Which I've decided - DOES NOT COUNT.
So, here's this week's vegetable project: the artichoke. As you know, they look like this when you buy them in the produce section of the grocery store:
So, I began my project by hacking (and I mean hacking) the stems off. Then, I lopped off the top inch or so. Then, I plucked off all the tough outer leaves. Finally, I was ready to hack the bereft fruit in half...
Anyhow, from here, I quartered it and tossed the pieces into my rice cooker, which happens to have a steaming component to it as well. After twenty-five minutes, I threw the steamed bits into a skillet with some sauteed mushrooms and green onions (random veg I found in the crisper).
I threw these vegetables (with some minced garlic) together in the skillet (with some garlic-infused olive oil, because olive oil makes the world go round) for another five or so minutes, while I boiled up some rotini pasta. When the pasta was al dente, I tossed the artichoke/mushroom/onion mess in with it.
|The finished product: Sauteed Artichoke-Mushroom Pasta|
I feel as if I am gaining confidence in the kitchen...because guess what? I totally made this recipe up in my mind!! No cookbook! Whee!