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Artichokes Grilled

Grilled Artichokes Recipe

Artichokes are a favorite of mine.

My mother cooked artichokes.

She would boil, stuff and serve with potatoes.

 Loved it!

A delicious dish and only my mother made it.  See, my husband thinks artichokes are not a meal. He feels the peeling process, as you eat it, is a waste of time.  I always tell him that this is the way to get to the ‘heart of the matter’.

I found this recipe and thought that this works for the summer time. Grill them, boil them, does not really matter. Artichokes are nutritional, as well as tasty.  A light dish for the summer.


  • 2 lemons
  • 4 large artichokes, (3-3 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. To prepare artichokes: Fill a Dutch oven with water; add the juice of 1 lemon. Trim leaves from the top of an artichoke. Remove the outer layer(s) of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer. As each artichoke is prepared, drop it into the lemon water to prevent it from turning brown.
  2. When all the artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium. Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed. Brush each half with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with the remaining lemon half cut into 4 wedges. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.


  • Make Ahead Tip: Grilled artichokes will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day and may be served chilled.
  • Variation: For boiled artichokes, add 5 minutes to the cooking time in Step 2. Serve whole or cut in half and scoop out the chokes.


Per serving: 109 calories; 4 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 9 g fiber; 298 mg sodium; 604 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Folate (27% dv), Magnesium (24% dv), Potassium (17% dv)



Family, Travel

Happy Trails To You

My husband and I own a trailer, or RV, as we like to call it.  The trailer sits in a park located in  Ellenville, New York.

We bought this trailer to spend time away from city life.  Without traffic it would take us 2 hours of driving to get there.  We both loved being up  in the mountains.  My son and his wife also loved being in the mountains and we all enjoyed the quiet and camping out with all the amenities of home.

A bathroom, a bed, TV with cable and a kitchen.  A little home away from home.

Sophie and Chirstian loved to pretend that they have a little tree cave, that they get to sit in.  Sophie really enjoyed it the most Christian just went along and looked amazed that he was in the middle of all these trees.The pool.  The pool had a resort feel to it.  You would not even think that you were only 2 hours away from NY.  Their father kept watchful eye on both of them as the kids splashed and splashed.

Christian in his little plastic boat.  Toot, toot, Christian.Sleeping all four of us was not an easy thing.  My son and my daughter-in-law would take the pull out couch, and Sophie would sleep on an air mattress.  Christian slept in his little play pen.  All of this did not leave much room to walk around.  But we managed real fine.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The evening camp fire was always the best.  Love this pictureWe love to be together.  The trailer was a small space but gave us big laughs. But like all good things they come to an end.  This will be the last summer of our family camping.  We now have to say goodbye to Ellenville and our RV.  But this does not mean we don’t get to spend time in the summer with grandkids.  It will just be spent in a different place and different surroundings.

This is just one chapter in a book closing.  I cannot wait for the new one to begin.

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Did You Know

How Long Does it Take?

When my husband tells me I take forever to get ready, I would always give him a face.  Now I can respond, “Not forever, dear, only about 3 years.”

Yes, according to CBS, women in all take a total of 3 years to get ready.

A beauty survey commissioned by the British beauty brand Nephria found women spend almost three years of their life getting ready to leave the house, according to Marie Claire magazine.

On average a women takes about one hour and 12 minutes to get ready, this is the equialant of a total of 3 years over a lifetime. How did they come up with this grand total.  Let’s see, they say women take about 22 minutes showering and shaving their legs, 7 minutes moisturizing, 23 minutes styling/drying their hair, 14 minutes on make-up, and 6 minutes getting dressed, this according to the survey.

So girls all in all we waste about 3 years of our lives just to impress other…women.

Come on guys, did you really think it was all for you.