Valley Bounty: Leeks
Confused by onion options? Leeks are the fat, green cousins of bulbous onions and shallots. Their mild, white shanks melt into a soft, flavorful puree when cooked slowly. And their flavors marry well with other seasonal options: potatoes, of course, but also beets and flavorful cheeses. To easily clean leeks, slice them in half lengthwise and run water through the layers.
Valley Bounty is written by Margaret Christie of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). Visit www.buylocalfood.org for Web extras, including links to recipes from local farms and authors for a leek and Gruyere tart and roasted beets with leeks.