Vacation and Artichokes

You may have noticed that we haven’t posted for a spell. Well my friends, in the great tradition
of Summer, we have been on vacation! Even on holiday, we make it a point to eat healthfully,
after all, if you start caving in and giving yourself license to be bad “just this once” you might
surprise yourself with how many “onces” you can fit into a single day.
We spent our holiday the way it was meant to be spent, enjoying life’s riches; good friends,
good food and good wine. We are fortunate enough to have many a gifted chef in our circle. It
was a treat to have someone cook for us and enjoy new recipes, which with their permission;
we are bringing to you and in effect, spreading the wealth.

Barbecued Artichokes

For this recipe you will need:

  • Two large artichokes
  • Three lemons, quartered
  • Three quarter cup of olive oil
  • Four gloves of garlic, chopped
  • One teaspoon of sea-salt
  • One half teaspoon ground black pepper

Fill a large pot with cold water. Now squeeze the juice from a lemon into the water. Trim the tops from the artichokes, then cut in half lengthwise. Place halves into a bowl of lemon water to prevent browning.

Bring the pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, pre-heat your outdoor grill to medium high heat. Add artichokes to the boiling water, cook for thirty minutes and drain.

 Squeeze remaining lemon wedges into a medium bowl. Stir in the olive oil and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Brush the artichokes with a coating of this garlic dip, grill the artichokes for 5 to 10 minutes, basting with dip and turning frequently, until the tips are a little charred. Serve immediately with remaining dip.

Calories: 400 per artichoke, 0 Cholesterol, 40.7 Grams of fat

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