Friday, June 25, 2010

Free Giveaway Results

i am happy to announce the winners of GCFE's first ever free giveaway! i had 9 people enter the drawing and used a random number generator to choose 2 winners.

congrats to:
#5 - Alli 
#8 - Wayne Sr.

please email me at with your mailing address and i will mail the coupons to you tomorrow.

even though participation was low, i do have another giveaway in the works so stay tuned for an exciting kitchen gadget giveaway later this summer.

i have received a couple of questions about how to prepare an artichoke, so here is my step-by-step from cleaning to steaming.

first, wash artichoke with water and dry kitchen towel.
then chop off top of the artichoke with a sharp knife
using kitchen shears, cut of the ends of each exposed leaf (there is a prickly bit on the end of each one)
cut the stem off the end
now you are ready to steam it!
i add some smashed garlic and lemon to the water to add a little flavor while it steams
place cleaned artichokes on steamer basket right side up and steam, covered, for 20-30 minutes checking to see when the leaves will come off easily.
then it's finished! a little lemon, garlic, butter sauce for dipping and you are all set to enjoy your freshly prepared artichoke. be sure to scoop out the fuzzy choke when you get to the center. scooping out the fuzzy part allows you to enjoy the heart - yum!

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

2 tbs melted butter
1 garlic clove, finely minced
juice of one lemon
1/8 to 1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/8 tsp ground pepper

whisk all ingredients together to emulsify. serve warm as dipping sauce for artichokes.

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