I was planning on bring veggies and dip to my grandson's graduation party, but I wanted to do something special. So I created a mini garden by arranging by corn, cherry tomatoes and other small vegetables on fa foam board. I was a big hit!—Barbara Wellner, Menominee, Michigan
Wooden fencing (60 inches long x 2-1/2 inches high)
1 green foam board (17-78 inches x 11-7/8 inches x 15/16 inch)
16 T-shaped pins, U-shaped wire fasteners or heavy-duty staples
1 bunch curly endive
1 can (15 ounces) baby corn, rinsed and drained
12 mini zucchini or 12 zucchini slices
12 cherry tomatoes
12 whole fresh mushrooms
12 baby carrots
Prepared vegetable dip
For cornstalks, trim both ends of each green onion. Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut green portion of onions lengthwise into thin strips. Fill a large bowl with ice water; add onions and refrigerate until curled.
For flowers, trim both ends of each radish. With a sharp knife, cut radishes to make flowers (see instructions for making radish flowers below).
Place flowers in a bowl of ice water; refrigerate until opened.
For base, attach fencing around foam board with pins, fasteners or staples. Line the endive. Drain onions and radishes. With toothpicks, attach the onions in rows along one short side of base. Trim one end of each baby corn into a wedge; insert into onion tops. (Refrigerate any extra corn for another use.)
Add rows of radish flowers, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms and carrots. Place scarecrow in garden. Serve veggies with dip.
How to Make Radish Flowers: 1. With a sharp knife, make a thin petal-shaped cut on one side of the radish about two-thirds of the way from the top, leaving the slice attached at the bottom. See Step 1» 2. Make a second cut parallel to the first cut, slicing deeper into the radish. Repeat with a third cut. Rotate the radish and repeat until all sides are cut. See Step 2» 3. Place radish in a bowl of ice water. Refrigerate until radish has opened. See Step 3»