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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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 […]

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

One of the great pleasures of home gardening is that each year, you get a fresh start. If a particular crop or variety of plant did not work out, grow well, or produce much, each spring you get a do over. You get to start […]

A Look Back

A Look Back

As the cold of winter continues, I have time to reflect in this off season about the crops I grew in my garden last year and changes I want to make in the coming year.  During this time, I like to review the list of […]

Clothes Make the Man, But Croutons Make the Salad – Crispy, Crunchy Croutons

Clothes Make the Man, But Croutons Make the Salad – Crispy, Crunchy Croutons

While clothes may make the man, croutons make the salad…or soup…or pasta. They are little nuggets of crispness that finish a dish, and no, they should not be relegated just to salads. They can be a little oasis in a creamy soup and will add […]

Soup People – Tortilla Soup

Soup People – Tortilla Soup

Some people are soup people. Take my grandfather, for example. He ate soup as a first course at dinner every day, even in the middle of the summer. That’s a soup person. My father-in-law also loved soup. He would eat soup as a full meal […]

Ham Transformed – Split Pea Soup

Ham Transformed – Split Pea Soup

I didn’t grow up eating much ham. It’s not that my family refrained from eating pork, we just didn’t cook ham. We had deli ham occasionally, along with salami and the other meats that are found in a Philadelphia hoagie. I have always loved the […]

Winter Gardening – Microgreens

Winter Gardening – Microgreens

In the cold of winter I miss my garden. While I may be able to pick a little hardy kale if the temperature is not too low and I haven’t used it all, the garden is mostly barren this time of year. And even though […]

Appetizers, a New Year’s Eve Tradition

Appetizers, a New Year’s Eve Tradition

I love New Year’s Eve. I always have. I love the celebration and revelry, the noise and the glitter. Everyone is happy. It’s a joyous holiday, full of pomp and excess. And I love my tradition of feasting on a wide variety of small bites […]

Green Gold – Chimichurri

Green Gold – Chimichurri

After noting that I often serve empanadas with a bowl of chimichurri on the side, several readers asked for the recipe for this fresh, uncooked, herb-based sauce. It also goes beautifully as a marinade or finishing sauce on grilled steak, chicken, or fish. I love […]