Issue 5: Heirloom Artichokes

IMG_6049Picked up some fresh artichokes recently in the produce department as I am trying to increase liver helping practices.  Over the years of making poor choices in how I treated my body inside and out, I’m sure I’ve done some damage.  Which is why when I decided to remove any alcohol except Wine or Beer from my diet I also did some research in how to reverse the effects that my past most certainly has caused to my body.  So finding that artichokes are a great source of food born defense nutrients to assist in this process was a plus.  Most places that I have ever gone out to eat that served artichokes, only served the marinated hearts or used the hearts in a cheese sauce or pizza.  These are delicious ways to enjoy them, however I also love to just boil a whole one, melt some butter and go to town scraping the meat off of the leaves with my teeth.  It is an odd experience for some, including my husband, but I just love it.  Its like comfort food in the form of a large vegetable that takes a long time to eat, which just prolongs the indulgence.    The great part was, they are extremely cheap right now because they are in season here, and so I get double the satisfaction.

So do you like artichokes?  I think I’ve personally always  been intimidated by them unless they are prepared by a restaurant for me.  Have you ever tried a fresh one?  They are a Mediterranean staple and therefore I’m drawn to them due to my new-found interest and exploration of Mediterranean cuisine.  They are a veggie, but do you feel like your eating a boring tasteless food when enjoying them?  Its time to clean up my body after many years of not so healthy choices, and a recent preoccupation with my health and beauty.  I want to live long and healthy, while offering my body as a living sacrifice to God.  I want to live an active life for my children, and a fun and pleasurable life with my husband.  I hope to find more ways to use the artichoke and share these kosher treats with you as well as the many benefits beyond taste.

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