When my now college age son was in grade school, I was complaining to his pediatrician at a checkup about his fussy eating habits. She asked him what foods he liked to eat, no doubt expecting to hear things like hotdogs and pizza in reply. "Well," he said after a moment's thought, "I really like Leek and Gruyere Quiche." The look on the doc's face was priceless! But this recipe from the folks at Eating Well, the source of many delicious and healthful recipes, as well as reliable nutrition information, in their magazine, cookbooks, and online, is indeed scrumptious. So take the advice of a picky eater and put your fall leek harvest to excellent use by whipping up Leek and Gruyere Quiche for a tasty and nutritious fall dinner.
There are few better antidotes to a cold, gray New England winter day than a pot of cheery daffodils, elegant tulips, or fragrant hyacinths in full bloom on your windowsill. If you've thought about forcing bulbs but decided it was just too complicated, take the advice of bulb forcing enthusiast Art Wolk. In his new book, Bulb Forcing for Beginners and the Seriously Smitten (AAB Book Publishing, 2012, $32.95), Wolk tells you everything you need to know in a breezy, humorous style. Running the gamut from "Easy Bulbs for Adapt-to-My-House-or-Die Gardeners" to advice on forcing such unusual candidates as arisaema, true lilies, Tecophilaea cyanocrocus, and calla lilies, the information is accessibly presented, based on his extensive personal experience, and illustrated with an abundance of beautiful and instructional photos. Of course, there is plenty on such traditional forcing choices as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as well. And if you really get smitten, you'll find on tips on showing your bulbs to their best advantage at competitions. So may the force be with you -- check out this book and have some forcing fun this winter!