Jan Siegmund
Welcome to my world of good food and drink.

Cooking great food to the best of my ability has long been a passion of mine. I started cooking in college—ramen noodles be damned!  My grandma’s simple, yet healthy country cooking was an important inspiration for me. Living in Northern Germany, she grew most of her vegetables and fruits in her garden (in Germany, we grow our fruit trees in the garden). She always preferred the fruit-and-vegetable garden over the front lawn. I have wonderful memories of her and much of this food will trace its inspiration back to her cooking.

You will find beautiful and, I hope, inspiring food photos and corresponding recipes in this blog. I aim to help you prepare healthy, cost-effective meals. But my food should also have a certain elegance to it  (I guess you’ll be the judge…). I just feel that an elegant dinner table with beautiful food is one of the most fun things you can share with your friends and family. At my house, we do dinner parties almost every weekend, and you’re invited to participate—passively, I’ll admit—in those parties when you follow my blog.

New York City is a wonderful place to live. Not only does it give you easy access to a great variety of ingredients, it also exposes you to so many different cuisines. On top of that, it offers you the opportunity to build a circle of friends with wonderfully diverse backgrounds—and a great source of dinner guests! In this city you will never run out of ideas on food.

Beyond NYC, I am so lucky as to spend some of my weekends out in East Hampton, NY, on the far east end of Long Island. And what a special place it is. Its gorgeous sandy Atlantic beaches are often, paradoxically, just steps from the rich soils of robust and productive farmland. Out there, I am able to grow my own fruits and vegetables, and, while I’m waiting for harvest, there are farm stands everywhere. My introduction to the east end was perfectly timed with the arrival of a robust “local food” wave. And foodies like me love waves like that.

Welcome to My New York Kitchen.  Guten Appetit!

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