Saturday, June 30, 2007

(Literally) Garden Fresh Salsa

With the garden in full swing, we have an abundance of produce on hand. For a mid-afternoon snack to go along with the Phillies game we made up a bowl of fresh salsa. ((Everything but the onion and garlic came from the garden))

6 tomatoes (including one yellow)
1 medium red onion
2 jalepeno peppers
1 habenaro pepper (the ones from our garden aren't especially hot)
1 clove garlic
fresh cilantro
1/8 cup vinegar
to taste: salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder

- Mince/chop/grind to your liking and season to taste

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Stuffed Artichokes

While wondering through the supermarket pondering side dishes to go with leg of lamb, I saw a pile of artichokes. Not the healthiest of vegetable dishes, but tasty nonetheless.

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2 artichokes
½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 T grated romano cheese
2 t garlic, minced
1 T onion, minced
minced fresh parsley
olive oil
lemon juice
salt & pepper

Prepare Stuffing
- Heat some olive oil in a fry pan. Soften onion and garlic (do not brown). Turn off heat. Add breadcrumbs, mix well, and allow to cool.
- Once cool, add romano cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and additional olive oil (if needed) until most

Prepare Artichokes
- Cut off the stems of each artichoke at the base, and with scissors snip off the tips of the leaves.

- Dip cut end in lemon water to prevent from turning brown.
- Gently open the artichoke by spreading its leaves apart.
- With a spoon, remove the inner choke
- Working over the pan, with one artichoke at a time, pack the stuffing between the leaves.
- Transfer the artichokes to a pot or casserole dish. To the pan add 1½ inches of water. Braise, covered, over low heat for approximately 45 minutes (or until tender)

- Transfer the chokes to a baking dish and broil (or grill) until golden brown.