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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sautéed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Lemon


On Saturday I attended the food blog forum in LA to pick up new ideas about blog writing and meet more people within the food-blogging community.  The sessions were incredibly helpful and it was a blast meeting up with new friends.  There were 6 sessions throughout the day and my personal favorite was Diane and Todd's session about food photography.  They are such a warm-hearted couple who gave a wealth of information and tips.  A large portion of their session focused on lighting, which I've come to learn is the most important element of photography.  We also had the opportuntiy to hear Jaden discuss authenticity and diversity when creating/writing a blog.  Then the very talented duo, Adam and Matt, hosted a session about food styling and food photography.  Adam said that every time he plates food (even if it's for his own dinner at home) he gets excited.  I love that!


It was so great to catch up with new friends and meet several other LA area bloggers. Being in a room with such creative thinkers was incredibly energizing.  It reminded me of the my early days at music school - you could literally feel the excitement and creativity twirling in the air. 


Sweet friends - Rachel and Jen

When I arrived back at home I was thrilled to see fresh baby artichokes in our weekly produce box.  We've received dozens of these little gems the over last few weeks and my family loves them sauteed with a little olive oil, garlic, and fresh lemon.  Of course, a bowl-full of artichokes and sunlight streaming into the kitchen was a great excuse to pull out my camera and practice some of the tips I learned this weekend.

 


Sautéed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Lemon
Serves 4

10 baby artichokes
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt

Fill a large bowl with cold water and squeeze juice from 1/2  a lemon into the water.  Cut baby artichokes in half length-wise and then cut off the top third.  Pull off outer petals of artichokes until the leaves are half green and half yellow.  Place cut artichokes in lemon water.

Bring a sauce pan of water to boil.  Place artichokes in boiling water and simmer 7-10 minutes, or until you can easily pierce them with a knife. 

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Place artichokes cut-side down in oil and cook for 2 minutes.  Add sliced garlic to pan and move artichokes around so the garlic is cooking in the oil.  Sauté 1 minute or until garlic and artichokes are lightly brown. Transfer artichokes and garlic to serving dish.  Sprinkle generously with sea salt and lemon juice.  Serve immediately.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Healthy. Happy. Well. said...

Looks incredible! I bet the garlic makes it smell divine.

March 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Girly Green Girl said...

I'm so intimidated by artichokes so hopefully this recipe will change my mind! Thanks

March 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I've never tried sauteeing artichokes, but I love them so I will have to try this! It was great seeing you on Saturday. See you at the bakesale!!

March 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Lazaro Cooks! said...

Love artichokes such a undervalued veg. You have a wonderful blog...just recently started following you and find your blog quite inspirational. Have a great day!

March 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

What a lovely post! I bet you were thrilled to receive that box of fresh produce. I am so glad we were able to participate in such an amazing event last weekend, so happy that you got a "hall pass" :)

March 31, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

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