Time for fresh artichokes. . .actually we have access to fresh artichokes year-round since Monterey County grows pretty much all of those grown in the United States but they do seem to taste better during the peak season of March to May.
On Tuesday we stopped by our favorite place, Pezzini Farms, and bought one for each of us. They were so good and fresh!
In fact they were so tasty and tender that yesterday we took a side trip while running errands and bought a bag of six---$8.00 for what they call baby artichokes.
There are many methods for cooking these thistles but I’m a purist: Cut the stem off, then slice off the top, rinse in cold water, place in a covered container and microwave about 8 minutes (for two.) They’re ready when the leaves easily pull off. We eat ours with melted butter. And, the heart is absolutely wonderful!
Artichokes. . .a sign of Spring!
Another sign of Spring: I’ve never seen a Hooded Oriole here at Laguna Seca but yesterday one flew in and had a drink of water from my fountain! (I’m sure glad our cat Inky wasn’t here! He is the great bird hunter!)
HAPPY WEEKEND. . .