Northern & Central Midwest
It may sound simplistic, but these are little pieces of heaven made from the last of the carrot harvest.
Scrub and peel a pound of carrots, and cut into two inch pieces (you can also use baby carrots). Pour a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of a broiler pan. Add one half teaspoon of salt and add the carrots. Roll them around to coat and roast in a 450F oven for 10 minutes. Shake the pan to roll them around again and roast another ten minutes. Cool and enjoy.
Favorite or New Plant
Beeches are so underused in the Midwest, for some unknown reason. There are many to choose from, but the fernleaf beech is perhaps one of the most beautiful cultivars of the European beech. Its form is upright and fairly pyramidal when young, opening wide as it ages. The deep green leaves are deeply incised to give them a ferny appearance. They turn deep golden russet in the fall, often turning one week and dropping all at once as soon as there is a hard freeze. Plant beeches in good, fertile soil that is not compacted. You will soon have a specimen par excellence.