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Plant Your Plate

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From the garden to the grill—or your cocktail glass, growing your own food adds a fresh new take on backyard parties. Grow your own herbs for garden party drinks…taking your fresh tomatoes and herbs & making homemade salsa for the 4th of July BBQ, etc.

Garden-Fresh Recipe Ideas

Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Fresh Za'atar
This juicy melon salad is seasoned with fresh oregano and thyme, sumac spice and toasted sesame seeds for a bright summertime take on the Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar.
Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto, Corn & Basil
If you have time, let the dough stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes to make rolling it out easier in this 20-minute healthy pizza recipe. Thawed frozen corn works in place of fresh, just pat it dry before sprinkling it on the pizza.
Vegetable Bouquet
This edible centerpiece will transform the table at your next gathering. Not only is a crudité bouquet beautiful, it's also delicious! Set it at the center of the table surrounded by bowls of your favorite veggie dips like ranch, hummus and more. This recipe fits into a 6-by-6-inch outer vase. If your vases are smaller or larger, scale the vegetables accordingly.
Lemon-Thyme Whipped Ricotta
This stunning yet easy appetizer recipe infuses creamy ricotta with fresh herbs and lemon. Serve with whole-grain crackers and cut-up vegetables or use as a spread for sandwiches or sauce for pasta.
Raspberry BBQ Sausage Bites
Sweet, smoky and savory, these sausage appetizer bites are a cinch to throw together at the last minute. Just throw some smoked sausage on the grill, slice and toss with the fresh homemade raspberry barbecue sauce for the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
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