Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

Nothing tastes as good as a hot bowl of chili after a long afternoon of raking leaves, or a brisk stroll in the Garden.

Perennially on the menu at the Garden, our vegetarian chili is surprisingly easy to make at home. Traditional ingredients form the base for this recipe—modify it with cilantro, squash, or other vegetables and spices to make it your own.

Fennel and Potato Soup

Bulb fennel is native to the Mediterranean region, and is known to grow wild along roadsides there. Resembling a pale, stout version of celery, bulb fennel is grown mainly for its broad, bulbous leaf base, which is eaten as a vegetable. It can be served raw in salads or crudités, cooked in hearty winter stews, added to pasta dishes or baked and served with grated cheese and breadcrumbs.

Walnut Trail Mix

A winter harvest crop and annual holiday treat in Europe, the walnut is gaining popularity in the hearts of Americans — literally! Particularly in studies on the cardiovascular health of men, the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E found in walnuts has been found to provide significant protection from heart problems.

Candied Cranberry and Walnut Scones

The cranberry, which belongs to the same plant family as the blueberry, has drooping, pink flowers; small, thick evergreen leaves; and shiny scarlet berries. Cranberries often grow in huge, sandy bogs as low, trailing vines. The plants grow wild in northern Europe and in the northern climes of North America, where they are also extensively cultivated — mainly in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Washington and Oregon.

Pumpkin Bisque

Cucurbita maxima 'Prizewinner' is one of the pumpkin cultivars favored by gardeners attempting to grow the world's largest pumpkin. Glossy skin in dark orange with a classic shape and ribbing makes these 100- to 300-pound pumpkins a favorite of gardeners attempting to win pumpkin-growing contests. This cultivar is a hybrid developed by the Burpee Seed Company, and it continues the long and distinguished legacy begun when 18-year-old W. Atlee Burpee started the business in 1876 in Philadelphia.

Walnut Bread

Walnuts are one of the oldest tree-grown foods known to man, dating back to 7000 BC. Inscriptions on Mesopotamian clay tablets reveal that walnut groves were part of the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Today, 99 percent of U.S. walnuts are produced in California, the source of two-thirds of the worlds walnut supply. Commercially grown walnuts are typically English walnuts, which actually originated in Persia and are not hardy in the Midwest.

Pecan Pie with Kahlua and Chocolate Chips

The pecan is a large, stately deciduous tree. Under favorable conditions it may grow to more than 100 feet in height, with a trunk diameter of 6 feet and a limb spread of some 100 feet.

Pecan trees are very long-lived; some native trees in the Southeast are known to be more than 1,000 years old. Although the pecan needs a frost-free growing season of 140 to 210 days, a cool period is also required for good nut production.

Winter Squash Soup

The squash probably originated in Mexico or Central America, where it was gathered by indigenous people as early as 8000 BC. Today, squash, gourds and pumpkins are grown all over the world and rank 11th among the world’s most popular vegetables. Winter squash has a thick rind, tough seeds and orange-yellow flesh, and is always cooked before eating. Varieties include acorn squash, banana squash, butternut squash and spaghetti squash.

Ginger Pumpkin Muffins

There is an old saying: To be a successful gardener, grow pumpkins. With this truth, you need only one thing to produce pumpkins: seeds!

Pumpkins require at least 8 hours of sunlight each day and adequate space for the sprawling vines. Sow seeds directly into the soil about 4 weeks after the last frost to give the soil enough time to warm up to 60 to 70 degrees.

Apple Cobbler

In our climate, apple trees are best planted in either the early spring or fall, when they are still young. A 4' whip, or central stem that has yet to branch, is a good and inexpensive way to start.

Apples like a sunny site with good drainage. If you want only one tree, make sure that it is self-pollinating. Otherwise, plant at least two trees, as they need one another for pollination.

Determine the expected height of the tree and plant the whips at least that far apart.