--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, azgrey <no_reply@...> wrote:
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> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Bhairitu <noozguru@> wrote:
> >
> > On 04/18/2013 10:11 AM, azgrey wrote:
> > >
> > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Bhairitu <noozguru@> wrote:
> > >> Artichoke season is here and I just finished off a jumbo artichoke (eat
> > >> your hearts out).  Those are almost too big for one person and usually
> > >> split between too.  Locally grown fresh off the farm.  Very, very tasty!
> > >>
> > >
> > >
> > > Two crops a year, right?
> > >
> > > Damn! I loves me an artichoke!
> > >
> > > I always find the spring harvest much more tender
> > > and more delicately and sublimely flavorful than those of the fall.
> > >
> > > They grow here in Arizona also, but not nearly as well as
> > > in your neck of the woods. Quite a beautiful ginormous
> > > blossom. I envy your access to the Castroville variety.
> > > There is a small farm carved out of some large agricultural
> > > land just a couple of miles from my home. I swear the Native
> > > American guy running the show sees me coming and raises the
> > > prices. <grin> Nice guy, very nice guy, but he could give the
> > > proverbial Armenian rug salesman lessons in negotiation.
> > > Most of the ones I buy are thru a local produce vendor I've
> > > known for many years. He can get me the Castroville goodies
> > > prolly 300 days a year if I'm willing to pay the price. The growers,
> > > in "off season", just leave them on the stem and cut as orders come
> > > in so they are only about 3 or 4 days off the bush when they arrive.
> > >
> > > The flatter shaped, as opposed to the more elongated variety,
> > > while still referred to as "globe," don't have the sharp thorn
> > > on each leaf but are not nearly as tender no matter how long
> > > you cook them. I never bother trimming the thorns.
> > >
> > > How do you like them prepared? I normally purchase and cook
> > > a case of 24 count size. They keep well for a few days in the fridge
> > > when the preparation is a simple 40 to 60 minute simmer in a
> > > water/vinegar/lemon/spice mixture. Then serve steamed or chilled.
> > > They never seem to last long for me as friends catch wind of a
> > > newly prepared batch and they fly out the fridge. Bastids. <grin>
> > > They must see the puncture wounds on my fingertips, begin
> > > salivating, and scheme a meal time visit.
> > 
> > Yup, you would be envious at what I bought yesterday at the nearby 
> > supermarket.  When I walked into the store on Tuesday I saw two big 
> > displays of these jumbo artichokes priced at $2.99 each.   I figured 
> > that those were up because Weds they would go to a sale price which is 
> > $2 each.  They're huge so I don't mind the price.  And yes they are the 
> > round globe ones.  Oh, soooooo good!  Friends are arriving this 
> > afternoon so we may go get more.  Seems the early crop is the best.
> > 
> > As I said to Share, I microwave them tender in about 6 minutes with a 
> > 1000 watt microwave.  I put a little water in the bottom.  They don't 
> > come out much different from when you steam them for 30-40 minutes.  
> > Guess, I'm just impatient. ;-)
> > 
> > To Alex:  US Cellular doesn't have unlocked phones?  Bet they do have no 
> > contract phones but you might save money on the phone buying it 
> > elsewhere and use one of their SIMS.   I've had cellphones since the 
> > early 1990s starting with Cellular One which got bought by a baby Bell 
> > then became Cingular which was bought by AT&T.  Then Verizon to get an 
> > Android phone on contract (developer phones were out of stock).  And 
> > finally this Google Nexus from Google Play with T-Mobile and their $30 a 
> > month plan with 5 GB 4G data.  The Google phone has a lot of bands on it 
> > so you can use it with a variety of different carriers.  Google also 
> > shoves out Android updates quickly to their phones.  I got the latest 
> > 4.2 version a few days after release.
> >
> 
> You are killin' me dude. Now I'm seriously jonesing for an artichoke. 
> The grocery store better have them tomorrow or I might have to find 
> a 12 step program for the first time in my life. The season for them 
> here is different than in California. You guys better not be bogarting
> them on me.  
> 
> A couple of thoughts Barry2...with no offense intended. Jumbo, in
> as applied to Artichokes, is a marketing term only. They are packed
> and sold by count size. "Standard" size is a 24 count. You prolly got
> a 18, 12, or maybe even a 10 count. With arties, bigger isn't necessarily
> better unless you view the world thru bourgeoisie American "bigger
> is better" sheeple lens. We know that can't be true, right? Also, in 
> cooking them I am referring to a full immersion in a very fragrant
> and tastey mélange. The steaming is only for serving them later, hot, 
> after a nice ice bath when they are cooked to just the right tenderness. 
> I love 'em chilled. Very easy to do, it, as you pointed out, just 
> takes a little time and effort. If you like nuking them, good on ya mate.
> 
> You might like the school mascot from the community college nearest
> my home. The students voted it in in about 1970 as a protest. It stuck.
> 
> http://www.gochokes.com/
>

Are the globes you bought thornless?

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