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Happy June everyone!  Summer has arrived here in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky!  June is also National Fresh Vegetable Month.  This week we are bringing you some recipes using garden fresh vegetables from our friends around the internet.  Vegetables are vital for good health and a diet rich in vegetables will help to reduce your risk for heart disease and strokes.  Vegetables are rich in potassium which helps to reduce blood pressure, lowers the risk of bone loss and your risk for developing kidney stones.  I recently had a bout with kidney stones, had no idea what was wrong with me, ended up spending a night in the hospital and, believe me, you don’t want to get them!

You will be able to “share” with your friends by clicking on the Facebook, Pinterest or E-mail buttons at the bottom of each post. Click on the name of the recipe to check it out. Be sure and check out the site as well as the recipes posted here. 

Green Bean Bundles from Recipes for our Daily Bread

Squash Puppies from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Asparagus and Mixed Greens Salad with Lemon Fennel Vinaigrette from Only An Apron

Rice Salad with Summer Vegetables from Kitchen Joy

Shrimp and Corn with Cheese Grits from Healthy Seasonal Recipes

How many of you like roasted spaghetti squash?  It is a great vegetable and you can do so many different recipes with it.   If you have never tried spaghetti squash, check out this great post with pictures on how to roast it from Cookin’ Cowgirl:  How to Roast Spaghetti Squash.


I found a great printable list on storing fresh vegetables and fruit from Washington’s Green Grocer:  How to Store Vegetables and Fruit Without Plastic.


“Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.”

John Denver, ‘Home Grown Tomatoes’
(from a song written by Guy Clark)


Centuries ago, Egyptian considered onions to be an object of worship and they symbolized eternity.  Often,  onions were buried along with Egyptian Pharaohs. 

I come from a long line of gardeners.  I grew up on fresh fruits and vegetables on the table at every meal.  Each spring, I plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, strawberries and anything I can put in a pot or a small space.  When my children were small we planted over an acre in garden on the farm every year.  There is nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.  I can always find a spot for a tomato plant or two.  I always loved canning and making pickles, jams and jellies.  It seems with our present economy more people are going back to gardens. I sure hope so!

Have a great weekend. Don’t forget to eat your veggies!  Take some time for YOU. Thank you for your continued support.  We will see you back here next week with more delicious pot luck recipes. 

Check out previous pot luck recipes and posts here

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my green bean bundles. I truly appreciate your kind thoughts. Please join us beginning Tuesday’s at 6 pm central time for Wonderful Wed. blog hop.

    Blessings and thank you so much for the feature!
    Diane Roark

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You are so welcome, Diane, and thanks for the invite. Blessings to you and have a great weekend.

  2. Thank you for including my “how to” on the spaghetti squash! I enjoy your site very much!
    I love going to the farmer’s market and seeing what is new and different. This is a great round up of fresh produce ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you! I thought you did such a great job with the photos and everything. Have a great weekend.

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