As I stand in my far northern New York State kitchen preparing dinner, the wind is gusting to 60 miles per hour, and frost blankets the windows. Snow fog lowers visibility close to zero. I fully expect to lose power, and possibly a few old apple trees, before the night is done. At this time of year, staying warm is a priority, and keeping food hot is another. Here, where my USDA plant hardiness zone is a puny 3, we have several months to go before the first tender green shoots peek out of the garden ground. Until then, this fiery root, when pared back to expose a creamy core, will keep me grounded. Now all I need is to find my ski goggles.