Artichoke Musings

 “Eating an artichoke is like getting to know someone really well.” – Willi Hastings

Oh how I love artichokes…an addiction that began quite early in life.  I grew up in a crazy, frenetic home of 8, consisting of Mom, Dad, 4 sisters and 1 brother, believing that my favorite veggie was named after a guy named Artie who choked on it in ancient times.

My Mom was a fabulous cook and introduced us to so many different foods. She was always planning menus, ,clipping recipes, and trying new foods. (Who does that sound like?) When we had a special dinner, she would include artichokes, not just the hearts, but the whole thing, steamed, lemon/butter.

Since we didn’t have a lot of money, we would have to share with the person next to us….for me that meant my brother Paul, the only boy and designated “King” of the family. Let’s just say that he didn’t like sharing too much…he would divert my attention and take two leaves to my one…which then led to me complaining to my Mom which then led to him doing it again and again. When we got to the heart, someone else had to cut it in half, Solomon style, so we wouldn’t fight over that! Oh siblings….

When I grew up, my greatest “not so guilty pleasure” was having an artichoke all to myself…so here follows my “recipe” for a quick fix when you, as my kids do, crave Artie.

Steaming, of course, is the traditional method, but if you are just making one, microwaving is the way to go. There are tons of tutorials on the internet for microwaving artichokes and much discussion also….apparently purists believe this is not the way to truly enjoy the vegetable, but for a quick lunch it is awesome!


Basically you wash the bugger, trim the pointy stuff, so you don’t get poked ( I always warn the bagger at the grocery store), trim the stalk, place in a 4 cup pyrex measuring cup, fill halfway with water, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 10 minutes. Then let rest, microwave 3 tbsp of butter mixed with half a lemon and enjoy! That’s it! Instant lunch. Instant happiness!


Shannon & Mom sharing an artichoke-1995

Shannon & Mom sharing an artichoke-1995

I love this quote from Miss Piggy, but totally disagree.

“These things are just plain annoying. After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps. Have the shrimp cocktail instead.” – Miss Piggy

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  • Katie

    I loved growing up microwaving Artie’s! The best!

  • Jules

    Col taught me to love “Arties” during our tenure as roomies! Love the pic of you and Shan! 🙂

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