trees

These nurseries have a wide selection of apple varieties, including many that come highly recommended.

11 Flavorful, Pest-Free Apple Varieties

Ted Swensen recommends apple varieties that are resistant to common apple diseases: scab, mildew, and fire blight.

How to Grow Watermelons

Make room for the sweet crunch of watermelons. They can even be coaxed to grow up trellises in smaller gardens.

Creative Ways to Use Stuffing Tomatoes

Beyond rice, onions, and ground meat...

How to Grow Heading Lettuce

Crisp and crunchy or buttery and tender, heading varieties of lettuce have lots to offer. Expert lettuce grower Renee Shepherd shares her expertise.

Cut-and-Come-Again Lettuce Sampler

A whole palette of colorful varieties delivers a leafy feast.

Plant Some High-Yielding, Low-Growing Peas

Dwarf peas are a great choice for the home gardener. Learn how to select the best varieties, when to plant them, and how to support them for best results.

Cold Frame Gardening

A cold frame with a glass top can give you a 12-month growing season, even in Maine, and it's the easiest and most economical way to extend your harvest. Build the one described here, and you're on your way to fresh veggies year round.

Build a Cold Frame with a Lightweight Lid

Get a plan, materials list, and step-by-step instructions for building an easy-to-manage, self-venting cold frame lid.

Cold Frame and Lightweight Cover Plan

Get plans and a materials list for a clear vinyl cold frame color with an optional automatic venting system.

Leek and Potato Soup

This easy, delicious soup has just five ingredients.

Leeks Braised in Red Wine

This colorful dish may be served hot, cold, or at room temperature.


Blend yourself a quick and nutritious cold drink with fruits, berries, and even vegetables from the garden. Get delicious recipes, or use the suggested ingredients here to concoct your own creation.

Keeping the Harvest Fresh

How you store just-picked vegetables is as important to flavor as how you grow them.

How to Grow Escarole and Endive

Escarole and endive offer crunch and a pleasant bitterness. These cool-season greens can be used raw as a salad ingredient, or cooked, most commonly in sautées or soups.

Summer Squash Sauté

Quick cooking is the ticket for light, flavorful summer fare.

Introduction to Canning

Canning your own garden-fresh foods offers many rewards. Read about the recommended methods for canning and filling jars, the equipment you'll need, and the best techniques for preserving the season's bounty in pickles, jams, and salsas.

How to Grow Celeriac

Celeriac, also known as celery root, is far easier to grow than celery, its close relative. If you're looking to try something new this year, consider celeriac. It's no beauty, but it's crisp and delicious, and it keeps all winter.

A Winter Vegetable Garden in Northern California

If your climate is right, you can keep your garden going all winter with cool-weather crops that can't take the summer heat: peas, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, and other salad greens.

How to Grow Pumpkins

Pumpkins don't have to turn into jack-o-lanterns, says William Brown, who shares his expertise on growing this prolific and nutritious "king of the vegetables." What you don't carve, you can serve in many ways.

Give Your Vegetables a Thai Twist

A few special seasonings turn American vegetables into vibrant Asian fare.

How to Grow Fine, Tender Filet Beans

Regular watering, frequent picking, and the right varieties yield a connoisseur's harvest.

Control Colorado Potato Beetle with a Mix of Strategies

The Colorado potato beetle has become resistant to a number of commercial pesticides. Fortunately, there are physical, horticultural, and biological controls to choose from. Most likely, a mix of strategies will be most effective.

Cool Kitchen Garden Containers

If you're bored by terra-cotta planters, you'll love these creative ideas for garden containers seen at an avant-garde festival in France's Loire Valley.

Bacillus thuringiensis: A Natural and Safe Microbial Pesticide

In addition to being a convenient way to control pests, Bt is also a good way to maintain the natural equilibrium of the ecosystem in your garden.

Using Asparagus in Season and Beyond

There are many ways to prepare fresh asparagus. If you want to enjoy it when it's out of season, try this simple pickling technique.

How to Grow Superb Summer Squash

Sunken watering pots and an understory of vetch keep zucchini, crookneck squash and pattypan going strong.

How to Grow Shallots

Shallots are an elegant addition to dressings, sauces, and sautés. If you choose a suitable variety, you'll be able to grow enough of this delicacy for a year-round supply.

Seasonal Food from a Monastery Garden

Simplicity reigns, whether it's tending the vegetables, cooking the meals, or preserving the harvest.

How to Dry Herbs

Bundle and dry herbs for great flavor year-round. Air drying preserves the flavor and color of herb leaves, flowers, and seeds. Maine farmer Ellie MacDougall tells how to do it.

Build a Stone-Edged Gravel Path

A gravel path bordered by a cobblestone curb is works well with many garden styles and is relatively easy to build and maintain.

How to Grow Artichokes

You may be surprised to learn you can grow artichokes just about anywhere, if you choose the right growing technique for your climate.

Protect Your Garden from Woodchucks

Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are common suburban mammals that can chomp your plants to shreds. In this article, a wildlife biologist describes the habits of the beast and reviews the options for keeping your garden safe.

Beyond Basil Pesto

Don't stop with pesto Genovese. Other herbs make vibrant, tasty sauces, too.

Get an Early Start for Your Spring Garden

Do a little work in the fall to prepare your garden for an early, productive crop in the spring.

How to Grow Mache (Corn Salad): Spring's First Green

Blissfully simple to grow, this gourmet green will overwinter to grace your table at the start of the season.

Managing Weeds with a Light Touch (Part 1 of 2)

Some weeds are actually good for gardens. Before you declare an all-out war on weeds, learn more about them and direct your efforts appropriately.

Managing Weeds with a Light Touch (Part 2 of 2)

Gardeners often dread the drudgery of weeding, but if you establish realistic weed tolerance levels and implement a few strategies, you can have a reasonably weed-free vegetable patch without a ton of work.

Growing Persimmons

Mild-climate Asian varieties such as 'Hachiya' and 'Fuyu' have sweet fruits, lovely form, and gorgeous fall color.

How to Grow and Cook with Chervil

Delicate in flavor, pretty in leaf, chervil likes it cool.

How to Grind Mustard Seeds and Make Mustard

Learn how to grind and store mustard seeds, and get ideas for using them in your cooking.

Vinegared Rice and Lettuce Rolls

These rolls go great with soy sauce and wasabi mustard. Steamed slivers of carrot or scallion may be added to the rice.

Quick Berry Sauces

A quick berry sauce may be cooked or uncooked, but either way, it's always just one or two easy steps from freshly picked.

Keeping Rabbits Out of the Kitchen Garden

Rabbits, be they jackrabbits or cottontails, can devastate your vegetable garden. Here's how to keep rabbits out of your vegetable garden without doing them harm.

Judging Vegetables

A veteran county-fair judge reveals what makes a blue-ribbon vegetable.

Growing for Competition

Find out what it takes to grow vegetables with prize-winning potential on the fair circuit.

Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Get acquainted with the good bugs and lure them to your garden by planting flowers they like. It's a green way to keep your vegetables healthy.

Seed Starting in Speedling Trays

A Master Gardener explains how to use these innovative Styrofoam containers with pyramid-shaped cells.

Get Those Seedlings in the Ground

Whether you raise them yourself or buy them, help ease the way for tender young plants.

Raising Animals as Gardening Allies

Chickens, ducks, and rabbits can add a lot to a kitchen garden. If you build them a decent shelter and take good care of them, they will reward you in many ways.

Potting Bench: Plan and Instructions

Download a detailed drawing, materials list, cut list, and step-by-step instructions for a beautiful potting bench.

