March offers us gentle spring weather in between winter’s last gasps. All it takes is a few of those sunny days to give us a sudden urge to go outside and start planting our summer gardens.
The first day of spring is March 20 but that doesn’t mean the cold weather is over, so we need to wait a bit longer to plant — except potatoes. Some believe they should be planted on St. Patrick’s Day.
Better yet, head down to Nash’s Organic Farm market and see what is available there. I found Ozette potatoes — small, long and bumpy — just right to go with that corned beef you plan to cook tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day.
And savory cabbage — nice small heads. Savory cabbage is a mellow-flavored cabbage considered by many to be one of the best of its genre for cooking. Savoy cabbage has a loose, full head of crinkled leaves varying from dark to pale green — beautiful in coleslaw. The season for kale is coming to an end but it still is available, as are all potatoes — red, yellow and purple.
Trim beet tops to 1/2-inch; gently wash. Place in a single layer in a shallow baking pan; drizzle with oil, tossing gently to coat. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake in preheated 400-degree oven for 40 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 30 minutes.
Peel beets and cut in half. Gently toss beets with 1/3 cup Brown Sugar Vinaigrette (below). Arrange lettuces on a platter; top with beet mixture, Gorgonzola cheese and pecans; serve with remaining vinaigrette.
And don’t forget the Irish Soda Bread — it has been a part of special occasions in Ireland for generations and is based on the discovery that time could be saved by making bread with baking soda instead of yeast.
To make 1 loaf, mix 4 cups flour with 1/4 cup sugar,
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