03 May 2014

Make: 2

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I started Make Month off with a bang, and then I didn't get enough sleep by the end of Make Day 1. Make 2 was basically me dragging ass at work, not even the slightest cheerful about it being Friday, tired beyond consent. Feeling exhausted can lead to the general feeling on uninspiration, but I still needed to find a make. So I decided to put myself to bed at 6:00 pm, take a luscious much needed nap, and when I wake up, I'll have the energy to make something. Which led to my artichoke and martini for dinner.

Artichokes were a thing my mom made for us as a treat. Something that we peeled away dipping into mayonnaise enjoying leaf by leaf. Eating artichokes is oddly ritualistic, and one of the true tidings of spring. I've probably eaten 6 of them in the last three weeks, which is nutty because who sits around dipping and peeling leaves and calls it dinner? This girl.

I found this blog, Oh Dear Drea, which fills my reader with light, color, butterflies, and fresh vegan recipes, it's one of my favorite things to read. She posted an article all about artichokes, how to prep and cook them, making me feel inclined to go home and try making artichokes myself. Pro tip: Stanley's sells them very very cheaply, and they are divine. So does Trader Joe's.

To cook an artichoke, you cut off the bottom stem and top pointy peaks with a serrated knife, toss two inches of water into a pot, with some garlic and sliced lemon (or lime). Bring to a boil and cover for 40 minutes. When the 'tchokes are done steaming, you should be able to pull the outside leaves off with ease. Remove from water, let cool until it won't burn you to devour, and dip in your favorite sauce. I've been rotating between mayo and lemon feta dip.

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    1. Okay, only if you take me to the Milwaukee Art Museum :)

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    2. if you have a microwave you can cook them there and they are fine. and you don't have to cut off the thorns, as they soften. Melted butter is the classic dip btw. and count Mom as another who considers a whole artichoke as a proper supper!

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    3. you can microwave them too and you don't need to trim the thorns because they will soften. it takes about 10-12 minutes; I cut off the stem. If it's one I put it upside down in an ice cream bowl and cover with saran wrap; for more i put right side up in a ceramic tart pan and cover with saran wrap. BTW melted butter is the classic dip. And this mom also believes an artichoke solo is a proper supper!

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