Frittata is an excellent brunch menu item which combines protein and vegetables with dessert-like presentation. Mix in crumbled ham or bacon with fresh chopped vegetables, cheese and scrambled eggs for a savory morning starter.
A day or two before Christmas, create a reindeer feeder to get kids excited about Santa. This can be as simple as finding an old rustic bucket or basket and leaving carrots or fresh root vegetables out along with a cute sign.
Sweet-tasting and tapered, ‘Deep Purple’ carrots grow to 7 or 8 inches long. They’re dark purple inside and out, although the color fades when the carrots are cooked. Try quickly stir-frying them to preserve the color.
Vegetables that need moderate amounts of fertilizer are plants like beets, potatoes, okra and carrots. Start by planting them in loose, well-drained soil that’s been enriched with compost, and mix fertilizer in the planting holes or rows. They probably won't need feeding again.
Crunchy, juicy ‘White Satin’ carrots have a sweet but slightly spicy taste. This Nantes-type carrot holds up well in storage. Serve them uncooked, alongside purple and orange carrots, to add color to the table.
Unlike hybrids, which typically have to be started anew every year from cross-pollinated “parent” plants, heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated meaning they come true to type every year, so they can be kept going from saved seed for many years. Gardeners who grow and share these plants help preserve important diversity in a somewhat bland, streamlined world of modern agriculture.