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summer food

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

summer food
Artichokes remind me of summer. I picked up a couple of these beauties at the store yesterday and had one for lunch. The artichoke is a member of the thistle family although our cultivated versions have come a long way from their wild cousins. Typically you trim the base, remove outer leaves, lop the top off, and cut the pointed ends of the leaves off.

Boil or steam forever and then serve with lemon and/or olive oil. Actually, I prefer to eat them plain. Peel the outer leaves off and scrape your teeth on the inner base where the meat is. Peel them down to the heart, remove the choke, and enjoy the best part.

A good deal of this plant is fiber – lots and lots of fiber. Which might explain why I get gas when I eat them… Artichokes contain cynarin, a chemical which stimulates the sweet receptors on your tongue. Pairing wine with artichoke is a pain in the ass because it alters the taste of the wine.

get the summer stink on

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Ewww, Kaweah is starting to smell like Summer Dog. We took away her water tonight at 9pm because she’s going in for minor surgery tomorrow to have that funny thing on her lip removed and biopsied. I’ll get her back after work since Jeremy heads south to Socorro for a couple of meetings tomorrow morning. It’s just the girls!

Tonight I prepared some sashimi (hamachi and maguro) for dinner since I know Jeremy loves it and I usually try to treat him to a special meal before he leaves on travel. It still amazes me that I can get Good sashimi-grade fish here in a land-locked state. Let’s here it for bourgeois, liberal, sushi-eatin’ Boulderites.

melt-in-your-mouth wild goodness from the sea

plus organic edamame – mmmmm

kaweah wanted in on the soy action

as chinese-american as mom and kung pao chicken

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

I discovered I had brioche tins today. Bought those a few years back for the purpose of making brioche, but used them today for something else.

tinny tin tins

kirsch panna cotta with cherry sauce

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