Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Strawberries and Artichokes are Locally Fresh in May


Local strawberries and artichokes are in season now. I buy a basket of strawberries every time that I am in a store and see them organic and local. I clean them and put them in a bowl. They're gone in a couple hours. Strawberries are a gorgeous snack food.

The artichokes in the picture are very small and can be eaten whole. They're so beautiful that I use them as a center piece before cooking them. Cut the stem and the top of the artichoke 1/3 of the way down. The idea is to only cook the tender parts so I can pop the whole thing in my mouth. Tear off the top two layers of hard pedals. Cut into quarters and cook in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 15 minutes. Salt and pepper and serve as a side or in a salad.

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