--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, azgrey <no_reply@...> wrote: > > > > --- 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?