I am a cook and a gardener. Naturally the pace and content of this blog is determined by what lands in my kitchen from my garden, and by what’s in season. In my cooking I like to use as many fresh, local ingredients as possible.
Originally this blog was called My Gardeners Table. I renamed it in November 2016 because it reflects better who I am: a immigrant from a bicultural family, fortunate to land in the United States with a Green Card, who became a gardener and who, with every gardening season, put down more roots in America. You can read more about why I renamed my blog here.
As a native of Germany (for my cookbook Spoonfuls of Germany see here) where summers are often cool and rainy, it will always astound me that I can grow melons in my garden in northeast Pennsylvania! I love to explore other cuisines and find that there is often no need to reach for ingredients shipped from far away. You can very well cook ethnic and grow or buy local.
Between April and October, I oscillate between the kitchen and the garden, often finding it hard to determine what I need to put my hands on first – pick the raspberries before they get all soggy from an upcoming thunderstorm, or turn a big batch of tomatoes into my family’s favorite thick tomato sauce that saves us from ever buying processed pasta sauce. Because I am as much as gardener as a cook, I cannot help but throwing in tidbits of my gardening experience here, too.
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