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Shallots

Buttermilk Mash With Golden Shallots
 
While this is a mashed potato recipe the shallots are the stars. They bring an unexpected sweet richness to simple mashed potatoes.
 
 
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Sorrel

Garden Sorrel Pesto
 
Garden sorrel is sometimes called lemon sorrel because of its very pronounced tartness. A dab of this mixed with butter is a natural on broiled fish.
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Spinach

Spinach Stir Fry With Peanuts
 
Great with seafood or with a hunk of crusty bread.
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Beans

String Beans Braised in Olive Oil
 
A truly noble way to prepare many vegetables is to braise them in olive oil. The long cooking does tend to minimize the nutrient content, but the flavor and texture are astounding. Accent with whole cloves of garlic, fresh tomatoes, or bits of citrus and the result is sweet, rich and satisfying.
 
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Sunchoke

Warm Sunchoke and Quinoa Salad
 
The chickpeas and sunchokes make this a hearty vegetarian main dish. Quinoa is a rice-like grain native to South America. It is available at many supermarkets or co-ops.
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