Thursday, December 16, 2010

Steamed Artichoke

Artichokes are actually very simple to prepare and eat although their appearance might seem a little intimidating. I searched how to steam these peculiar vegetables on Google and the hit that came up was a family friend's blog who resides in St. Louis, Missouri. What are the odds, right?

Alanna is a renown blogger who owns A Veggie Venture and Kitchen Parade.  She helped my Mother get started blogging, who now owns My Own Sweet Thyme. A few years later... my Mom had inspired me to get started in the blogging world. 

I had the opportunity to visit Alanna this last summer in St. Louis, Missouri. We started talking blog business one morning over iced coffee and breakfast mango smoothies on her patio at her home. There, she helped to get the blogging bomb ticking and left me with some very good ideas on getting started. 

Now, here I am with Brie My Love. And Alanna is again, helping me along my way in blog land with how to make a steamed artichoke and she doesn't even know it... [= 

Steamed Artichoke
Adapted from Alanna's Artichoke Recipe

Cut off the stem, wash, and peel off any browning leaves. Trim up the sharp tips if you think you might get hurt. 

Place the artichoke in a microwave safe dish and cover with a microwave safe lid. Microwave anywhere from 5-8 minutes for one artichoke.

Check and see if the artichoke is soft and if the meat from an inside leaf scrapes off easily with your teeth. If so, it is done. If not, return to the microwave until it is soft enough to easily remove the edible portions.

Steamed Artichoke goes great with my Roasted Red Pepper Sauce as an appetizer. 

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