I said a couple of posts ago that I'd probably wait until January 1st to start my winter lettuce seeds, but over at Serious Eats the weekend Cook and Tell challenge is to tell "how you are coping with your Winter Vegetable Blues."
I'm hoping to cope by growing lettuce for the next couple of months until I need the lights for tomatoes and peppers. So I started some seeds this evening. Planted rather liberally in a 4 inch nursery pot, in potting soil. Just barely covered and watered a little. I'm hoping they'll be up by Monday. I'm starting them in the kitchen because the room I would usually grow them in is about 50 degrees, and although the lettuce wouldn't mind the cold I would. They will probably start a little faster in the kitchen.
The picture above (from the summer garden) is probably the lettuce mix (in fact, probably from the same seed packet) that I'm starting: Johnny's Allstar Gourmet Lettuce Mix. It's a 2007 seed packet, but the "usual" seed life for lettuce is 3 years. The Territorial Seed catalog has great cultural information, and the usual seed life is one of the pieces of information they give. Not on the website though, so you'd need to order the catalog, and that's a good thing to do.