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Braised Artichokes

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Braised artichokes are not my original idea at all, but are too delicious not to share. Every year when artichokes come in to season, I immediately pounce on the first ones I see and then get home and forget how long to cook them. 90% of the time, I boil them and when I was checking the cook time online, I stumbled across this recipe for braised artichokes that sounded amazing. Spoiler alert! They are!

Braised Artichokes

Braising artichokes seems like it would be more complicated than boiling, but really it isn’t. Still just one pan and same approximate cook time. Nearly the same ingredients as my basic boiled ones: artichokes, butter, lemon and just a bit of chicken stock. Confession: I didn’t actually watch the video in the link, I just followed the directions and used my own measurements. I used chicken stock, but white wine, veggie stock or veggie bullion would work to make these vegetarian.

Braised Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Braised Artichokes
makes 2 artichokes (serves 2 or 4)

2 artichokes, halved and the choke removed
1-2 tablespoons of butter (you want it to coat the bottom of your pan when melted), plus a little bit more later
1 cup chicken stock
juice of half a lemon, about 1/4 cup

  1. Soak or rinse artichokes to clean them, drain, cut in half and remove inedible choke. Trim stem and pokey leaf bits if preferred.
  2. On medium heat, melt butter in a large saute pan or skillet with lid
  3. Place artichokes cut side down and cook until edges are browned, about 5-10 minutes
  4. Add chicken stock, put lid on pan (I left it a little bit askew so some steam could escape) and cook for about 20 minutes until artichokes are tender.
  5. Remove artichokes from pan, add lemon juice and a little more butter to the pan and stir, scraping up and brown bits from the bottom of the pan. This makes a little sauce for the artichokes.
  6. To serve, spoon a little butter lemon sauce into the hollowed out portion of the braised artichoke and serve cut side up.
  7. To eat, flip over and eat from the outside in, tearing off the leaves and only eating the edible bottom portion. We found that the sauce permeated the artichoke and no additional dipping butter was needed, but more butter would also be an option…

It always seems odd to post a side dish and not include suggestions for making a full meal, but we just sort of threw dinner together to go with the artichokes. My husband had shrimp in a hybrid scampi/lemon sauce with fettucini and Spencer and I just had the same pasta with some shredded parmesan on top.

Wordless Wednesday: Easter 2012

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Easter. Yay! Spencer summed up what he learned in preschool thusly:  Jesus is alive, but he died and fell out of a cave.Not too bad, kiddo. Not too bad.

We started out by setting out some grass for the easter bunny. I would love to take credit for this, but he brought it home from preschool. It balances the flowered cross crafts.

 Mr E. Bunny wasn’t able to come until the afternoon so we passed the time Bowling for Bunnies

And then we went to his Grandma’s for brunch. My husband was working, but was able to stop by for his lunch hour, which was awesome. The easter bunny had already been to grandma’s and Spencer hunted for some eggs and got a giant chocolate bunny.

He decided just to eat the ears for now. After brunch he took a little nap, which is a rare occurance these days and then the easter bunny conviently came while he was sleeping and his dad got home from work.

Fun times were had by all. I do love an egg hunt and I must say, filling and hiding them is almost as much fun as hunting them. Spencer shook each egg next to his ear as he found it. So cute. Do all kids do that?

Link up your wordless wednesday below!

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Easter Fashion Flashback!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

I’m a little bummed that I can’t find pictures of more horrific outfits. My mom dressed us so, so awfully for Easter that it became a long standing joke and “tulip vest” became family shorthand for embarrassing handmade clothes. Those vests are forever burned in my memory. I drew this picture for my sister last week in DrawSomething and she accurately guessed Easter when I was only halfway through.

Long, long ago, we looked like this in non-stick-figure form:

I think this was about 1982. I’m surprised they got me to stand so close to those flowers, I hated them so, so much. Why, might you ask? The bees. Oh good god the bees. Every Saturday my sister and I had to do yard work as part of our chores and I always got stuck cutting the dead daisies. I hated it. I still hate the smell of those.

I love Easter growing up. So many fun memories of searching for our Easter baskets when we woke up and then later the egg hunt. The egg hunt was a very big deal. Without fail every year a few eggs would go unfound because my parents were hard core egg hiders. Eggs were hidden by color in various plants and few times they even unscrewed light bulbs in the outdoor lights and replaced them with eggs. Hardcore.

Do you have a childhood easter outfits that you would like to share? Suzanne and I would love to see them – adorable, embarrassing, festive – we take all kinds. Feel free to link up below.

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