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Tian Méditerranéen

CUISINE DU JARDIN with Chef Manu

Featured Recipe Exclusively for McDonald Garden Center

Tian Méditerranéen

A classic French Mediterranean vegetarian dish, this fresh side is perfect for your Saturday evening cookout. Fragrant, colorful and easy to make, Tian Méditerranéen brings the elegance of the French Riviera to your table.

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes - (Better Boy and Early Girl are our recommendations)
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • That’s Italian Basil by Savor Edibles
  • BBQ Rosemary
  • Chef Jeff Cilantro
  • Chef Jeff Chives

Preheat oven to 350°

  1. Drizzle olive oil at the bottom a glass baking dish.
  2. Add a few shakes of salt and pepper.
  3. Thinly slice eggplant, tomato and zucchini.
  4. Organize vegetables in the baking dish in sequential order (eggplant, tomato, zucchini) repeating until full.
  5. Sprinkle in fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, cilantro and chives) with more salt and pepper.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.

Option: Add McDonald Garden Center tomato salsa for an extra kick.

Top with Parmesan cheese
Bake in the oven 400° for 10mn

Bon Appétit!

About the Chef: Manuel Molion was born and raised in Metz, France. He attended the Culinary School of Metz (Ecole hôtelière) from 1993-1995 and has served the French Navy (Marine Nationale) for over 20 years. He is currently the chef de cuisine for the French commander of NATO in Norfolk, VA. Chef Manu has cooked in famous kitchens all over the world and his guest list includes kings, dignitaries, and celebrities of all nations. Notable diners include French Presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicholas Sarkozy, the President of Singapore, King of Spain, King of Norway, Mrs. Condoleezza Rice, and Mrs. Hillary Clinton. Chef Manu is the exclusive chef for McDonald Garden Center.

NOW TRENDING: What's Growing On in 2016

As the hustle and bustle of the holidays draws to an end, we anticipate what the new year will bring. A new year brings new trends... in food, fashion, technology and yes, in the garden. We've scouted out the forecast of what to expect in the gardening world over this next year or so.

THE MAKERS LIFESTYLE
The DIY movement gets a facelift as people shift from "doing" to "making". Instead of simply growing plants for their beauty, makers want to create a functional garden - engaging with nature hands-on though projects like growing backyard edibles for the family table, testing out natural dyes, using homegrown herbs to make soaps, and raising bees to make their own honey. Makers appreciate nature for more than its beauty, they enjoy making something out of it.

A HEALTHY CONNECTION WITH NATURE
People are increasingly aware of the wellness benefits of engaging with nature through - edible gardening, creating habitats for birds, bees and butterflies, planting shrubs and trees, especially natives. More and more gardeners are seeing the benefits of raised bed gardens, native plants, and organic gardening solutions.

BACKYARD BOLDNESS
People are taking a bolder approach to outdoor living making a major personality statement. Through custom lighting and structures, multifunctional planters and colorful plants that make a statement - homeowners are adding more whimsicality to their backyards. You'll see a movement away from subtle minimalist aesthetics toward designs that heighten sensory appeal.

LAYERED LANDSCAPES
Landscape design trends are shifting from green deserts to living landscapes designed to create more sustainable plantings which will last not just throughout the year, but for many years to come. People want to bring their yard back to its natural habitat as each plant serves a purpose in supporting local, natural ecosystems, pollinators and other wildlife. A layered landscape starts with a hardy combination of trees, conifers and perennials. Those layers continue with bright and beautiful annual flowers.

PRECIOUS RESOURCES
The resources that we depend on to garden, particularly water, are limited and need to be conserved. People are making small changes in the landscape that have a big impact on Earth's precious resources. Drought tolerant plants such as sedums, cacti and succulents are smart choices to save time and our most precious resource, water.

NOSTALGIA
Many of us subconsciously seek to create outdoor spaces to help us re-live precious childhood memories - grandpa's vegetable garden, mom's beautiful flowers, backyard gatherings with neighbors and chasing fireflies barefoot with soft grass underfoot. Life happens at home and our outdoor space is an amazing extension of our home holding so many memories. Carry on the traditions that your grandpa and mom began in the garden so many years ago - and make new ones of your own.

source: 2016 Garden Trends Report

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