Monday, May 28, 2007

Nothin' says "Memorial Day" like...

...stuffed artichokes? Well, in our house it apparently does. I'm daring to go where few bloggers have gone before here...food shots!...but I feel it's only appropriate on a day off when we finally have time to cook real food. I'm still working on perfecting stuffed artichokes so that they taste like my dad used to make (of course, we dipped every leaf in butter then, so maybe that's the secret), but I must say that any food preparation that ends up more like a craft (stuffing each and every individual leaf just "so") is fine by me. Andrew prepped his own artichoke and when he got to the stuffing part and made nothing more than a holy mess, I and my faithful companion, Mr. OCD, took over. I basically made a modified recipe of the Tuscan stuffed artichokes from Joy, but used fresh leftover bread and my first parsley harvest from the garden.
For dessert we poached some pears with orange juice, cinnamon, clove, cardamom (which rocks my WORLD) and maybe a little booze and although this photo looks like a tad slimy, trust me when I say that it was good. Like, I'm leaning WAY back in the office chair right now to give my belly plenty of room, good.
As with any holiday weekend, I got way less done than I had intended. I still have a mountain of grading to do and am stressing about writing exams, I STILL haven't gone to American Apparel to pick up tshirts to print for my latest gocco project (hint: it has to do with food and how I can't handle any meat unless it's grass-fed because of this book), I still haven't started the prep work for my embroidery project for Sophie. But I did finally get rid of the cat pee smell in the bedroom from when the cats peed on a corner of the rug. When all else fails, rip the freaking rug up. Luckily we have pretty hardwood underneath, so it wasn't too traumatic (my first house: miles of snot-colored shag rug with about 45 years of dust and dead skin cells that made me nutso to pull out) AND a new project emerged: painting the floor with some crazy design. I'm poking around on the web right now for inspiration and so far have found this and this. And this mosaic site which has nothing to do with painting floors but I WANT this in my house somewhere. And thus, I will continue on in my quest to make us the most cursed previous owners ever when whoever buys this house from us has to reverse all of the wacky things we've done:)

3 comments:

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

Oh my gosh! Those artichokes look amazingly yummy! You're makin' me HUNGRY!!!!

Nancy said...

I've never cooked artichokes. But certainly do love to eat them. Perhaps we need to plan a meal together.

LoveDynamite said...

The pears look good too!

made. by k.d.