Choose Your Vegetable Seeds Wisely

​​Buying Seeds? Read the Descriptions! The new seed catalogs, with those mouthwatering photos, are appearing in our mailboxes lighting up the dreary winter days. Once you have pulled your eyes away from the pretty pictures, READ the variety descriptions. The trick is to separate the good from the not so good, and find what may actually grow in your garden in this climate. I have made many mistakes because I didn’t read the descriptive details due to my brain being clouded by plant lust. Buy Locally Grown Seeds if Possible First, consider where the catalog, or seed vendor is located: Oregon, Maine and northern climes are usually good. Florida, the mid-west and warm summer states should be vi

Warm Winter Squash

Here's one of my favorite winter vegetable dishes. Very simple and tastes wonderful. Don't let the number of ingredients bother you. It's worth it. Acorn Squash with Apples, Leeks, and Chestnuts Serves 4 for main course or 8 for side dish Ingredients 4 acorn squash (about 1 pound each), halved lengthwise and seeded 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups diced celery 2 leeks, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme 10 ounces day-old rustic rye bread—crusts removed, bread cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 6 c

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