Three Garden Structures You Can Build

Lashed poles, hoops,l and sticks give vining beans and tomatoes handsome support. These structures, from the gardens of historic Old Salem, a Moravian village in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are a useful addition to your veggie garden.

Learn Lashing and Make Your Own Garden Trellises

A genuine lashing is more efficient, more fun to tie, and usually stronger than making it up as you go along.

Culinary Mint Medley

Mint is indispensable for the cook, but which mint? In this article, Susan Belsinger offers guidance on selecting and using this essential perennial herb.

How to Freeze Corn

Nothing compares to corn fresh out of the garden, but here's how to freeze corn for the winter.

Meet the Garden Good Guys: Snakes, Toads, Spiders, and Bats

Snakes, toads, spiders, and bats are burdened with an unsavory reputation, but they can all improve a garden. Cast aside those medieval superstitions and learn what these much-maligned creatures can do.

How to Grow Carrots

Plant them right and pamper them afterward for a sweet harvest

Much Ado About Moles

Moles are much maligned, delicate creatures that improve the soil, eat many pest insects, and get blamed for damage they do not cause.

How to Grow Herb Fennel

Feathery fennel attracts beneficial insects and lends food a hint of licorice.

How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

Looking for a long-term project? Consider growing your own mushrooms. Shiitakes raised at home are superior in taste, texture, and appearance to what is commercially available. They're a lot cheaper, too.

How to Build a Kitchen Garden From Scratch

Formal design, lots of structures, and exuberant plantings add up to a lush, generous garden.

Give Your Garden a Seaweed Boost

Like a spring tonic, seaweed invigorates your plants and enriches your soil. Learn what it does, and how and when to apply it for best results

Chervil Butter

Use this herb butter to finish off a dish, but don’t try to cook with it or you’ll lose the delicate flavor of the chervil.

New Potatoes with Chervil Vinaigrette

New potatoes are potatoes that are harvested early, when they are small and especially delicious. Try them in this simple recipe for a tasty side dish.

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Chervil

This dish takes all of about 10 minutes to make, but the result is moist, delicious, and elegant.

Constructing a Copper Pipe Trellis

Design a trellis to support your climbing plants, then build it using copper pipe from the hardware store.

Tools for Working the Soil

Forget the rototiller. An experienced gardener recommends five tried-and-true hand tools for preparing seedbeds and moving dirt around.

A Mini-Farm in San Francisco

Faced with unplanned retirement, a gardener transforms a weed-choked backyard into a micro market garden that grows greens by the fistful.

So You Want to Sell Your Homegrown Produce?

Have you ever fantasized about selling your veggies to a restaurant? This author has done that, and here he offers tips on how to proceed and make your dream a successful venture.

Edible Flowers Enliven a Garden

A Pacific Northwest inn mixes blossoms with greens, and you can too. They'll enliven your palate as well as your landscape.

Build an A-Frame Tomato Trellis

This freestanding structure can be taken apart and stored over the winter.

The Sludge Report: Using Recycled Municipal Wastewater Solids as a Soil Amendment

Should you put compost derived from wastewater solids on your kitchen garden? The answers are hard to come by, but the questions are worth asking.

All About Pickling Cucumbers

Compact varieties grow fast in almost any amount of space, in this article you'll learn how to select, plant, water, and use this versatile vegetable without pickling them. You'll also find out how to protect your crop against the cucumber beetle.

Asian Vegetable Salads

Asian salads are very different from their Western counterparts, says Ruth Lively. Vegetables are rarely totally raw and crisp.

Controlling Cucumber Beetles

Adult cucumber beetles and their larval form, the corn rootworm, can wreak havoc with corn, squash, sweet potatoes, and the leaves of legumes. Fortunately for the gardener, there are several "least toxic" methods for controlling these voracious garden pests.

Cucumber and Yogurt Raita

Raita is a blend of grated cucumber, yogurt and herbs. It goes well with curried dishes.

Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

In this cool and refreshing dish, feta cheese, red onion, and kalamata olives add zing.

Cucumber and Noodle Salad with Satay Dressing

An Indonesian dressing adds a tangy note to this light and refreshing dish.

How to Grow Onions from Seed

Start with seeds to pick the best varieties for flavor, color and storage.

Radishes Are Multi-Purpose Vegetables

Most people eat only radish roots, but just about every part of the plant is flavorful and enjoyable.

Turkish Stuffed Peppers

A robust Middle Eastern mixture of rice, dried apricots, currants, and nuts seasoned with aromatics is packed into a colorful assortment of peppers.

Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

Forget the tricks and bribes. Ken Haedrich reveals the best ways to get your kids to eat their veggies.

How to Grow Radishes

For a peppery crunch, these quick-to-grow roots are hard to beat.

Broccoli with Garlic and Hot Peppers

Red pepper, garlic, and lime juice add a spicy, citrusy kick to fresh broccoli.

Keep a Garden Journal

Recording your garden's rhythms and rhymes improves results and spurs creativity.

Master Gardening

If you love gardening and helping others, here's a program for you.

How to Grow Sweet Cherries

Dwarfing rootstocks and self-fertile varieties give you the upper hand. With proper care and the right techniques, you can make your cherry dream come true.

Getting Ready to Garden

Last-minute care gets your garden off to a great start. Janet Jemmott discusses how to prevent problems in the garden, how to make compost, how to get your tools ready, and how to prepare the soil.

How to Grow Spinach

Harvest spinach longer with timely plantings and a mix of varieties.

Sweet Potato Sugar Bread

Serve this bread on its own, packed in lunches, or at a brunch with a fruit course.

How to Start a Kitchen Garden

Lucy Apthorp Leske designs a vegetable garden for her sister and her family, and explains what we all need to consider before deciding to start a garden of our own including size, location, and cost.

Steam Cooking Asian Style

Low-fat, one-dish, steam-cooked meals create their own savory sauce. Learn the art of steam cooking by following a simple process, and be sure to practice safe steaming techniques.

Build Your Own Raised Beds

Get more food from better soil with less water with raised beds. Landscape designer Linda Chisari shares her design (and materials list), along with advice on sizing and adding a convenient irrigation system.

Oh, Deer

Is there any way to prevent crop razing? Topics discussed in this article include dogs, repellents, behavior modification, and fences.

Build a Potting Bench

In the heart of every gardener grows the desire for a potting bench. This original design is fairly simple to build yourself, or you can hire a carpenter to build it for you.

Soil-Block Your Seeds

A nifty tool plus the right soil mix equals a bounty of seedlings. Using a soil blocker has a lot of advantages. Organic farmer Tina Fraser tells what they are how to use one.

Seed Starting Strategies

If you get the basics right, you can have your pick of healthy seedlings. From seed-starting supplies to transplanting outdoors, here is all the info you need to get your seedlings off to a great start.

Tips from a French Kitchen Garden

Want an eye-catching garden as beautiful as an ornamental display? Check out these tips from the garden of a French restauranteur.

Soil Testing Savvy

To grow great soil, you've got to do the groundwork, and that means you have to know what you're working with. Get the dirt on your garden's pH and nutrients.

Asian Slaw

Tired of coleslaw? Here's a fresh take on that familiar dish.

Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad

Using the full amount of cayenne makes this Vietnamese salad quite spicy. If you really like things hot, add the shredded chile as well.

Four-Vegetable Salad with Sesame Seed Dressing

This refreshing salad shows off asparagus, leeks, spinach, and turnip in a soy and vinegar dressing.

Blackberry Culture

So you want to grow blackberries? First learn how to site, plant, fertilize, and care for them for best results.

Growing Upright Blackberries

With proper pruning, erect varieties (some of them thornless) are easy to manage and easy to pick.

