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Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.



As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.



Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, March 28, 2011

herbed sliced baked potatoes

for a beautiful special presentation for dinners or holiday meals, prepare baked potatoes this way.  slice the potatoes about 2/3 down after scrubbing well.

place the potatoes in a baking dish, and melt 1/4 stick of margarine.  pour margarine over the potatoes and season with your favorite herbs.  i use a mixture of parsley, chives, dill, and ground pepper.

bake at 350 degrees for at least one hour, and the potatoes will gradually begin to fan open.  test for doneness depending on the size of the potato. to serve, gently fan the potato and top with a pat of margarine, butter or sour cream.  the entire potato easily opens and presents beautifully on the dinner plate.

roasted spaghetti squash

a tasty side dish for any chicken or fish entree is spaghetti squash.  one squash will give at least four servings as a side for the meal.  and, this vegetable is so easy to prepare. 

first, slice the squash lengthwise and place in a large ceramic baking dish cut side down.  place enough tap water around the squash to cover about 1/4 of the squash.  bake at 350 to 375 for about 30 minutes. 

the time estimate depends on what other dishes are being prepared in the oven.  if the oven has several other casseroles cooking, the time may take longer on the squash.  when this first cooking is complete, turn the squash over and continue to bake with the cut side open for at least another 30-45 minutes.  test for doneness by using a fork to scrape the side of the squash.  if it form spaghetti-like strings as in the photograph, the squash is completely cooked. spaghetti squash will vary in size at the market, adjust your cooking time depending on the size of the squash selected.

there are two ways to finish the squash for the table.  a little bit of olive oil and Parmesan cheese can be added and baked in for about 5 minutes, or margarine and brown sugar can be added and baked as well.

either choice, sweet or savory, will complete the dish and complement a variety of main entrees.