MMMMMM! My kitchen smells so good! I know this is really going to come as a surprise to so many who know me, but I have been cooking! I have had chicken soup going in some form or another, on and off, for a few weeks since the weather turned colder. The crockpot is smokin’! Well, steaming would maybe be a better word.

This afternoon though is a different recipe that I haven’t done in a long while and am happy to introduce to my four year old kitchen.

Artichokes a la Santoriello! (named for my friend’s Dad who first let me smell this glorious smell in his kitchen!)

Have you, like my kids, never had an artichoke? Eating them is a challenge, preparing them is easy.

First rinse the artichokes in cold water. Trim the tops of the leaves and the tip of the plant as shown in these pictures.

Meantime, I coat the bottom of the bottom of a large pot with olive oil and add a bit for good measure. After placing the vegetables in the pan I sprinkle salt, pepper, chopped (or powdered if I have no fresh available) garlic and onion, a few bay leaves and any other Italian spices I find in the cabinet. I place the cover over the pot leave it on low and walk away. For hours. Really! If you are looking for measurements and exactness, I am not the one to ask. If you like garlic, add more. If you aren’t a fan of onion, skip it. Don’t stress out over this … it is truly easy peasy! Just remember to baste, baste, baste!

Eating them is another story.

First pull the petals off one at a time. Pull them between your teeth and enjoy until all the petals are gone. When you get to the center you get closer to the best part! First take a spoon and remove all the “fuzzy nastiness”. This is the inedible part but it merely covers the treasure beneath! When all clears you will get to the Heart of the Artichoke and now just sit back and enjoy!

It is so good and good for you. Plus it has the added benefit of making the house smell like you are a real cook!



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