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    what do you do with artichokes? I've never cooked one and have only eaten them in dips...but I'm curious!

  • #2
    MMMMmmmmmmmm, SO good!!!

    I steam them, then eat them with melted butter.
    Or chill them, and serve them with Green Goddess dressing.
    Mmmmmmmm.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kuno1chi View Post
      MMMMmmmmmmmm, SO good!!!

      I steam them, then eat them with melted butter.
      *Drool*
      I haven't had that in YEARS!
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      • #4
        The artichokes you have had in dips, on pizza, etc are the very center of the actual vegetable. So eating a whole artichoke is a different experience, you almost have to have a personal coach.

        Here is a good video on preparing them


        And here is a good one on how to eat them!

        I understand that a vegetable the requires TWO instructional videos may be a little scarey, but if you like them it is worth it!
        Which reminds me, I love them, and I am getting some tonight!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by kuno1chi View Post
          MMMMmmmmmmmm, SO good!!!

          I steam them, then eat them with melted butter.
          This was one of the special treats of my childhood. I may need to buy some this weekend. Yum!
          Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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          • #6
            that is a little intimadating, but I'm still excited about it! thanks!

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            • #7
              Be prepared to turn yellow-brown if you start cutting them raw. I find it much easier to simply steam them whole and be careful when I'm tearing them apart than snip them all up first. Butter with a little lemon juice or mayo are pretty standard dippers. I almost grabbed a few the other day, but I'm guessing there's simply no way I could convince either of my kids to eat one.

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              • #8
                Has anyone cooked and eaten a Violetto artichoke? Supposedly Italians consider it a gourmet type. The artichokes are smaller. I grew the plant with enjoyment (it's BIG, and if you don't get the artichokes picked the flowers are incredible! Plus they bring a cloud of bees.) But I never managed to figure out how I should process them.

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                • #9
                  For the VIRGINS:

                  For those of us who are Artichoke VIRGINS, here are directions on how to eat the Artichoke with photos:
                  http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how..._an_artichoke/

                  Grizz

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                  • #10
                    I love the artichokes in olive oil you get in jars. I think the Italians use it as part of antipasto.

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                    • #11
                      We lightly steam ours and then cut in half, rub thoroughly with olive oil and salt, and finish cooking on the grill. They are wonderful dipped in garlic butter or my favorite, a cilantro pistou.
                      For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                      • #12
                        I boil them

                        Boil in pleny of water with a wedge of lemon, a garlic clove, a few peppercorns and a splash of olive oil. You'll know they're done when a fork easily pierces the base. Drain, serve with lemon butter. Don't overcook! Not good mushy.

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                        • #13
                          Put handful into a microwave safe bowl with 1/4 cup of water, heat for 4 minutes, season to taste (I drizzle butter) and eat.

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                          • #14
                            I like dipping just in garlic butter, but it just dawned on me right now.......what about an egg salad, chicken salad or something like that! I think that would be good too
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                            Started PB Aug 9, 2010 then let 'stuff' get in the way
                            Back to start and make a fantastic 2012
                            Goal of Significant Weight Loss
                            15 pounds down! with more to go!

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                            • #15
                              I don't know how old your kids are...but you should give it a try! With mine I never know what they'll eat or not eat! Things I think they won't look twice at they gobble up and want more of...sometimes!

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