Creating Healthy Compost

Should you compost pesticides, herbicides, animal manure, paper, weeds, or diseased plants? The answers may surprise you.

Composting Hot or Cold

Cold composting is slow and easy; hot composting is fast but takes effort. Both produce a priceless soil amendment.

Cooking with Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are so good that they often get gobbled up right in the garden. In case yours make it to the kitchen, here are some ways to serve them up.

Growing Trouble-Free Cherry Tomatoes

Grown right, these little fruits are less prone to problems that plague larger-fruited varieties.

Selecting and Growing Great Paste Tomatoes

For paste, pasta sauce, and homemade ketchup, pick a variety suited to the purpose.

Tomatoes for Stuffing

Like peppers, stuffing tomatoes have a hollow cavity that can be packed with a variety of fillings. These colorful varieties make impressive edible bowls.

Oven-Roasted Whole Tomatoes

This is a very flexible recipe. You can roast the tomatoes until they are the consistency you prefer.

Tomatoes Dressed with Pesto Vinaigrette

Here's a nice starter salad that showcases beefsteak tomatoes.

How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes

Expert advice on growing beefsteak tomatoes, including preparing the soil, choosing the best varieties, planting, pruning, and fighting common diseases.

Tales of Silver Trails: Managing Slugs and Snails

Before resorting to chemical treatment, try one of the many less toxic ways to control these voracious pests.

Roasting Vegetables to Perfection

Simple techniques produce savory, satisfying results, says Carole Peck, chef and owner of Good News Café in Woodbury, Connecticut. She explains the fine points of slow roasting and also shares six of her recipes.

Rapid-Roasted Tomatoes

Cooked this way, tomatoes are juicy and make a great quick, chunky tomato sauce.

Sandwich of Cornbread, Goat Cheese, and Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Fresh-from-the-garden arugula adds piquancy to the rich flavor of slow-roasted tomatoes and goat cheese on homemade cornbread.

Basic Cornbread

Buttermilk gives a new twist to an old standby.

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Get the basic recipe for slow-roasted tomatoes and intensify the flavor of your homegrown produce.

Roasted Asparagus

Make a simple side dish to welcome the spring.

Roasted Cauliflower

If you don't like cauliflower, you've probably never tried it roasted.

Plant Some Runner Beans

"Scarlet ladies" are delightful to look at and delicious to eat.

Baked Runner Beans with Lemon and Rosemary

Baked beans aren't quite the same when you use runner beans.

Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

A cumin and yogurt dressing give some zip to this summer salad.

Lessons from a Restaurant Garden

Growing techniques that feed diners at Arrows will produce dinners for your family.

Thin Plants for a Healthy Crop

To get the best crop, most vegetables sown directly into the soil wil need thinning, and the methods vary with the plant.

Strawberry Butter

Made with dried strawberries, strawberry butter is deliciious on muffins, pancakes, scones, or toast.

Dried Strawberries are Sweet Morsels of Flavor

Dehydrating strawberries is a great way to preserve and concentrate their flavor long after the season ends. You can dry them in the sun, in ykour oven, or in an electric dehydrator.

A Soil pH Primer: Getting It Right Gets Results

Acidity and alkalinity are measured in pH units. Most vegetables grow best in a slightly acidic soil. Learn how to measure the pH of your soil and then adjust it for best results.

A Least Toxic Approach to Pesticides

Nobody likes garden pests. Here are some tips for managing them without endangering yourself and your surroundings.

Pickled Onion Relish

Add punch and crunch to meat and fish.

How to Grow Mustard

Mustard offers attractive flowers, pungent greens, and best of all—spicy seeds.

Fertilizing: It's Mainly About Nitrogen

Of all the components of fertilizer, nitrogen is the nutrient that plants need most. Learn about its role in plant growth and and how to evaluate the various organic and non-organic sources.

The Story of Peach Melba

This spectacular dessert was created for the great Australian opera singer Nellie Melba. Most modern interpretations fall far short of the original.

Champagne Peach Melba

Fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream, and a bit of the bubbly create a simple, but exquisite dessert.

Caramelized Plums Poached in Brandy

Poaching the plums in their skins adds a delicious texture to this elegant dessert.

Breakfast Fruit Bowl

Spiced poached fruit goes well with oatmeal, whole-wheat pancakes, and yogurt.

Cherries and Berries in Zinfandel Wine

This spiced and fruity concoction can be served warm or cold.

Poaching Fruit

Simmer peaches, plums, pears, cherries, and berries as a quick path to fine flavor and aroma.

Blackberries in Pecan Crêpes

Treat your family to an elegant change of pace for a leisurely weekend breakfast.

Blackberry Summer Pudding

Here's a homey dessert that tastes best prepared a day ahead.

Herb Cheese Canapés

Garnished with edible blooms, these tangy appetizers will surely please your guests.

Cherry Tomato Sundae

Cherry Tomato Sundae is a sweet and incredibly flavorful dessert.

Herbed Goat Cheese Tartlets with Currant Tomatoes

This recipe works well with any cherry tomatoes.


Homemade ketchup has a complex flavor that's worth the effort.

Mema's Spaghetti with Meatballs and Sausages

This recipe from grandma's kitchen makes enough to feed a crowd.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Mint and Bulgur

The red cabbage and raisins in the stuffing are an unusual touch.

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes hold a savory blend of toasted bread, herbs, and pine nuts.

Simple Vinaigrette

This basic dressing won't overwhelm your delicate garden lettuces.

Garden Chef's Salad with Creamy Caper Dressing

Romaine lettuce can stand up to big flavors; pair it with a dressing that features capers and anchovies.

Warm Shrimp Salad with Ginger-Tarragon Dressing

This salad makes an outstanding lunch or light supper dish.

Butter Lettuce Salad with Merlot-Raspberry Dressing

A blend of raspberry vinegar, honey, sour cream, and Merlot nicely complements the delicate taste of butterhead lettuce.

A Lettuce for Every Use

Renee Shepherd explains how to match each type of lettuce with the dressing that suits it best and offers tips on getting the grit out of greens and bringing out their flavor.

Strawberry Watermelon Soup

This soup makes a refreshing first course for a summertime meal.

Picking and Preparing Spinach

You'll need a lot of leaves to prepare a portion. Here's how to pick it and remove the grit before serving.

Succession Planting Guide for Spinach

A good way to lengthen the harvest of this tasty green involves a combination of varieties and a nearly year-round approach to planting.

Lamb and Fava Pod Sauce

This Middle-Eastern dish is good served over rice or couscous.

Fava Beans with Pancetta

Fava Beans with Pancetta is a quick sauté that exemplifies the best of italian cooking.

Top Billing for Dill

Dill doesn't always have to serve as pungent accent. True dill lovers know it can perform the lead role deliciously.

Cold Cucumber Dill Soup

This recipe uses dill to turn a chilled cucumber soup into a spring-fed pool of flavor.

Dill Biscuits

A cup of dill folded into an easy biscuit recipe gives the day an elegant start.

Dill Pesto

A pesto made with two cups of dill lends extraordinary freshness to a bowl of pasta.

Country Apple Pie

Pile the apples high and glaze after baking for an irresistible dessert.

A Dozen Antique Apples to Collect

Twelve antique apples: their ripening season, appearance and flavor, uses, and strong/weak points.

Broccoli: Not Glamorous, but Very Productive

Broccoli comes to a tender head, then keeps producing sideshoots deep into fall.

Broccoli Spears with Prosciutto and Parmesan

Wrap broccoli in prosciutto and broil it for a new take on this old reliable vegetable.

How Long Will Your Vegetables Last?

What's the storage life of commonly grown vegetables? Find out here.

