"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

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Monday, April 01, 2013

A-Z Challenge A is for Artichokes

Steamed and grilled with garlicky butter
Who figured out the prickly plant
Was edible?

There are more than 1440 bloggers participating in this
month long event.  It will be fun to see all the different
 approaches to this challenge.
Just amble over here to find more A-Z Challengers:
Just click on the links and have fun!!
PS I am #1430!


Dana said...

I love artichokes! I have a couple in the kitchen right now. ☺

You know, I've often wondered that very thing: Who was the brave one to try them first?

Have a happy Monday! See you tomorrow. ☺

Kathe W. said...

Dana- after writing this post I am off to the store to get a few artichokes! Cheers!

Ranch Mama said...

I have often wondered the same thing!

Sandee said...

I take one too. I love them very much, especially with that garlic butter. Yummy.

Have a fabulous day. :)

Celia said...


Sandy said...

Thanks for your visit to Flat Stanley. I've tried...sorta unsuccessfully to good artichokes. Read somewhere they needed to be soaked in water for at least an hour before cooking. We saw on tv how you can cut them in half oil and salt or garlic and put them right on the grill. They didn't come out well. Can you shead some light on how you did yours?

my other a-z challenge

retired not tired said...

Wonderful praise for the artichoke.

Sandy said...

No problem on the rant. It's your land not hers! I had prickly pear marqueritas few years back while in Arizona...they were good.


messymimi said...

Artichokes are best when prepared by someone else -- so now i'll have to go get one!;)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I've never had an artichoke - is that wrong??

Tami Von Zalez said...

I'm sure glad someone figured it out re artichokes - they are delish!

Popped in from the AtoZ Challenge.


J.L. Campbell said...

Haven't tasted this vegetable yet, but you make it sound appealing .

Lillian Csernica said...

Food haiku! That's brilliant! I tend to be a traditionalist and keep to the one season motif, but this is such a cool idea I'll have to try it.

High five to my fellow A to Z-er!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've only had them in dip - they're really good that way!

Anonymous said...

I also have never had an artichoke and was actually quite surprised to see what they look like flowering. My only thought is that someone somewhere was awfully hungry once upon a time to try it...

Lydia said...

Dear #1430: This sounds like a really fun challenge. I love artichokes and you have reminded me to try to find some to plant this year. I saw some at Wilco Farm Stores a few years ago and have wanted to try to grow some ever since.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous shots there - and what a great question.

Who indeed?

I looked up the A - Z Challenge, I did a couple a while back and think I have exhausted my creative juices.

Maddy said...

Artichokes! I love them! Can't wait until they are abundant in the stores!