This is a blog about food: growing, foraging, cooking, sharing, enjoying. It’s about adventures in the kitchen…alchemy, discovery, amazement. Wow. This is so GOOD! How did that happen? Why “The Garden Kitchen”? First, because someone suggested the name, second because the garden inspires my cooking, and third because I like my meals to look as though I have spread the garden across the table.
I did not intend to become a cook. In 1974, Drew and I moved to the Blue Ridge Mts. of North Carolina after a year of travel through rural Europe and Asia, staying in the homes of farm families. Here we found our own farm, surrounded by forest, where we could grow a garden, keep a cow and chickens, and make a home out of wood. There weren’t many trips to town, no electricity, and no running water. What we had was here: delicious fruits and vegetables from the garden, fresh milk and eggs, cheese and meat, and a big Home Comfort wood cookstove. Soon there were people to feed. Drew started Country Workshops, a school offering classes in traditional woodworking, and I became the cook.
Learning to cook is a journey. Mine started in the garden and is rooted in our rather rustic country life. But I like to explore and learn from other cooks, so even though my cooking is very much of this place, it borrows from country kitchens around the world. I like the term “simple kitchen”, and I like the food that comes from that place– honest food that creates rich flavor from simple blending of basic, but carefully chosen ingredients. I want to share recipes for the food I like to cook best, ever changing with the seasons and each year’s garden.
Happy cooking! Be present, pay attention, honor the ingredients, and make the kitchen smell good.