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Continued: Get smart about vegetables with 'Vegetable Literacy'

  • Article by: BETH DOOLEY , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 17, 2013 - 3:22 PM

“There are things the garden reveals that I revel in,” she continues. And in her warm, casual prose, she ticks them off as though we’re sitting together on the back stoop.

“The odd praying mantis, hummingbirds sitting on their tiny nests … pollinators at work … we know what the weather is really doing when we look at our plants because it’s suddenly about them, not just us, and they can tell us a great deal. … [The garden] is a lively universe of a patch of earth that stitches us to the world at large.”

Madison’s Spring Garden Hodgepodge of Radishes, Leeks, and Peas, Depending … recipe is a brilliant toss-up of spring crops sautéed with a little butter, a squirt of lemon, a hit of tarragon — that’s it. Like all the recipes in this book, it’s a compelling reason to tend a garden.

Madison has not steered me wrong for more than three decades, so I’m heading out to plant more herbs and several packs of peas and greens.

 

Beth Dooley is the author of “The Northern Heartland Kitchen.”

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