I cook because I love to eat. I garden because I love to cook.

Max's Kitchen and Garden

Max's Kitchen and Garden

I cook because I love to eat. I garden because I love to cook.

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The Quirky Vegetable – Roasted Beets with Fresh Ricotta and Honey

The Quirky Vegetable – Roasted Beets with Fresh Ricotta and Honey

We all have a relative or a neighbor who is a little, let’s say, different. Not crazy. Not deranged. Just a little quirky in their own way; a little towards the outside of the norm. Crazy hair and odd clothes. Acts in a way that […]

Summer Fruit Tart Cookies

Summer Fruit Tart Cookies

My mother’s summer fruit tart is one of my favorite desserts, as long as you leave out the garlic. Many years ago my wife Marci and I made a pair of fruit tarts, one as a thank you to our landlord’s family for some deed […]

Fridge Foraging – Miso Soup

Fridge Foraging – Miso Soup

On a Saturday night, if my wife Marci and I have no other plans, we may hang around the kitchen with a glass of wine while I cook up a tasty meal. Sometimes I know exactly what to cook; I’ve thought about it and I’ve […]

Steamers – For My Wife

Steamers – For My Wife

Last weekend I stopped in the fish store to buy a piece of fish for dinner. Sitting there on ice was a pile of live soft-shell clams with their siphons sticking out from between their paired shells. I know my wife Marci loves steamers, and […]

Cooking with My Son – Pesto Ravioli with Pesto Parmesan Cream Sauce

Cooking with My Son – Pesto Ravioli with Pesto Parmesan Cream Sauce

My children have always loved pesto; since they were little, pesto on spaghetti has been one of their favorite meals. Before they got wise and refused to help, I tortured them annually with the Great Basil Harvest. We sat outside for what seemed like hours […]

Emilio’s Salad Dressing – Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Emilio’s Salad Dressing – Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

I try to eat salads for lunch at least four times a week. It’s tough. No, literally, tough; it’s a lot of chewing. I sometimes feel like a cow chewing its cud and I can get sick of them pretty quickly. The only way to […]

Bert’s Baba – Baba Ganoush

Bert’s Baba – Baba Ganoush

I learned to cook mainly from my father, Bert, who was the primary cook in my family growing up. I cooked all kinds of dishes with him. I learned to make spanakopita (Greek spinach pie) and baklava, both with thin, buttery layers of phyllo dough. […]

Toast Cups

Toast Cups

I’m always looking for innovative, edible vessels in which to serve appetizers. I’ve bought pre-made phyllo cups at the supermarket, and I’ve seen packaged cup-shaped crackers. For years I’ve covered crostini with fresh tomato bruschetta and other toppings. The healthiest version is to stuff endive […]

Kitchen Trends – Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl with Tahini Dressing

Kitchen Trends – Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl with Tahini Dressing

I tend to avoid trends in the kitchen. Even though I read a lot of cooking magazines, I’m always a little late to the party; I’m not one for change. I don’t own an Instant Pot. My second or third unopened tub of miso is […]

Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza

I first started making dinner for my family when I was about twelve or thirteen years old. One of the first meals I made was pizza. Every Wednesday, I made two pizzas. I would come home from school, dissolve some yeast in warm water and […]