There is something ridiculously fabulous and satisfying when you make something delicious from food you have grown. Over the years I have grown more and more edibles in my containers because I get such a kick and pleasure from cooking with my own produce.
This page will tell you where on the site to find the recipes and also the links on how to grow what is in the recipes. I've also thrown in a few recipes for things I don't grow, like cranberries (which some people do grow in pots), that... are just so delicious I wanted to share them.
01 of 06
I love recipes that involve no cooking and this is one of my favorites. I blend up a few huge batches when scapes are in season and then freeze them in small jars. Sometimes I make scape pesto and sometimes I make a combination of scape and basil pesto. One of the beauties of scape pesto is that it doesn't turn brown and stays a bright green, where basil pesto can quickly turn an unappealing brown. Another approach I sometimes use is to make and freeze small jars of garlic scape pesto and then do the same with basil pesto. I defrost one of each and mix them together at that poing.
02 of 06
Tomatillos are incredibly easy to grow. They do sprawl so you need a fair amount of space and a big pot, but the plants are amazingly prolific, pretty drought and negligence resistant and not anywhere as prone to disease as tomatoes. I also love the way they grow from flowers into Chinese lantern-looking pods which then becomes filled with fruit. While I have tried growing purple tomatillos, and they look pretty when raw, I don't like the color when cooked.
03 of 06
Simple Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe
Pumpkins are a lot of fun to grow. You will need some space, even for small varieties. Use a big pot, be sure to give them lots of sun and water. While I don't get many pumpkins from my potted vines, I really enjoy the ones I do get. This pumpkin soup is super easy and a crowd pleaser. I also love the seeds.
04 of 06
Easy and Delicious Fresh Tomato Recipes
I am a bit of a tomato fiend. During tomato season I can (and most days do) eat tomatoes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. Some years I grow 20 varieties in pots and we eat them all. My favorite recipe of all is for fresh tomato sauce that we eat mostly eat on pasta, but can be used for bruschetta on toast. I love adding a good Italian Fontina cheese to the pasta as it gets all melty and delicious, but have used mozzerella (with mixed success) when I can't find the Italian Fontina.
I also love dried tomatoes which I freeze in olive oil for a treat.
Another favorite, easy recipe is a roasted tomato soup which freezes well and is an incredible treat in eat in the depths of winter, paired with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Articles on Growing Tomatoes in Pots:Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06
While I will confess that while I've never tried growing cranberries in containers, I know people have had success with it. These are two of my favorite recipes and the sauce goes so well with roast chicken or pork--it is even good on vanilla ice cream. I also mix it with applesauce for a real treat. I also love it for breakfast mixed with plain yogurt and chopped apples, with a sprinkle of granola on top. I keep a jars of the Maple Cranberry Orange Sauce in the freezer so I can eat it all winter long. I also buy extra bags of cranberries and throw them in the freezer so I can make it year round. The cranberry Orange Relish needs to be made with fresh cranberries.
Maple Cranberry Orange Sauce
Cranberry Orange Relish
06 of 06
Cocktails and Mocktails from Container Gardens
Cocktail gardening is the latest rage and it is perfect for container gardeners. There are so many herbs and edible flowers that make fabulous cocktails and mocktails. To up your cocktail game, make easy infused alcohol or add decorative ice cubes made with edible flowers and or herbs. Here are a few of my favorites:
How to Make Beautiful
Lemon Verbena Margarita
Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita
Prickly Pear Margarita
Recipe for Lemon Balm Cosmo