December 8: Leeks
Confused by onion options? Leeks are the fat green cousins of bulbous onions and shallots. Their mild white shanks melt into a soft, flavorful puree when cooked slowly, and their flavors marry well with other seasonal options—potatoes, of course, but also beets and flavorful cheeses. To clean leeks easily, slice them in half lengthwise and run water through the layers.
The Kitchen Garden’s Leek and Gruyere Tart, with a bonus of several other leek recipes.