Sunday, March 16, 2014

National Artichoke Heart Day - Mar. 16th; Chef Alice Waters

Chef Alice Waters
Alice Waters pioneered the farm-to-table movement. She’s won numerous and varied awards, including The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Audubon Society Rachel Carson Award. She’s mentored and influenced a number of chefs who have also gone on to achieve acclaim. She founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which teaches children about food, history and cooking. She’s the owner of Chez Panisse restaurant, and has written several cookbooks.

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March 16th is Artichoke Heart Day. I was married before I ever tasted artichokes, and neither of my grandmothers have recipes containing them. They are thought to be native to the Mediterranean, and are related to thistles. The edible part is actually the flower bud, before the plant blooms. Artichokes contain antioxidants (more than many other cooked vegetables) and are low in calories, though eating them does take some effort. Honestly, this is one of those foods I have to wonder who looked at it and thought Hey, I wonder if that tastes good?

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