How to Grow Cabbages

Suzanne Ashworth knows how to grow cabbages in a hot and dry climate. In this article, she offers growing tips and picks her favorite varieties. Growers in cool climates can follow her methods, too.

Build a Simple Cold Frame

This cold frame is a bottomless box topped by glass frames. With the materials list, a detailed plan, and instructions, you'll be able to build your own.

Grainy Orange-Honey-Tarragon Mustard

This quick-to-make mustard has hints of sweetness and citrus.

Chinese Hot Mustard Sauce

This hot mustard is aged for two weeks at room temperature, and then refrigerated. It is a natural with egg rolls.

Dijon Mustard

True Dijon mustard is certified to come from Dijon, in France, but this version is quick to make and delicious.

Garlic Conserve

This sweet, tangy condiment is excellent with grilled poultry or meat, and outstanding spooned over grilled eggplant.

Pasta with Pancetta, Garlic, and Walnuts

This dish is made with ingredients usually on hand. Be warned, it packs a real garlic punch.

Bagna Cauda

Bagna Cauda means “hot bath.” It is a special treat made with moist, recently cured garlic.

Making the Most of Garlic

Freshly harvested or cured and stored, garlic shines in the kitchen.

Give Your Cold Frame a Warm Bed

Easy-to-install electric cable beats the worst of winter.

Cream of Lettuce Soup

This soup can be served hot or cold. Using butterheads keeps it smooth and creamy.

Sautéed Shrimp Salad with Curry

Tender fresh-cut lettuces provide a perfect bed for a quick sauté of shrimp and shallots, accented with a mild curry sauce.

Perfect Tomatoes Come from Unhurried Biochemistry

How does a pale-green, hard ball become a mouth-watering red delicacy? Desirable tomato characteristics result from a careful biochemical choreography.

Sweet Onions with Roasted Chile and Feta Cheese Stuffing

Sweet onions are stuffed with creamy feta cheese, caramelized onions, breadcrumbs, and a touch of cream that's offset by the punch of roasted chile pepper purée.

Stuffed Tomatoes Provençal

Ripe garden tomatoes are filled with olive purée, sautéed onion and garlic, basil, and breadcrumbs.

Butternut Squash with Cheddar Cheese and Sage

Butternut squash is paired with tomatoes, cubes of cheese, sage, and white wine. The sharpness of the cheddar is a good counterpoint to the squash's sweet flesh.

Stuffed Vegetables

Savory fillings turn garden produce into something spectacular. And the basic technique for making stuffed onions, tomatores, peppers, and squash is surprisingly straightforward.

Pear Burgundy Granita

Sage enhances the autumnal flavor of the pears in this icy treat.

Mixed Berry Granita

Fruit liqueur adds a kick to this granita's flavor.

Honeydew Mint Granita

Honey and honeydew make this light green ice fruity and sweet.

Strawberry Champagne Granita

Champagne boosts the flavor of this luscious red ice.

Carrot and Cranberry Muffins

Grated carrots add sweetness and texture to these colorful harvest muffins.

Golden Squash Cornbread

Bake this cornbread in a cast-iron skillet for a crisp, brown crust.

Potato and Onion Focaccia

Serve this bread with soup or any saucy, tomato-based dish.

Aphids Ain't All Bad

It’s hard to think kindly of aphids, those pesky green bugs that suck the life juices from plants, but we probably should. Aphids are the base of many food chains in the garden, playing an important role like that of small rodents in grassland ecosystems.

Broccoli with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

Penne pasta gets a "sauce" of plum and sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, pine nuts, and broccoli.

Broccoli So Good It Jumps into Your Mouth

Discover the secret to perfect al dente broccoli and delicious ways to use it.

Double Digging

In a hurry for great soil? Grit your teeth and get to work. Double digging requires lots of elbow grease but creates fertile, well-drained soil every time.

Classic Apples for Classic American Pie

Make the ultimate apple pie with antique apples.

Antique Apples Varieties

Old varieties offer diverse flavors and a wide range of uses.

Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

If your squash plants are wilting, it may be because of squash vine borers. Here are some basic steps to figure out what’s wrong, and then to decide on a logical pest-control strategy.

Okra Tempura

A crispy tempura batter is enhanced by the inherent gumminess of the okra.

Arrows' Crispy Okra with Basil Pesto and Bacon

The flavors of this dish from Arrows Restaurant in Maine combine well with sliced yellow and red tomatoes drizzled with a light vinaigrette.

Okra Grows Up North

A southern belle finds a warm welcome in a cooler region. Give okra warm soil, lots of sun, and space to spare and you will find out that okra is good for more than gumbo.

Granitas Capture the Flavors of Summer

Make refreshing fruit ices from your garden berries and fruit.

Savory Beans

A hearty side dish featuring winter savory, tomatoes, and cannellini or haricot beans.

Savory Fried Tomatoes

Try these tomatoes on some olive oil-brushed crostini.


Eggs cook amidst a bed of red peppers, tomatoes, and herbs in this skillet dish.

Dare to Savor Savory

Learn how to use this elusive herb.

Watermelon Smoothie with Cardamom

This simple, summery drink can be made lower in calories by substituting plain yogurt for the ice cream and adding a little sugar.

Curried Watermelon-Rind Relish

This relish can turn a basic warm egg salad sandwich into fancy fare.

Watermelon Salad with Habañero and Basil

Serve this sweet and spicy fruit salad with grilled fish or chicken.

Wet and Wild Watermelon

Ideas for using watermelon include a smoothie, a salad, and a relish.

A Salad Is Better When Served with Vinaigrette and Croutons in a Wooden Bowl

Ken Haedrich reveals his recipe for his favorite vinaigrette, looks at the simple art of making croutons, and considers the pleasures of wooden salad bowls.

A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests

With regular observation, good gardeners catch potential problems before they become severe. By hand-picking, squashing, or pruning off insects pests, they're not likely to multiply beyond control. Helping beneficial insects flourish is extremely important as well.

How to Grow Dill

Glide through summer with an eager herb full of flavor.


Calabacitas refers to both a round summer squash and a stew made with them, along with corn and roasted green chiles. The squash tastes like zucchini, which can be used successfully in its place.

Cutting to the Chase on Cutworms

The name cutworm is applied to the larvae of about 200 species of night-flying moths. Here's how to control them in your garden.

With Fava Beans, to Peel or Not to Peel Is the Question

Fava lovers debate whether removing the skins improves flavor and texture. Try them both ways and decide for yourself.

How to Grow Favas, the Cool-Season Bean

This meaty, Old World legume is long on flavor.

A Freestanding Tomato Trellis Improves Yields and Keeps the Garden Neat

Trellis and train your tomato plants for big fruit that ripens fast.

Pickled Pepper Relish

Green, yellow, and red peppers along with chipotle chilies and red onion make up this relish.

Creamy Red Pepper Grits

A red pepper purée with some cream and Parmesan cheese gives grits elegance and appeal you never dreamed possible.

Biologicals Do a Number on Pests

When faced with the need to use an insecticide, here are a few guidelines to using the least-toxic ones.

Grilled Pork, Eggplant, and Fennel Salad

Pork tenderloin is arranged on top of grilled peppers, fennel, eggplant, and scallions.

Grilled Striped Bass with Corn, Tomato, and Basil Salad

Striped bass cooks on the grill in less than 10 minutes. In this dish, it is placed atop a salad of grilled corn, tomatoes, pepper, and spinach.

Lentil Salad with Grilled Figs and Vegetables

An eclectic mix of carrots, figs, beets, goat cheese, arugula, and other vegetables compose this salad.

