At this point in the year, we're doing our best to eat locally as much as possible, but sometimes it's hard to get excited about it. We dug into our archives for some inspiring takes on classic deep-winter ingredients like sweet potatoes, sunchokes, beets, and butternut squash.

In the case of these dishes, it's surprising seasonings and unexpected pairings – from squash and sage to ginger and sweet potatoes – that delight both the eyes and the palate. From left to right:

Related: Mid-Winter Blues: 10 Sunny Recipes for Dreary Days

(Images: As cited in the original posts, above)