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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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

vinca minor


spring has come to midland when my front lawn borders are filled with periwinkle blue flowers.  one of the best ground covers, that will grow beautifully in sun or shade, has to be vinca minor. 

i planted beds of vinca the first spring we moved into our home, and have been enjoying the beauty ever since early 2008.  the very dense roots hold nicely into the ground and form light green soft leaves early in the springtime.  as the summer progresses, the leaves become thick and dark green.

periwinkle survives cold weather nicely and usually lasts for decades without any care.  i plan to enjoy these beautiful beds for years to come.

oven roasted cabbage

besides cole slaw salads, i only have a couple of very good recipes that use cabbage.  this is one of them.  it is amazing how delicious this fresh vegetable is once it is simply oven roasted.

to make the dish, first preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  brush a rimmed baking sheet with extra-virgin olive oil.  next, slice one medium head of green cabbage into 1 inch thick rounds. place them in a single layer on the sheet pan.  brush or spray with olive oil and season with salt, ground pepper, dill and caraway seeds.

roast the cabbage in the oven until it is tender and the edges are crisp and golden, about 40 to 45 minutes.

i promise that you will be surprised at how delicious this tastes.  cabbage is low in calories, high in fiber, and quite tasty when served roasted.  the texture is very similar to baked onions, which is another tasty side dish that can be found on this blog.