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The Artichoke at New Roads!

By Chef Julia Simonsen


Spring is finally here. The weather undoubtedly is the best part. However, I get excited with the anticipation of all the fruits and vegetables that come in season. The first on the scene is the artichoke. I am always amazed at how many people have never tried and eaten an actual artichoke before. I am not talking about the cheesy dip with chips you have all learn to love at your local corner chain restaurant, but the whole artichoke. As it stands alone. Eaten as a vegetable. Here are some simple instruction on how to prepare, cook and eat these beautiful green bulbs. Leaf by beautiful leaf!  Our residential addiction treatment clients enjoy this recipe and you will too!




1. Take a kitchen scissors and cut of the thorned tips of all of the leaves.

2. Slice about 1 inch off the tip of the artichoke.

3. Remove and any smaller leaves at the base of the stem.

4. Cut excess stem, leaving up to an inch on the artichoke.

5. Rinse the artichokes in running cold water.


6. In a large pot, put a couple inches of water and a whole lemon sliced. Insert a steaming basket. Add the artichokes. Cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until the outer leaves can easily be pulled off.

7. Pull off outer petals, one at a time. Artichokes may be eaten cold or hot, but I think they are much better hot. They are served with a dip, either melted butter or mayonnaise. Mayo with a little balsamic vinegar mixed in, is delicious.


8. Dip white fleshy end in melted butter. Tightly grip the other end of the petal. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulp, yummy portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal. Continue until all the petals are removed.

9. Once you get to the heart…with a spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the "choke") The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart. Cut into pieces and eat.

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