When the Salad Makes Supper

An artful blend of ingredients yields easy summertime meals.

Chicken Salad with Grapes

A great lunch or light dinner, this salad features both fresh grapes and golden raisins.

Watercress and Red Grape Salad

Red grapes, apple, blue cheese, and watercress make up this tasty salad.

Green Grape Salsa

Serve this salsa with tortilla chips or with a warm Brie quesadilla.

Tasty Grapes Can Enhance Your Cooking

With grapes, simple is better. But that doesn't mean that they can't be used in dishes from salsa to salads.

Peas with Mint

A classic springtime pairing.

Chicken Roasted with Herbs and Root Vegetables

This dish can be made lower in fat by placing the chicken on a rack and roasting the vegetables in a separate pan.

Fines Herbes Omelet

Fines herbes are equal parts chives, parsley, chervil, and tarragon.

Growing Herbs in Windowboxes

Short on garden space? Grow your herbs even closer to the kitchen in windowboxes that fit your style.

Zucchini with Roasted Peppers, Corn, and Cream (Calabacitas con Crema)

Roasted poblano chiles and cream—one of the showstoppers of Mexican cuisine—welcomes zucchini and corn into the classic mix. As is, it’s an unbeatable taco filling; with grilled or broiled chicken, the combination becomes an unforgettable main dish.

Golden Squash Blossom Crema (Crema de Flores de Calabaza)

Chef Rick Bayless calls this soup the "squash blossom dish of dreams."

Stewed Squash Blossoms (Flores de Calabaza Guisadas)

Squash and zucchini blossoms are the most fragile, most ethereal part of the plant. They add a special flowery delicacy to food.

Crusty Griddle-Baked Quesadillas

These quesadillas are filled with a mixture of fresh squash blossoms, peppers, tomatoes, and cheese.

Quick-Fried Zucchini with Toasted Garlic and Lime (Calabacitas al Mojo de Ajo)

Serve this dish as is or spoon it into a hot corn tortilla and sprinkle it with tangy, fresh cheese.

Mexican Ways with Zucchini

Chef Rick Bayless shows how zesty seasonings transform the fruit and flowers of zucchini into flavorful dishes.

Mussels with Sweet Peppers

Steamed mussels are soaked with a sauce of peppers, white wine, cream, and herbs.

Mandolines: Music to the Cook's Ear

Ken Haedrich test drives three models of mandolines and discusses the pros and cons of each.

The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

One of the surest ways to healthy, productive tomato plants is a strategy that prevents tomato diseases.

Hay Makes a Great Mulch

Blankets of permanent mulch keep the garden pretty and productive.

Try Hydroponics for Great Vegetables

Say goodbye to backbreaking work and garden pests, and garden all winter long with a hydroponic system.

Lively Lemony Punch

Pineapple, lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon juice, and limes mix in this unique punch.

Grilled Tuna Niçoise with Lemony Herbs

Grilled, marinated tuna sits atop a composed salad of beans, potatoes, olives, onions, and tomatoes.

Lemon Verbena Flan

This lemony dessert with a caramelized top makes an elegant presentation.

Lemon Herbs Lend a Light Touch to Food

How to use and store lemon verbena, balm, basil, thyme and lemongrass.

Lemon Herbs

Lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemon thyme, lemon basil, and lemon grass offer ethereal aroma and essence to many foods. And they provide color, fragrance, and texture to the garden.

How to Grow Beets

Beets can be easy and satisfying to grow if you prepare the soil well, fertilize carefully, sow the seed lavishly, and thin them conscientiously.

Whole-Beet Pasta Sauce

Beet greens and cubes of roasted beets form the base of this quick and tasty sauce.

Beet Vinaigrette

In this recipe, pureed cooked beets take the place of some of the oil, so this dressing has more nutrients and less fat than traditional vinaigrettes.

Roast Beets for Sweetness

Roasting beets gives them a sweeter, richer, and deeper flavor than boiling does.

Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro Salsa

An easy soup that can be made with a water base or by using a quick stock recipe. Green salsa is swirled into the soup before serving.

Savory Corn Pancakes with Pepper Relish

Topped with a fresh pepper relish, these corn pancakes make a delicious summertime lunch or dinner.

Cooking with Corn

Deft handling in the kitchen keeps this summer treat sweet and tender.

Rooftop Refuge in the Asphalt Jungle

Container gardening aloft requires vigilant care, but the rewards are ample.

How to Grow Bell Peppers

Sweet peppers offer a summer finale to savor.

Build Brick Garden Pathways

Turn weedy walks into artful avenues with neat and attractive paths of brick.

Roasted Orange Vinaigrette

Use this oil for summer fruit salads, chilled seafood salads, and bitter greens like endive or radicchio.

Chile Oil

Flavored oils like this one can be used in lieu of adding the seasoning directly to a dish.

Red Wine Vinaigrette

A simple oil and vinegar-based vinaigrette that is good with chilled vegetables like leeks or tomatoes, mesclun greens, or even summer fruits.

Puttanesca Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is good with pasta, grilled fish, and Med­i­ter­ranean food, or chilled with antipasti.

How to Make Garden-Fresh Vinaigrettes

Vinaigrettes aren't just for lettuce anymore.

How and When to Water Your Garden

Quench your plants' thirst without overdoing it. By getting to know your soil, keeping water where it needs to be, and knowing when to get out the hose, you can effectively water your garden and save money, too.

Tuscan Bean Salad

White kidney beans are dressed with olive oil, vinegar, sage, and garlic.


Sage is rolled into veal or chicken bundles which are then coated with dry Marsala wine.

Roasty Potatoes with Sage

Sage enlivens the flavor of roasted potatoes in this easy recipe.

Cooking Tames Sage's Flavor

With long cooking, sage's assertive raw taste mellows, and it bumps up the flavor of starchy foods and mild meats. Briefly cooked, sage stands up well to more aggressive flavors.

How to Grow Sage

Grow this perennial herb to enliven your garden and your cooking.

Melon Frost

A refreshing, chilled, fruity drink for a hot day.

Melon Cake with Citrus Glaze

A lemon or orange glaze tops this cake made from puréed orange-fleshed muskmelon.

Melon Deserves Proper Treatment

If you can avoid the temptation of eating ripe melons right out of the field, try these ideas.

How to Grow Sweet, Tasty Muskmelons

For the best flavor, grow long-season varieties, says melon grower Laurie Todd. She offers advice on everything from seed starting to harvesting.

Monitor for Signs of Trouble

To reduce pest problems in your garden, combine a number of strategies and monitor the garden regularly.

Wilted Spinach and Basil Salad

Fresh spinach is topped with toasted pine nuts, prosciutto, and Parmesan in this salad.

How to Prune an Old Apple Tree

Pruning can bring an old tree back to health and let you reap the fruit of your labor.

Rhubarb Pie With Muscat Raisins

In days gone by, rhubarb was called "pie plant." It combines with raisins in this variation on the dessert classic.

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Rhubarb conserve and chopped strawberries are mixed into the batter of these muffins.

Rhubarb Conserve

Spread this conserve on muffins, croissants, popovers, or toast.

Cooking with Rhubarb

There are many other ways to use rhubarb besides in the classic pie.

Designing with Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a particularly striking vegetable to use in kitchen garden design.

Quick Stock from Vegetable Trimmings

If your vegetable trimmings go directly from the cutting board to the compost pile, you may be throwing out good flavor and nutrients. Many of those odd pieces—ends, peels, cores, and stems—have great potential in a quick vegetable stock.

Braised Artichokes with Leeks and Peas

As the season progresses, take advantage of fava beans, baby carrots, asparagus, spring turnips, or the first zucchini. For a fall stew, add diced celery root along with the artichokes.

