BY VALENTINA KENNEY WEIN
Winter, spring, summer or fall, I love backyard farming! And even more than that, I love to cook with foods from my miniature backyard farm!
It is said that certain vegetables can help our bodies stay warm. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I do know that these root vegetables sure make me feel somehow warm and cozy! Any slow-growing veggie whose edible parts grow underground is usually warming and a wonderful vegetable to eat when temperatures turn colder.
My two favorite “warming” vegetable dishes so far this year are my Apple Yam Soup, and my Root Vegetable Skillet Lasagna. Both are comfort foods and are a lovely addition to any meal. They can also stand on their own as a main course, too!
The soup would be a delightful first course for Thanksgiving — or simply to have on a cool night on the sofa with a blanket! The lasagna is fantastic anytime and only gets better and better after it’s cooked. You can make it days ahead of a weekend gathering . . . or make it on the weekend to have meals at the ready for the week ahead!
So, please, grow, cook, and stay nice and warm!