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Topic: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: AeroWesty
Posted 2006-08-07 00:29:13 and read 1726 times.

At this time of year I can't resist a jumbo artichoke. The one before me is HUGE.

Growing up near the coast of Northern California, I learned how to eat artichokes the right way ...  Wink ... just peeling off the leaves one by one, dipping them in Best Foods mayo, then peeling the heart away from the pulpy bit at the end, and cutting the heart up into quarters, dipping it into more Best Foods. Basically, an artichoke is just a vehicle for good mayo.

The first time I had one at a restaurant, the top had been lopped off, the center hollowed out, and a sauce poured into it for dipping. I was horrified.

How do you eat your choke? Or are you intimidated by the noble thistle?

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: BaylorAirBear
Posted 2006-08-07 01:05:14 and read 1718 times.

I have a jar of artichoke hearts in my pantry. It's been there for two years. I was going to use them in some italian dish, but couldn't bring myself to unleash those horrid looking vegetables.

BAB yuck 

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: AeroWesty
Posted 2006-08-07 01:09:09 and read 1714 times.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 1):
but couldn't bring myself to unleash those horrid looking vegetables.

If they're of the marinated variety, unleash them on a salad!

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: 777DadandJr
Posted 2006-08-07 01:14:47 and read 1712 times.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 1):
I was going to use them in some italian dish, but couldn't bring myself to unleash those horrid looking vegetables.

You're missin out on something great man.
Take those artichokes out of your cabinet, and dust them off.

Throw some farfalle pasta on the boil.

Saute some shallot, garlic, smoked ham, sun dried tomato, peas and the artichokes. Mix in some bechemel cream sauce, and toss with the cooked pasta.

Top with fresh grated parmesan and enjoy!

You will thank me in the morning. It's so freakin good!

Russ

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: IAH777
Posted 2006-08-07 04:57:18 and read 1690 times.

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
...dipping them in Best Foods mayo...

Ugh. You were right on track up to there.  yuck 

Replace the mayo with drawn butter and lemon.  drool   yummy 

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: AeroWesty
Posted 2006-08-07 05:03:14 and read 1686 times.

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 4):
Replace the mayo with drawn butter and lemon.

Well okay, since it's your a.net birthday today, just this once!

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: IAH777
Posted 2006-08-07 05:13:44 and read 1681 times.

Oh shite! I didn't notice 'til you said that. I may only be two, but I'm spouting mindless drivel at a fourth grade level.

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: Halls120
Posted 2006-08-07 05:24:09 and read 1678 times.

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
w do you eat your choke? Or are you intimidated by the noble thistle?

Never touch them because.....

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
Basically, an artichoke is just a vehicle for good mayo.

I generally avoid food that is tasteless without the "benefit" of other substances.

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: Cory6188
Posted 2006-08-07 05:41:59 and read 1673 times.

Best Foods mayo...never heard of it. Out here in NJ, we have Hellman's instead.

Topic: RE: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Artichoke Lover
Username: AeroWesty
Posted 2006-08-07 05:44:55 and read 1672 times.

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 8):
Out here in NJ, we have Hellman's instead.

Yes, it's Best Foods west of the Rockies. Same stuff.


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