Summer Vegetables Stewed in Their Own Juices

Carrots, new potatoes, beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, and summer squash enliven this dish with their various colors and flavors.

Romesco Sauce

This Catalan sauce is delicious served with chickpeas, roasted potatoes, or grilled vegetables.

Potato and Chickpea Stew

Time is a crucial ingredient when making a ragoût, but this stew is still done in an hour.

Simmer Down Some Vegetable Ragoûts

Saucy stews owe their deep flavor to gentle cooking. Many people rely on stir-fries for an easy weeknight meal, but ragoûts and stews can simmer lazily over low heat in a heavy pan or casserole while you're making a salad or dessert.

Old World Splendor, New World Style

With a little imagination, grand gardens can inspire even the smallest plots. After visiting Rosemary Verey's famous kitchen garden at Barnsley House, author Betty Lou Davis transforms her own Maryland vegetable garden.

Potatoes With Cilantro and Garlic-Lime Butter

This recipe gives new potatoes a new taste.

Cilantro Salsa Verde

Cilantro adds a cool note to this green salsa.

Grilled Fish With Cilantro Rub

Use halibut, mahi mahi, or tuna in this recipe. The citrus marinade tenderizes the fish, allowing it to cook quickly on the grill or under the broiler.

Cooking with Cilantro

Cilantro's flavor elicits strong reactions in people. For those who love it, it enlivens many dishes, acting as a cool foil for spicy seasonings. Here's how to use it and store it.

How to Grow Cilantro

Favored in fiery cuisines (like salsa), this herb likes cool weather. Here's how to grow and harvest cilantro.

Beef and Radish Soup

This hearty soup features egg noodles, winter radishes, and a rutabaga.

Spring Cole Slaw

A variety of fresh herbs, mustard, and cabbage mix with spring radishes in this flavorful cole slaw.

Controlling Scales, a Common Pest of Fruit Trees

Scale insects can be serious pests for fruit and nut trees, currants, grapes, and raspberries. Here's how to deal with them.

Stir-fried Shrimp and Asparagus

Served with rice or noodles, this Asian-inspired dish gets some heat from a red pepper.

Pickled Asparagus

Preserve your asparagus harvest by pickling it.

Fresh Asparagus Soup

Sour cream thickens this pretty soup made with a pound of fresh asparagus.

Quick and Light, Asparagus Hits the Spot

Tips on using and preserving fresh asparagus.

Collards and Andouille Sausage Casserole with Buttermilk Cornbread

Collards and cornbread are quintessential Southern favorites. This recipe combines the two in an innovative way.

Slow-Cooked Southern Greens

Here's the real deal: Southern-style cooked greens braised slowly until tender, cooked with a piece of pork and some hot peppers, and served with some vinegar.

How to Grow Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the tastiest, easiest vegetables you can g row. A little work up front pays off with years of good eating. Find out how to plant and manage this quintessential spring crop.

How to Control Slugs in Your Garden

Some species of slugs can eat their weight in plants every day. Sharon Collman explains how to outsmart them and save your garden from taking a licking

Strawberry "Soft Serve" Yogurt

After freezing for three to four hours, this "soft serve" is swirled in a food processor to make it creamy.

Strawberry Mascarpone Trifle

Ladyfingers replace shortcake and mascarpone cheese takes the place of whipped cream in this trifle version of a classic dessert.

Cooking with Fresh Strawberries

Ripe, juicy, freshly picked strawberries beg for the cook's creative expression.

Steamed Shrimp with Snow Peas and Noodles

A pungent sauce is spooned over a dish of shrimp, snow peas, and noodles.

Spicy Steamed Vegetables and Chicken

Serve this dish over rice or noodles.

Steamed Rice-stuffed Peppers

Plump green peppers are filled with rice, tomato, and onion and then steamed.

Black Bean and Basmati Rice Salad

A colorful, "confetti" salad mixed with an orange-jalapeño vinaigrette.

Mango Salsa

A fairly spicy salsa of mixed peppers and mango.

Grilled Goat Cheese Wrapped in Grape Leaves

Serve these little packages of grilled goat cheese with a crusty bread.

Invitation to a Garden

Debora Carl planned a garden where family and friends could grill, eat, and enjoy each other's company.

Pickled Green Beans

Green beans are pickled along with red chiles, peppercorns, and dill.

Zucchini Pickles

Whole, small zucchini stand upright in canning jars in this recipe.

Pretty Pickled Beets

Striped or golden beets make colorful pickles.

Zesty Pickled Garlic

The flavors of this garlic develop for a month in dark storage.

Zesty Garden Pickles

There's more to pickle than cucumbers. All manner of produce can be pickled. Jane Selover walks us through the few simple steps to tangy treats you can enjoy all year

Parsley Gnocchi

These flavorful gnocchi are first boiled and then sprinkled with cheese and baked.


Chimichurri is a zesty sauce from Argentina that makes a wonderful marinade for vegetables and fish.

Parsley Perks Up Food Without Overwhelming It

How to harvest, store, freeze and use this most underappreciated herb.

How to Grow Parsley

This indispensable, easy-to-grow culinary herb wins accolades for its piquant flavor. It’s highly ornamental in pots, borders, or the vegetable garden; and it stores and freezes beautifully.

Pea, Feta, and Tomato Salad

Feta cheese adds piquancy to this colorful dish. Most of the salad can be combined ahead of time, but the peas are added at the last minute.

Chilled Farfalle and Pea Salad

Here's an unusual pasta dish that gets its flavor from peas, sundried tomatoes, basil, peppers, and onion.

Fragrant Orange Salad with Cilantro and Mint

Sweet fruit and savory vegetables combine in this vibrant salad.

Lemon Dressing

A light lemon dressing that enhances the ingredients of salads without overpowering them.

Lemony Grilled Tuna and Arugula Salad

This composed salad makes a satisfying meal.

The Composed Salad

Artfully arrange your garden bounty for a light meal that looks as good as it tastes. A composed salad of carefully placed fresh vegetables keeps individual ingredients distinct, yet ties them together with a flavorful dressing.

Wild Mushroom and Pea Risotto

The creaminess of this risotto is complemented by the fresh green peas and the earthy mushrooms.

A Seattle Terrace Garden

This garden features perennial fruits, vegetables, and herbs selected for productivity as well as for looks. Cedar-edged brick paths give the garden structure.

Keep Cabbage-Loving Caterpillars in Check

Identification, row covers, natural enemies, and Bt keep cabbage caterpillars from making your cole crops look like Swiss cheese.

Yes, You Can Practice Crop Rotation

Here is a simple approach to a complex concept. If you rotate crops according to their nutritional requirements, then you can add soil amendments in rotation, too.

Golden Squash and Split Pea Dal

This spicy Indian dish is often served over rice, making a combination of legumes and grains that provides complete protein.

Squash, Apple, and Onion Pizza

Try a variation on the standard tomato-sauce pizza by topping a crust with apples, squash, onions, and cheddar cheese.

Savory Stuffed Squash

Pine nuts, wild rice, and a variety of herbs and vegetables make a colorful, savory stuffing for baked squash.

Cooking with Subtle, Sweet Winter Squash

Two of the easiest ways to prepare a winter squash are steaming and oven roasting.

Grilled Tuna with Thyme

Tuna steaks are marinated in herbs, sherry, and soy sauce in this easy recipe.

Caraway Thyme Mayonnaise

Thyme, paprika, and dry mustard blend together for a delicious sandwich spread.

How to Grow Culinary Thyme

By mimicking their native habitat as closely as possible and by learning how to prune the plants correctly, Rexford Talbert grows thymes in abundance.

