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Lazy Sunday and Artichokes…

July 18, 2010

This was the view I had of Higgy as I watched hours and hours of the Food Network and Cooking channels. I could not resist taking a photo of my cute little boy. I scooped him up after the photo and he became my TV watching pal. Higgy can no longer get on the furniture by himself. He’s still paralyzed in his left back foot/leg – he’s lost muscle mass, so he no longer has the strength to jump. Poor lil guy.

We were anxiously anticipating the arrival of Monty. We’re watching my parent’s dog for the week. Double Schnauzer love.  My parents arrived just after noon and it was like visiting the farmer’s market without ever leaving the house. They brought me a bag with lettuce, fresh green beans, mushrooms, two white nectarines and the best part – a cooked jumbo artichoke! My decision of what to have for lunch was decided for me, awesome… love when that happens!

We sent my parents off on their 45th anniversary getaway and I started salivating for my artichoke.

I grew up dipping my chilled artichokes (I don’t like them hot) in a mayo and lemon juice combo. I know some people dip their leaves in a butter or olive oil based dipping sauce. What do you guys do? I went on the Internet and did a search for “Artichoke Dip” not even thinking that what I really wanted was “Artichoke Dipping Sauce” – I got a lot of baked artichoke dip recipes 😉  – I found all kinds of suggestions on AllRecipes.com in various places.  I decided to whip up a new dipping combo using some of the suggestions from the site.

3 Jumbo Tablespoons of Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
Balsamic Vinegar – a few splashes
Garlic Powder – a few shakes
Crushed Rosemary – a few shakes

It pretty much had the same consistency as my normal mayo dip. I liked the added tangy flavor. I should have taken a photo of the aftermath – the leaf carnage was crazy. The artichoke was more than jumbo, it was huge. Thanks Mom and Dad for the lunch delivery!

Once the dogs got settled down and Dan finished working on his car (He’s putting in a new engine) – I did a little shopping. HomeGoods and Trader Joe’s. Two of my favorite stores. I ended up doing damage at both.

I’ve been wanting new cookie sheets. I found some pretty decent ones. Oneida Commercial – 15″ and 17″. Thought I got a pretty good deal at $7.99 and $9.99 until I found them on Amazon for $5.99 and $6.99 – oh well. Already took the stickers and everything off. Serves me right for looking on the Internet after the purchase, Hah! I also got two new cookbooks. I just checked and I got a good deal on the Cooking Light Way to Cook Cookbook. $16.99, it’s $19.77 on Amazon. I also got a Perfect Vegetarian Cookbook, mostly because I loved the photos and it was only $1.99 – cheaper than a magazine and once again cheaper than Amazon – feeling better already. There are a few recipes that I will definitely be trying in the Perfect Vegetarian and a whole bunch in the Cooking Light one. I also found a bone colored plate on clearance for $1.00 and a lemon reamer for $1.99. All in all, a great shopping trip. Can’t wait to try out my new stuff.

I bought a bunch of food and flowers at Trader Joe’s. 3 bunches that I arranged myself. I know it seems like a shame to cut off the majority of the flower stem, but I like shorter/wider vases.  

Definitely a Foodiddy kind of day. Now I’m off to figure out what to make for dinner… too many choices after a day of grocery shopping.

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8 comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I just wanna scoop that sweet boy up and give him kisses! What a doll, he is!

    I’ve never cooked or eaten artichokes before…other than a spinach/artichoke dip at a restaurant. It looks good and the dip sounds and looks good too.

    If I go out and buy an artichoke this weekend, what do I do then? LOL… boil it how long, etc? What about certain parts that shouldn’t be eaten?

    Love the flower arrangement, too!


    • Thanks Aim! – Higgy is such a love. Not hard at all to cook the chokes – I’ll email you.


  2. That is such an adorable picture of the Higmeister! I hope that he and Monty have fun this week and don’t party too hard and OD on Milkbones!


  3. We always dipped our artichokes in mayo. As I got older though I’ve taken to using aoli but that recipe sounds good- I’m gonna try it!


  4. Who cares about food when there’s a picture of my favorite cuddle buddy HIGGY!!!! He may not be able to jump up on the couch…yet, but he’s getting around much better than he was. He’s now using his doggy door too, so it may be going slow but there is still continuous progress. His Mommy & Daddy are providing a loving environment to heal in and have never given up on him! 🙂

    Oh yeah, the dip sounds yummy and the flowers look fab…but Higgy stole the show! 🙂


  5. What a cute picture of Higgy! I’m not the worlds biggest artichoke fan but when we do make them it’s with a lemon aoli! Great shopping finds, love the flowers! :o)


  6. The picture of Higgy’s ears just KILLS me! He is too damn cute – please give him a hug from me!

    I’m anxious to hear what you think about your new sheets – I have been searching high and low and can’t seem to find something that fits the bill. I’d like something that I can alway throw in the washer for those nights when I just use them for something simple, like baked fries. Our sink sort of sucks and I love to be able to rinse them off, but it seems to ruin most of the sheets I’ve owned.


  7. WOW..never even thought about eating one cold. Gonna try it.



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