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The green market is beginning to heat up as more and more veggies make their appearance after winter’s doldrums.  Although leeks usually shine in the fall, I got this beautiful array of baby leeks just the other day – fresh from the ground.  I roasted them to go along with some skate wing – one of the few fish that Steve, my fish-allergy prone husband can eat.  Roasting or braising are the two cooking methods that seem to bring out their inherent sweetness and mellow out any acrid flavor.  This is particularly true for mature, fall-harvested leeks.  For the more mature leeks, you want to slice them, crosswise, before cooking otherwise they can be fibrous.  The baby leeks are not quite so.  All I did was wash them, trim off the dark green part, and toss them with some extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper before roasting them at 375ºF for about 20 minutes.  They were a little brown and crisp around the edges and soft and mellow on the tongue.

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I was cleaning out the fridge the other day and came upon a couple of bunches of scallions.  They really are the unsung heroes of the kitchen.  Whole scallions laid out in the hot grill pan and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, citrus zest, and sea salt make a tasty side dish for grilled meats and poultry.  Chopped scallions can be the lovely garnish for any number of things and add just the gentlest hint of freshness when mixed into potato or rice dishes.  I always try to keep them on hand but, sometimes I forget about them and find them shriveled and dying it the back of the bin.  Then, I have to apologize to the kitchen Gods for wasting food.  Often, I will just put them in a little glass vase on the table to enjoy their greenery which Steve has captured in this photo.

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