For the Best Flavor, Blend Thyme with Fats

Follow these tips to use thyme to its best advantage.

A Whitefly in the Ointment

Defense against whiteflies begins with garden diversity.

Stone Wall Tactics

An ecological outlook and organic materials vitalize a garden. By working with nature instead of against it, James Carr and his wife cultivate a vegetable garden without chemicals.

How to Grow Espalier Apple Trees

Produce more fruit in less space with this centuries-old technique. Ron Wade guides us step-by-step through the first three years in the life of an espaliered apple tree.

Andrea's Vegetable Menestra

This version of a complicated Spanish dish is more streamlined, and trades some of the assertive vegetables with more wine-loving ones.

Chardonnay Lovers' Creamy Corn Polenta

Pair this comfort food with your favorite Chardonnay.

Simple Strategies for Pairing Wine with Vegetables

Red or white? Sommelier Andrea Immer shares some simple tools that make it easy to pair the right wine with your vegetables.

Cream Puffs with Mixed Fruits and Honey Ice Cream

The freshest fruit surrounds a scoop of homemade ice cream and a delicate, cream-filled puff of pastry.

Tart of Green Vegetables

Baked in a tart shell or ring, these rounds of fresh greens are surrounded by a browned, rustic crust.

Braised Young Vegetables

Use just-picked veggies and homemade broth to make this dish the best it can be.

At La Bastide de Moustiers, the Day's Produce is the Star of the Menu

Gardening cooks who find their way to this Provençal inn likely won't want to leave. The pristine produce from the garden and nearby markets is given great respect in the kitchen and a place of honor at the table.

How to Control Voles in Your Garden

Voles are cute until they damage special plantings. Sheila Davis tells how to manage habitat in your garden to discourage the critters.

The Pleasure of the Beasts

Garrett Hack describes the satisfaction of keeping and working with farm animals.

Using Manure to Fertilize Your Garden

Whether it's from cows, goats, rabbits, or birds, manure makes for good growing.

How to Grow Radicchio

Radicchio's intriguing flavor combines well with milder lettuces and greens. If you can't grow an heirloom, go modern. Here's how to grow your own.

My Favorite Gardening Books: Read 'Em and Reap

A veteran grower reveals her essential garden library. Many of these books are old, but still on the market as used editions.

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

For the home gardener, the sweet potato is easy to grow, delicious, versatile, and highly nutritious.

Lemon-Geranium Strawberry Jelly

This brightly colored jelly may be kept in a refrigerator for several weeks or processed in a boiling water bath and kept for months.

Anise Seed Biscotti

A simple but sophisticated cookie, these biscotti are the perfect use for your pungent anise seeds, which are much more flavorful than store-bought.

Herb Sugar for Tea

Make a flavorful sugar to use in tea.

Country Tarragon Mustard

Homemade mustard in a fancy jar makes an unusual, personal gift.

A Spanish Olive Oil

Citrus zest, chile pods, and a bay leaf float in a flavorful cold-pressed olive oil.

End-of-the-Garden Vinegar

Colorful herbs, flowers and vegetables in a decorative bottle of vinegar make a wonderful gift.

Holiday Treats from the Kitchen Garden

Even at the last minute, the harvest can yield gifts to treasure.

Saffron Tea Cake

This dessert can be made in 45 to 50 minutes, start to finish. The best part, though, is that the cake stays moist for several days.

Saffron-Flavored Spelt Salad with Corn

This colorful salad is a great way to use fresh corn.

Potato Dumplings with Chervil

These pretty dumplings are shaped with a small cookie cutter.

Stewed Chicken with Saffron and Chervil

This simple chicken dish dish can be made and reheated in a microwave oven.

Saffron in the Pennsylvania Dutch Tradition

The Pennsylvania Dutch are a people of many beliefs and lifestyles, but they share one thing in common: Their cookery is the product of their land.

How to Grow Saffron

It makes sense to grow your own saffron, the world's most expensive spice. Here's how to grow it affordably and add a little color to your cooking.

Practical Problems, Artful Solutions

In eastern Pennsylvania, a vegetable garden is made beautiful. When Jack Staub is faced with a gardening challenge, he tries to come up with a solution that is not only horticulturally sound but also pleasing to the senses.

Squashing Squash Bugs

Insect predators and prevention keep squash bug numbers under control.

Warm Leek and Fennel Salad

A variety of greens makes a pretty base for a layer of leeks and fennel.

From Shaft to Leaf, Use the Whole Leek

Here's how to prepare leeks for cooking, and some ideas for using them.

How to Grow Leeks

The leek is not only a beloved vegetable, but a garden ornament as well. Abigail Wiscombe tells how to enjoy an ample supply of them from late summer through spring. Rich soil, ample water, and hilling up are what it takes.

Pesto Dip

This easy, fresh-tasting dip is perfect with fresh veggies.


Garlicky hummus is wonderful with fresh vegetables.

Baba Ghanoush

The perfect dip for a crudité display.

Harvest Basket Extravaganza

When the occasion demands, make a crudité display that looks good enough to eat. Gather a palette of prime vegetables and make a beautiful harvest basket for a party or special occasion.

Black Cherry Preserves

These luscious preserves are perfect for slathering on warm breakfast breads.

Sweet and Savory Cherry Sauce

This tantalizing herb-infused wine sauce is delicious with duck, chicken, or roast pork.

Sweet Cherry Clafouti

A simple French custard dessert makes good use of tasty, sweet cherries.

Build a Rustic Trellis

A trellis of vines and saplings gives plants an elegant boost. Janice Shields shows you how to build it.

Boccias' Quick Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms

An easy sauce from an Italian garden in Toronto.

A Taste of Napoli

A Naples-inspired garden of greens, colorful vegetables, and fruit trees thrives in suburban Toronto.

Relishing the Essence of Rosemary

Rosemary's piney flavor brings a quality of wildness into the kitchen.

Overwintering Rosemary in the North

Here's how to coax rosemary through the winter.

How to Grow Rosemary

Among the few herbs that are a must for every kitchen garden, rosemary, most would agree, is preeminent. Sprawling or upright, in garden or pot, this herb loves a place in the sun.

Beautiful Breads from Bountiful Harvests

There are more ways than you think to use the garden's produce. These harvest breads are so good, so attractive, and so good for you, that your main problem will be keeping up with the demand.

Coleslaw with Ginger-Mustard Vinaigrette

Traditional coleslaw is creamy, tangy, and usually a little bit sweet. This version, too, includes tart and sweet elements. A vinaigrette replaces the usual mayonnaise dressing.

Fall Harvest Soup

This version, made with homemade stock, was inspired by some good-looking winter squash.

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

This simple cabbage dish is a part of virtually every holiday feast in Slovang, California.

Delicious Ways to Use Cabbage

Cabbage is one of the great kitchen workhorses of the vegetable kingdom.

The Literary Cabbage

From philosophy to fantasy to film, the humble cabbage appears in literature more often than in many kitchens.

Lemon Zinger Smoothie

This classic combination of lemonade, peaches (or nectarines), and ginger root is packed with vitamin C.

Apple Juice, Pear, and Banana Autumn Smoothie Special

This concoction is a great way to celebrate autumn's bounty.

Pineapple Plum Smoothie Surprise

The surprise lies in the amount of flavor packed into this healthful concoction, especially if you have access to fresh pineapple juice.

Carrot Tomato Smoothie

Don't restrict yourself to fruit smoothies. Smoothies can also be made with vegetables and vegetable juices.

Basic Berry Smoothie

Any and all berries are welcome here. When berry season hits, freeze any you can’t eat and you’ll have plenty on hand for when the fresh berries are long gone.

