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Artichoke Adventures

Did you know that Artichokes are one of the WORLD’S most healthiest foods? 

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YES! But Why?

  • REALLY high in anti-oxidants
  • Cancer fighting properties
  • Really good for the liver *Also known for as a hangover treatment for you drinkers out there!*
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Really high in Fiber (which helps with digestion)

If you had asked me a year ago to eat this weird flowery looking cactus shaped vegetable… I would have looked at you like you were crazy.

Now that my taste buds are developing, I tried them for the first time about a year ago and I AM IN LOVE WITH THEM!

If you’ve never tried an artichoke before, I highly recommend it!

MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BEFORE YOU TRY AND EAT ONE! They’re complicated to eat, but totally worth the extra effort.

How to eat an artichoke:

After you’ve steamed or boiled it for 25-35 minutes begin to eat.

  1. Pull off outer petals, one at a time
  2. Dip white fleshy end in melted butter or sauce. Tightly grip the other end of the petal. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulpy, delicious portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal.
  3. With a knife or spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the “choke”) covering the artichoke heart. The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart. Cut into pieces and dip into sauce to eat.
  4. I dip mine in a home made garlic sauce that I make myself with FRESH garlic. This not only adds to the flavors of the artichoke, it adds another entire health benefit from the fresh garlic!

Get out of your comfort zone, it’s no fun in there! 

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10 cute and creative cooking utensils- domestically fashionable!

Now that I’ve become really into cooking, I’ve become just as fascinated in the utensils that I cook with!

From Bunny Ear salad tossers, to a watermelon shaped carving knife- these are a mix of my very favorite cooking utensils that make my time in the kitchen SO much more fun 🙂

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The Avocado cutter is on my to-buy list for sure! We all know I eat enough of them 🙂

 

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Baked Seasoned Sweet Corn- a sweet summer favorite

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Corn is one of my favorite summer vegetables, because it’s easy to prepare (especially for a summer picnics), and tastes great on a hot summer day!

You can really play with the spices you use on your corn and customize it for your tastes buds. I kept it simple using pepper and oregeno, which really made my tongue happy. Sometimes I like to get a little spicy, so I’ll add a bit of cayenne pepper too.
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Ingredients:

  • Sweet white corn
  • Pepper
  • Oregeno
  • Butter
  • Tin foil

What to do:

  1. Apply a thin layer of butter to your corn
  2. Add spices
  3. Wrap in tin foil
  4. Bake for 15 mins
  5. Enjoy!

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Wrapped in tin foil^

Pre-preparing tip:
Since I have a crazy busy schedule, I like to pre-prepare a few pieces of corn and bake them all at once. Then, the corns that I don’t eat, I kwwp them wrapped in the tin foil and put it in the fridge. When I’m ready to eat them, I pop one in the oven for only 5 mins, and it turns into a quick and easy snack!