Preserving and Using Onions

When the onion harvest is good, Edon Waycott likes to make a sweet and spicy onion relish. Here, he offers tips for handling onions, along with a recipe for a pickled onion relish.

The Sex Life of Flowers: a Primer on Pollination

A blossom is nothing more than a lure, designed to attract bees or other polinators to move pollen from anther to pistil.

Gooseberry and Elderflower Crumble Cake

This unusual, yet easy-to-make treat is great for breakfast or a coffee break.

Gooseberry and Sweet Cicely Cheesecake

In this delicious twist on a traditional favorite, the contrast of the tangy-sweet gooseberries with the creamy cheesecake is a pleasant surprise.

Growing Beans to Save for Seed

Growing beans for seed saving isn't complicated if you follow these tips for harvesting, drying, and storing.

Filet Beans in Spicy Yogurt Dressing

Simple boiled beans get a flavor burst from cardamom and cayenne in a yogurt dressing.

Salade Niçoise

This Salade Niçoise is a meal in itself, with an anchovy vinaigrette that's subtle enough for anchovy skeptics.

Versatile Green Bean Salad

This dish can be a simple side or party fare.

Chicken with Asparagus, Zucchini, and Mushrooms

This quick stir-fry has a mild Thai flavor.

Wild Jungle Tofu

In Wild Jungle Tofu, the tofu absorbs the flavor of the rich herb paste.

Red Shrimp Curry

Red Shrimp Curry combines the Thai flavors of kaffir lime, fish sauce, basil, coconut milk, chiles, and curry paste.

Red Curry Paste

This paste has a spicy, aromatic flavor that's good in soups, stir-fries, and marinades. It goes well with meat, seafood, and tofu.

Celeriac and Apple Salad

6 servingsPeel and grate the celeriac to make 3 cups. Place 1⁄2 cup of the orange juice in a medium bowl and add the grated celeriac.Peel and core the apples, chop into 1⁄2-inch chunks...

Celeriac and Carrot Gratin

This side dish has a deliciously mild and slightly sweet flavor.

Soil-Block Recipe for Pumpkins and Squash

Here's a special mix that will get your cucurbits seedlings off to a flying start.

Braised Pumpkin with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs

Here's a savory side dish with pumpkin as the star.

Sunset Soup

This slightly spicy pumpkin soup is complemented by a dollop of light, cool crème fraîche.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is an autumn favorite not to be missed. Since pumpkin purée is easily frozen, you can plan on having pie year-round.

Pyrethrum-Based Insecticides from Chrysanthemums

If hand-picking or spraying with water are ineffective and Bt doesn't solve your problem, consider stepping up to a pyrethrum based insecticide. Use it judiciously: It is relatively safe for people and pets, but it will kill all insects it comes in contact with, pests and beneficials alike.

Moroccan-Style Summer Squash Sauté

This colorful medley makes a quick, light meal served over couscous.

Mexican-Inspired Summer Squash Sauté

Serve this festive sauté over long-grain rice or rolled up in warm wheat tortillas.

Zucchini with Zip

Fast-cooking zucchini is an ideal basis for sautés. Mint and lemon juice add zest.

Orange Peel and Rosemary Butter Cookies

Orange Peel and Rosemary Butter Cookies showcase a natural pairing of flavors.

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

You can make this dish with either fresh or dried rosemary.

Chicken Breasts Braised in Wine and Rosemary

If you prefer more sauce, simply double the amount of wine and orange juice.

Eggplant and Thyme Spread

Eggplant and Thyme Spread makes a tasty centerpiece for a snack tray.

Bread and Butter Pickles

These pickles go well with many foods, and they also make great gifts. Wouldn't it be grand to finish your Christmas "

Pickled Asparagus Spears in Tarragon Vinaigrette

Get the springtime freshness of homegrown asparagus in the dead of winter.

Calzones Filled with Escarole

These calzones make a hearty main dish. They can also be served as appetizers.

Sautéed Escarole

A savory side dish, with escarole as the star.

Curly Endive Salad with Bacon Dressing

Curly Endive Salad with Bacon Dressing is a simple but elegant first course.

Pompa Sisters' Fall Soup with Scarola

This Italian family recipe combines prime fall ingredients: carrots, escarole, and beans or pasta.

Potato Salad with Shallot and Mustard Dressing

Potato Salad with Shallot and Mustard Dressing is a classic that soars with the right potatoes and your best shallots.

Shallots Braised in Sherry

This easy-to-make dish is ideal as an accompaniment to cheese or as an hors d'oeuvre with toast or crackers.

Chicken Sautéed with Cider Vinegar and Shallots

Chicken Sautéed with Cider Vinegar and Shallots is a simple dish that can be made ahead and reheated in a microwave oven.

Why Lettuce Bolts, and What You Can Do About It

When a plant bolts, it forms flowers and then seeds, and while this is happening, the leaves turn bitter. Lettuce is not the only plant to bolt, but it's the plant that has been most studied. Learn what causes bolting and bitterness, and what you can do to delay the process.

Formality and Surprise in a Garden Design

Here's a plan for a stunning 32-foot-square cottage-style garden that is productive, inventive, and not difficult to maintain.

Cutting Boards

Choosing and caring for the right cutting board can help protect you and your family from bacteria.

Knife Sharpening

One of the most important rules of cooking is also the least observed: Keep your knives sharp.

Pears Baked in Custard

This dessert is good warm or at room temperature.

Peasant Soup

Peasant Soup is based on carrots, leeks turnips, and lentils, but it can accommodate just about anything you have growing in the garden.

Crêpes with Spinach Filling

These crêpes can be made as much as a day ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator.

How to Candy Flowers

Candied flowers add an elegant touch to cakes or fancy desserts. Here's how to make them.

Pacific Rim Pesto

All the flavors of Southeast Asian cooking come to life in this sauce.

Tarragon and Hazelnut Pesto

This pesto is a good companion for grilled salmon or other fish.

Sage and Roquefort Pesto

Try this versatile pesto with grilled pork chops, black bean soup, polenta, or pasta.

Spicy Red Pepper Pesto

Stir this into polenta, or spread it on burgers, chicken, or pizza.

Mâche with Mushrooms and Red Onion

Mâche with Mushrooms and Red Onion is a simple and tasty salad.

Mâche with Beets and Walnuts

Mâche with Beets and Walnuts is a traditional French way to serve this green.

Salad of Bitter Greens and Persimmon

Here's a yummy salad with an assertive flavor.

Steamed Persimmon Pudding

Perfect for the holidays, this pudding can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to two weeks.

Persimmon and Fennel Salad

This unusual salad can be made ahead.

Traditional Swiss Carrot Cake

Carrot's sweet flavor lends itself to baking. This carrot cake is a lighter version than those typically found in cafes and bakeries.

Carrot Timbales

Make a delicate carrot dish that's perfect for a light lunch.

Garlic Carrots and Onions

Garlic Carrots and Onions is a simple, fast way to celebrate the flavor of freshly harvested carrots.

Melted Cheese with Fennel

Here's a satisfying snack.

Hearts of Romaine with Chopped Fennel and Feta

Feta cheese adds zip to this simple romaine salad.

Pasta with Fennel, Parsley, and Chives

Pasta with Fennel, Parsley, and Chives is a do-it-yourself dish.

Kitchen Soup Stocks Are Swell, No Bones About It

If you're serious about vegetarian fare, good stocks are a necessity.

Creamed Spinach

Garlic-and-herb Boursin cheese makes a smooth and delicious sauce for creamed spinach.

Winter Garden Salad

Arugula, radicchio, endives, and watercress make a fine salad.